Oregon Parent Project
The Staff of the Oregon Parent Project

 

Principal Investigator
Laura Lee McIntyre, Ph.D

McIntyreDr. Laura Lee McIntyre is principal investigator of the Oregon Parent Project. She is a research scientist at the Child and Family Center and associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences at the University of Oregon. Her research interests are in early childhood development and families. Since 1997 she has been investigating ways to promote happy, healthy outcomes for children with developmental disabilities and their families. Although Laura Lee has many hobbies, her greatest pleasure is spending time with her family.

 

Project Coordinator
Angie Relling, MS

Angie has worked in the field of research and early childhood development since 2001. She is interested in working with caregivers to foster happy and loving homes for young children. Angie has two young children of her own and spends the majority of her time cheering for them from the sidelines of a basketball court, football field, and life in general. She enjoys spending time in the garden, reading, and going on adventures with family and friends. 

 

Parent Group Leaders

Leslie Finlay, MA

Leslie Finlay

Leslie has dedicated her career to the field of parenting education. She passionately believes that all parents can benefit from the opportunity to step outside the business of day-to-day life to share their experiences as parents, reflect on helpful parenting strategies, and build connections with other parents. When not facilitating parenting groups, she is training other parent educators and writing parenting education curricula. She would like to thank her husband and two daughters for ongoing, daily opportunities to hone her own skills as a parent. She would also like to thank the City of Eugene for the amazing Ridgeline Trail, where she can be found running any chance she gets.

 

Mallory Brown

Mallory BrownMallory is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Oregon. She has a passion for working with families of young children with developmental delays and disabilities and has experience working in a variety of settings, from preschool through high school. A native of the hot and dry Southwest, She has grown to love the green and endless outdoor adventures that the Northwest has to offer. When not in class or at the Child and Family Center, you can find Mallory at the yoga studio or hiking the nearest butte with her pup, Wrigley.

 

Kenya Makhiawala

Kenya MakhiawalaKenya is a doctoral student at the University of Oregon in the School Psychology program. She enjoys working with families of young children with developmental disabilities, especially through establishing meaningful home–school partnerships. Originally from the Midwest, Kenya is enjoying her time in the Pacific Northwest and is hoping to explore more. In her free time, Kenya likes to read, travel, and spend time with friends and family.

 

Home Visitors

Diana Woodworth

Diana WoodworthDiana is a master’s student in the Couples and Family Therapy program at the University of Oregon. She has several years of experience working as a research assistant at the Child and Family Center and has also worked as a science and math teacher in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and as a secretary in Haifa, Israel. Diana loves to be outdoors running, walking, hiking, or reading a book in the park. She also enjoys drawing, jigsaw puzzles, watching movies, and playing video games with her nephews.

 

Iris Bicksler

Iris BickslerIris graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in women's studies and has worked for more than a decade with pregnant and parenting teens in Lane County. Her passion for helping families brought her to the Oregon Parent Project, where she currently works as a home visitor. Iris and her husband and two children love to take road trips to the coast, make homemade pizza together, and take their dog, Marley, on long walks.

 

Torie Mollison

Torie MollisonTorie is a graduate of the University of Oregon, with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She has a passion for working with young children and finds enjoyment in their everyday lives and view of the world. She approaches everything she does with a positive attitude and attempts to make the most out of each day. Torie is active and loves hiking, sports, and traveling. Originally from Washington state, she is enjoying exploring Oregon while still remaining near her family in Washington. She enjoys meeting new people, spending time around animals, and hanging out with her friends.

 

Brandon Bray

Brandon BrayBrandon is a student in psychology at the University of Oregon and is working toward becoming a psychologist. In the summers, Brandon enjoys working for his hometown of Tualatin, Oregon, as a city park ranger. He is enjoying the experiences he’s gaining while working at the Child and Family Center. Brandon likes playing and watching all types of sports, running, working out, playing guitar, and hanging out with friends around a good campfire. 

 

Graduate Student Research Assistants

Jake Mahon

Jake MahonJake is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Oregon. He has had a wide assortment of experiences working with children in roles ranging from preschool teacher to clinical director of a school-based substance abuse counseling program. Jake is primarily interested in early intervention strategies for problem behaviors and understanding how promotive factors such as mentoring or positive parenting characteristics foster resiliency and independence in children. He was born and raised in Oregon and considers the Rogue and North Umpqua Rivers home. When not in class or at the CFC, you can find Jake guiding fishing trips for steelhead or coaching in Special Olympics swimming and basketball.

 

Elizabeth Chase

Liz ChaseLiz is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Oregon. She is excited about the opportunity to work with children and families through the CFC. Liz is originally from southern California but loves living in Eugene. When she’s not studying, she is probably cooking, running, napping, talking with family, or spending time with friends.

 

 

Eva Kurtz-Nelson

Eva Kurtz-NelsonEva is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Oregon.  She enjoys working with children of all ages, especially preschoolers and middle schoolers.  Eva grew up in Chicago and has lived in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Seattle, and now Eugene.  She loves to explore new music, read good books, and play with her black lab.

 

 

Marilynn Porritt

Marilynn PorrittMarilynn is a master’s student in the School Psychology program at the University of Oregon. She enjoys working with young children with developmental disabilities and has experience working in a variety of settings, from preschool to young adult programs. A native of the Midwest, Marilynn loves exploring the new scenery of the Pacific Northwest and hopes to travel around the area more. In her free time, Marilynn enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with friends.

 

Kristin Rush

Kristin RushKristin is a master's student in the School Psychology program at the University of Oregon. She loves working with kids, especially those with emotional and developmental delays. She likes biking, baking bread, and playing with her cat. Born in San Diego, she is learning to love the cloudy weather and spend more time outdoors in the rain.

 

Momoko Yamashita

Momoko YamashitaMomoko is a master’s student in the School Psychology program at the University of Oregon. She enjoys working with parents and with children with developmental delays. She is from Tokyo, Japan, and has eight nieces/nephews, with a ninth on its way. She enjoys the beauty of nature in Eugene, and being able to smell trees in the morning and see stars at night is such a treat for her. She likes to travel, read, snorkel, snowboard, do yoga, take walks, and be with her family and friends.

 

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