Assessment Staff

Interviewers: Every time a twin, sibling, or parent participates in our study, they are interviewed by well-trained full-time staff members with bachelor's or master's degrees in a health-related field, supervised by a Ph.D.-level psychologist. The interviews consist of questions regarding important events that have occurred in each person's life, achievement tests, measures of family and social functioning, personality, interests, and more. We have a tremendous appreciation for the generosity of our participants in candidly sharing this information with us, which is invaluable for research on genetic and environmental influences on development and its associated challenges.

Psychophysiologists work with twin participants for the lab assessment portion of their visit. During the lab various physiological signals are collected which include eye movements, skin conductance, heart rate, pulse, brain waves, blood pressure, and muscle movements. Psychophysiologists also run the family interaction tasks with the SIBS families. All psychophysiologists are full-time employees of the MCTFR with bachelor's degrees. All have had outside experience doing other psychological research, work well with people, and have acquired technical experience in the lab. They are also all trained phlebotomists.

Recruiters contact MCTFR participants for follow-up assessments, persuade them to re-visit the study and schedule participants for assessments. They handle correspondence and coordinate all details related to the participants visits including; ordering lunch, making parking or hotel reservations, and meeting with participants at the end of their visit. Recruiters do everything they can to make sure participation goes smoothly and is enjoyable and informative. Recruiters also publish MCTFR newsletters and maintain the MCTFR website.

     
Interviewers, NeuroHeallth Techs, Recruiters, and UGRAs
Lexie

Lexie Goertzen,
Principal Recruiter

Premedicine Post-
Baccalaureate, University
of Minnesota, College of
Continuing Studies

Premedicine Post-
Baccalaureate student,
Northwestern University,
School of Professional
Studies

B.A., Music, Vocal
Performance, Wheaton
College

  Micah

Micah Hammer,
Principal NeuroHealth
Technician, Interviewer,
MRIs

B.A., Psychology, University of of Minnesota

 

 
Tasha

Tasha Walvig,
Principal Interviewer

Ph.D. student in the School
of Social Work, University of
Minnesota

M.S.W., University of
Minnesota

B.A., Psychology,
Macalester College-
St. Paul

  Andersen

Andersen Bartz,
Interviewer

B.A., Psychology,
University of Minnesota

 

Mariah Behrns,
Undergraduate Research Assistant, ABCD

 

 

  Marina

Marina Bryants,
Interviewer

B.S., Psychology,
University of Minnesota

 
Elena

Elena Friedman,
Recruiter

B.A., History, Psychology and
Educational Studies,
Macalester College

 

 

 

  Erin

 

Erin Gallert,
Recruiter

B.S., Psychology,
University of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

 
JAna

 

Jana Hong,
Interviewer

B.A., Psychology,
Macalester College

  Alicia

Alicia Fenske,
Psychophysiologist, MRIs

B.A., Psychology,
University of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

 
Felix

Felix Pichardo,
NeuroHealth Technician, MRIs

B.A., Psychology &
Philosophy, SUNY
Purchase College
  Rachel

Rachel Taggart,
Interviewer

B.S., Psychology,
University of Minnesota-
Twin Cities

 
Molly

Molly Waterman,
Interviewer

B.S., Psychology &
Neuroscience,
Syracuse University

 

 

     
 

 

 
     
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