Volunteers

Courtney Ball, B.S.

Courtney Ball, B.S.

Courtney graduated from Oregon State University in 2016 with a BS in Psychology. She is currently a second year graduate student pursuing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Pacific University's School of Graduate Psychology in Hillsboro, Oregon. At OHSU she is a volunteer research assistant working on the ABCD study in the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab. Her interests include child and adolescent pediatric populations with an emphasis on chronic illnesses as well as neurodevelopmental disorders and neuropsychology.

Courtney Vacek

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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.

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

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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.

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 volunteer in the lab assisting with fMRI scans for the PARC 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.

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.