OHSU

Research Assistants

Jesse Chiem, B.A.

Jesse Chiem

Jesse received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Portland, with minors in Neuroscience and Computer Science. Previously involved in drug addiction research at WSU Vancouver, he is currently one of the lab's research assistants. In addition to neuropharmacology, his research interests include cognitive neuroscience, neuroinformatics, and machine learning.


Alison Gemperle, M.S.

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Alison received her MS in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Sussex and is currently a research assistant in the lab focused on the N-CANDA study. She is interested in cognitive and neurological development, particularly in decision-making processes and attention control during adolescence.


Alicia Johnson, B.A.

Alicia Johnson
Alicia obtained her BA in Neuroscience from the University of Southern California. In the lab, she is a research assistant working on the N-CANDA study. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience, particularly social and embodied cognition.

Ozlem Kesik, B.A.

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Ozlem is one of the research assistants in the lab. She is currently working towards an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Portland State University. Her research interests include the study of healthy and at-risk adolescent neuropsychological development. 

Hannah Stein, B.A.

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Hannah graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in Psychology and is currently project coordinator for the Risk Taking study. Her research interests include the study of adolescent neurodevelopment and the mechanisms underlying the onset of psychopathology.

Darya Veach, M.S.

Darya Veach
Darya received her M.S. in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2000. She is currently a project coordinator for the N-CANDA study. Her research interests include the social and neurological development of children and adolescents, the formation of self concept, and the effect of social relationships on decision making processes, particularly with regard to peer influence and substance use.

Carlos West, B.A.

Carlos West

Carlos graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Psychology and Art and now coordinates for the Sex Differences study. His research interests involve understanding value formation from the perspective of social and affective neuroscience.