Research Staff

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Emily Young, BS, (she/her)

Position: Senior Resarch Associate, Lab Manager

Emily is a Senior Research Associate who joined the lab in March 2021. Emily graduated from Linfield University with a B.S. in Biopsychology and has over a decade of research experience in the Dept. of Behavioral Neuroscience at OHSU. Emily is excited to transition her basic science and management expertise into a Senior Clinical Research Associate role in the INSPIRE Lab. Emily is particularly fascinated with understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to alcohol and substance use disorders; internalizing disorders, and the effects of maternal stress during pregnancy on offspring neurodevelopment.

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Julia Grieser Painter, Dr. re. nat. (she/her)

Position: Research Associate

Julia joined OHSU in 2011 as a project coordinator and has since worked for multiple research studies involving adults and children with ADHD, children with ASD, and pregnant people and infants. Currently she is working in the INSPIRE Lab on a project involving pregnant people and the impacts of the pandemic on stress during the postnatal period as well as infant social and emotional development.

Julia completed her Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.)  at the University of Leipzig, Germany and the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany, and her Diplom in Psychology (Master’s degree equivalent) at the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany.

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Samuel Carpenter (he/him)

Position: Research Associate

Samuel Carpenter oversees the MR imaging components of our studies. He has been involved in a variety of neuroimaging research studies over the course of the last decade. As a result he’s scanned all ages from day old infants to octogenarians. He adores the little ones the most. As a certified phlebotomist, he also conducts many of our visits involving blood draws and other bio sample collection. He also dedicates himself to educational outreach and regularly volunteers with at-risk youth in a variety of settings. Outside of work, he enjoys … well … being outside! On weekends you can find him partaking in the pacific northwest lifestyle whether it be hiking, climbing, trail running, skiing or mountain biking. He is a self-certified space enthusiast and will talk your ears off about space exploration and his favorite science fiction series. You have been warned.

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Katie Pope, BS (she/they)

Position: Research Assistant

Katie started in the lab as a volunteer during her undergraduate studies at Portland State University. After graduating with a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology with a focus in Neuroscience, Katie joined the lab as a Research Assistant. Katie loves how this area of research mixes biological and social sciences to learn more about people and the world around us! She hopes to attend medical school in the future.

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Jessica Orvis, BS (she/her)

Position: Research Assistant

Jessica Orvis graduated from Pomona College with bachelor’s degrees in psychology and anthropology. Prior to joining the COPE study at OHSU, Jessica spent years traveling the world conducting research on a wide array of topics including the perceptions of unhoused Nepali beggars, microbusiness practices in rural eSwatini, and the effects COVID on the lives and well-being of young adults in the United States. Jessica loves working with children and plans to pursue a career in child development with a focus on cultural factors. 

When Jessica isn’t at the office, you’ll either find her inside baking pastries, painting, or roaming around the coast to hike, surf, bike, climb, fish, or do any other activity that lets her get outside

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Annie Engle, BS (she/her)

Position: Research Assistant

Annie is a Research Assistant in the SPIRE Lab working on the COPE Study. She graduated with her B.A. in Psychology from Ohio University and was thrilled to move to the West Coast to build her research career. Her research interests span eating disorders, social media and mind-body interventions. She plans to expand her research skills at OHSU before pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Aside from psychological research, her interests include trail running, yoga and fashion. 

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Molly Hiller, MS (she/her)

Position: Project Coordinator

Molly graduated from Syracuse University with a B.A. in International Relations and an M.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Iowa State University. She has spent 3 years living in Cambodia first as a Peace Corps Volunteer and most recently Project Coordinator for a World Bank maternal, infant, and young child and nutrition project.  Her research interests include maternal and child health and nutrition. She is excited to join the lab and act as Research Coordinator for the PENGuIN Study.