Labbies of the past: Where are they now? What are they doing?
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Charlotte graduated from LC in December 2019 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. After graduation, she returned home to San Francisco, deciding not to pursue graduate school right away. Charlotte is interested in doing nonprofit work, as well as working with kids. Currently, she works at UCSF assisting different research labs on campus with external grant applications. She also volunteers with the San Francisco Sea Scouts, a sailing program for teenagers that she participated in as a teenager. In her free time, Charlotte loves to read, sail, and make weirdly specific Spotify playlists.
Brandon is a senior Psychology major who joined the BHS lab during the spring 2019 semester, and expects to graduate in the spring of 2020. Having grown up in Salem, OR, just an hour south of LC, he is well acquainted with, and very appreciative of the PNW… but he doubts he’ll ever appreciate all the rain. Brandon’s foremost interest in psychology is mental health care and research. In particular, he is passionate about suicide prevention for high-risk populations and community supports for those with severe and persistent mental illness. After graduating from LC, he hopes to gain experience in these areas before pursuing a graduate degree. When he isn’t studying or sleeping, he enjoys coming up with divisive food combinations, browsing SoundCloud, and going on medium-length drives in his little, moderately-dependable Hyundai.
Avery graduated from LC in 2018 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Philosophy. After graduation, she bought a moped and got a job at a small science themed gift company in St. Johns- Cognitive Surplus. There, she helped with product research, marketing, product design, website management, copy writing, social media, and went to various trade shows. After working at Cognitive Surplus for 9 months, Avery began working at her current job as a Study Coordinator at the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC), at the Portland Veterans Hospital. In this role, she works with three researchers studying suicide prevention, home-based primary care, and care coordination for Veterans. Currently, she spends most of her time at work interviewing Veterans in the inpatient psychiatric unit about their experiences with community engagement. She hopes to continue learning as much as she can about research over the next year before applying to a PhD program in clinical psychology. When she’s not working, you can find Avery playing ultimate frisbee at Delta park, snowboarding at Mt. Hood, or reading a mediocre sci fi novel.
After Lewis and Clark, Ashley made the trek from Oregon to North Carolina where she worked for 2 years on the Resilience Project (a multi-site longitudinal study and researcher-practitioner partnership) at Duke University. This experience solidified that she wanted to use her skill-set as a researcher in a very applied way, which brought her to a hybrid doctoral program in Social and Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She is currently teaching Applied Psychological Science and loving every minute with her enthusiastic undergrads. She says they truly crack her up every day! When she is not hitting the books, you can find her eating her way through the Twin Cities, soaking up the local music scene, embracing Minneapolis “Lake Life” (a convenient substitute for her home—Puget Sound), and in snowy January/February hatching crafty “hibernation prevention plans”.
Esteban is currently a second year medical student looking towards emergency medicine. Last year he joined the Washoe County Search & Rescue HASTY team, which he is having a lot of fun with (he enjoys the helicopters and airboats), and he also volunteers with the Homewood Ski Patrol. He has gotten more involved with Burning Man, and he has a couple of art projects on the back burner. He also just purchased a surplus roadside LED message board, so he says that has been pretty entertaining.
Anya is in her first year of grad school at none other than Lewis & Clark, working towards her Master’s in Professional Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Addictions. In the meantime, she is wrapping up the summer season of her first garden, spending lots of self-care time crafting, and working as a barista in NE Portland.
Adassa graduated from LC in 2014 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Russian, and received her M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University in August, 2019. During graduate school, she worked on a research project that mainly evaluated Indiana’s state-funded pre-kindergarten program. Her research interests also include examining the relations between the early childhood workforce and the quality in early care and education contexts and children’s school readiness outcomes.
In summer 2019, Adassa and her partner, Kevin Ryan, who is another LC alum, moved back to the PNW with their dog Ellie Mae. After a beautiful wedding ceremony on Thunder Island and honeymoon-ing in Israel, they moved to Olympia, WA. Adassa recently accepted a job offer working as an Evaluation Specialist for Washington State’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Adassa and Kevin enjoy long cooking projects on rainy days, exploring their new surroundings, and visits from friends and family near and far.
After graduating from LC in 2014, Kaitlyn completed a year of service with AmeriCorps focused on health and wellness education and community organizing. After that, she worked for three years as a skills trainer at the Parry Center for Children residential treatment facility, during which time she also earned her MSW. Currently, Kaitlyn is a Child and Family Therapist focused mostly on crisis work with youth. She is also recently engaged and has a very energetic one year-old puppy. Between the new job, wedding planning, and keeping her dog out of trouble, she has been staying busy.
After graduating LC, Massarra worked as a Clinical Case Manger at the counseling department in the Lutheran Community Services. She was also involved with the child welfare act, as well as the Pathways to wellness Project (now nationally recognized). Her organization has Masters and PhD interns who she talks to and learns about the different programs out there for graduate school, and she is still exploring options for graduate schools on her own.
The work environment is very challenging, but she loves having the experience of working directly one-on-one with clients. She is learning a lot by meeting clients from various countries like Indonesia, Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Congolese, The United States, and more. They have amazing diversity at their work place like workers from many countries of Africa, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Greek, Russia, Ukraine, America, Spain, UK, Mexico, India, Switzerland and many more.
After graduating from LC, Cristal did Teach for America in Las Cruces, NM at Chaparral Middle School. She became a 7th grade Pre-Algebra teacher with little training, so the job a valuable life experience, but not without its challenges. Over the summer, she got a crash course into teaching in Phoenix and that was something she never expected. Cristal was really stressed and tired throughout the weeks until it ended and she had two weeks to be with her family before she moved to NM. Her whole life has changed and she is now Ms. Almonte. She feels very grown up now.
After graduating from Lewis & Clark, Cate worked as a Research Assistant at the Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership (OPIP) at OHSU for four years. Her work at OPIP inspired her to pursue a career in public health, and she is now obtaining her Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior & Health Education and Injury Science at the University of Michigan. She is also a Research Assistant at the Injury Prevention Center at the University of Michigan where she is conducting qualitative analyses around stakeholder and community use of a near real-time opioid overdose surveillance system. Post-graduation, Cate hopes to conduct community-based, collaborative research (hopefully back in the PNW!) around behavioral health and injury prevention topics such as mental health, suicide prevention, substance use, ACEs, and other trauma-related areas.
Erin graduated in December 2013 with a degree in psychology. She is originally from Pineville, Oregon. Her academic focus consisted of developmental and social psychology with an accidental interest in behavioral neuroscience. She has been a research intern under both the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant program and Miller grant program and has been fortunate enough to spend two summers at the Behavioral Neuroscience laboratory at OHSU. Erin plans to attend graduate school and will eventually figure out how to combine developmental and social psychology into a more concise and manageable path. She is particularly interested in the development of emotions and cognitive categorization skills in children. In her free time, Erin enjoys color-coding everything within reach, literature consumption, knitting, speaking of herself in third person, international punk rock, making the world a better place, and cuddling with her two cats, Bazil and Flitwick.
Pete was a psychology and Hispanic studies double major while at LC. He is from Mercer Island, Washington. Pete enjoys basketball, classical music, detective novels, Raisin Bran Crunch, nature, and justice. Pete was the team leader for the mindset team for the 2012-2013 school year and greatly enjoyed running studies, helping his team members grow, and attending WPA 2013 in Reno.
After graduating, Pete worked as a research assistant at the Child Health Data Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), as a lab manager at UCSD, and as a research coordinator with the College Transition Collaborative at Stanford University. He is currently in the social psychology PhD program at UCLA where he studies dominant group identity processes and interventions to reduce prejudice.
Since attending Lewis & Clark college, Illana has spent her time in the education and youth development world. She taught middle school science and STEM for four years in the rural south and loved it. She is currently in a Minnesota program directing an urban agriculture and environmental internship program called “Growing North Minneapolis”. The program is a community-driven collaboration between the North Minneapolis community and the University of Minnesota, focusing on youth and their communities. Through intergenerational mentorship and urban agriculture, they advance environmental, social, and racial justice in North Minneapolis. Illana is also a PhD candidate at the University of Minnesota in STEM education, currently in her last year and writing her dissertation. Her research focuses on STEM education contextualized within real world environmental work, particularly for adolescents of marginalized identities. In her free time, she spends her time in nature with her husband and rescue pups, gardening, playing games, adventuring and playing games with family and friends, and working on environmental restoration projects.
Steph graduated with a degree in psychology and a gender studies minor. She is from St. Paul, Minnesota. She knew that she wanted to be a psychology major before ever coming to Lewis & Clark. Besides her involvement in the psychology department, Steph was also on the Ultimate Frisbee team, the women’s varsity golf team, and a team leader for the Lewis & Clark SOLT tutoring program. During her time in lab Steph has been on the X-Phi team, the Mindset team and most recently the ENVS team. Her all time favorite BHS memory is meeting Phil Zimbardo at WPA 2011. Steph left the lab in December 2012 to work as the laboratory manager for the Behavioral Research Lab at the Rady School of Business at the University of California San Diego. Steph enjoys riding her bike and cleaning her room in her free time.
Corinne is from Bloomington, Indiana. She graduated with a degree in Biology, but thoroughly enjoys her work in Psychology. She was captain of the cross country and track teams, and road bikes recreationally. Corinne also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and camping, and loves exploring everything exciting the northwest has to offer. She studied abroad in Chile to help achieve her life-long goal of becoming fluent in Spanish.
Dmitri Ian Alvarado
Dmitri Alvarado is the kind of person that enjoys being his true and authentic self and sharing his skills and attributes with those around him. In part he is able to do this by earning his Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling where he can use his innate and learned talents to help people overcome their struggles and become people who feel confident being their true and authentic selves. Outside of this, he enjoys playing sports and dedicates as much time to self-care as possible. Dmitri is grateful for his experience working in the BHS and all of the opportunities the lab and Jerusha and Brian have afforded him.
After leaving BHS, Claire worked in Portland for two years and then moved to Austin, where she completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin. Following graduation, she returned to Portland and began working at Central City Concern as a mental health counselor for people with severe and persistent mental illness. During this time she also obtained her LCSW. Last year Claire was promoted to clinical supervisor of the team she was working on and now spends half her time supervising and half her time doing direct service.
Eli Klemperer grew up in Berea, Ohio and plans to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology. Eli spent a year abroad volunteering, studying and backpacking throughout South America. On campus, Eli was an active percussionist and a member of professor Erik Nilsen’s Human-Computer Interaction Lab. He enjoys outdoor activities and music. Eli plans to bike to Detroit before continuing his education in Social Psychology.
Richie is a data scientist who specializes in applying theories and methods from behavioral science to medicine and technology. He received his PhD in social-health psychology and quantitative methods from University of Minnesota. Richie’s research focuses on processes that sustain behavioral changes. He also conducts meta-science research, and is actively involved in many initiatives related to health, technology, and reproducible and open science. Most recently Richie was a data scientist at Uber, where he ran experiments at scale and productionized behavioral science metrics. Outside of work he enjoys trail running, books, food, podcasts, and quality time with friends and family.
Kelsey Domann is from West Linn, Oregon with an interest in health psychology. When she was not thinking about Public Health and graduate school applications, you could find her running, knitting, dancing, and being outside. Kelsey was an RA in Copeland Hall as well as a member of the Dance Team, Agape, Knitting Circle, College Honor Board, and an active volunteer with the Red Cross and Cascase AIDS project. She spent last spring semester in Siena, Italy eating lots of pasta and learning Italian.
Rachel Shelton (née Ludovise)
Rachel completed a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina in July 2016. She currently lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband, dog and two cats. They are both starting their 4th year as Occupational Therapists. Rachel works in the school system primarily with kids aged 3-13, and her husband works in a skilled nursing facility. Rachel loves visiting Portland when she has the chance and enjoys keeping in touch with friends from Lewis & Clark and BHS as much as possible!
Mandy was an Environmental Studies major and is from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Having grown up in paradise, Mandy loves being active. She was a member of the LC swim team and the Sustainability Council. When she wasn’t in the lab or studying in the library, you could catch her working one of her three jobs or exploring the Pacific Northwest with friends. After life at LC, Mandy hopes to travel the world via Peace Corps and pursue masters degrees in Business and Industrial Development Psychology.
After graduating from LC with a double major in Psychology and Hispanic Studies, Emilie participated in the North American Language and Culture Assistants program with the Spanish Ministry of Education, teaching English in public secondary schools. Following that, she worked in customer support at a tech company in Portland before returning to school to complete a Masters degree in Speech Language Language Pathology. Aside from working with students with communication disorders, Emilie also enjoys climbing, getting out in nature, and taking improv classes.
Emily graduated in 2010 with a degree in Psychology. During her time in lab, Emily lead the Prevention-Detection team. She was also involved in just about a million awesome activities such as working at the writing center, guiding campus tours, singing in the school choir and working as a teaching assistant. Emily’s ideal meal includes bacon and lots of it. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas and as a result LOVES college basketball. It was not uncommon to find her in lab on her laptop screaming at the players to “pick it up”. Now that four excellent years of LC are through, Emily hopes to pursue a PhD in Social Psychology. She is all about the big picture, and hopes to add onto the greater story of Social Psychology.
Kelsey received her JD from University of Texas at Austin in 2016, and is currently living in Los Angeles, working as an attorney for a nonprofit called Bet Tzedek Legal Services on a two-year fellowship. She works with Bet Tzedek’s Employment Rights Project working with low-income, primarily undocumented, workers who have experienced abuses in the workplace such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and wage theft. The fellowship ends in 2021, but she will continue working as a nonprofit attorney afterwards.
Allison received her PhD in Social and Health Psychology from Stony Brook University in 2016. For the last few years, Allison’s research has focused on developing behavioral interventions for improving health outcomes in underserved communities. In 2017, she received an F32 postdoctoral fellowship grant from NIH to develop community-based physical activity intervention programs that evaluate different approaches for building social support, competency, and motivation for behavior change. Allison says this work has been extremely rewarding, and she hopes to continue to expand this project in the coming years to multiple community sites. In the meantime, she will be going on the job market this fall to hopefully transition into a faculty position. Outside of research Allison can be found training to run a race, hiking, or chilling with her cat Lily.
Dani graduated in 2010 with a degree in Biology, but also excelled in psychology and gender studies. In the spring of 2010 she served as the student co-chair of the gender studies symposium. In addition, she is a Phi Beta Kappa member. In the lab, she led the experimental philosophy team (x-phi) and also conducted research in prevention and detection health behaviors. After graduation, she worked at the Grand Teton National park as a wildlife brigade intern. Dani loves listening to Josh Ritter, secretly loves listening to Josh turner, and also enjoys eating “organic” almonds. Finally, she is an excellent adoptive pet owner of her beta, Don Quixote.
Peaches graduated in 2009 with a degree in psychology from Gonzaga University. Before coming to the BHS Lab she did research on happiness - more specifically on savoring experiences. In BHS, she served admirably as Lab Manager from the summer of 2009 through the spring of 2010. Additionally, she was the leader of Team Tasty for the 2009-2010 school year. Peaches plans to pursue a PhD in Positive Psychology. Besides being a bad joke enthusiast, peaches enjoys breakfast burritos, dance parties, and hugs.
In 2012 Patrick got his JD from the University of Washington. He is currently running his own solo law practice in Seattle, Washington. December 2019 will mark the five year anniversary of him starting his own private practice.
Julie Robertson graduated with a BA in psychology in December 2009, and participated in Semester at Sea in the fall of her junior year. She currently works at OHSU for the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative. She will attend Portland State University beginning in Fall 2009 to get her MSW in hopes of one day working in crisis management. Julie enjoys running, traveling, going for random adventures, and meeting pirates at SPSP conferences.
Melanie Cohen, class of 2009, graduated with a double-major in psychology and French, and spent the Fall 2007 semester abroad in Strasbourg. She was the team leader for the framing team. Her hopes are to return to France in the coming few years to teach English. In the future she plans to go to graduate school for counseling or a teaching degree. She enjoys speaking French, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and traveling.
Laurel Anderson, class of 2009, graduated with a BA in psychology. She set the bar high as the first ever BHS Lab manager. She will spend the year after graduation volunteering at the Humane Society and exploring career possibilities. Current ideas include nursing or a job in the veterinary sciences. Laurel loves music, dancing, and her three pet rats.
Clare Montgomery-Butler, class of 2009, majored in psychology while also pursuing her interest in art. She participated in the Lewis & Clark New York City and Australia semester programs. She is from Northampton MA and enjoyed her years at Lewis & Clark.
Lauren just got her first job after completing a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2017, as well as a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship. She is a pediatric neuropsychologist within the Neurology department at Children’s Hospital Colorado. After spending the past 8 years on the east coast and then in the midwest, she is happy to be back in Colorado (where she is from originally). She is enjoying hiking and spending time outdoors. She also recently got engaged! She met her partner Tom at Lewis & Clark, and they are excited to celebrate with family and friends in 2020.
Laura Gadzik, class of 2008, graduated with a BA in psychology and a minor in art. She actually graduated a semester early and is working simultaneously as a youth care counselor and a child and adolescent treatment specialist at two different agencies in Portland. She is also a skilled jewelry craftswoman and sells her work on the internet. You should visit her web site at www.wanderlustre.etsy.com.
Nicolia received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2013. After a series of jobs in the public health research sphere, Nicolia took a bit of career pivot and now works in local government, focusing on innovation and data visualization/communication. She has been at the City of Boulder since 2017 and leads the city’s Open Data and Performance Metrics programs, and trains city staff in data reporting, measurement, and communication best practices. She lives with her husband, 2 cats, and newborn baby (born September 2019!) just outside of Boulder and loves being so close to nature and mountains.
Tess Gilbert graduated from Lewis & Clark with a major in psychology. After spending the summer volunteering in Guatemala training community health workers, Tess plans to live in Albequerque, New Mexico for a year. Tess hopes to then pursue her master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins University. When not saving the world, Tess loves to climb really big rocks, ski down moderate slopes, and dream about Bear Grills.
After L&C, Amy worked at Starbucks for a little over 2 years while she was figuring out her career plan. She applied for public health grad programs and decided to move south to attend Emory University in Atlanta, GA. As a grad student, Amy worked on studies assessing racial/ethnic disparities in HIV. After she received her Masters of Public Health in 2013, she was a research fellow at the CDC through the ORISE program, which turned in to a full-time position. She currently works on the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system, where she analyzes data, writes manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, builds databases, and provides technical assistance to local health departments implementing the project. Her research includes areas of stigma, discrimination, and social determinants of health pertaining to HIV.
During her grad program, she met her husband Zach and they got married in 2016. They live in Atlanta with their two cats. Amy enjoys biking, craft beer, and going to Atlanta United soccer games.
Nicole started a job in the Technology Transfer office at OHSU in the summer after graduation. She completed her MBA from OHSU/PSU in 2013. Flash forward to today and she is still working for the same department at OHSU in her fourth position within the office.
Caitlin Standish graduated as a psychology major from Lewis & Clark December 2007 after a fantastic final semester abroad in East Africa. She currently works as a backpacking and rock climbing instructor for Outward Bound USA in Colorado which she thinks may be in the running for top 10 best jobs in the world. Caitlin hopes to continue working outdoors or in another field related to sustainability though English and psychology are huge interests as well. She’s currently trying to decide between taking an underpaid job in social activism/psychology, going to graduate school, moving to New Zealand or teaching English somewhere interesting. She’ll be happy as long as she can spend time outside and feeling as though she’s making some sort of a difference in her community or the people around her.
Chelsea received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2017. She is currently a new faculty member at Montana State University. She is working towards understanding how aging and disease alter bone tissue material properties to cause skeletal fragility. Her faculty assignment includes teaching; one of her favorite classes is Data Analysis & Statistics for undergraduate engineers. She lives with her husband and two border collies in Bozeman, MT, and enjoys exploring the mountains and rivers of the beautiful state.
Originally hailing from the Bay Area, California, Melia was woo’d to Lewis & Clark by the promise of a vibrant green city, a versitile education, and outstanding professors. In her youth, she spent many a long evening sitting in her dad’s cushy office chair, absorbing watered down theories of Freud, Jung, and “Dad,” as her therapist father attempted to make sense of his daughter’s middle and high school dilemmas. Little did she know that this initial armchair introduction into the world of Psychology would lead her into a world much more complex (and interesting) than middle school politics. After focusing her attention on social and community psychology at Lewis & Clark, Melia lept into the post-graduation world, keen on making a her mark in the realm of nonprofit work. She served two years as an AmeriCorps member with Hands On Greater Portland, helping connect volunteers with meaning service opportunities at over 250 nonprofits in the greater Portland area. She now works full-time at Hands On as their Partner Services Manager with a wonderful staff, and enjoys drawing on her psych education whenever statistics need to be analyzed, focus groups designed, or service learning opportunities created. In her free time, Melia enjoys biking around town, cooking for friends, dancing Irish sean-nòs, eating cheese, and trying to maximize the 24 hours in each day.
Linnaea settled into a long-term career as faculty at the VA Puget Sound (health services researcher & primary care doctor)/University of Washington School of Medicine (instructor of medicine), after fellowship in health services research & residency training in internal medicine/pediatrics (UCLA). She is continuing to explore the PNW with her family (husband Matt, & son Sabin, born Dec 2018).
Shannon Brady is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wake Forest University. Her research examines how people make meaning of themselves and their environments, how institutional messages affect this meaning-making, and the consequences thereof for diverse outcomes including well-being, achievement, relationships, and health. By developing and testing social-psychological interventions, she seeks to advance theory, elucidate psychological dimensions of major social issues, and develop new ways to improve individual and community life. Before pursuing research full-time, she was a middle and elementary school teacher at Taopi Cikala Owayawa (Little Wound School) on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She has a M.S. from Black Hills State University in Education and a PhD from Stanford University in Developmental and Psychological Sciences. When not researching or teaching, she enjoys making delicious things to eat, spending time in nature, playing board/card games, traveling, and spending time with her husband James and daughter Hannah.
Jessica Johnson, Class of 2006, graduated with a BA in psychology and completed an independent study research project with Shannon Brady on “Why words matter: Enhancing motivation to attend couples’ counseling.” She has spent the past 3 years working for the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI) at OHSU doing research in child and adolescent health. Her favorite extracurricular has been training for the annual Thrill the World Thriller dance performance and practicing her best zombie scare. Temporarily, she is hanging up her research hat to pursue community service work in Astoria (near her hometown of Gearhart) with the AmeriCorps HOPE Project. She is planning on attending graduate school for her PhD/MSW or MPH (or both!) in the fall of 2010.
Kerry returned to her hometown on Hawai’i Island in 2010 and then spent 4 years in a leadership position at a nonprofit organization, managing over 2,400 acres of land and buildings in North Kohala, including a national and state registered Historic District. Since 2014, Kerry has been working as a licensed Realtor across North Hawaii and periodically enjoying visits from Lewis & Clark friends including the Detweiler-Bedell ohana. Residing in the scenic, upcountry, agricultural and ranching community of Waimea Town, Kerry is a lover of locally sourced food, excited to live within walking distance of farmers’ markets and farm-to-table restaurants. She recently adopted a turtle named Shelldon.
In May, Mihana completed her first year as the Director of Student Activities at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on the Big Island of Hawaii. In addition to running the activities program she also works on the Health & Wellness Curriculum for 9-12 grades, coach girls soccer and live in the dormitories as a Dorm Parent. After graduating from LC, she enjoyed extensive travel through South America and a year of work/play living in Cronulla, NSW Australia last year. It is a relief for her to be home after six years of exploration away from the islands. Mihana loves the work that she’s doing at HPA and continues to develop her love of psychology.She intends to pursue her MA studies through summer sabbaticals starting next year and hope to have her masters in counseling by 2012.
After graduating from LC and bidding a fond farewell to BHS, Abigail completed her doctorate in social psychology at Northwestern University. Her dissertation research focused on how individual motivation orientation shows up in group settings (think a collaborative school or work project). She spent a year as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis and decided to return to Portland in 2012. She has since stepped off the academic path to pursue a career in data science, but she never stopped applying the lessons she learned by studying psychology. Abigail even returned to LC to adjunct teach some psychology courses and Jerusha and her found time to co-author a book chapter on teaching. Abigail is still based in Portland and tries to attend lab events whenever she can. She still has her original BHS mug, circa 2002. Once a labbie, always a labbie.
While in the BHS lab, Tom Armstrong worked on projects investigating the structure of affect and the emotional modulation of attention. In addition, he and Brian co-authored a paper on the psychology of aesthetics, recently published in Review of General Psychology. Tom worked as a lab manager at Cornell University before entering graduate school in Clinical Psychology at Vanderbilt University in 2007. Under the guidance of Dr. Bunmi Olatunji, he now conducts eye tracking research on attentional biases in OCD. In particular, he is interested in the differential modulation of attention by fear and disgust in contamination-based OCD. Tom is also interested in the philosophy, history, and sociology of science; he may have pursued graduate school in “Science Studies” were it not for a competing interest in gainful employment.
Talia Ullmann, class of 2005, graduated with a double major in Psychology and Art. After working in Portland for a few years she returned to her hometown of Chicago to pursue a Masters in Arts Administration and Policy from the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently working on her thesis and remembering all the useful research tools she learned in BHS Lab. She hopes to eventually return to Portland and continue working in the arts.
Since graduating from Lewis & Clark in 2005, Zoey Cronin has worked in a therapeutic preschool, been a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, and gotten a Master’s in Special Education for Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities from The George Washington University. In 2010 she moved to the remote Yup’ik village of Alakanuk, AK (pop. 652) to teach special education. She keeps herself entertained with yoga, cross country skiing, quilting, Eskimo dancing, and planning summer adventures. The BHS Lab’s lasting influence can be seen in her inability to refuse to participate in any kind of study, and her suspicion of results based on small sample sizes.
Liesl Beecher-Flad, class of 2005, graduated with honors and is currently residing in Portland. She makes a mean cup of coffee at her place of employment - Pappacchino’s coffee house, where she recently broke her nose on a refrigerator. She is addicted to yoga and cheese sticks and spends her free time searching for the driver’s license, passport, credit card, camera, etc. that she most recently misplaced. Liesl intends to pursue graduate work in psychology, but currently loves it all too much to pick an area of specialization.
Elena received her PhD in Human Services Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2012. She currently works as a Supervising Psychologist at a large forensic hospital in Southern California. She also has a small private practice and has written and published a series of self-help books based on evidence-based practices. Elena lives with her husband and two boys (Jaxon and Sam, ages 11 months and 3 years) in Pasadena, California and they spend as much time as they can at the beach.
Miya Barnett received her PhD from Central Michigan University in 2014. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she runs the Promoting Access through Dissemination/implementation Research on Evidence-based Services (PADRES) Lab and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Clinic. Miya specializes in PCIT, which is an evidence-based treatment for young children and families with externalizing behaviors. She has provided PCIT training and consultation for community clinicians nationally and internationally. Her federally-funded research focuses on dissemination and implementation, strategies to decrease mental health service disparities for ethnic minority children and families, and the mobilization of lay health workers to increase access to EBPs. In her spare time, Miya enjoys exploring the beaches and mountains of Santa Barbara with her friends and pup.
Dr. Anisa Goforth is an associate professor and Director of School Psychology Graduate Training Programs in the Department of Psychology at the University of Montana. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Montana and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR in 2004. After graduation, she moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia where she was a computer teacher and school counselor at a K-12 American school. After two years in Cambodia, Dr. Goforth went to Michigan State University (NASP approved, APA-Accredited), where she received her Masters of Arts in School Psychology in 2006 and PhD in School Psychology in 2011. Her dissertation investigated the acculturation and psychological adjustment among Arab American adolescents. She also completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Psychological Services Center at Illinois State University, which is part of the Illinois School Psychology Consortium (NASP approved, APA-accredited).
April works as a Housing Case Manager for the local community action agency assisting people who are experiencing homelessness to obtain housing and to maintain stability in their housing. She lives in Corvallis, OR with her husband Lukas. They spend a lot of their time volunteering with the Baha’i Faith community to empower people to build strong and connected neighborhoods together.
After graduating from LC, Lisa received her PhD from Northeastern University in 2009. Lisa is currently in a combined academic role, running a research lab, teaching undergraduate psychology, and engaging with efforts to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion at the university, in the field, and across science! Towards the latter, she is currently serving as Associate Dean Equity Diversity and Inclusion in the Faculty of Science at UNSW. Her research focuses on positive emotions and social processes, and has been funded by the Australian government and the Australian Red Cross Blood Service. She uses her BHS mug to this day and refers to her own trainees as “labbies”.
Casia Freitas graduated from Lewis & Clark College in the class of 2004 with a double major in International Affairs and Hispanic Studies and lots of psych classes. After spending a year working in Mexico City she went on to get an MA in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis at Stanford University. Casia has carried on her love for research past the BHS Lab and into other positions in the nonprofit sector. She currently works as a researcher at the New Teacher Center in Santa Cruz, CA. She is the author of Bilingual and International Schools in Mexico and Central America, 3rd edition, and numerous published articles and reports.
Devon is a very funny girl. She likes researching disgusting things. Especially moths and chickens. She tells people she’s from Seattle, but really, she’s from Woodinville. She graduated with the class of 2004 and will be looking into grad schools for next year.
Living in Chicago, Kimberly is a Partner at a law firm and is working mainly in pharmaceutical patent litigation, but also does work relating to regulated personal care products and false advertising. Kim graduated from L&C in 2004 and went straight to law school. After law school, she had a series of jobs, some related to law, some not - but eventually landed in “Big Law” and worked her way from contract attorney to Partner. She started traveling a couple of times a year starting in 2014, and since then has visited The Galapagos, Ecudador, Italy, Scotland, Costa Rica, Jamaica and she completed the Tour du Mont Blanc (France, Switzerland and Italy). She is looking forward to heading to Iceland and India next!
Alexa Delbosc (née Reynolds)
After continuing to study social psych through a masters degree, Alexa took a break from academic life and moved to Australia to be with her now-husband Thomas. She worked for a few years in market research at Museum Victoria before starting a research role in transportation at Monash University in Melbourne. She finished a PhD in 2013 and still uses the methods and statistics she learned in social psychology to understand why people travel the way they do.
Julia Boehm is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Chapman University. She received her PhD from the University of California, Riverside in 2009 and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Boehm’s research examines whether positive psychological characteristics such as optimism are associated with improved cardiovascular outcomes and related health behaviors. Dr. Boehm has received grants from the National Institute on Aging and the American Heart Association to investigate these topics.
After completing his MSW in 2010, Christopher started as a field therapist for a wilderness therapy program. There he did 24 day backpacking trips with teens that promoted skill building and provided daily individual and group therapy. From there he moved on to a mobile mental health crisis job for almost 5 years at Project Respond. Christopher now works in the psychiatric emergency department at Unity Center for Behavioral health in Portland. At both Project Respond and at Unity, he meets with people who are in crisis to assess risk and provide resources regarding suicidality, psychosis, substance use disorders, and all kinds of lack of access to stability and support. In addition to his primary job, Christopher provides clinical supervision for both LCSW and LPC track clinicians, and is a river guide in the summer (again working with wilderness therapy programs on multi-day trips).
Visiting Lab Members
Brooks is a sophomore born in Mexico City and mostly raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She is planning on double-majoring in psychology and Latin American Studies, and also has a great interest in Literature and Art History. In her spare time, she loves reading anything interesting she can get her hands on, traveling to Mexico, cooking, dabbling in art, and watching foreign films (especially French new wave). She is currently attending Portland State University. Right now she is especially interested in birdwatching, and is excited about honing her binocular skills.
Brooks worked on the Emotional Intelligence Team.
Katrina hails from Seattle, but finds Portland to be far superior. She is currently a sophomore at PCC, with plans to transfer to LC in autumn of ’06. She is a psychology major with hopes of pursuing a double major (or at least a minor) in sociology. She joined the lab in the summer of 2005. Katrina loves music, reading, writing, and exploring the city. She’s rather clumsy, but an exceptionally good cook of vegetarian cuisine. She misses sleeping and dreams of one day becoming a Jeopardy champion.