Travis Christian was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. He currently resides in downtown Portland with his best friend, Alison, and their wonderful cat, Merlin. He is an aspiring health writer and Multiple Sclerosis researcher. Travis has a deep passion for helping others. His multidisciplinary interests include such diverse topics as psychology and neuroscience, physical and mental health, mindfulness and meditation, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics), and so much more.
Travis is currently a Senior at Portland State University where he is working on finishing his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Social Science with a Neuroscience/Neuropsychology concentration. Travis is a McNair Scholar preparing for a summer research project exploring depression in Multiple Sclerosis using an exciting technology called Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) under the supervision of Dr. Jacqueline Bernard, MD from the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). At PSU, Travis serves as Vice President of the Psychology Club at Portland State University, where he is also responsible for creating and maintaining the club website. In the past, Travis has been honored to serve as an undergraduate teaching assistant for Dr. Bill Greisar’s Psychology as a Natural Science course (PSY 200), and a Perception course taught by Bill Greisar and Portland artist Jeff Leake (PSY 347) and he previously served as the graphic designer for the Neuroscience Club at Portland State University. Other campus organizations he belongs to but does not hold an officer position in include the American Medical Women’s Association, Chronic Conditions Awareness and Action, Gray Coats Research Group, Health Promotion Student Organization, PSU/OHSU IHI Open School Chapter, Portland State Red Cross Student Group, and the Science Outreach Society.
Outside of PSU, Travis is a student member of the American Neurological Association (ANA), a student member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), a student member of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC), Student member of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), member of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), and student affiliate of the Western Psychological Association.
Outside of academia, Travis currently works as a Detox Technician for a substance abuse treatment center in Portland, Oregon. He is also always looking for opportunities to use his skills in writing, graphic design, web development, etc., especially if the project is related to one of the many topics he holds dear to his heart. In his free time, he volunteers as a blood donor ambassador with the American Red Cross and as an organ donor ambassador with Donate Life Northwest, as well as volunteering with NW Noggin, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and more. He is also the webmaster and guest blogger for Dancing Green.