Gracie Arnone, BS - Research Coordinator
Gracie graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S. in Psychology and a focus in Neuropsychology. There, she researched motivational and affective influences on eating behaviors and how the brain correlates behind those behaviors. Her primary research experience has involved preventative interventions, cognitive reappraisal, and neuroimaging. Her research interests include preventative science, maternal and natal well-being, early childhood intervention, and positive emotionality. Gracie helped to coordinate the Maternal Well-Being study and was involved in general lab management.
Michaela Cordova, BA, CADC-I – Clinical Assessor
Michaela was a Research Associate for the Roo Study, collaborating across multiple grants and projects through independent and collaborative investigation. Michaela joined DCAN in the fall of 2014 after previously working with dual-diagnosis clients as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-I). Her projects utilized behavioral and neuroimaging data, as well as machine learning methods, to explore atypical neurodevelopment across the lifespan, neurodevelopmental risk factors, and comorbidities effecting mood and cognition. In our research, Michaela brought her clinical expertise conducting formal diagnostic interviews for the Roo study and Maternal Well-Being study.
Ray Anthony, A.S. Research Assistant (Clinical)
Ray came to the SCAN Lab with over 8 years professional experience in early therapeutic intervention and residential care. They hold an A.A. in human development, an A.S. in general science, and a B.S. in health sciences focusing on the Pre-Health Physician Assistant Program. Ray was excited to be a part of the SCAN Lab and to work with an amazing team dedicated to researching how cognitive abilities are affected by early experiences.
Kara Gallemore, BS - Research Assistant
Kara graduated Magna Cum Laude from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Studies. She is currently earning her Master of Public Health at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in Public Health Practice.
Her research interests include the transference of intergenerational trauma through epigenetic mechanisms, social determinants of health and chronic disease prevention, and the rapidly growing field of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD).
She was placed with SCAN lab through the Build EXITO program at PSU, which specializes in training biomedical undergraduates with a focus on research. Her undergraduate project examined the incidence of neurodevelopmental disorders in adolescents with a history of maltreatment. After that, she spearheaded a project that analyzed the effects of stress on correctional officers, and she headed recruitment efforts and provided study support for the Roo Study.
Elina Thomas, Doctoral Candidate, Behavioral Neuroscience
I am a Ph.D. student in the Behavioral Neuroscience Department at OHSU. My research is focused on using resting state functional connectivity MRI (rs-fcMRI) to identify neural systems present at birth which support emerging emotion regulatory ability. The ultimate goal of this work is to identify functional connections in the infant brain which may predict risk for future psychopathology. I hold a Masters in Physiology and Bachelors in Psychology from North Carolina State University and have prior research experience working with non-human primate and rodent models.
Mollie Marr, MD/Ph.D. Student, Behavioral Neuroscience
I am a MD/PhD student in Behavioral Neuroscience. My research examines maternal psychological stress during pregnancy as a potential mechanism for the intergenerational transmission of childhood trauma. I am using a novel machine learning algorithm to see if maternal psychological stress and its interaction with a history of maternal childhood trauma relates to infant neurobiological and psychosocial development. I double-majored in Theatre and Psychology with a minor in Applied Theatre, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Olivia Doyle, BS - Lab Manager
Olivia helped coordinate multiple clinical trials on maternal well-being and infant brain development. She is currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program here at OHSU. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from Lewis and Clark College. 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.