PSI Portland Staff

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Emily Axtell

Research Assistant

Emily is a UO graduate with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. They started at PSI as an intern, and now work full-time as a Research Assistant. 

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Allison Caruthers, PhD

Project Director

Allison is a Developmental Psychologist and Senior Research Associate at the University of Oregon’s Prevention Science Institute. 

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Daryl Ford

Assessment Coordinator

Daryl graduated from Portland State University with an undergraduate degree in Social Science. Her work includes recruitment and scheduling.

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Miranda Gab

Research Assistant

Miranda has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Portland State University. She started at PSI as a childcare intern and now works part-time as an Assessment Coordinator. Her passion for working with families in underserved populations and increasing knowledge of and access to mental health services for all drives her work daily. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, painting, and taking advantage of her newfound passion for kayaking.  

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Devon Henery

Research Assistant

Devon is a Research Assistant at the University of Oregon Prevention Science Institute. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. In her free time Devon enjoys hiking, jigsaw puzzles and spending time with loved ones.   

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Francisco Hernandez, MEd

Research Assistant

Francisco is a Bilingual Research Assistant who has worked part time for University of Oregon for 10+ years. He generally serves our Spanish speaking families and translates the documents that we make available for them. His full-time job is as a high school teacher; he teaches Social Studies and AP Macroeconomics. In his free time, he coaches Varsity football in the fall, JV2 basketball in the winter, and Track and Field in the spring.  

Jen Hoskins, LCSW

Family Consultant

Jen is a social worker and family consultant. She does advocacy work for persons experiencing developmental disability and mental health needs.

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Kathryn Lyle

Assessment Coordinator

Kathryn is an Assessment Coordinator at the University of Oregon. She works on several research projects supporting children and families. Kathryn is passionate about promoting the health and well-being of children and families and is pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health. She is excited to connect with families about the impact COVID-19 has had on their lives. In her free time, Kathryn enjoys cooking, painting, and drinking her morning coffee over a good book!  

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Kassidy Moore

Assistant Assessment Coordinator

Kassidy is a UO graduate with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She is currently in graduate school at Lewis & Clark for School Psychology.

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Andrea Perez

Research Assistant

Andrea is a Bilingual Spanish-Speaking Research Assistant at PSI who started at PSI as an intern in 2021-2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work from Portland State University. Andrea enjoys meeting and connecting with families and is passionate about advocating for and supporting them. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and loves to travel to new places.   

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Nicole Smith, MEd

Assessment Coordinator

Nicole has a Master’s in Education from Concordia University. She has a passion for community organizing and over a decade of experience working as a mentor in diverse and underserved populations.

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Julia Tienson, CSWA

Family Consultant

Julia is a bilingual social worker and family consultant. She has worked in various roles across several school districts and is well-versed in navigating educational systems.