Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience, School of Medicine, has been named OHSU associate vice president for research. She currently serves as the vice chair for research in the Department of Psychiatry, directs the Developmental Brain Imaging Laboratory, and is the director of pediatric neuropsychology and a practicing neuropsychologist within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. As associate vice president, Nagel will support OHSU Research & Innovation in responding to the immediate needs of the research community in the face of COVID-19, as well as in revising and advancing the strategic goals and initiatives under the OHSU 2025 strategic planning efforts.
Peter Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., chief research officer and executive vice president, announced Nagel’s appointment, effective March 18, 2020. She joins David Ellison, M.D., the associate vice president for research who focuses on clinical and translational research issues, as a vital scientific leader for OHSU Research & Innovation.
“Bonnie comes aboard Research & Innovation at a crisis moment,” said Barr-Gillespie. “The COVID-19 pandemic is dismantling all of our basic assumptions about research at OHSU and forcing us onto new terrain. The global research community is beginning to face this even as we pack up and ramp down our labs. Bonnie has the leadership skills, collaborative spirit, and openness to new ideas that this moment requires. She is highly respected, skilled, and compassionate, the qualities we need at the moment to support our community.”
Nagel’s primary research focuses on adolescent neurodevelopment in healthy and at-risk populations. Her lab has been conducting longitudinal neuroimaging studies of Portland-area youth for nearly 15 years, with aims of identifying neurobiological markers of risk and resilience for psychopathology, including addiction and depression, and hopes of ultimately informing more targeted intervention and prevention efforts.
Nagel has served in numerous administrative capacities and leadership roles at OHSU, including president of the OHSU Faculty Senate. She is widely published in the area of adolescent neurodevelopment and mental health and is a Principal Investigator on several federally-funded, multi-site projects toward that end, including the National Consortium on Alcohol & Neurodevelopment in Adolescence (NCANDA) and the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study (ABCD). Nagel is also graduate training faculty at OHSU and has been involved with mentorship, teaching, and supervision of graduate and medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty.
After earning her doctorate at the University of Memphis, Nagel completed a National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship in biological psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, before joining OHSU in 2006.