Research Assistants

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Abby Espinoza

Abby is a research assistant on the ABCD study.

Abby Kosiara

Abby Kosiara

Abby graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in Psychology and minors in Neuroscience and Education. She is a research assistant on the ABCD Study and her professional interests broadly include how the neurocognitive development of adolescence influences psychological disorders.

Ally Chiapuzio

Ally Chiapuzio

Ally graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and minor in Psychology. She is a research assistant on the ABCD Study and her interests include medicine, neuroimaging, and the adolescent brain.

Ana Howard

Ana Howard

Ana graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Neuroscience. Currently a research assistant working on the ABCD study. Research interests include developmental psychopathology, neurogenetics, and the role empathy plays in the diagnosis, progression, and treatment of mental disorders. 

Ariel Carter-Rodriguez

Ariel Carter Rodriguez

Ariel received her M.S. in Psychology from the University of Oregon. She is currently a research assistant on the Risk Taking Study, and is interested in clinical psychology, particularly developmental psychopathology, anxiety disorders, and adolescence as a unique developmental period. She is also interested in the role empathy plays in the development and treatment of psychological disorders.

David Amy

David Amy

David graduated with an M.A. in Experimental and Research Psychology from San Jose State University and is the project coordinator for the 21BrainStudy. David's research interests are mainly in cognitive areas and include consciousness and perception. Additionally he is interested in examining sleep effects as they relate to these areas.

Jessica Patching-Bunch

Jessica Patching-Bunch

Jessica obtained her B.S in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience and Spanish language from Portland State University's Urban Honors College. She is currently working as a research assistant on the ABCD study. Jessica's research interests include intercultural relations, social neuroscience, cultural neuroscience and acculturation as a variable in functional connectivity.

Kalene Savage

Kalene Savage

Kalene received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Communication Studies from Portland State University. She is currently working as a research assistant on the N-CANDA study. Her research interests include nutritional neuroscience, neuropsychological assessment, and developmental psychopathology. 

Kristina Hernandez

Kristina Hernandez

Kristina received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Ball State University. She is currently the lab manager for the Developmental Brain Imaging Lab. Her interests include cognitive neuroscience, time perception, and neuropsychological correlates of psychopathology.

Marissa Viramontes

Marissa Viramontes

Marissa received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Portland. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Risk Taking Study. Her broad research interests include emotional regulation, resilience, relationships, and personality.

Mitchell Passadore

Mitchell Passadore

Mitchell graduated from the University of Oregon in the spring of 2017 with a degree in psychology. He works as a research assistant with the 21 Brain Study. Mitchell's professional interests are in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, and he plans to pursue graduate education in these fields of study aided by his experiences in the lab. In his free time, Mitchell loves playing basketball, trail running, and taking photos. If you see him outside the lab, he is probably with his golden retriever Wesley.

Rachel Flaherty

Rachel Flaherty

Rachel graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Psychology and from Portland State University with a Masters of Social Work. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the ABCD study.

Her research interests include the prevention of youth antisocial behavior, social welfare policy, and addiction prevention and interventions.  

Ryan Van Fossen

Ryan Van Fossen

Ryan will graduate from Western Illinois University with a M.S. in General/Experimental Psychology and is currently project coordinator for the N-CANDA study. His interests include clinical/health psychology, integrative health care, and personality.

Sammie Barnes

Sammie Barnes

Sammie graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University. She is currently a research assistant on the Risk-Taking study. She is interested in the crime-age correlation, community mental health and well-being, and developing healthy coping strategies specifically with at-risk youth.

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Sydney Gilbert

Sydney graduated from the University of Oregon's Clark Honors College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She worked as an Optician for about 2 years post-grad and is now a research assistant for the N-CANDA study. Her research interests primarily revolve around the neurological basis and experience of perception, vision science, developmental psychology, suicide, and addiction.