LEAD RESEARCHER

Dr. Jessica A. Blayney

she/her

Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Hi, I’m Jessica. I’m a researcher at the University of Washington. I’m interested in creating interventions for young women that promote information, motivation, and skill-building. In my free time, I enjoy photography, being outdoors, and hanging out with friends.

I’m excited to be leading YEAH and look forward to working with you.

Meet the

research assistants

Sopheany Chhum

she/her

BEEN WITH YEAH
Since August 2020

EDUCATION
Psychology B.A., Social Sciences B.A. – University at Buffalo
Masters of Public Health (starting in fall) – Emory University

BIO
I’m Sopheany (Peony) and I graduated in 2020. I’m currently working remotely on YEAH from Buffalo, New York. My research interests include social determinants of health, health disparities, and health-promoting interventions. In my free time, I enjoy watching or playing sports, watching shows and movies (literally all kinds except horror), and cooking.

Michelle Duong

she/her

BEEN WITH YEAH
Since April 2021

EDUCATION
Psychology B.S., Microbiology B.S. (in progress) –  University of Washington

BIO
I’m Michelle and I’m currently a student at the University of Washington. My research interests include health disparities, addiction, and trauma interventions. In my free time, I love to read, embroider, sew, and spend time with family.

Connor Kardokus

he/him

BEEN WITH YEAH
Since January 2021

EDUCATION
Psychology B.S. – University of Washington

BIO
I’m Connor and I graduated in 2021. I’ve worked on studies looking at alcohol use in social settings and how people make decisions related to COVID-19. My research interests include treatments for PTSD and substance use disorder. When I’m not working, I like to play chess, exercise and watch football.

Maya Patel

she/her

BEEN WITH YEAH
Since August 2021

EDUCATION
Public Health B.A. – (in progress) University of Washington

BIO
I’m Maya and I’m currently a student at the University of Washington. My research interests include women’s sexual and reproductive health, health disparities, and sexual health promotion. In my free time, I love to read (books and comics), swim, and watch any TV show and/or movie relating to superheroes.

Mackenzie Patterson

she/her

BEEN WITH YEAH
Since May 2021

EDUCATION
Psychology B.S. – University of Washington

BIO
My name is Kenzie and I’m a recent graduate from the University of Washington. My research interests include emotional regulation and how trauma contributes to emotion dysregulation. In my free time, I love exploring new spots to eat in Seattle, getting outdoors, and playing soccer.

Elena Riederer

she/her

BEEN WITH YEAH
Since January 2021

EDUCATION
Psychology B.A., Law, Societies, & Justice B.A. (in progress) – University of Washington

BIO
I’m Elena and I’m currently a student at the University of Washington. My research and clinical interests include interventions and treatments for trauma-exposed individuals. I’m also interested in treatment access and effectiveness. When I’m not working on research or school, I really enjoy reading mystery novels, photography, and traveling.

Dylan Severson

he/him, They/them

BEEN WITH YEAH
Since July 2020

EDUCATION
Psychology B.S. – Seattle University

BIO
I’m Dylan and I graduated in 2020. My research interests include trauma exposure and neuroscience. Outside of work, I love to play the guitar, go climbing at Seattle Bouldering Project, and play games.

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