Lab Alumni

The TRAC Lab occasionally loses some of its members to greater things. Read about our former lab members below!

Staff Alumni

Genevieve Dash, M.S.

Genevieve Dash, M.S.

Genevieve received her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College and her M.S in Counselor Education with specializations in Clinical Mental Health and Addictions counseling from Portland State University. She went on to pursue her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Missouri, working in the Genetic Epidemiology Laboratory. Her research interests include adolescent psychopathology, motivational mechanisms underlying substance use, and etiology of addiction. She was a Research Assistant in the TRAC laboratory from 2015-2017.

Adam Haight, M.S.W.

Adam Haight, M.S.W.

Adam obtained his B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology at Lewis and Clark College and his Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. Adam's primary research and professional interests revolve around the relationship between developmental trauma and neurodevelopment in childhood, and the implications these experiences hold for later onset of psychopathology and addiction. Adam is also interested in and passionate about alternative models for addressing adolescent psychiatric distress in emergency medical settings.

Lindsay Hylek, B.A.

Lindsay Hylek, B.A.

Lindsay graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology. Prior to OHSU, she spent two years working at Pacific Quest, an outdoor behavioral healthcare program, and one year researching Major Depressive Disorder at Massachusetts General Hospital. After completing her role as the MINA Project Coordinator at the TRAC laboratory, she went on to pursue graduate study in social work in New York.

Clara Lewis, B.A.

Clara Lewis, B.A.

Clara received her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College, and worked as the MINA Project Coordinator in the TRAC lab. She is interested in the in the intersection of technology and the science of behavior change. She will pursue an MPH in Biostatistics.

Amy McDonald, M.S.W.

Amy McDonald, M.S.W.

Amy has been working with children and youth in a variety of advocacy and support roles over the past 10 years. She received her B.A. in Social Work from George Fox University and her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. Amy has worked extensively with youth involved in the criminal justice system and is interested in incorporating mindfulness into community-based alternatives to prison. 

Marissa Renda, B.A.

Marissa Renda, B.A.

Marissa is a native to Portland and received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Neuroscience from the University of Portland. She worked in the TRAC laboratory as the MINA Project Coordinator.

Hannah Scheuer, M.S.W.

Hannah Scheuer, M.S.W.

Hannah obtained her B.A. in Psychology from Reed College and her Masters in Social Work from Portland State University. Hannah's ultimate goal is to become a LCSW and work in tandem with translational research projects to help inform treatment and prevention efforts. Her research interests include the study of adolescent neurodevelopment, the identification of potential neurobiological biomarkers and underpinnings of risk for addiction and psychopathology, and the mechanisms underlying the onset of psychopathology.

Vanessa Somohano

Vanessa Somohano, M.A., CADC I

Vanessa received her Master of Arts from Humboldt State University in Counseling Psychology. She is currently pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology at Pacific University, and was a Research Assistant at the TRAC lab at OHSU. Vanessa's research interests include mindfulness-based interventions in community mental health and addictions treatment settings.

Nicky Tettamanti, B.S.

Nicky Tettamanti, B.S.

Nicky grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and graduated from the University of Oregon in 2017 with a B.S. in General Science. She worked as a Research Assistant at the TRAC Lab, which combined her interests in neuroscience and mental health. Previously, she has worked as a medical scribe for a family practice clinic and as an intern for Nursing Students for Sexual and Reproductive Health. Her research interests include biopsychology, reducing health disparities, and sexual and reproductive health. After her time in the TRAC Lab, she went on to Columbia for graduate study in Public Health.

Dustin Truitt, B.A.

Dustin Truitt, B.A.

Dustin received his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and was a Research Scientist at the University of New Mexico's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) before the TRAC Lab's relocation to Portland. Dustin specialized in the MRI study components of TRAC Lab's research, and continues to serve as honorary lab historian.

Volunteer Alumni

Jordan Alexander

Jordan Alexander, B.A.

Jordan graduated from Reed College in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. His responsibilities as a TRAC lab volunteer included neuroimaging data preprocessing and general data management. Jordan is interested in adolescent decision making and risk prevention and he hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.

Gabe Arden, M.A.

Gabe Arden, M.A.

Gabe received his B.A. in Intensive Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz in 2011 and moved to University of Arizona to work on studies led by Dr. David Sbarra in relationships, breakups, divorce, sleep and emotion. He completed his Masters in Experimental Psychology at San Jose State in 2014, with a thesis that focused on a multivariate analysis between alcohol consumption coping mechanisms and sexual behavior. Gabe worked in the private sector and community mental health before moving up to Portland in 2017. He was a TRAC Lab volunteer who assisted with data entry projects.

Mason McLellan, B.A.

Mason McLellan, B.A.

Growing up in Ashland and moving to Portland four years ago, Mason has lived in Oregon for most of his life. He finished his BA in Psychology with a minor in gender studies from Lewis & Clark College and worked as a volunteer in the TRAC lab. He hopes to eventually pursue a PhD in clinical neuropsychology.

Linda Ortiz, M.S.

Linda Ortiz, M.S.

Born and raised in Hillsboro, Oregon, Linda received her B.A. from Marylhurst University in 2015. Her research interests include PTSD, social perception and influence, and assistance animals. She completed her Masters in Research Psychology at Pacific University and was a volunteer in the TRAC lab, assisting with data entry and related tasks for MINA.

Jessie Willson

Jessie Willson

Jessie was a volunteer at the TRAC lab while working towards her B.A. at Reed. She was drawn to the TRAC Lab because of her interest in neuropsychology and her aspirations to become a researcher focusing on sexology following a graduate studies program.

Anna Young, B.A.

Anna Young, B.A.

A native Oregonian, Anna recently received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in religion studies from the University of Oregon before working as a volunteer in the TRAC lab. She is interested in the interaction of physiological, environmental, and cognitive factors involved in the development of psychopathology. In the future, she aims to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology .

Postdoc Alumni

Justin Caouette, Ph.D.

Justin Caouette, Ph.D.

Justin earned his PhD in Human Development from the University of California – Davis in 2016. Prior to that, he graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2008, with honors in Psychology. From 2016 to 2018, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the TRAC Lab, as well as a research fellow through the OHSU Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) - Oregon Students Learning and Experiencing Research (OSLER) TL1 program. Justin’s research uses fMRI methods to study peer social influences on adolescent and emerging adult affective health (e.g., anxiety, depression) and behavioral health (e.g., substance use, sexual health). As of 2019, Justin is serving as the inaugural Associate Director of Prevention Science Academic Programs, within the College of Education at the University of Oregon.

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