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.
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.
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.
Affiliated Graduate Students
Aaron Eisen is working to achieve a B.S. in social science with a minor in psychology at Portland State University. He is an intern with the 21BrainStudy, the ADHD study, and the Spina Bifida National Registry study. Aaron also volunteers with NW NOGGIN, a neuroscience outreach group designed to enthuse the community about ongoing tax payer supported neuroscience research. He plans to pursue an advanced degree in behavioral neuroscience following his graduation this spring. Aaron's professional interests relate to the influence of epigenetics on substance use disorders and their impact on executive functions.
Pacific University Research Practicum Students
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.