Position title: Research Program Manager
Elena is passionate about contributing to the scientific understanding of emotional health and wellbeing, particularly related to healing from trauma. She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Religious Studies from Grinnell College and from Portland State University in Psychology. After graduation, she worked at Oregon Health & Science University for nearly a decade in various roles in neuroscience research. She coordinated clinical trials studying a variety of behavioral interventions, such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, and social engagement. She enjoyed the opportunity to work with a several adult populations, such as combat veterans with PTSD, adults with severe speech and physical impairments, and socially isolated older adults. Elena has a longtime passion for working with youth, so now that she’s back home in Madison, she is glad to be contributing to research that aims to benefit young people and their families. Outside the lab, Elena enjoys hiking, mindfulness, and cheese.