Student Resources

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  • Career & Professional Development Center
    • Provides resources for cultivating professional skills (including leadership, presentation, and writing), identifying the career path (or paths!) that will use those skills, and honing an individual development plan to get to that career path. Director Jackie Wirz, PhD, offers a creative, skills-based approach to helping students find their best-fit career path with practical advice on making the transition from trainee to employee.
  • Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI)
    • Serves employees and students by striving to create a community of inclusion, where students from historically underrepresented populations can thrive. CDI works on a high level with individual programs and departments, but also works directly with students via recruiting fairs and various diverse student interest groups.
  • Graduate Student Organization
    • The Graduate Student Organization (GSO) represents graduate students from all areas of OHSU. Visit the GSO website for more information (including activities) and how to get involved.
  • Joseph B. Trainer (JBT) Health and Wellness Center
    • Provides free exceptional and confidential primary care, behavioral health, integrative medicine, and wellness services for OHSU students.
  • Library
    • The largest health sciences library in Oregon, serves the faculty, staff and students of OHSU, as well as health professionals and residents of the State of Oregon. The OHSU Library staff provides services in support of teaching, research and patient care. The OHSU Library partners with the Isabel MacDonald Library at the Oregon National Primate Research Center to offer services and collections to the OHSU community.
  • March Wellness
    • Free to students! March wellness & fitness center offers health and fitness programs, based in science, that are designed to strengthen and nurture all aspects of your daily life – no matter what your state of health or stage of life – in a safe, supportive and motivating environment.
  • Student Access
    • As part of OHSU's commitment to diversity, the Office for Student Access (OSA) is committed to provide equal access and reasonable accommodation for qualified students. Student Access also provides resources for general academic support, including learning styles, study strategies, and time management. Students using this service are encourage to contact the OSA as soon as possible, as accommodations can take time to implement and cannot be applied retroactively.
  • Student Debt Counseling & Financial Management
    • OHSU employs a dedicated financial counselor just for students, who mentors and educates on debt management, financial literacy, budgeting, and more.
  • Student Life
    • Provides social, recreational and cultural activities that allow students to supplement their ability to become well-balanced research and health care professionals. Students at OHSU will be able to enrich their academic experiences by participating in new activities that emphasize interacting with others as well as taking care of one's personal self.

2020 Cohort

David Cameron

David Cameron

David was born in Seattle and grew up in Portland before attending Macalester College in St. Paul, MN where he received a B.A. in Anthropology. After graduating David moved back to Portland and joined OHSU’s Department of Family Medicine as a Qualitative Senior Research Assistant. In 2017, David moved to Cambridge, MA and went back to school to obtain a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health. After graduating from BU he again returned to Portland and joined the Portland VA Center to Improve Veterans Involvement in Care working with Dr. Maya O’Neil as a study coordinator and research associate. David is excited to continuing building on his experiencing studying PTSD and TBI with Dr. O’Neil and begin learning to provide evidence-based holistic mental health care. David has played competitive soccer his entire life and has been a youth soccer coach with the Portland Timbers. He is a diehard Timbers and Blazers fan and enjoys watching sports, working on restoring his 1986 BMW, and playing with his new English Bulldog puppy Franklin in his free time.

Olivia Doyle

Olivia Doyle

Olivia is currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Lewis and Clark College. Most recently she worked as a research assistant in the DCAN lab where she helped coordinate multiple clinical trials on maternal well-being and infant brain development. Her research interests include the impacts of trauma on development of psychopathology and emotional well-being during periods of high neural plasticity. When not at work she is usually training her cat, bouldering, or making homemade pasta.

Kate Shirley

Kate Shirley (she/her)
Mentors: Marilyn Huckans, Ph.D. and Jennifer Loftis, Ph.D.

Kate received a B.A. in psychology and gender/sexuality studies from the University of North Carolina Asheville and a M.A. in counseling psychology from Lewis & Clark College. Prior to entering OHSU’s CPP, Kate was active in research and clinical work at OHSU and the Portland VA within the ADHD Lab, Compensatory Cognitive Training Research Program, and the Psychoneuroimmunology Lab. Kate’s research and clinical interests include normal aging, cognitive impairment, and dementia; substance use and addiction; social determinants of health and health disparities; and psychotherapy processes and outcomes. As a student, Kate will continue to work with Dr. Marilyn Huckans and Dr. Jennifer Loftis in the Compensatory Cognitive Training Research Program and the Psychoneuroimmunology Lab. Kate is a runner, biker, dog enthusiast, and coffee drinker. Her dog, Dodger, is very happy to have her at home so much right now.

Kat van der Hoorn

Kat van der Hoorn (she/they)
Mentor: Joel Nigg, Ph.D.

Kat was born and raised in New York City, and has lived in beautiful Oregon for the past 6 years. She did her undergraduate degree at the University of Southern California, and her Masters' at Columbia University, studying Clinical Psychology. She started her professional career at New York State Psychiatric Institute, working under Dr. Yuval Neria at the PTSD and Trauma Lab, working as the research coordinator on both MRI and Attention Bias Modification Treatment (ABMT) studies.  Before joining the team at OHSU, she worked as a private consultant as part of a PTSD expert witness team. In 2019, she began working at the ADHD lab with Dr. Joel Nigg, who will be her mentor for the program.  Kat's research interests include expressed emotion and criticism as predictors of ADHD and adolescent self-perception, as well as improving diagnostics and assessment of ADHD for late adolescents to young adults. Outside of her work and studies, Kat is a mom to two young children, and enjoys hiking, reading, making visual art, advocacy for the LGBTQIA+ community, and playing really terrible guitar.

2019 Cohort

Madeleine Allen

Madeleine Allen (she/her)
Mentor: Alice Graham, Ph.D.

Madeleine’s research broadly focuses on how the gestational environment and parental history influences fetal brain development, under the mentorship of Alice Graham, Ph.D. Specifically, she is interested in the mechanisms by which stress and substance use during pregnancy and parental early life trauma may affect offspring brain development. She is currently assisting in comprehensive child evaluations with an emphasis on ADHD and learning disorders under the supervision of Darren Janzen, Psy.D. at the Child Development and Rehabilitation Center. Before beginning in the CPP program, Madeleine worked as a research assistant in the Moghaddam Lab at OHSU after graduating from Oberlin College in 2017 with a B.A. in neuroscience.

Eleanor Battison

Eleanor Battison, MS, LPC (she/her)
Mentors: Amy Holley, Ph.D. and Anna Wilson, Ph.D.

Eleanor Battison grew up in Stockholm, Sweden, and received her BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada. She earned her MS in Counseling Psychology from Lewis and Clark College. She has several years of experience working in both direct clinical service and research in Portland, OR. She is a doctoral student in the Advancing Research in Pediatric Pain lab (ARPP), under the guidance of Amy Holley, Ph.D. and Anna Wilson, Ph.D. Her current interests include health and pain psychology, with an emphasis on trauma, health disparities and underserved populations.

Amanda Del Giacco

Amanda Del Giacco (she/her)
Mentor: Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D.

Amanda Del Giacco received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. After completion of her bachelor's, she worked as a registered behavioral technician assisting children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders. Amanda then completed a two-year post-bachelorette fellowship at the National Institue of Mental Health working on fMRI/MEG studies investigating visual perception and affective processing mechanisms. She is a doctoral student in the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab (DBIL) under the guidance of Dr. Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D. Amanda is interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the underlying neural mechanisms and behavioral implications for identifying early risk factors of psychopathology in children and adolescents.

Emily Kenyon

Emily Kenyon
Mentor: Sarah Feldstein Ewing, Ph.D.

Emily grew up in Monmouth, Oregon and earned her BA in psychology at Columbia University. She was a research fellow in the Lab of Intergroup Relations and the Social Mind as an undergraduate, and later became a study coordinator in the VA Portland Health Care System focusing on health promotion and lethal means safety interventions for Veterans at risk for suicide. Her current interests include factors influencing self-regulation and goaloriented behaviors, resilience across the lifespan, and the quality of developmentally appropriate interventions for adolescents with risky behavior (e.g. substance use).

After finishing her first year in the program, she is continuing her graduate education at the University of Rhode Island with her advisor Sarah Feldstein Ewing, Ph.D. “As a proud Oregonian, the CPP will always hold a special place in my heart. I look forward to staying connected with my many colleagues, mentors, and friends in the OHSU community.”