Mental Health

Elliot Berkman, expert in motivation, self-control, and addiction and assistant professor of psychology

Elliot Berkman, Department of Psychology

Elliot Berkman is an expert in motivation and self-control, and studies how people pursue their goals, including eating habits, exercise, smoking, and addiction.

Tiffany Brown, Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services

Tiffany Brown is an expert in addiction, recovery and self-harm. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Tiffany’s expertise includes self-harm education and educating college students about addiction and recovery issues. 

Phil Fisher, expert in child development, especially in cases of abuse and neglect

Phil Fisher, Department of Psychology

Phil Fisher is an expert in child development, specifically related to the effects of early stressful experiences, including child abuse and neglect. Through his work, Phil develops programs for improving abused and neglected children's ability to attach to caregivers, build relationships with peers, and function in school.

Ben Hansen, University of Oregon Department of Economics

Benjamin Hansen, Department of Economics

Ben Hansen is an expert in risky behaviors, like drug and alcohol abuse, and policies to reduce risk. His research has explored policies related to marijuana, school bullying, DUIs, and law enforcement, and he is a fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor.

Ellen Herman

Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Ellen Herman is an expert in psychology, family, adoption, and gender studies, and how each has developed throughout American history. Ellen's work explores topics like the policy and practices surrounding open and closed adoptions, and how we have diagnosed and treated (or avoided), autism spectrum disorder in the U.S.

Leslie Leve, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Leslie Leve is an expert in adoption, foster care, child abuse, interventions and outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system, child development and teen girls. She can also speak to the problem of child sex trafficking, “re-homing” of adopted children, and topics related to foster children and maltreatment.

Laura Lee McIntyre, Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Child and Family Center at the Prevention Science Institute

Laura Lee McIntyre, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Laura Lee McIntyre is an expert in youth mental health, especially related to autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She explores intervention and education strategies to best reach children, youth, and teens whose mental and behaviorial health are compromised.

C.J. Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe, Department of Sociology

C.J. Pascoe is an expert on sexuality, gender, masculinity, transgender issues, and body image, especially related to youth. C.J. also studies the use of social media by LGBT and straight youth to police gender roles and body image.

Elizabeth Skowron, Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services

Elizabeth Skowron is an expert in counseling psychology and prevention science, early childhood adversity, and family-based interventions. Her research examines at the neurobiology of parenting at risk, developing self-regulation, and family interventions that are effective for supporting positive, healthy parenting and reducing child maltreatment.

McKay Sohlberg, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences

McKay Sohlberg is an expert in special education, early intervention, communication disorders, and brain injury recovery, especially related to concussion. She also collaborates with the Department of Computer and Information Sciences to design technologies to help people with brain injuries.

Jeffrey Sprague, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Jeffrey Sprague is an expert in school violence, school safety, positive behavior interventions and supports, multi-tiered support systems, alternative education, and juvenile delinquency prevention and treatment. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of special education and the director of the University of Oregon Institute on Violence and Destructive Behavior.

Kristin Yarris, Department of International Studies

Kristin Yarris is an expert on transnational migration, especially in the Americas. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of international studies and is affiliated with the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies and the Center for the Study of Women in Society, as well as the Center for Global Health.