Renee Barnett

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Renee is an undergraduate student at Portland State University, wrapping up a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy. Her intended focus for graduate school includes child psychopathology and neuroimaging. In the lab she assists with MRI scans, data processing, and research projects. Her current project is looking at testosterone levels in females and how they relate to reward processing. Renee also works in Joel Nigg's ADHD lab as a research assistant.

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.

Alexandria Cook, B.A.


Alexandria graduated from Reed College with a B.A. in psychology and is currently a volunteer research assistant in the lab. Her research interests include social and neurological adolescent development particularly in areas including at-risk youth, bullying, alcohol and drug use, media, and sexuality.

Maria Dragulin, B.A.

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Maria graduated from Portland State in 2012 with her B.A. in psychology. Maria currently works full time at a treatment center for adolescent boys and is volunteering for the N-CANDA study at OHSU. She is interested in applying for graduate programs related to neuroscience or neuropsychology and hopes research will be an integral part of her future career. Maria is interested in studying the effects of pharmaceuticals on adolescent brain development.

Devin Hoover

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Bio coming soon!

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.