DC: Synaptic Excitement @ PSU!

The Psychology Department at Portland State University is sending five undergraduates, and one graduate student to Washington this spring.  One additional PSU undergraduate is joining us in DC, and Portland State is also a co-sponsor of the House “Brains + Art” reception!




  1. Allie Clark; alliewclark@gmail.com; OHSU ADHD and Attention Program, PI: Joel T. Nigg; Federal grants:  NIH 1R01MH86654 “Longitudinal Imaging Study of ADHD Brain Development,” NIH 2 R01MH 059105 “Heterogeneity of Mechanism and Pathway in Child ADHD”;  Learn more:  Linked In
  2. Alex Voigt; avoigt@pdx.edu; NW Noggin social media coordinator; ADHD Research Study/ Nigg Lab; OHSU Psychological Research Programs; PI: Joel Nigg; NIH 1R01MH86654  “Longitudinal Imaging Study of ADHD Brain Development,” NIH 2 R01MH 059105 “Heterogeneity of Mechanism and Pathway in Child ADHD”
  3. Rosalie Lee; rosalie337@gmail.com;  www.sparechangepdx.org;  www.facebook.com/sparechangepdx
  4. Brianna Jacobs; briannaingridjacobs@gmail.com
  5. Jacob Schoen; jschoen@pdx.edu;  NW Noggin Coordinator and Team Member at Bonny Slope Elementary; Active member of the PSU Neuroscience Club and working as a Research Assistant for the GRASP lab at PSU, led by Kimberly Kahn, Ph.D., focused on addressing implicit biases towards gender and race with mindfulness and meditation.

Self-funded post-bac

6. Michael Miller; mjm7@pdx.edu; NW Noggin social media coordinator; I am pursuing a Ph.D. program to conduct research in critical disability studies and critical pedagogy to challenge the inherently oppressive and exclusionary practices of the hegemonic education system and the normative idea(l)s imposed on all students, specifically gender expectations on youth with disabilities. My proposed work would seek to co-generate new understandings of normative idea(l)s of gender and disability, and how these social constructs are inextricably linked to other parts of life (e.g. sociopolitical, historical, sexual, socioeconomic, racial).

Graduate student

7. Erin McConnell, mccon6@pdx.edu; research assistant in Keith Kaufman’s lab; “Preventing Campus Sexual Assault: Developing & Implementing a Sustainable Campus Situational Prevention Approach.”; Department of Justice SMART Office grant: Cooperative Agreement No. 2015-AW-BX-K003.



Learn more about our plans for the other Washington at the link below…

STEAMing to DC


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