Research Assistants

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.

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.

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. He is in charge of developing software used by the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab, working with other members to provide efficient and effective programs for processing data. His research interests include cognitive neuroscience, neurobiology of addiction, and machine learning.

Darby Dyar, B.S.

Darby Dyar

Darby received her B.S. in Psychological Science from Purdue University. She is currently a research assistant working on the PARC study in collaboration with Dr. Suzanne Mitchell's Translational Neuroeconomics Lab. She is interested in clinical psychology, particularly risk taking and development of alcohol use disorders and addiction. Previously involved in research on intervention for alcohol-facilitated intimate partner violence, her research interests also include neuropsychological correlates of violence, aggression and psychopathy.

 

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.

Kristina Hernandez, M.A.

Kristina Hernandez

Kristina graduated from Ball State University with a M.A. in Clinical Psychology and is currently project coordinator for the N-CANDA study. Her interests include cognitive neuroscience, time perception, and neuropsychological assessment.

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.

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.

Rebecca Sandoval, B.S.

Rebecca Sandoval

Rebecca graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is currently a research assistant for the ABCD study.  Her research interests include cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychopathology and mental health.

Kalene Savage, B.S.

Kalene Savage

Kalene received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Communication Studies from Portland State University. She is currently working as a research assistant on the N-CANDA study. Her research interests include nutritional neuroscience, neuropsychological assessment, and developmental psychopathology.

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.

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 ABCD 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.