EGDS
EGDS
EGDS
EGDS

Alyssa Rayhel

Project Manger

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

AlyssaAlyssa received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Disorders & Sciences from the University of Oregon in 2007. 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 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 EGDS 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.

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.

Kelsey Van Brocklin

Recruiter

Prevention Science Institute, University of Oregon

KelseyKelsey joined the Early Growth & Development Study’s team in June of 2014.  Since 2009 she has been working in research, on multiple research projects. Kelsey’s focus has been primarily on children and families and promoting early success in school.  She contacts birth families for participation across multiple projects for the Early Growth & Development Study, as well as scheduling interviews.  Kelsey is also the Data Manager for the Early Growth & Development Study and coordinates School Data Collection.  Outside of work, Kelsey enjoys spending time with family and friends and is actively involved in her two elementary aged children’s school and sports activities.

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.

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.

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.

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.