Principal Investigator

Dr. Anita Cservenka is an assistant professor in the School of Psychological Science, and the director of the SUN Lab. Her research lab is interested in understanding risk factors for and consequences of adolescent and young adult alcohol and substance use on neurocognition and the effects of substance use on hormones. Her lab uses questionnaires that assess personality, alcohol and substance use, and tasks of neurocognitive functioning to help understand the development of substance abuse.

Lab Manager

Sarah Lahanas graduated with a degree in Psychology from Oregon State University in 2017 and is currently the lab manager of the SUN Lab. She is interested in studying the neural and behavioral correlates of chronic substance use in order to inform treatment methods. She plans to pursue a Behavioral Neuroscience or Clinical Psychology PhD in the future.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

jorie casey

Jorie Casey is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Her interests include psychopharmacology with specific emphasis on the cognitive behavioral patterns and underlying neural mechanisms associated with addiction. After graduating, she plans to travel before continuing on to medical school.

Jessie Li

Jessie Li is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in BioHealth Sciences (Pre-Med) and Psychology. She is particularly interested in the brain and behavior, and aspires to be a neuropsychologist someday.
 

Sabrina Denton is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Psychology with a Pre-Med/Pre-P.A. option. She plans on going to graduate school or a P.A. program with a focus on neuroscience. Her ultimate career goal is to be a neurologist working abroad in underserved areas of the world.


Prudence Graves is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Statistics. She is interested in the anatomy and function of the brain and its relation to behavior. She plans on attending graduate school to study Neuropsychology.

Kendra Lew is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Biology and minoring in Psychology. After graduating, she plans on either going to medical school or graduate school focusing on the study of brain and behavior.

Marika Huffer is a third year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Music Performance. She plans on going to graduate school to study Behavioral Neuroscience and hopes to continue doing research in this field or go into teaching psychology. 

 

Lucianne Ryan is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Statistics. After her undergraduate degree, she plans to spend a year abroad to refine her interests before attending graduate school for Neuropsychology.

 

 

Graduate Students

Jess Cavalli is a first year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Health Psychology. She is particularly interested in researching the neural mechanisms underlying substance use and abuse, and the comorbidity of substance abuse and psychopathology. In her spare time, you’ll find her outdoors hiking or gardening, or absorbed in a sci-fi/fantasy book.

Lab Alumni

Julieanne Dotson graduated with a degree in Psychology in 2018. She now lives in Medford OR, where she is working towards a masters degree in communication science and disorders. Her future plans include becoming a speech pathologist and working with children with mental disabilities

URSA Awardees

Sara Tajanlangit, 2019 Recipient

Prudence Graves, 2019 Recipient