Past APPL Members
Noel Vest, PhD
I’m a postdoctoral fellow in the Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab at the Stanford School of Medicine, working with Drs. Keith Humphreys and Sean Mackey. As a formerly incarcerated scholar, I am a strong advocate for social justice issues and public policy concerning prison reentry. My dissertation focused on applying advanced latent class analysis to better understand patient groups based upon the experiences of pain and depression during treatment with buprenorphine and naloxone. My other interests include the intersection of mental health, substance use disorders, poverty, social justice, addiction recovery, pain, and prison reentry.
Michael Orr, BA, BS
I am currently pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology at University of Houston with Dr. Michael Zvolensky as my mentor. I am interested in researching co-occurring substance use disorder and anxiety and depression, in particular I am interested in legal and semi-legal substances like cannabis, alcohol and opioids and how they influence and are influenced by anxiety and depression.
Kait Hirchak, PhD
In 2020, I finished a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the University of New Mexico’s Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (UNM-CASAA) funded on a training grant (T32AA018108; PI: McCrady) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). I am now an Assistant Research Professor in EFSCOM. My primary passion is culturally re-centering evidence-based treatments. A lot of what I’m wanting to focus on now is harnessing technology to better engage young, native adults in treatment and substance-free activities.
My previous research looked at mapping brain regions involved in cocaine memory reconsolidation. I am interested in treatment strategies that promote recovery from drug dependence. My future goals are to pursue medical school!
WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Deepika assisted APPL mostly through background research. She was interested in addiction management and recovery and hope to attend medical school in the future. Deepika has moved on to medical school at UW.
I was in the first graduating class of the Elsom S. Floyd College of Medicine. During my time at WSU, I was a Research Associate with APPL. After graduating, I was accepted into a residency program at UW Medicine.