Amy Shearer, M.S.
5th year graduate student, Community Psychology
Amy is a doctoral student in the Applied Psychology program at Portland State University, working under the advisement of Dr. Greg Townley. Amy graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. Amy’s master’s thesis, completed in spring 2016, is on the topic of neighborhood satisfaction for individuals with psychiatric disabilities who live in supportive housing. Amy is currently the project manager for the ongoing Neighborhood Attitudes on Supportive Housing (NASH) study, a collaboration with Cascadia Behavioral Housing. Past roles at PSU include 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. Prior to graduate school she worked in mental health public policy. Amy is also an adjunct at RAND Corporation, where she conducts mental health program evaluation, and the student liaison for the Oregon Program Evaluators Network (OPEN).
3rd year graduate student, Community Psychology
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. Rachel is currently a researcher on the Neighborhood Attitudes on Supportive Housing project, and is working towards completing her Master’s thesis. Aside from working with the Community Inclusion Research Group, she also works as a teaching assistant for undergraduate psychology courses at Portland State University. Her primary research interests include promoting community inclusion and recovery for people with psychiatric disabilities, sense of community, and spatial analysis. In her free time, she likes to explore coffee shops and food trucks in Portland, as well as spend time with friends and family.
2nd year graduate student, Community Psychology
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 (McMinnville, Oregon). Her primary research interests include community well-being and resilience, sense of community, and community support networks. Aside from working with the Community Inclusion Research Group, she is also a part of the team at Adept (www.adept.global) as the Director of Research and Client Experience.
Her background experience includes several years of research within the field of Personality Psychology, where she examined connections between personality and music involvement; personality, music involvement, and well-being; along with personality, gender identity, and sexual orientation. She has also worked extensively in environmental sustainability and community outreach settings, which spurred her interest in Community Psychology. 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 hiking around Oregon and writing music.
1st year graduate student, Community Psychology
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.
Previous undergraduate student, now studying Clinical-Community Psychology at DePaul University
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.