Volunteers

Abby Kosiara

Abby Kosiara

Abby is a student at the University of Portland who will graduate in the spring of 2018 with a degree in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Education. She is a volunteer in the lab assisting with data entry for the Risk Taking study. Abby's professional interests include the neurocognitive development of adolescents and she plans to pursue a graduate degree following her experiences in the lab. When she is not in class, you can find her out in nature, spending time with friends, or painting.

Courtney Vacek

DBIL

Courtney is a student at the University of Portland studying Biology and Neuroscience. She is a volunteer research assistant in the lab working with the ABCD study. When she is not doing research or homework, you can find her practicing with her track team or reading.

Kevin Baradar

DBIL

Kim Grzesek

Kim Grzesek

Kim graduated from Central Michigan University in 2014 with a BS in Neuroscience and Psychology. Kim is a volunteer research assistant in the lab assisting with MRI Scans for the Risk Taking study. When Kim is not in the lab, she enjoys spending time outside hiking, reading, and traveling.

Maria Dizon

MariaDBIL

Maria hails from the beautiful island of Saipan in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. She is currently an undergraduate student at Portland State University, with aspirations to become a research scientist or medical doctor (or both!). Her research interests are adolescent brain development and the neurobiology of addiction. When she is not in the lab, she enjoys playing Cards Against Humanity and watching Grey's Anatomy.

Sammie Barnes, B.S.

Sammie Barnes, B.S.

Sammie graduated from Portland State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a research volunteer on the At-Risk study helping with the MRI scan sessions. She's also a volunteer with Multnomah County working specifically with Measure 11 kids in juvenile detention. Sammie is looking forward to gaining experience in the lab and applying to graduate school and completing a Masters degree. Her main research interests include community mental health and well-being, alternative treatment and re-entry programs for incarcerated youth, and developing healthy coping strategies specifically with at-risk youth.