Our group includes researchers, project staff members, students and other colleagues who hail from varied training backgrounds in medicine, psychology, sociology, and other fields.

Dr. Alan Teo, Physician Investigator

I am a Core Investigator in the VA HSR&D Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care at the VA Portland Health Care System, and an Associate Professor at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), with dual appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and School of Public Health. I am a member of the Graduate Faculty at the School of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

Project Staff Members

Emily Metcalf, MA

Project Coordinator

Emily received her BS from University of Maryland in Psychology and Neuroscience with Honors, and an MA in Psychology: Neuroscience and Animal Behavior from Emory University. Emily has been a study coordinator with Dr. Teo since August 2018.

Emily has extensive neuroscience research and project management experience looking at both animal models and human subjects from working at 5 different Medical Institutions over the last 10 years. She recently joined the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA) and passed her Clinical Research Professionals Certification exam in April 2019.

Her current research interests are in mental health advocacy, stigma, and awareness, depression, PTSD, and suicide prevention.


Emily loves spending time with her husband and friends, whether it's while watching The Bachelor, wine tasting, going to the beach, playing fantasy football, or going to live music or sporting events.

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Wynn Strange, MA

VA Research Associate

Wynn received their BA from California State University, a MA from San Diego State University and is currently working on a PhD at Portland State University, all in Sociology. Wynn joined the Teo research team in February 2019.

Wynn has participated in research studies on labor violations in San Diego and Imperial counties (the report can be read here), and the legal needs of low income Oregonians (a news article on the report can be read here).


Their independent research interests include gender, work, law/policy, virtual communities, popular culture, identity, and inequalities. 


In their spare time, Wynn enjoys going to live music shows and taking their dog on walks. 

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Aaron Call, EdM

Research Assistant

Aaron received his BA in Psychology from Reed College and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University. Aaron joined the Teo research team in January 2020.

Aaron has previously worked as a research assistant in Kathryn Oleson’s Social Psychology lab at Reed College and in UCLA’s Integrated Substance Abuse program. He also worked in education for several years and before that as an electronics technician in the Navy.


Drawn more towards qualitative methods, his research interests include how people decide whom to trust, moral decision making, perspective-giving experiences, end-of-life care, psychedelic medicine, and cultural psychology.


Outside of work he enjoys reading sci-fi/fantasy, baking sourdough bread, gardening, practicing Gregg short hand, and watching Netflix and HBO.


Takahiro Kato, M.D., Ph.D

Kyushu University

Amanda Graham, Ph.D.

Truth Initiative

Steven Dobscha, M.D.

VA Portland Health Care System

Christina Nicolaidis, M.D., M.P.H.

Portland State University