Research Assistants

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.

Alissa Ehlers, B.S.

Alissa Ehlers

Alissa graduated with a B.S. in Psychology and Biology (Neurobiology option) from the University of Wisconsin. She will be working on the PARC study. Alissa's interests include behavioral neuroscience, functional neuroimaging (particularly resting state functional connectivity), psychopathology, and epigenetics.

Ally Chiapuzio, B.S.

Ally Chiapuzio

Ally is a research assistant working on the ABCD study.

Ana Howard, B.S.

Ana Howard

Ana graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. Currently a research assistant working on the ABCD study. Research interests include developmental psychopathology, neurogenetics, and the role empathy plays in the diagnosis, progression, and treatment of mental disorders. 

Ariel Carter-Rodriguez, M.S.

Ariel Carter-Rodriguez

Ariel received her M.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon. She is currently a research assistant on the Risk Taking Study, and is interested in clinical psychology, particularly developmental psychopathology, anxiety disorders, and adolescence as a unique developmental period. She is also interested in the role empathy plays in the development and treatment of psychological disorders.

Ellie Sceeles, B.S.

Ellie Sceeles

Ellie graduated from PSU with her B.S. in Psychology. She works in the lab as a research assistant on the ABCD study. In addition to substance use, her research interests include studying anhedonia, mood disorders, and the components of personality.

Gareth Harman, B.S.


Gareth received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Winona State University, with minors in Psychology. He is in charge of developing software used by the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab, working with other members to provide efficient and effective streams for processing data. His research interests include imaging processing, analysis involving substance abuse disorders, and functional neuroimaging.

Jessica Patching-Bunch, B.S.

Jessica Patching-Bunch

Jessica obtained her B.S in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience and Spanish language from Portland State University's Urban Honors College. She is currently working as a research assistant on the ABCD study. Jessica's research interests include intercultural relations, social neuroscience, cultural neuroscience and acculturation as a variable in functional connectivity.

Jessye Lavine, B.A.

Jessye Lavine

Jessye graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in French. She is currently a research assistant working on the ABCD study. Her research interests include adolescent neurodevelopment, individuation, cognitive neuroscience and psychopathology.

Kristina Hernandez, M.A.

Kristina Hernandez

Kristina received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University. She is currently the lab manager for the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab. Her interests include cognitive neuroscience, time perception, and neuropsychological correlates of psychopathology.

Mitchell Passadore

Mitchell Passadore

Mitchell graduated from the University of Oregon in the spring of 2017 with a degree in psychology. He works as a research assistant with the PARC and NCANDA study. Mitchell's professional interests are in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, and he plans to pursue graduate education in these fields of study aided by his experiences in the lab. In his free time, Mitchell loves playing basketball, trail running, and taking photos. If you see him outside the lab, he is probably with his golden retriever Wesley.

Rachel Flaherty

Rachel Flaherty

Rachel is the project coordinator for the ABCD study.

Ryan Van Fossen

Ryan Van Fossen

Ryan will graduate from Western Illinois University with a M.S. in General/Experimental Psychology and is currently project coordinator for the N-CANDA study. His interests include clinical/health psychology, integrative health care, and personality.

Sarah Alberti, B.S.

Sarah Alberti

Sarah graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience  and is currently project coordinator for the Risk Taking Study. Her research interests broadly include cognitive neuroscience, child and adolescent socioemotional development, identity formation, decision making, and psychopathology.