Lab Director

Dr. Dermody is the Director of the Health Equity and Addiction Lab (HEAL) and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University. She is a Clinical and Health Psychologist specializing in addiction and social justice. She has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and Canadian Institute of Health Research. She is also a member of the Society for Research in Nicotine and Tobacco and Research Society on Alcoholism.

 

Dr. Dermody is accepting Psychology PhD students and undergraduate research assistants.

View her publication record here.

Graduate Research Assistant

Kalina Lamb is a graduate student in the Health Psychology program at Oregon State University. Her research interests include minority health disparities and the complex relationship between sexuality and religion, specifically the effect religion can have on mental and physical health among sexual minority populations.

Current Undergraduate Research Assistants

Carlee Conner is a sophomore at Oregon State University. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Carlee is hoping to go to either graduate school or the Peace Corps once she has completed her BS degree. She is interested in doing research related to LGBTQ populations or sexual health advocacy work. Outside of the research lab, she is interested in making art, cooking, and spending time with her pet dog.

Ashley Ames is a senior at OSU majoring in psychology. She hopes to go on to graduate school to get her PhD in neuroscience. She is interested in the biological basis that leads to perception, and how addiction and abnormal psychology can influence neural structures. Outside of the lab Ashley enjoys reading, hiking, painting, and petting cats (her own or any cat she finds).

Riley Hackley is a Junior at Oregon State University majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Psychology. Riley wants to attend grad school after her undergraduate degree to pursue a career as a physicians assistant. She is interested in the clinical side of research and how addiction research can be applied in healthcare treatments. Outside of the research lab, Riley enjoys the outdoors, baking, reading, and spending time doing all of this with her good friends.

Heron Golfetto-Dorr is a Senior at Oregon State University. She is majoring in psychology. Heron will be attending graduate school once she completes her BS degree. She is interested in doing research related to behavior modification as well as factors that protect adolescents and young adults from substance abuse. Outside of the research lab, Heron enjoys reading, riding horses, hiking with her friends and dog, and traveling.

Ivana Ortega is a senior at Oregon State University, majoring in Psychology. She is hoping to go to graduate school to get a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She is interested in abnormal psychology, specifically in the understanding and treatment of anxiety and depression. She’s also interested in the treatment of addiction and findings ways to decrease the stigma behind it. Ivana is originally from Chile, and her first language is Spanish. Outside of the lab, she enjoys playing/listening to music, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Briana Klee is a senior at OSU studying psychology. She has recently applied to several masters programs in clinical mental health counseling, where she hopes to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Washington. She is interested in researching more about how long-term addiction alters decision-making and cognitive function in the brain. Outside of the lab, Briana enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her friends and family.

Saki Nakai is a sophomore at OSU majoring in Psychology and Mathematics and minoring in Violin Performance. She hopes to go to graduate school in psychology or medical school after her undergraduate degree. She is interested in how trauma and certain personality traits affect addiction and substance abuse. Outside of the lab, she enjoys beading and immersing herself in Japanese culture.

Snigdha Malladi is currently a sophomore at Oregon State University. She is majoring in biology with a minor in psychology and hopes to attend medical school upon completing her undergrad. As a researcher, Snigdha is interested in the clinical aspect of alcohol addiction and in the future hopes to look into the impact of alcohol addiction on the effectiveness of certain antibiotics and other useful drugs in adolescents. Outside of the lab, Snigdha enjoys spending time outdoors - especially in the fall - and in the studio, where she's either dancing, singing, or listening to music.

Alyssa Wallstrum is a Junior at Oregon State University majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a Pre-Med option and minoring in Chemistry and Psychology. After undergrad she is hoping to attend an MD/PhD program specializing in neurology. She is interested in studying the chemical and biological basis of addiction and mental illness. Outside of the lab, she enjoys reading, watching movies and theater, and spending time with her dog and family.

Former Undergraduate Research Assistants

Jacob Neilson is a Senior at Oregon State University pursuing a BS in psychology and chemistry minor. Jacob hopes to attend Medical School in the future and is interested in promoting research regarding addiction and the impact of substance abuse on cognition and behavior. Outside of the lab, Jacob likes to go camping with his wife and 2 dogs, and enjoys watching cult classic movies with good friends.