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
Micah

Micah Hammer,
Principal NeuroHealth
Technician, Interviewer,
MRIs

B.A., Psychology, University of of Minnesota

 

  Tasha

Tasha Walvig,
Principal Interviewer

Ph.D., Social Work,
University of
Minnesota

M.S.W., University of
Minnesota

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

 

Haley Adasiewicz,
Recruiter

B.S., Health Sciences: Clinical and Applied Sciences,
Drake University

  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

 
Alicia

Alicia Fenske,
Psychophysiologist, MRIs

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

 

 

 

Paige Erickson,
NeuroHealth Technician,
MRIs

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

 

 

 
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

 

Libbie Gibson,
Interviewer

M.A., Clinical Psychology, Minnesota State University, Mankato

B.A., Psychology,
University of Minnesota

  JAna

Jana Hong,
Interviewer

B.A., Psychology,
Macalester College

 
Emily

Emily Odermatt,
Interviewer

B.S., Psychology,
Gustavus Adolphus

 

 

  Felix

Felix Pichardo,
NeuroHealth Technician, MRIs

B.A., Psychology &
Philosophy, SUNY
Purchase College
 
Borgne Raasch,
Interviewer

B.A., Psychology,
Vassar College
 

Cortney Stedman,
Undergraduate Research Assistant, ABCD

 

Eric Swanson,
Interviewer

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

 

  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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