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Labbies of the past: Where are they now? What are they doing?

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Class of 2014

Adassa Budrevich

     After graduating Adassa got a job as an adolescent counselor at a residential treatment facility called Northwest Behavioral Healthcare Services. The population she works with are clients aged 13-17 who have varying disorders.  A majority of them have a dual diagnosis, meaning coupled with their mental disorder, is a drug addiction. Her duties include relaying the kids from one group session to another, holding the kids accountable for their actions by providing consequences, keeping them safe, and creating space for them to have “check-ins” with her. 

     Simultaneously, she is applying to graduate school! It is really hard work and time consuming, but she knows she wants to get a higher degree. She took the GRE and did really well, which is keeping her motivated. She moved out of her sister’s house this summer and is living with friends right off of Hawthorne in a vibrant part of town. Every day, she tries to sit on the porch with a hot drink and watch the world go by. 


Kaitlyn True

     After graduating from LC, she spent the summer as an environmental educator for the Tualatin Hills Nature Park. However, once it started to turn rainy, she accepted an AmeriCorps position through Metropolitan Family Service in NE Portland. She now works as a Community Engagement Specialist at Davis Elementary School, where she teaches health and wellness themed service-learning classes, plans evening classes for parents, helps families enroll in rental and food assistance programs, coordinates community events, recruits volunteers, looks after the school garden, and much more! After the AmeriCorps year ends next August, she plan to pursue my MPH in either epidemiology or health promotion.  


Massarra Eiwaz

     Massarra is currently working as a Clinical Case Manger at the counseling department in the Lutheran Community Services, which means she does case management work for only the clients that receive mental health services. She is also involved with the child welfare act, will be involved with insurance soon, and has a big involvement in the Pathways to wellness Project which is the adjustment support groups (now it is nationally recognized). She attends a lot of trainings about mental health for refugees and mental health in general. 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, America, 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 oh god so much more!!! 


Cristal Almonte

     Cristal is doing Teach for America in Las Cruces, NM. It has been really intense because with little training she became a 7th grade Pre-Algebra teacher. She is teaching in Chaparral Middle School, which is a 45 minute commute daily. Luckily, she carpools with other teachers so gas is not that crazy. It is a valuable life experience, but it is 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 my family before she moved to NM. Her whole life has changed and she is now Ms. Almonte. She                                                                  definitely feels very grown up now.


Cate Vreede

     Cate is a senior Psychology major from Westfield, Indiana. She has a broad range of interests in the fields of abnormal, addiction, health, behavioral neuroscience, and social psychology. Cate is currently working as a research intern at the Oregon Health & Science University with Dr. Rieckmann on the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based addiction services. Although she is planning to take a few years off after college, Cate is planning to attend graduate school for psychological research, perhaps focusing on public health or dual diagnosis for mental health and addiction research. This is Cate’s second semester in the Behavioral Health & Social Psychology Lab, and her first semester as a team leader. In her free time, Cate likes to experiment with oil paints, and hopes to set up an online store to sell paintings on the side. She also loves to sing very loudly in the car, travel, people watch, explore Portland, play with her housemate’s kitten, and drink too much caffeine.



Class of 2013


Erin Bidiman

Erin graduated in December 2013 with a degree in psychology. She is originally from Pineville, Oregon. She is ecstatic and terrified to have graduated in December of 2013 and cannot wait to begin her new identity as “employee”. Her academic focus consists 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 her past 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 Fisher

Pete graduated with a degree in psychology and Hispanic studies. He is from Mercer Island, Washington. Besides his interests in social psychology research and Spanish literature, Pete enjoys competitive running, 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. Pete currently works as a lab manager for the Bryan Lab at UC San Diego.


Illana Livstrom

Illana graduated with a degree in psychology and sociology & anthropology. She is from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Besides her work as team leader for the bike/environment team she also worked in Erik Nilsen’s Human Computer Interaction lab as a research assistant and a mentor under the Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant studying serious games, creativity, divergent and convergent thinking. She is also interested in studying children, play, and problem solving.  Illana studied abroad in Ecuador while at LC. In her free time, she enjoys running, gardening, farms and horses, board games, forests and waterfalls, and festivals. Illana is currently working as a middle school science teacher for Teach for America in Wallace, North Carolina.


Class of 2012

Steph Schwartz

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. She misses her cats and the Minnesota snow and will never be happy with the Portland rain. 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 Innes

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 graduated with a degree in Psychology. He is a complicated being that doesn’t like to intimidate people. He enjoys well-rounding himself by learning about reading, riting(sic), and ‘rithmatic (although not as much as reading nor riting). His favorite thing to do is have fun. He is able to accomplish this by playing sports then listening to music then playing more sports. If it was possible he would spend 168 hours a week having fun.  Also if you ever see him around please speak some Spanish or German to him. One thing he doesn’t like is when people get all lachrymose on him. His super power is that he can outstare babies and dogs.  His goal in life is to get a Ph.D. in social psychology so he can legally subject people to his experiments. Dmitri also played for the Lewis & Clark varsity men’s golf team.


Claire Beatus

Claire graduated with a degree in Psychology and a Gender Studies minor. She grew up in Chicago, IL, but loves the Northwest. Claire enjoys crocheting, hiking, running, making up factoids, and cooking. Claire also loves food and is never one to turn down chocolate. She is also especially passionate about women’s health care and and spends her free time volunteering at the Portland Women’s Crisis Line as a support group leader and sexual assault response advocate.  On the weekends, she hangs out with her fluffy cat, Phoebe.



Azalea Lewis
Ashley Beck


Class of 2011

Eli Klemperer

Eli Klemperer grew up in Berea, Ohio and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Social Psychology.  Eli recently returned from a year away from Lewis & Clark in order to volunteer, study and backpack 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 LeDonne

Richie graduated in 2011 as a Psychology major and Physics minor from Narberth, Pennsylvania. He is fascinated by people, teaching and research and plans to pursue a professorship in Psychology. In addition to work with the BHS Lab, Richie has conducted research in Erik Nilsen’s Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory. Outside of work and study in psychology Richie was captain of the Lewis & Clark Cross Country and Track teams. He also worked with Student Support Services (serving as their Intern in the spring of 2010). Richie enjoys movies, podcasts, running, smoothies and the wilderness.


Kelsey Domann

Kelsey Domann is from West Linn, Oregon with an interest in health psychology. When she’s not thinking about Public Health and graduate school applications, you can 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 Ludovise

Rachel is from Sebastopol, CA,  she double-majored in Psychology and French. She discovered her passion for psychology her first year in college and hasn’t been able to get enough of it since. Outside of school, she loves roller coasters, snowboarding, and seeing her favorite bands perform live. She studied in Strasbourg, France in the Spring of 2010 and is extremely excited about it (although she missed taking part in BHS while she’s gone)! In her spare time, she can usually be found wandering around downtown Portland or relaxing with a good book.


Amanda Hamilton

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.


Emilie Sanchez


Class of 2010

Emily Umansky

Emily graduated in 2010 with a degree in Psychology. During her time in lab, Emily lead the Prevention-Detection team. She is also a super human and was 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 is 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 Chapple

Kelsey recently graduated from Lewis & Clark with a double major in Psychology and Art. She received numerous honors in both fields, including membership to Phi Beta Kappa and Psy Chi. With a hard-working attitude and good humor, she lead the Clinical Team through many complicated and detailed studies with promising results. With an infectious laugh and positive personality, “KChaps” enjoys the finer things in life: making and appreciating all art, the band Wilco, dancing at all hours of the day, boat shoes, really really bad jokes and rummage sales. Kelsey hopes to take the Clinical world by storm eventually but short-term, Kelsey will return to her homeland of Alaska to gather more experience while appreciating polar bears, penguins and Northern Lights.

Allison Sweeney

Allison graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2010 with a degree in Psychology. She has served as team leader of the Environmental Psychology Team,, where she was famous for cranking out successful and significant studies in not time flat. Her studies have focused on the connection between message framing and how people think and make decision about the environment. Outside of her role in lab, Allison has studied abroad in Strasbourg, France and rowed on the Women Crew Team. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is chocolate chip cookie dough. She does an impeccable rendition of Yoda, and is a burping champion. Her immediate plans include moving to Utah for a research position, pursuing a  PhD in Social Psychology, and continuing her life as an awesome gal with a great smile.


Dani Fagre

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. She has recently accepted a position 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 Baula

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.



Class of 2009

Patrick MacDonald

Pat MacDonald, class of 2009, graduated with his BA in psychology. He plans to spend this summer working on the Victoria Cupper, a passenger ferry. This fall, Pat will begin law school at the University of Washington with the hopes of eventually becoming a judge. Pat has enjoyed his time with the BHS Lab as the team leader of the Prevention-Detection team, and is now an expert in framing and motivating people to engage in health behaviors. In his free time, Pat enjoys playing Madden Football with his friends and listening to Anthrax and Metallica.

Julie Robertson 

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

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

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

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.


Natalie Chernus
Lauren Haisley
Alex Steahly-Jenkins



Class of 2008                 

Laura Gadzik

Laura Gadzik, class of 2008, graduated with a B.A. 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



Nicolia Eldred-Skemp

Nicolia Eldred-Skemp, class of 2008, recently finished her senior year with a B.A. in psychology. She volunteers for the CAHMI project at OHSU and will stick around Lewis & Clark for a little longer, working with BHS for the summer. Nicolia is always up on the latest music and dedicated much of her time in college to Lewis & Clark’s radio station, KLC Radio. Nicolia has aspirations of earning a degree in public health within the next few years.


Tess Gilbert

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.


Amy Baugher

Amy Baugher, class of 2008, recently graduated with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in gender studies. In addition to being Team Leader of the Illness Cognition Team in the BHS Lab, Amy has dedicated her time to the Speech and Debate Team and represented the Psychology department at SAAB. Amy plans to enroll in a master’s of social work program withing the next couple of years, and currently plans to live in Portland. Her job opportunities are numerous at the moment, but she would ideally like to continue doing research in an academic environment.


Class of 2007                      

Nicole Garrison

Nicole is a senior psychology major from Beaverton, OR. As far back as she can remember, Nicole planned on being a psych major in college with the intention of eventually following in her mother’s footsteps and becoming a clinical psychologist.  Though she prefers to stay within the Psychology department, Nicole has also been known to dabble in SOAN and Art History.  She is very fond of gardens, zoos, museums, and shopping malls.  Around finals and midterms, Nicole dreams of quitting school and joining the circus, figuring she could probably take tickets or something.  She is currently applying to clinical psychology grad school and working on her senior thesis.


Caitlin Standish

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 Heveran

Chelsea Heveran graduated as a Psychology major, with honors, in 2007. She relocated herself an entire 4 miles away and has been working as a Research Assistant to an Orthopedic Surgeon at OHSU. Chelsea spends most of her time studying knees, although she has also taken up distance running, mountain climbing, and scuba diving since graduating from LC. Tanga, her cat, is without a doubt the Best Cat Ever. Chelsea will pursue an MS in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University starting Fall 2009.

Melia Tichenor

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.


Class of 2006  

Linnaea Schuttner

Linnaea Schuttner, Class of 2006, graduated with a B.A. in psychology and pure brilliance (i.e., a minor) in chemistry. She has been part of the emergency medical research team at OHSU and likes to make diagrams of metabolic pathways. She is taking a year off before entering medical school. Currently, Linnaea has at least three pairs of great shoes, an Alaskan residency, and a penchant for togas.

(Linnaea does not approve this message. Jessica, Shannon, and Kerry wrote it for her, and she hates sounding pretentious in the third person.)


Shannon Brady

Shannon Brady, Class of 2006, graduated with a B.A. in psychology and a Bachelor of Awesome in life. She spent much of senior year guiding the illness cognition team and working with Jessica Johnson on their collaborative research project, “Why words matter: Enhancing motivation to attend couples’ counseling.” After graduation, Shannon joined Teach For America and taught for five years at Little Wound School on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in western South Dakota. As a teacher, she became fascinated by how social psychological principles could be applied in educational settings to enhance student success. When she just couldn’t bear it any longer, she returned to graduate school to pursue this line of research. She is currently a doctoral student at Stanford University working with Geoffrey Cohen.


Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson, Class of 2006, graduated with a B.A. 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 Balaam

Kerry Balaam, Class of 2006, graduated with a B.A. in psychology. Besides devoting 4 years to a BHS project on journaling as emotional disclosure, she spent her days at LC working in the Writing Center and “talking story” with Peter Vidito in the Bio-Psych office. Currently, Kerry is looking into public health master’s programs and educating herself about the process of grant writing. Much to the surprise of her former lab-mates, who never knew Kerry as a morning person, she now arrives for work at Grand Central Bakery at 6am each day. In the long run, Kerry plans to return home to Hawaii and develop fabulous community health programs there. For now, she enjoys living in Portland and rooting for the Trailblazers no matter how many games they lose.


Mihana Diaz

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.


Class of 2005  

Abby Hazlett

Abigail Hazlett  graduated with departmental honors after completing her senior thesis on helping behavior and bid a found farewell to PDX to attend graduate school in her home state of Illinois. She has completed her M.S. in Social Psychology and is hard at work on her dissertation to earn her Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Participating in BHS sparked a keen interest in both research and the teaching/mentoring of undergraduate students. She continues to pursue both these interests in graduate school where she works as graduate assistant at the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence; her research projects focus on how motivational factors impact emotions, decision-making, and social interactions. While she no longer lives in the Pacific Northwest, Abby has brought the love of fine beer and fine coffee instilled in her in Portland back to Chicago, where she frequently bemoans the lack of quality local microbrews and savors the availability of both Intelligentsia and Metropolis roasts. Abby still has her original BHS mug, bestowed upon her way back in 2002. Once a labbie, always a labbie.


Tom Armstrong

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

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.


Zoey Cronin

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

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 Welsh

Elena Welsh, class of 2005, graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Gender Studies. After graduation she spent a year as an AmeriCorps member mentoring youth in the foster care system. She is currently working diligently on her Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology (in the clinical and community/applied social tracks) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her clinical work thus far includes working with perpetrators of domestic violence, and torture survivors. Her research interests broadly encompass trauma, coping, and effective cross-cultural intervention.  She is also involved in a project funded by the AIDS administration of MD which aims to improve the engagement, retention, and health behaviors of clients with HIV/AIDs through collaborative agency improvement and training primary care staff in motivational interviewing techniques.


Miya Barnett

Miya Barnett, class of 2005, graduated with a double major in Psychology and Hispanic Studies.  Since graduating she worked as a Milieu Therapist at OHSU Children’s Psychiatric Day Treatment Center, volunteered with disadvantaged children in Oaxaca, Mexico, and interned at the Parenting Clinic at the University of Washington.   She is currently enrolled in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Central Michigan University where she does research on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.


Class of 2004  

Anisa Goforth

Anisa Goforth is currently a fourth year doctoral student in School Psychology at Michigan State University. She is Australian and American and grew up in 6 different countries. Her research interests include culturally appropriate evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents, school-based mental health prevention and interventions, and cultural competency skill development for school psychology practitioners. Her dissertation examines the relationship between acculturation and psychological adjustment among Arab American adolescents. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a faculty position at a Research 1 institution and eventually a small liberal arts college (like LC!).


April Lapotre

April Lapotre Hein, class of 2004, graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. This summer she is collaborating on a manuscript of the BHS research project, “Emotional Competencies and Cooperation in the Prisoner’s Dilemma Paradigm”. She will spend the next year working for the Youth Services Bureau of Eureka, CA through Americorps. She is also researching graduate schools in Social Work and Community Psychology.


Lisa Williams

Lisa A. Williams, class of ’04, graduated with a B.A. in Psychology. She went on to receive her M.A. (’06) and Ph. D. (’09) in Social Psychology  from Northeastern University under the supervision of Dave DeSteno.  Her research focuses on the intra- and interpersonal functions of social emotions such as pride and gratitude. She joined the faculty in the School of Psychology at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia in the summer of 2009.


Casia Freitas

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 non-profit 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 D’Ewart

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.


Gittings PhotographyKim Sackmann

Kim graduated from LC in 2004 with a double major in Psychology and Communication.  She went on to law school at Northern Illinois University and graduated magna cum laude in 2007.  She is now living in Illinois and working in Chicago as a personal injury attorney.


Class of 2003  

Alexa (Reynolds) Delbosc

Alexa Reynolds, class of 2003, graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.   Alexa first became addicted to social psychology after taking Brian’s Intro to Social Psych class. This love persisted even after the terrifying experience of singing “My Girl” in an elevator at OHSU for her Social Norms project.  She graduated with honors for her thesis, “Don’t think about the vomit: Toward a better understanding of the role of anticipatory relief in decision making under risk.”  She has a Masters in Social Psychology from Harvard University.  She is now a Research Fellow at the Institute of Transport Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where she applies her experience in psychology and statistical methods to understand and improve public transport and travel.


Julia Boehm

Julia Boehm, class of 2003, earned her B.A. with honors in Psychology. Following her graduation from college, Julia spent a year working as an AmeriCorps member in Oregon. In 2009, Julia received her Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. She is currently teaching and conducting research in the Boston area.



Chris Murray

Christopher Murray, class of 2003, graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and received honors for his thesis, “Please, increase my tuition: The effect of mood and mood-awareness on cognitive dissonance.” After teaching in Japan for several years, he returned to Portland in 2006 to work as a residential treatment counselor for children with emotional and behavioral problems.  He is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Social Work at Portland State University and will continue working with at-risk youth.


Visiting Lab Members

Brooks Fuentes

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 Liukko

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.

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