Amanda Del Giacco
Amanda received her Psychology degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a Ph.D. student in the inaugural Clinical Psychology program at OHSU. Amanda is interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of the neural mechanisms and behavioral implications for identifying early risk factors of psychopathology in children and adolescents.
Dakota graduated from Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) in 2017 with degrees in Biology and Psychology. She is currently enrolled in the Department of Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. program at OHSU, and is interested in understanding the neural correlates of emerging psychopathology during adolescence.
Gareth received his degree in Biochemistry with a minor in Psychology from Winona State University in Winona, MN. Gareth has worked as a research assistant in ophthalmic genetics at the Casey Eye Institute and as a developer within the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab, both at OHSU. Gareth is a current National Library of Medicine Pre-doctoral Fellow studying Bioinformatics and Computational Biomedicine at OHSU. Gareth is interested in using machine learning to identify and predict risk factors of early alcohol and substance use from large-scale high-dimensional neuroimaging and behavioral data.
Affiliated Graduate Students
Aaron is a recent honors graduate from Portland State University and a graduate student at the National University of Natural Medicine. He is researching integrative medicine in a clinical setting to see how both conventional and alternative forms of medicine can help those suffering from substance use disorders. He is working to obtain knowledge in both research methodology and statistical analysis. He is a research assistant at Oregon Health & Science University in both the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab and the School of Nursing. In addition, Aaron works in-clinic at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in the (CDRC) National Spina Bifida Patient Registry. He has presented research at various venues, including the Society for Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University, and the Portland Psychedelic Society. Although Aaron is focusing his effort towards research, he is exceptionally passionate about teaching people of all ages. Aaron’s motivation and enthusiasm to share education and resources with the community led him to serve as the Outreach Coordinator for the Portland State University Neuroscience Club and to be a devoted Communications Director for NW Noggin.
Pacific University Research Practicum Students
Hannah Smith, M.A.
Hannah holds an MA in Clinical Psychology obtained during her current pursuit of a PsyD (child and adolescent track) at Pacific University. Her clinical interests include integrated care, gender diverse youth, anxiety, and trauma. In addition to her practicum placement with the Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development (ABCD) lab, Hannah is also working at Legacy Emanuel’s Transgender Clinic conducting transgender youth assessments, and the Portland Anxiety Clinic.
Natasha Kazakova, M.S.
Natasha holds an M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Western Illinois University and is currently pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University. She is interested in the comorbidity between substance use disorders, anxiety, and psychopathic personality traits in young adults.
Nicole Stark, M.A.
Nicole holds a B.S. with a double major in Psychology and Political Science from Portland State University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology obtained during her current pursuit of a Psy.D. (forensic track) in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University. She is currently working on defending her dissertation in which she conducted a meta-analysis of studies examining the relationship between exogenous oxytocin and empathy in non-clinical samples. Nicole interests predominantly include psychopathy in general and exploring the biological basis of the disorder, as well as forensic psychology more broadly. In addition to her current part-time practicum placement with OHSU’s Developmental Brain Imaging Lab, Nicole also has a full-time practicum placement with Oregon Department of Corrections, Coffee Creek, conducting mental health evaluations with incoming inmates.