Research Team

GRADUATE STUDENTS

Rachel Terry, M.S.

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4th year graduate student, Community Psychology
rterry@pdx.edu

Rachel is a doctoral student who has been working with Greg Townley since Fall 2015. She is studying Community Psychology within Portland State University’s Applied Psychology program after earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Environmental Studies from Southwestern University. Her primary research interests include promoting community integration, participation, and sense of community for people with psychiatric disabilities. Rachel is currently working towards completing her dissertation, as well as consulting for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare and teaching undergraduate courses at PSU. In her free time, she likes to explore coffee shops and new restaurants in Portland, as well spend time with friends and family.

Katricia Stewart, M.S.

3rd year graduate student, Community Psychology
katricia@pdx.edu

Katricia is a doctoral student who has been working with Dr. Greg Townley since July 2016. She is studying Community Psychology within Portland State University’s Applied Psychology program after earning bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Music from Linfield College. Her primary research interests include community sense of community, well-being, and resilience. Aside from working with the CIRG, she is also a part of the team at Adept (www.adept.global) as the Director of Research and Client Experience. Between undergrad and graduate school, Katricia took time off to travel and explore community and holistic health in other cultures. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking around Oregon, playing music, and exploring Eastern philosophies.

Emily Leickly, B.A.

2nd year graduate student, Community Psychology
leickly@pdx.edu

Emily joined Greg Townley’s team in the Fall of 2017 as a first year doctoral student. Before moving to Portland, she grew up in Seattle and earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington. After graduating, Emily worked as a research coordinator in the UW psychiatry department. She spent most of this time in community mental health centers interviewing consumers with serious mental illness and substance dependence. This experience solidified her interest working with marginalized populations and brought her to PSU. Broadly, she is interested in the self-identified needs and perspectives of individuals with serious mental illness who are experiencing homelessness.

In her life outside of research, Emily enjoys exploring new countries, making pottery, and reading, particularly non-English literature and graphic novels.

GRADUATE and UNDERGRADUATE ALUMNI

Amy Shearer, Ph.D.

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Ph.D. Applied Community Psychology
shearer2@pdx.edu

Amy recently completed her doctoral degree in the Applied Psychology program at Portland State University and now works as an Associate Behavioral/ Social Scientist at RAND corporation in Santa Monica. Amy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Amy’s master’s thesis, completed in Spring 2016, was on the topic of neighborhood satisfaction for individuals with psychiatric disabilities who live in supportive housing. Her mixed-methods dissertation examined neighborhood attitudes about psychiatric supportive housing.  Amy served as the project manager for the Neighborhood Attitudes about Supportive Housing (NASH) study, a collaboration with Cascadia Behavioral Housing. Past roles at PSU included project manager for an evaluation of a Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyle (HEAL) program for individuals with psychiatric disabilities (a collaboration with LukeDorf, Inc.), and graduate research assistant on the Community Housing and Resident Perspectives (CHARP) study.

Camilla Cummings

Previous undergraduate student, now studying Clinical-Community Psychology at DePaul University

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Camilla is a doctoral student at DePaul University who has been working with Greg Townley since Fall 2012. She is studying Clinical-Community Psychology at DePaul University after earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Portland State University. In her role as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Community Inclusion Research Group (CIRG), she collaborated with Central City Concern on their census and program evaluation project, and worked on the NASH study. After working with CIRG, she is now a Graduate Research Assistant in the Homeless Advocacy, Research, and Collaboration (HARC) Lab at DePaul University. Her primary research interests include housing interventions for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness, recovery interventions implemented in homelessness services, homelessness prevention, social determinants of health, community-based participatory research, mixed methodologies, and community psychology. In her free time, Camilla likes to go hiking, rock climbing, read books, and do yoga.

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