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 Assistant 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
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.
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.
Kailey Trussel, BS
Kailey received her BS in Psychology, with a minor in Organizational Behavior, from Brigham Young University-Hawaii. Kailey was heavily involved in her undergrad research lab before joining the Teo research team in November 2018.
For her senior project, Kailey conducted her own qualitative research study to understand the influence of Instagram on women. With this project, Kailey won the first place award at the 2017 BYUH Undergrad Research Conference and was invited to present her research at other universities.
Kailey's research interests include technology, social media, user experience, social connection and loneliness. She does independent UX research for the popular video chat app, Marco Polo.
Kailey is a professional Spotify-er and has a playlist for every occasion (see for yourself). She is a big fan of all things trivia, karaoke, world culture, and sushi.
Ricky is a current student at Portland State University, working towards a BS in General Science, with a minor in design management. He is expected to graduate in Spring 2020 and will be applying to ophthalmology programs after graduation.
Ricky has been interning with Dr. Teo as a student research assistant through the Build EXITO program since August 2018. He has been focused on Facebook studies around suicide prevention and training.
Ricky's independent research interests include social media, popular culture, depression, and visual cognition.
Ricky likes to attend music festivals, eat good food, and binge shows. He also made a matching suit jacket and pants once.
University of Michigan
Portland State University