EGDS
EGDS
EGDS
EGDS

Alyssa Rayhel

Project Manager

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

AlyssaAlyssa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders & Sciences from the University of Oregon in 2007. Shortly after graduating, Alyssa began a career in research as an interviewer for a study that involved working with the Oregon foster care community and families involved with Oregon social services. While continuing her work on other research projects, she also joined the Early Growth & Development Study (EGDS) as an interviewer in August 2008. Over the years Alyssa has progressed into different roles within the EGDS which include: participant recruitment, data management and assessment coordination. In July 2014, Alyssa transitioned into the Project Manager role for the University of Oregon site. She works closely with Principal Investigator, Dr. Leve, and manages all of the Early Growth & Development Study projects at the UO. Alyssa enjoys working with the EGDS participants and team members across sites. She is interested in continuing to expand her knowledge about child development and family dynamics.

Nicole Gernhardt

Recruiter and Interviewer

The Pennsylvania State University

nicoleNicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State. She worked on both clinical and developmental psychology research studies throughout her undergraduate career. She joined the Early Growth and Development study in 2011 after working as a 24-hour crisis hotline counselor and mental health technician in a psychiatric rehabilitation facility. She primarily handles recruitment and scheduling of families for the study as well as phone interviewing with adoptive parents. Nicole’s research interests include the gene-environment interplay and the day-to-day dynamics that contribute to a family’s functioning and overall well-being. She is excited to be a part a wonderful research team and a study with such supportive and willing participants.

Allison Mitchell

Lab Manager

The Pennsylvania State University

AllisonAllison received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Schreyer’s Honors College at The Pennsylvania State University in 2009. In the fall of 2009, Allison began working on the Early Growth and Development Study. In 2014 she graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Masters of Social Work and is a licensed social worker. Allison’s main duties include keeping track of study data, and looking after the day to day aspects of the study at the Penn State site.

Denise Ford

Interviewer

University of California, Riverside

DeniseDenise earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Oregon. She spent 18 years at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC) interviewing, recruiting, coding and coordinating home, school and laboratory assessments. She conducted more than 2000 interviews and observations during her time at OSLC. Denise has been working with the Early Growth and Development Study since it began in 2002. She is a member of the research teams at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of California at Riverside. She also spends her time improving the lives of outdoor/feral cats by Trap-Neuter-Return.

Debbie Pierson

Interviewer

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

DebbieDebbie has a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Oregon in Sociology. She was an interviewer for Portland State University on the Oregon Supportive Housing Project before landing at Oregon Social Learning Center in 2001. Since then, she has worked for several different research projects at the center and is delighted to now be a part of the Early Growth and Development Study. Her favorite part of this job is the traveling and meeting of new people. When not interviewing, she takes care of injured and orphaned wombats in Australia and tries not to create any international incidents.

Lizzy Utterback

Interviewer/Data Manager

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

LizzyIn May 2007, Lizzy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. Throughout her college years she worked with families involved in the foster care system. After relocating to Eugene, she joined the Early Growth and Development Study team in September 2008. Lizzy is passionate about ensuring that families have the necessary resources to be as healthy as possible and enjoys being a part of a study that aims to help families through research.

Mari De Araujo-Greecher

Data Manager

The Pennsylvania State University

mariMari earned her Ph.D. in Psychobiology at the University of Sao Paulo, S.P., Brazil in 1999. She worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Nutrition Department at PSU where she studied the interaction between gene and anxiety on binge-eating behavior. Prior to joining the Early Growth and Development Study she worked in the field as a preschool teacher. For the Early Growth and Development Study, Mari works with the data and oversees the collection and coding of medical records.

Sally Guyer

Analyst

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

SallySally joined the Early Growth and Development Study in December 2007. Sally has worked extensively with the EGDS data sets including cleaning, scaling, organizing and distributing files for the investigators.  She also maintains the project data documentation and oversees the school and teacher data collection.  She works with the cross-site data management team to ensure consistency in the distributed data sets.  Sally has worked on numerous research projects since 2000 and has experience in multiple roles of data collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Carper

Computer Programmer

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

BrianBrian has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh. After supporting a research project for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for two and a half years, Brian moved to Eugene, Oregon in autumn 2007 to begin work for the Early Growth and Development Study. Brian programs the computerized interviews for the project, designs the study websites, maintains the interviewers' laptops and manages the study data.  Brian currently resides in Canada, where he works remotely for the EGDS team.