Mary Bown, B.S.

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Mary graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology in June 2013.  She is currently volunteering in the lab and looking forward to applying to graduate school in the next couple of years for a behavioral neuroscience or psychopharmacology program.

Desiree Etzel, B.A.

Desiree Etzel

Desiree is a recent graduate from Lewis & Clark College, where she received a B.A. in Psychology with a Studio Art minor. Her current interests include the behavioral neuroscience of drug and alcohol use in adolescents and traumatic brain injury. She is a volunteer on the Risk-Taking study.

Mike Kozlowski, M.A., LPC

Mike Kozlowski

Mike holds a B.S. in psychology, an M.A. in clinical mental health counseling, and is a licensed professional counselor in Oregon. His research interests include multicultural competence in making psychiatric diagnoses and the impact of poverty on adolescent brain development.

Jessye Lavine

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Jessye is starting her third year at Lewis & Clark College and working towards a B.S in psychology with a focus in neuroscience. She is currently a volunteer research assistant with the At Risk and NCANDA studies. She is particularly interested in neuropsychological development in youth with varying levels of substance abuse. She hopes to continue gaining research and clinical experience, and eventually go to medical school.

Julius Laxamana


Julius is starting his third year at PSU and is working towards a B.S. in Psychology with pre-med emphasis. He is currently working on the NCANDA and At-Risk studies. He is very interested in the study of depression and the psychology of mental illnesses, and hopes to go to OHSU for medical school to pursue a degree in Psychiatry.


Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Michael is finishing up a B.S. in Psychology with a focus in behavioral neuroscience at Portland State University, where he serves as Vice President of The Neuroscience Club. He is currently a volunteer research assistant in the lab with the NCANDA study, and works with developmentally disabled adults in NW and SE Portland. His interests include social and behavioral neuroscience, particularly research in multi-generational development, as well as teaching and neuroscience outreach.

Julie Pirkle, B.A.

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Julie Pirkle graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2013 with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in rhetoric & media studies. Her research interests include neuropsychological development in youth and those suffering from brain disorders and trauma. She hopes to continue work in brain imaging research, and to pursue a PhD in clinical neuropsychology.

Rebecca Sacks, B.A.

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Rebecca is a Masters of Public Health student in the School of Medicine at OHSU. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Music in June 2010. She is currently completing an internship project in the lab looking at fMRI differences during reward anticipation between adolescents who emerge early into alcohol use and those who do not. Her research interests lie in environmental and neurobiological risk factors for the development of depression and alcohol and substance use disorders.