Research Advisors


Jerusha Detweiler-Bedell

Jerusha received her BA and MA from Stanford University in 1995 and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Yale University in 2001. Her research interests lie at the intersection of clinical and health psychology. Specifically, she studies how to motivate people to protect their physical and mental health. Jerusha is an avid reader of fiction, loves travel, and can’t get enough of time spent with good friends, her husband (Brian), their children Rory, Roan, & Coriander and dog (Dori). She believes that every student is capable of becoming a collaborator in the exploration of psychological theory, research, and practice, and co-created the BHS Lab to fulfill those aims.

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Brian Detweiler-Bedell

Brian received his BA in Social Psychology at Stanford University in May 1994, his PhD in Social Psychology from Yale University in 2001, and a lot of other degrees in between. He was hired in 2002 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology by Lewis & Clark College along with his wife, Jerusha.

Brian is a coffee addict, and now goes to bed early because of his children, Rory, Roan and Coriander.

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Lab Members  

Mika Veres '24

Mika is a senior psychology major from Windsor, California. She joined the BHS Lab in the spring of 2022 and studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland during the spring of 2023. Her love of psychology is driven by a desire to understand what makes people act the way they do, which is why she joined the BHS Lab. After LC, she plans to continue working in the research field for a year or two before attending a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. Outside of school, Mika enjoys reading, photography, and music. 

Ishani Hansji '25

Ishani is a junior psychology major with a minor in entrepreneurial leadership from Orange County California. She has been a part of the lab since the fall semester of 2023. Ishani enjoys working with children and is looking to pursue a career involving them. She enjoys running, hiking, and rock climbing in her free time. 

Nando Magallanes '25

Hernando (Nando) Magallanes is a junior (25’) BHS Lab member from Portland, Oregon. Being a pre-med student, Nando is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology along with minoring in health studies. Nando also recently became a Qualified Health Care Interpreter in Oregon. Nando joined the BHS Lab to broaden his research experiences; working with people and not just with biomolecules is what attracted Nando to join the lab. Outside of education, Nando is also a defensive back for the Lewis & Clark Pios football team. In his extra time, he loves to spend time with close friends and family, stay active, play sports, and eat and cook different styles of food.

Ainsley Rios '27

Ainsley is a freshman psychology major from Hillsboro, Oregon. She has been a part of the BHS Lab since the Fall of 2023. Ainsley discovered her love for psychology in her freshman year of high school. She hopes to go into the field of research psychology. Ainsley is on the swim team at Lewis & Clark. Her main events are the 50 yd freestyle and the 100 yd butterfly. When she is not busy with academics and athletics, she likes to spend time with her pets and family.

Deenie Bulyalert '27

Deenie is a first year Psychology and Biology double major and hopes to pursue Neuroscience as a minor. They are from a small town in Southern Oregon and have been part of the BHS lab since the Spring of 2024. Her hope in participating in a lab like this and being a BioPsych major is to go into some sort of Social Justice Field (Harm Reduction, Nonprofit Organizing, etc...) after undergrad. Apart from the BHS lab and school, Deenie spends her free time with friends, working in local nonprofits, cooking, or participating in clubs on campus.