OFDIR Program Directors
The OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research was started by Dr. Damien Fair and Dr. Marguerite Matthews in 2014 and is now administrated by Dr. Letisha Wyatt. Our programming is guided by a committee of individuals from various departments across OHSU who are dedicated to advancing a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion at OHSU. Read on to meet our Research Diversity Advisory Committee.
Letisha Wyatt is the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research Program Administrator. She is faculty in the Department of Neurology and the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research (CEDAR) Center at Oregon Health & Science University. She holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology & Toxicology from the University of Southern California (2013). Her research focuses on mechanisms for regulation of the brain’s response to drugs. Letisha is a former NIH predoctoral fellow and has strong record of mentorship in the laboratory and classroom. She works together with CEDAR Scientists and Staff to plan for current and future information and data management needs. Letisha also works in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Research as the Director of Diversity in Research to support campus-wide efforts for diversity and inclusion in laboratories and graduate education. Read more about Letisha’s role on her personal website and view her work on ORCID.
Damien Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D. is a co-founder of the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research. He is the principal investigator of the Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging Lab and has also been a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at OHSU for the past ten years. Damien Fair directs the Developmental Cognition & Neuroimaging (DCAN) Lab, is principal investigator of the Typical and Atypical Brain Development project and co-principal investigator of the Longitudinal Imaging Study of ADHD Brain Development project. His research interests focus on Cognitive Brain Development, ADHD, Autism, and neuroimaging. The DCAN Lab focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The majority of their work uses functional MRI and resting state functional connectivity MRI to assess typical and atypical populations. They also focus on testing the feasibility of using various functional and structural MRI techniques in translational studies of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders. Damien obtained his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, under Dr. Bradley Schlaggar and Dr. Steven Petersen.
Research Diversity Advisory Commitee
The Research Diversity Advisory Committee supports the OHSU Fellowship for Diversity in Research program by advising on and overseeing changes to the program as well as helping in the process of selecting new Fellows.
Binyam Nardos, Ph.D. is an active mentor of diverse trainees in various OHSU programs and advises the Program Directors on programmatic activities and professional development needs of near-peer mentors.
Charles R. Thomas, Jr., M.D. actively mentors diverse trainees within his field and provides guidance on aspects of the program relevant to research mentors.
Jackie Wirz, Ph.D. provides guidance on the advisory committee on matters related to building strong communities within graduate programs and leading and supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D. advises on programmatic goals and his office provides funding for this and other diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus.
Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D. advises on aspects of the program related to trainee mentorship on scholarly writing and grantsmanship.