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Meet the Faculty and Staff

We have a great team that works hard to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Hover over the photos below to learn more about the faculty and staff involved in CBIRT’s activities and research projects.

Ann Glang, PhD
Ann Glang, PhD, is a Research Professor and Director of CBIRT. Since 1987, she has secured and directed or co-directed over 30 federally funded research projects focused on individuals with TBI, including both descriptive and intervention research projects. Her research interests include childhood b...
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Ann Glang

Research Professor / Director CBIRT541-346-0594
Laura Beck
Laura has worked at CBIRT since 1999 on a variety of information management, educational research, and service-related projects. She has an MLIS from the University of Missouri. Laura provides comprehensive reference and information management services to Principal Investigators (PIs) and project st...
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Laura Beck

Project Administrator541-346-0598
Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, PhD
Laurie Ehlhardt Powell, PhD, CCC-SLP, is a Research Associate Professor at CBIRT. She has directed NIH and NIDILRR-funded projects targeting the systematic instruction of assistive technology for cognition for adults with acquired cognitive disabilities. Dr. Powell is currently Principal Investigato...
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Laurie Ehlhardt Powell

Research Associate Professor541-346-0595
Megan Jones
Megan received her BA in Psychology from Willamette University. Prior to coming to CBIRT she spent 8 years researching early childhood development with at-risk families. She currently brings her organization, coordination, and logistic expertise to many projects at CBIRT.
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Megan Jones

Research Assistant
Christina Karns, PhD
Christina Karns, Ph.D., received her doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of California, Berkeley. At the University of Oregon, she has directed neuroimaging projects with children, teens, and adults with and without disability to clarify how attention and self-regulation support healthy ne...
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Christina Karns

Research Assistant Professor
David Kracke
David has been a member of the Oregon State Bar for 28 years. He has an extensive background working with private and public stakeholder groups in the realm of legislative and policy initiatives. He is a recognized legislative and policy expert in TBI. David served as a lead author and legislative a...
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David Kracke

Oregon Brain Injury Advocate/Coordinator
Melissa McCart, DEd,
Melissa McCart, DEd, received her doctorate in Educational Methodology, Policy and Leadership, her M.S. in behavioral disabilities and her administrator's licenses from the University of Oregon. She has worked extensively with at-risk children and families as a behavior specialist for school distric...
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Melissa McCart

Project Coordinator541-346-0597
Amanda Perez
Amanda Perez received her BA in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Oregon and her MA in Professional Counseling from Northwest Christian University. She has 5 years of experience working with high risk populations and 5 years of experience working on a wide range of research projects. Ama...
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Amanda Perez

Senior Research Assistant541-346-0573
Carolyn Saraceno
Carolyn Saraceno began her work with CBIRT as a research participant on projects including Training Assistive Technology in the Environment (TATE) and TEACH-M: Teaching Assistive Technology following TBI. Carolyn assists with various projects and publications. She is a content reviewer and admi...
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Carolyn Saraceno

Project Assistant / Research Assistant
Jody Slocumb
Jody Slocumb received her BA in Journalism and Communication from the University of Oregon.  She had eight years of experience on a wide range of social science research projects before coming to CBIRT in 2013.  Jody has primary responsibility for data management and subject recruitment....
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Jody Slocumb

Senior Research Assistant541-346-0567