Mentor: Maya O'Neil, Ph.D. and Dr. Lauren Denneson, Ph.D.
Joren received his B.S. in Biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2017. During his time as an undergraduate, Joren was awarded a University Award of Distinction for his contributions to campus mental health in relation to his work as a mental health peer counselor. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, Joren moved on to the University of California, Irvine where he worked for four years as a research specialist in the Translational Neuroscience Lab led by Dr. Michael Yassa. At UCI, Joren primarily worked on two neuroimaging studies exploring major depressive disorder and enduring maternal grief. These experiences cemented Joren’s interest clinical work, and led him to develop broad research interests in neuropsychology, suicide prevention, and the relationship between emotional dysregulation and cognitive functioning. At OHSU Joren will work with his advisors Dr. Maya O’Neil and Dr. Lauren Denneson on projects focusing on post traumatic stress disorder and suicide prevention in veteran populations. In his spare time, Joren is a board game aficionado, habitual concert goer, popcorn-loving cinephile, and cat dad to the adorable Skadi & Hela.
Jenna Kachmarik (she/her)
Mentor: Christopher Stauffer, M.D. and Jennifer Loftis, Ph.D.
Jenna is from North Carolina and earned her B.A. in Chemistry and B.S. in Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. There, she was also a research associate in the StressWAVES Biobehavioral Research Lab, which explored relationships between stress and health. She also has several years of experience as a pharmacy technician. Her interests broadly include health psychology and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. She is deeply curious about the potential of psychedelics (e.g., psilocybin, MDMA) to improve chronic mental and physical health conditions and mechanisms therein. Guided by Dr. Chris Stauffer and Dr. Jennifer Loftis, she will investigate outcomes of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy from a psychoneuroimmunological lens. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, hula hoop dancing, and snuggling with her 11-year old dog, Luca.
Mentor: Travis Lovejoy, Ph.D.
Originally from Arizona, Taylor moved to Pennsylvania where she earned a B.S. in psychology and neuroscience from Haverford College in 2018. Following graduation, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, studying novel interventions for treatment-resistant depression. In her most recent role, as field guide for a psychiatric residential treatment center, Taylor guided groups of teens through a 3-month wilderness therapy program in the backcountry of Vermont. Taylor is thrilled to be mentored by Dr. Travis Lovejoy and explore comorbid chronic illness, substance use disorders, and mood disorders. She is passionate about creating broad scale treatment plans and implementing practices that better serve those who might otherwise fall through the cracks in our healthcare system. In her free time, Taylor loves to cook, spend time in the woods, and watch YouTube videos to learn how to build her future tiny home.
Deborah Sevigny-Resetco (she/her)
Mentor: Suzanne H. Mitchell, Ph.D. and Kristen Mackiewicz-Seghete, Ph.D.
Deborah was born and raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.A. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate student and in the years to follow, she pursued a career in mental health services in various settings, including an acute psychiatric rehabilitation facility, a board and care center, and within the juvenile dependency system. In 2017 she moved to Oregon, where she worked as a domestic violence advocate for the YWCA of Greater Portland and took on a role as a research assistant working with abuse cases for vulnerable adults. Prior to entering OHSU’s Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program, she worked as a research assistant in the Translational Neuroeconomics Lab with Dr. Suzanne Mitchell on two projects focused on decision-making: a translational rodent model for delay discounting and a cognitive effort discounting study in an ADHD adolescent population. Her research interests include the cognitive and neurobiological impacts of trauma on decision-making, with a particular interest in the role of neuroplasticity in trauma-centered recovery.
Diana Vazquez Duque
Mentors: Elinor Sullivan Ph.D., Joel Nigg Ph.D.
Diana received her B.A. in Psychology and Political Science at Linfield College in 2019. She graduated from Pacific University with an M.A. in Applied Psychological Science in 2021. Her clinical background includes providing individual and group therapy to children with ADHD, Autism, trauma, and behavioral challenges, as well as leading psychoeducational groups and delivering individual counseling to Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence. Her research experiences include assisting with a study on the interaction between emotions and racial biases, as an interviewer on a longitudinal study about media and child identity formation, and as first author on a project exploring advertisements and self-objectification in young women which was presented at the 2019 WPA conference. Diana's clinical and research interests include developmental disorders such as Autism and ADHD, as well as the development of culturally adaptive treatments for historically underserved populations, primarily Latinos.
Mentor: Maya O'Neil, Ph.D.
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.
Mentor: Kristen Mackiewicz-Seghete, Ph.D.
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 (she/her)
Mentors: Maya O'Neil, 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 (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.
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, 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 (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.
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.”