EGDS
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Amy Whitesel

Project Director - Assistant Research Professor of Psychology

George Washington University

AmyAmy received her doctoral degree in Social Work from Howard University in 2008. Amy also is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Maryland. The title of Amy’s dissertation is Post Adoption Adjustment of Birth Fathers: The Effects of Relationships with Birth Mothers and Family. Amy has been working in the field of social work, particularly foster care and adoption, for the past 12 years. When not working on research, Amy conducts adoption home studies and post placement services for prospective adoptive families. Amy joined the Early Growth and Development Study in 2002 as the Recruitment Supervisor. For Phase 2 and Health, she is the Project Director. Her duties include overseeing the completion of assessments, supervising the data cleaning team, and the recruitment and assessment of birth parents.

Kathy Mion

Recruiter

George Washington University

kathyKathy received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston University and worked in the publishing industry before entering the research field. She joined the psychology department at George Washington University in 2007 as an interviewer on the Stress and Job Loss Project. Kathy spent the last four years conducting various aspects of research at GWU including screening and recruiting study participants, conducting telephone and in-person interviews, and extracting and coding data. For the Early Growth and Development Study, she will be recruiting and interviewing birth parents.  Kathy is also coordinating the collection of child medical records.

Megan Hooley

Recruiter

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

 

meganMegan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Oregon in 2012. She will begin a Master’s program in Couples, Family, and Human Services with a specialization in Prevention Science in the fall of 2015. Prior to joining the Early Growth and Development Team, she was employed by the city of Eugene where she worked on a broad range of issues within the local community, including child abuse and neglect and domestic violence. During this time, she also completed an internship with another local research agency, working with foster children and families in the community. Megan’s role on the Early Growth and Development Team will be to contact adoptive families for participation across multiple projects as well as schedule interviews. She is excited to get to know all of the amazing adoptive families that make this research possible.  

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.