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Alex Lewis

Alex is a programmer for the Early Growth and Development Study (EGDS). Prior to joining EGDS, Alex coordinated COVID-19 testing sites for LatinX communities within Southern Oregon under Dr. Leve's 'Oregon Saludable: Juntos Podemos,' research project. In his EGDS programmer position, he develops and maintains software that is used to collect, manage, and analyze data collected under EGDS projects. In his free time he enjoys bouldering, gymnastics, and inventing cool things like consumption tracking water dispensers.

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Alyssa Rayhel, EMPA

Alyssa is the Leve Research Lab Manager. She works closely with Dr. Leve to manage the day-to-day activities, budgets, and regulatory compliance (IRB) across research projects. Alyssa began working with Dr. Leve in 2008 as a participant interviewer on the Early Growth and Development Study (EGDS). Alyssa has served in various EGDS project roles which include: participant interviewer, participant recruiter, data manager, assessment coordinator, and project coordinator. In June 2021, Alyssa obtained an Executive Masters in Public Administration from Portland State University and shortly after transitioned into her current role as the lab manager.

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Ashley Nash

Ashley Esparza Nash was previously employed as the Training Manager of Calinc Training, a Bay Area-based environmental, safety, and hazardous material training company. She then transitioned to the City of Suisun City providing support to the City Manager and Mayor's office. Ashley began her career at the University of Oregon in December 2020 and enjoys her position as Assistant Project Coordinator for the Radx-Up LatinX and The Center on Parenting and Opioids grants.

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Bryce Dirks, BS

Bryce received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Oregon in 2017. He has previously worked as a Project Coordinator in the Social & Affective Neuroscience Lab at the University of Oregon, and as a Lab Manager in the Brain Connectivity & Cognition Lab at the University of Miami. His prior research experience includes working to better understand the neural mechanisms involved in cognitive flexibility for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Currently, he is a participant recruiter and data manager for Dr. Leve's Early Growth and Development Study (EGDS) project. In his free time, he enjoys photography, traveling, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and just being outdoors.

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Debbie Pierson, BA

Debbie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon. She has worked with Dr. Leve since 2008 and prior to that time worked on a number of other research projects conducted at the Oregon Social Learning Center in Eugene, OR. Currently, she is an interviewer and recruiter and primarily works on the Early Growth and Development Study (EGDS). She enjoys traveling and misses being able to travel and visit participants in person due to pandemic restrictions, however, she is happy that she can continue connecting with participants virtually, via Zoom!

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Denise Ford, BA

Denise 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 began working on EGDS in 2002 at the University of California, Davis. Outside of work, she spends her time on cat rescue, sewing, and gardening.

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Elaine Rodriguez

Elaine has worked with marginalized communities for the last 20 years in Los Angeles, California, and now in Roseburg, Oregon. She is both a servant and a fierce advocate for the Latinx population. As founder and president of the community action group, Mano Amiga En Roseburg, she strives to promote equity and improve access to health and social services.


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Jaimyn Emery, BS

Jaimyn received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Oregon and has worked in the community mental health setting as a case manager for individuals with severe mental illness diagnoses and as a project coordinator for a SAMHSA grant Healthy Transitions which focused on improving mental health services for 16 to 25-year-olds throughout Lane County. Jaimyn joined the Prevention Science Institute in Fall 2019. She contacts adoptive families for participation and scheduling for the Early Growth and Development Study.

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Kasie Josi, MSW

Kasie is a Project Coordinator for the Leve Lab. After graduating from Indiana University with a Master’s degree in Social Work, Kasie moved to Oregon and started working in research in 2013. Formerly a Project Coordinator at CODA Inc., and Oregon Research Institute, Kasie has coordinated research grants focused on substance use treatment and eating disorder prevention and treatment. In her free time, Kasie enjoys getting lost in a good book, exploring the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, and spending quality time with her daughter and partner.

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Kaylee Nelson, BS

Kaylee joined the Leve Lab in October of 2021. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oregon, she worked as a research assistant at the Oregon Research Institute for 6 years. Her research experience includes recruitment, assessments, data collection, and managing small teams of college students. After a brief break, Kaylee is excited to get back into research at the Prevention Science Institute. In her free time, she fosters cats and kittens through a local rescue while they await their fur-ever home.

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Kelsey Van Brocklin, BS

Kelsey joined the Prevention Science Institute in June 2014. She is currently the Project Coordinator for the Leve Lab. Kelsey has worked on multiple research projects since 2009 and her focus has been primarily on children and families and promoting early success in school. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in anthropology from the University of Oregon. When she's not working, she's spending time with her children and fur babies, and watching football. Go Ducks!

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Llewellyn Fernandes, MS

Llewellyn is a data science specialist working on data collection, harmonization, and storage for the Leve Research Lab. He has a Bachelor’s in information technology, experience in software and web development, and a Master’s degree in data analytics. Llewellyn aims to merge his experiences with software development and database administration with research data while working on the harmonization data.

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Sally Guyer, BA

Sally 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.

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Sarai Villalobos, BS

Sarai Villalobos is a recent college graduate from Oregon State University. She received her Bachelor of Science, with a major in Biology. She is currently working with the RADx-UP team as a Field Coordinator.

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Sven Halvorson, MS

Sven is a data science specialist working on data collection, harmonization, and storage for the Leve Research Lab. His professional interests include R/python programming, data visualization, statistics, and teaching. He earned a MS in biostatistics from Oregon Health & Science University in 2015. Prior to joining PSI, he worked as an analyst in public education and clinical anesthesia research.