Our Faculty

More than 150 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.

 

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Berlin, Michelle - MPH, MD

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Professor Epidemiology & Health Promotion Office OHSU – MNP 3111 Phone: 503-494-4480
Biography

Michelle Berlin is co-director of the OHSU Center for Women’s Health and vice chair of Public Health and Faculty Development in Obstetrics and Gynecology at OHSU. She is also a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at the OHSU School of Medicine, and a professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

Berlin is program director of the Center for Women’s Health’s Policy Advisory Towards Health (PATH for women), which focuses on health policy issues within women’s health. She is also a primary author, in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center, of “Making the Grade on Women’s Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card.”

Her research and clinical interests converge in addressing screening and prevention services for women, especially for minority and disadvantaged populations. Her clinical work focuses on Pap screening and follow-up evaluation of abnormal Pap smears for the prevention of cervical cancer.

Education, Degrees

A.B., University of California, Berkeley, Microbiology and Immunology, 1980
M.P.H., University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, 1982
M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1986

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, OHSU Distinguished Lecturer Award
  • 2012, Doris H. Merritt, M.D., Lectureship in Women’s Health, Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • 2009, Women Leaders of Oregon, NEW Leadership Oregon, Center for Women, Politics and Policy, PSU
Research
  • Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative (OR-CCRC); CDC; co-Investigator; 9/11/2014-8/30/2018; 5% effort.
  • Estimating the Marginal Effects and Lifetime Costs of Sexual Violence Against Women in the United States; CDC; Principal Investigator (subaward) 10/2012-9/2014; 1% effort.
  • Evidence-Based Practice II: Faculty & Curriculum (Western States Chiropractic College; NIH; Michelle Berlin, Principal Investigator (subaward); 8/1/2009-6/30/2013; 10% effort.
  • Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI); “The Oregon Health & Science University Human Investigations Program,” NIH; Michelle Berlin, Course Director; Eric Orwoll Principal Investigator; 7/1/2006-2015; 5% effort.
  • Evidence-Based Care: Faculty & Curriculum Development (Western States Chiropractic College); NIH Anne Nedrow, Principal Investigator (subaward); 8/01/2005-7/31/2009; Instructor; 1/1/2008-7/31/2009. 1.5% effort.
  • OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP); NIH; Cynthia Morris, Principal Investigator, 9/1/2005-8/31/2006; 5% effort.

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  • National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health; Department of Health and Human Services; Michelle Berlin, Principal Investigator; $1,462,140; 9/30/2003-9/29/2007; 50% effort.
  • OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP); NIH; Cynthia Morris, Principal Investigator; 9/1/2002-8/31/2005; 5% effort.

Buckley, David - MD, MPH

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Associate Professor Epidemiology & Medicine, Health Promotion, Biostatistics, and Health Management & Policy Office OHSU – EJH 226 Phone: (503) 494-8367
Biography

David I. Buckley is an associate professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and in Family Medicine and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU.

Buckley’s research addresses various aspects of primary care practice, including disparities in the receipt of clinical preventive services among rural residents and adults with disabilities. He has been funded as a principal investigator by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians for research engaging clinics and patients to improve cancer screening for people with physical disabilities.

He has recently served as a co-investigator on projects evaluating linkages between primary care clinics and community resources for providing clinical preventive services. Buckley’s research also includes systematic evidence reviews and comparative effectiveness reviews across various health care topics for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, among others.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Anthropology/Mathematics, Northwestern University, 1982
M.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 1993
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2008

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Carder, Paula - MA, PhD

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Associate Professor Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 470R Phone: (503) 725-5144
Biography

Paula Carder is an associate professor with the School of Public Health and a researcher with PSU Institute on Aging.

Her research focuses on socio-cultural aspects of housing and long-term care for older persons and adults with disabilities. Her research also explores the relationship between state regulatory requirements and daily practices associated with medication administration and staffing in assisted living and dementia care facilities. She conducts a state-wide survey of assisted living, memory care,and adult foster homes for the Oregon Department of Human Services. She also was the lead evaluator of a recent Oregon Health Authority-sponsored program to coordinate health and housing services for low-income residents of 11 publicly-subsidized apartment buildings.

Carder also has mentored students in the BUILD EXITO program, an undergraduate research training program at PSU that supports students on their pathway to become scientific researchers.

Education, Degrees

B.S., West Virginia University, 1987
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1990
Ph.D., Portland State University, 1999

Awards and Honors
  • 2014, Best Research Paper, Seniors Housing and Care Journal
  • 2013, Anselm Strauss Award, Honorable Mention, Qualitative Health Research
  • 2014, Visiting International Fellow in Research Methods, University of Surrey, Guildford, England
  • 2013, Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
Research
  • Oregon Department of Human Services, 2016-18 Oregon Community-Based Care Survey, Role: Principal Investigator
  • CareOregon, 2016-18 Evaluation, LiveWell Care Homes Role: Principal Investigator
  • Oregon Health Authority, 2014-16 Evaluation, Housing with Services demonstration, Role: Principal Investigator
  • Oregon Department of Human Services, 2014-16 Oregon Community-Based Care Survey, Role: Principal Investigator
  • OHSU/NIDA, 2013 HEARTH, community-based participatory research with Central City Concern, Role: Investigator
  • Cedar Sinai Park/Enterprise Foundation, 2012 Community Needs Assessment, Role: Principal Investigator

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  • Northwest Health Foundation, 2012 Staffing Needs for Housing with Services,  Role: Principal Investigator
  • Portland Housing Authority, 2011-12 Strategies to Support Aging in Place,  Role: Principal Investigator

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Dinno, Alexis - MPH, MEM, ScD

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Associate Professor Health Promotion & Community Health Office PSU – URBN 450D Phone: (503) 725-3076
Biography

Alexis Dinno is an associate professor of Community Health at the School of Public Health. She teaches graduate courses in epidemiology, social epidemiology, environmental health and biostatistics, among others. Her broad areas of interest include social epidemiology, social ecology and quantitative modeling.

Dinno’s doctoral dissertation research unpacked relationships between urban residential property abandonment and elderly experiences of depression in New Haven, Conn., using both multilevel modeling techniques and loop analyses of causal feedback. Before coming to PSU, Dinno was an adjunct professor at California State University East Bay, where she taught epidemiology to graduate and undergraduate students and developed new methods in applied multivariate statistics.

In addition to her work in community health, Dinno is an avid practitioner of Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of California at Berkeley, 1996
M.P.H., Yale School of Public Health, 2000
M.E.M., Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2000
Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health

Research
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Evaluating media messaging on childhood obesity to inform advocacy on a Culture of Health (Collaborator—statistician; Project Directors Lawrence Wallack and Liana Winett). Award: $309,090. Awarded (Summer 2014)
  • Kaiser Permanente, Northwest Region Community Partnership Support. Dignity Village/Right 2 Dream Too Respiratory Health Study. (PI; Peter Geissert Co-Investigator). Award: $1,830. Awarded (Summer 2014)
  • United States Forest Service: Grant. Healthy Trees, Healthy People (Co-PI, with Vivek Shandas, Linda George and Todd Rosenstiel). Award: $250,000. Awarded (Summer, 2011)
  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality: Contract. Oregon Chemicals Policy and Management White Paper (Co-PI, with Professor Jennifer H. Allen). Award: $20,000. Awarded (Spring, 2011).
  • NIH Loan Repayment Program Grant for Health Disparities Research. Vulnerabilities in Tobacco Control Policy.

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Eckhardt, Cara - MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for PhD in Community Health Health Promotion, Applied Health & Fitness, Health Studies Office PSU –URBN 450E Phone: (503) 725-4569
Biography

Cara L. Eckhardt is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and director of the school’s Ph.D. program in Community Health. Eckhardt  teaches the doctoral seminar in the Community Health Ph.D. program as well as two undergraduate courses – Introduction to Epidemiology and Global Health.

Eckhardt’s research focus is the prevention of childhood obesity. Her research has included projects investigating the impact of maternal nutrition during pregnancy on childhood obesity risk, elucidating how maternal nutrition during pregnancy might affect infant growth patterns and subsequent obesity risk, linking infant feeding practices to infant growth patterns, improving early screening methods for identifying children at risk for obesity and evaluating interventions to improve the diets of young children.

After earning her doctorate degree, Eckhardt was a post-doctoral fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. She returned to Oregon in 2008 and joined the PSU faculty in 2009.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Cornell University, 1995
M.P.H., Emory University 1999
Ph.D., University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, 2004

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Nick Norgan Award for Annals of Human Biology manuscript, Maternal vitamin D status and infant anthropometry in a US multi-centre cohort study, Eckhardt CL, Gernand AD, Roth DE, Bodnar LM, The Annals of Human Biology, 2015;42(3):215-22.
  • 2011-2016, Outstanding Teacher of the Year nominee, PSU, for five years running
  • 2003-2004, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • 2002, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Nutrition Fellowship
  • 2001, American Society of Nutritional Sciences NABISCO Predoctoral Fellowship Award
Research
  • R03 HD07584101A1 (ECKHARDT CL), NIH/NICHD, 2014-20106. Defining Infant Rapid Weight Gain to Best Predict Childhood Obesity. Role: Principal Investigator
  • R01 NR014245 (BODNAR LM, HUTCHEON J), NIH/NINR, 2013-2017. Informing Evidence-based Maternal Weight Gain Guidelines for Twin Pregnancies. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Meyer Memorial Trust Grant (IZUMI B), Meyer Memorial Trust, 2009-2015. Oregon farm-to-childcare for infants and toddlers. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Kaiser Permanente Healthy Food Access Grant (IZUMI B), Kaiser Permanente, 2012-2013. Farm-to-Head Start: Increasing Children’s Access to Regionally Grown Fruits & Vegetables. Role: Co-Investigator
  • R01 HD058061(STEVENS VJ), NIH/NICHD, 2010-2012. Weight Management for Improved Pregnancy Outcomes. Role: Funded via Administrative Supplement Grant under PA-08-191 for supplementary project: The Impact of Limiting Pregnancy Weight Gain Among Obese Mother

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Izumi, Betty - MPH, RD, PhD

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Associate Professor Health Studies and Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 450K Phone: (503) 725-5102
Biography

Betty Izumi is a registered dietitian and associate professor in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of nutrition, sustainability and health equity. She uses a community-based participatory research approach to explore the question: Can diet quality and health be improved among underserved individuals in such a way that promotes vibrant and resilient local food systems?

She is the principal investigator for Harvest for Healthy Kids, a nutrition intervention developed in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start. Harvest for Healthy Kids connects children in early care and education settings to local agriculture through classroom education, food service modification and family engagement. In 2016, Harvest for Healthy Kids was awarded the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of British Columbia, 1998
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2000
R.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2017, Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award (Japan)
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Mid-Career Professional Achievement Award
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award for Harvest for Healthy Kids
  • 2013, Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs Craig Wollner Memorial Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty
  • 2012, Portland State University Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-based Research

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Jensen, Jeffrey - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology and Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Management & Policy, Health Promotion Office OHSU – MNP 3602A Phone: (503) 494-5113
Biography

Jeffrey T. Jensen is the Leon Speroff Professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Ob/Gyn and a professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU. He is also the director of the Women’s Health Research Unit at OHSU and a senior scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.

Jensen is currently the principal investigator at OHSU of the federally funded Contraception Clinical Trials Network. At the primate research center, he is co-principal investigator of the federally funded U-54 Contraception Development Research Center, and the director of the Oregon Permanent Contraception Research Center. His lab investigates novel contraceptive strategies using the nonhuman primate model. Research collaborations include his work as a consulting scientist and member of the International Committee for Contraception Research of the Population Council.

Jensen is also the editor of Ob/Gyn Clinical Alert and as deputy editor for the journal Contraception.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Stanford University, 1980
M.D., Emory University, 1984
M.P.H., University of Washington, 1997

Awards and Honors
  • 1997, Chief Resident Teaching Award
  • 1996, APGO Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1994, CREOG National Faculty Award
Research
  • 201405-01-2018/04/30 P51 OD011092, NIH/OD ROBERTSON, JOE (PI) Support for Oregon National Primate Research Center The major goal of this project is to support the operation of the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Role: Senior Scientist
  • 2012/09/01-2017/06/30 NIH/NICHD U54 HD055744, NIH STOUFFER, RICHARD L. (PI) Contraception by Blockade of Periovulatory Events in Primates – Control of Oocyte Maturation. The goal of this U54 Center is to target the discovery and development of novel contraceptive agents that prevent one or more periovulatory events in adult, female primates during the menstrual cycle. Role: Co-Investigator
  • 2014/09/19-2017/09/18 HHSN275201300008I, Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network JENSEN, JEFFREY T. (PI) Clinical Evaluation of Novel Products for Female Contraception Main Study (TO5) Role: PI
  • 2013/07/16-2016/01/15 HHSN275201300008I, Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network JENSEN, JEFFREY T. (PI) TO2 Low Dose Acetate: A Multi-Center Randomized Study to Evaluate the Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Profile, Contraceptive Efficacy and Safety of Daily Oral Low Dose Ulipristal Acetate Role: PI
  • 2014/11/01-2017/12/31 OPP1118762, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation JENSEN, JEFFREY T. (PI) Oregon Permanent Contraception Research Center (OPERM) A research center to study approaches to female nonsurgical permanent contraception (NSPC). Role: PI

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Marriott, Lisa - PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Promotion & Environmental Systems and Human Health Office OHSU – Gaines Hall 119 Phone: (503) 494-8775
Biography

Lisa Marriott is a learning and memory researcher and Associate Director of Let’s Get Healthy!, an education and research exhibit that uses health information technology to assess health behaviors and provide immediate, tailored feedback to individuals. The program earned the 2015 Technology Award from the Society of Public Health Education.

Marriott leads teacher professional development programs, most recently on epigenetics, with accompanying published articles in teaching journals that describe lessons and activities for teaching new areas of science to middle and high school students. Her research investigates student pursuance of science careers as well as health-related decision-making using informatics-based approaches.

Marriott also serves as co-director of the OHSU Evaluation Core, where she provides technical assistance and evaluation consultations to researchers and community organizations on educational and health outcomes-focused projects. She has completed two postdoctoral fellowships at OHSU – in physiology and pharmacology and in science education.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Neuroscience, University of Virginia, 1999
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Arizona, 2004
Post-doc, Neuroscience, University of Arizona, 2004
Post-doc, Physiology & Pharmacology, Oregon Health & Science Universtiy, 2004-2007
Post-doc, Science Education, Oregon Health & Science University, 2007-2009

Awards and Honors

2015 Technology Award from the Society of Public Health Education

Research
  • R25 OD010496 (Marriott, LK) 04/01/2012-03/31/2017 NIH/ Office of the Director  CHIDR Chatter: Translating community research data for classroom use, Role:  Principal Investigator
  • P30 CA069533 (Druker, B) 06/01/09-09/27/18  NIH/ National Cancer Institute) Administrative Supplements to Expand NCI-supported Community Outreach Capacity through Community Health Educators (CHE) of the National Outreach, Role: Co-Investigator
  • BDMS/OHSU International Collaboration (Denny, J.) 12/1/2014-6/30/19 Let’s Get Healthy! Thailand Expansio,  Role: Collaborator
  • Oregon Health Authority (Fagnan, LJ and McConnell, J, PIs) 6/1/2016-8/1/2017  Sustainable Relationships for Community Health (SRCH) 2016, Role: Evaluator

Messer, Lynne - MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for MPH in Health Promotion Community Health, Health Promotion & Social Work, Epidemiology, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 470H Phone: (503) 725-5182
Biography

Lynne Messer teaches across the educational spectrum, from undergraduate epidemiology, master’s level women’s health, masters and doctoral health and social inequalities, and doctoral research methods.

Her research explores the intersection of social-environmental justice and residential segregation in exacerbating maternal and child health disparities among vulnerable populations. Her early work focused on better characterizing the built and social environments for population-based epidemiologic disparities research. Her later work incorporated other non-social area-level exposures, including air pollution and environmental contaminants, for maternal and child health. In her current work, she seeks to integrate these related environmental factors with research on fetal development and intergenerational transmission to understand the potential for fetal priming to explain the persistence of health disparities among vulnerable subpopulations.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Oregon, Community Health, 1989
M.P.H., UNC-Chapel Hill, Health Behavior and Health Education, 1995
Ph.D., UNC-Chapel Hill, Epidemiology, 2005

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Dean’s Award for Scholarly Achievement-Junior Faculty
  • 2004, Student paper prize, International Conference on Urban Health
  • 2003, Student paper prize, International Conference on Urban Health
  • 1999-2005, Royster Society of Fellows multiyear doctoral fellowship
  • 1995, Delta Omega Society, Theta Chapter
Research
  • “Exploring social factors influencing pregnancy outcome disparities among Latinas” Principal Investigator: Lynne C. Messer Mechanism: R21; Project period: 04/01/20160-3/31/2018 Funding: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
  • “Taking responsible actions in life” Principal investigator: Barbara K Sheppard Role: Evaluation principal investigator Mechanism: 5-year evaluation grant Funding: Office of Adolescent Health; Duration: 07/01/2015-06/30/2020
  • “Fetal priming for later-life disparities in allostatic load and heart disease – a data acquisition feasibility pilot” Principal investigator: Lynne C. Messer Funding: Portland State University faculty enhancement grant; Duration: 05/01/2015-04/30/2017
  • “Girls on track” Principal investigator: Barbara K. Sheppard Role: Project evaluator Purpose: This project aims to impact region-wide social norms towards positive decision-making that will encourage students to avoid sexual risks.  It will adopt a community-wide approach that targets students, parents, and school personnel and will incorporate three major components: sexual education, positive youth development, and parent-child connectedness.   Funding: Health and Human Services Funds (evaluation only): $32,000; Duration: 1/1/2013-12/31/2015
  • “Pathways to health and well-being: social networks of orphaned and abandoned children” Principal investigator: Lynne C. Messer Purpose: The proposed research sought to identify the composition and variance social network characteristics of OAC, including educational and employment-related supports; identify the sexual network composition and variance characteristics of OAC; and assess the association between the social network characteristics and health-related outcomes (education, income-generation) and between the sexual network characteristics and HIV-risk outcomes. Funding: National Institutes of Health Funds: $274,729; Duration: 04/01/2012 – 03/31/2014 (3/31/2015 – carryforward)
  • “Positive outcomes for orphans” Principal investigator: Kathryn Whetten Role: Co-investigator Purpose: This study will continue to follow an existing cohort of more than 3,000 randomly selected orphaned and abandoned children over four years in six culturally diverse study sites in Cambodia, Ethiopia, India (Nagaland and Hyderabad), Kenya, and Tanzania. The objective of the study is to examine the influence of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community level factors on behavioral relationship outcomes (HIV risk behaviors, reproductive health, and family formation) and achievement outcomes (continued education, income generating activities, and civic engagement). Funding: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development  HIV/AIDS and Orphan Care Funds: $3,397,307; Duration: 09/01/2010 – 08/31/2015

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  • “Guide to Healing” Principal investigator: Evelyn Byrd Quinlivan Role: Co-investigator and project evaluator Purpose: This project will implement and evaluate a program of primary HIV nursing care  to promote medical care engagement and health literacy, provides social support, psychiatric and addiction services on site and employs a nurse guide.  Three main interventions will be delivered to HIV+ women of color: 1) rapid linking 2) strengths based counseling and 3) peer-co led supportive-information group with literacy, coping, life skills and social support modules delivered on-site or by phone. Funding: Health Resources and Services Administration Funds: $2,000,000; Duration: 09/01/2009 – 08/31/2014 (8/31/2015 carryforward)
  • “Assessing correlated adverse birth outcomes: constructing a bivariate probit model for preterm birth / low birth weight and testing the psychosocial mediation of built environment effects” Principal investigator: Lynne C. Messer Purpose: Using prospective cohort data, Durham County birth records and parcel audit data, the proposed research will construct a bivariate probit model for combined PTB/LBW outcome; examine how neighborhood environments are associated with bivariate PTB/LBW; explore possible differential associations of psychosocial status and bivariate PTB/LBW; and test if maternal psychosocial status mediates the observed relationship between the built environment and the bivariate PTB/LBW outcome Funding: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Health Disparities, Loan Repayment Program  Funds: up to $50,000; Duration: 08/01/2011 – 07/31/2013

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Richardson, Dawn - MPH, DrPH

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Assistant Professor Health Studies, Health Promotion, Community Health, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 470D Phone: (503) 725-2051
Biography

Dawn Richardson is an associate professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches Urban and Community Health, Global Health and other courses.  

Richardson’s work examines how the places where people live – in both  the social and physical environments – can impact health and social mobility. 

She uses community-based participatory research principles while helping people understand how changes in the way we think about things such as family leave, policies supporting breastfeeding and access to good schools, healthy food, transportation and adequate housing can have an impact on community health. Her research focus led her to serve as board chair for Upstream Public Health, a non-profit focused on promoting policy and improving health for all Oregonians. 

Richardson is also co-director of the BUILD EXITO program, an undergraduate research training program that supports students from diverse backgrounds on their pathway to becoming scientific researchers. 

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 1999
M.P.H., Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2002
Dr.P.H., University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, 2010
Kellogg Health Scholar, University of Michigan, 2012

Awards and Honors
  • 2017: PSU Faculty Fellow for Equity & Social Justice in Community-Based Learning
  • 2016: PSU Faculty Fellow for Sustainability, Institute for Sustainability Studies
  • 2013: PSU Faculty-in-Residence for Engagement, Center for Academic Excellence
  • 2012: PSU Faculty Fellow for Community Partnership, Center for Academic Excellence
  • 2011: Selected Mentee, American Academy of Health Behavior/Kellogg Health Scholars Program
Research
  • 1R21HD087734-01 NIH (Messer) 05/06/16-04/30/17 Role: Co-Investigator Social Factors Influencing Pregnancy Outcome Disparities This study aims to identify how nativity and documentation status shape adverse PO (inappropriate maternal weight gain, pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH)/eclampsia, PTB, term BW, small for gestational age (SGA)) and how the residential food context exacerbates risk for adverse outcomes.
  • 1UL1MD009596 / 1RL5MD009591 / 1TL4MD009634 NIH (Crespo) 09/26/14-06/30/19 Role: Co-Investigator Enhancing Cross-Disciplinary Training at Oregon (EXITO) The major goal of this project is to recruit, train, and support diverse undergraduate students seeking research careers in the biomedical and social sciences. This is part of a broad national strategy to develop and evaluate innovative strategies for engaging undergraduate researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and preparing them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce.

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Shannon, Jackilen - MPH, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology, Health Promotion, & Community Health Office OHSU Central Oregon – Community HUB Phone: (541) 728-0665
Biography

Jackilen Shannon is a nutritional epidemiologist who works to understand the distribution and determinants of disease at the population level. Much of her early research focused on translating scientific findings to the medical clinic. In recent years, she has shifted some time toward working to translate medical research to the population at large through community engagement.

At OHSU, she co-developed and expanded an education and research program called “Let’s Get Healthy!” that provides personalized health education to school children and adults. She has also helped build that program internationally, helping to create Let’s Get Healthy!-Global as part of OHSU’s partnership with Bangkok Dusit Medical Services and Mahidol University in Thailand.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Penn State University, 1987
M.P.H., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St.Paul, 1988
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1993
Post-Doctoral Trainee, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Research
  • 2015-Initiative-Team-Knight-3 (Shannon) 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016 OHSU/OSU Cancer Prevention and Control Initiative Team Pilot Projects $3,500 Phytanic acid, a branched-chain fatty acid in dairy and risk of cancer
  • 2015-Initiative-Team-Knight-3 (Shannon) 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016 OHSU/OSU Cancer Prevention and Control Initiative Team Pilot Projects $25,000 Chemoprevention of prostate cancer: Long Non-Coding RNAs and Sulforaphane
  • CDRN-Phase II (DeVoe) 10/01/2015 – 09/30/2018 PCORI $273,376 ADVANCE Phase II:  Accelerating Data Value across a National Community Health Center Network Phase II
  • DeVoe (PI)  02/01/2016 — 01/31/2021  National Cancer Institute ACCESS:  Assessing Community Cancer Care after Insurance Expansions, Role: Co-Investigator
  • U48DP005006-01 SIP 14-011 (Winters / Shannon) 09/11/2014 – 08/30/2018 CDC/SIPs $275,000  Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative (OR-CCRC)
  • 3P30CA069533-17S2 (Druker) 07/01/2014 – 06/30/2017 0.6 CM NIH/ National Cancer Institute $94,697 Administrative Supplements to Expand NCI-supported Community Outreach Capacity through Community Health Educators (CHE) of the National Outreach

Sobel, Judith - PhD, MPH

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Associate Professor Health Promotion, Health Studies, Health Promotion & Social Work Office PSU – URBN 450L Phone: (503) 725-5112
Biography

Judith Sobel’s research has examined the effectiveness of a wide range of health behavior programs and health promotion compaigns. During the past 15 years, her research has focused on preventing noise-induced hearing loss. She is a media specialist and a member of the research and workshop team for Dangerous Decibels, a hearing loss prevention program with leaders from OHSU and PSU, among other institutions. She has designed media messages that target adolescents and their families in an effort to change attitudes about hearing loss prevention and promote healthy hearing behaviors around the world.

Prior to her work with Dangerous Decibels, Sobel researched and worked on health promotion campaigns relating to heart disease prevention and mammography promotion.

Much of her early work examined the effectiveness of health behavior programs aimed at communicating the negative aspects of drug use and smoking to adolescents in elementary school.

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1981
M.P.H., University of California at Los Angeles, 1984
B.A., Community Studies and Information Science, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1975

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, Safe in Sound Innovation Award, NIH
  • 2012, Oregon MPH Teaching Award
  • 2007, Media Award, Nation Hearing Conservation Assoc.
  • 1981-1982, Public Health Service Fellowship, UCLA
  • 1978-1980, NIH Pre-doctoral Fellowship
Research
  • 1 R43 OD021519-01    Odile (P.I.) 2016 NIH SBIR Phase 1/ Serious STEM Games This grant funds the creation of a STEM game to educate and promote hearing health and science for 4th to 7th grade. Role: Significant Contributor
  • 1U48 DP001937-01  Becker  (P.I.) 2010-2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center for Healthy Native Communities This grant funds a Prevention Research Center in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on vision and hearing health promotion in Native communities. Role: Consultant
  • 1 U48 DP000024-02  Becker  (P.I.) 2004-2009, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   Center for Healthy Native Communities
  • R21-DC008077 Martin (PI) 2006-2008  National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)  Tribal Community-Based Prevention of Noise-induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus. This project evaluated the hearing health of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and made recommendations regarding medical interventions, auditory rehabilitation and hearing loss prevention. Role: Consultant
  • R25 DC006431 Martin (PI) 2004-2006   National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)  Health Communication: NIHL and Tinnitus Prevention . This project included training high school students and school nurses to deliver the Dangerous Decibels hearing loss prevention program in 4th grade classrooms.  Effectiveness of different interventions (classroom presentations, museum visits and web-based activities) were evaluated and compared.  Role: Co-PI
  • 2013 3M Foundation Dangerous Decibels Training Workshop Grant Role: Presenter Funded: $200,000

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  • 1999 Centers for Disease Control: Analysis of Breast and Cervical Cancer Reporting in National Media, with Wallack, L. and Winett, L. Role: Co-PI. Funded: $57,000.
  • 1996 Greater Portland Chapter, Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: The Educational Impact of the Race for the Cure. Role: Co-Investigator (with Gelmon, S.)  Funded: $9974.00.

Srikanth, Priya - MPH

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Instructor Health Promotion, Environmental Systems & Human Health, Health Management & Policy, Primary Health Care & Health Disparities
Biography

Priya Srikanth a staff biostatistician with OHSU’s Biostatistics & Design Program and an instructor with the School of Public Health. Srikanth has training and expertise in teaching and conducting statistical analysis based on goals provided by the primary investigator. Her background in biostatistics has been strengthened with ongoing advanced biostatistical training.  As an instructor of basic introductory biostatistics, she strives to convey methods of summarizing data through graphical displays and numerical measures.

Education, Degrees

B.B.A., Marshall University, 1999
M.P.H., in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, OHSU, 2009

Research
  • BDP Dean’s Innovation Funding for catalyzing genetic assocation in Aminoglycoside-induced ototoxicity.  Role: Biostatistician
  • R03 1R03AG03985-01 Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and diseases of aging: A secondary analysis of NHANES III data.  09/2010 – 06/2013.  Role: Biostatistician
  • K01 AR062655 Mineralization Gene Variants: Biochemical Implications and Associations with BMD. Role: Biostatistician

Still, Kenneth - MS, PhD, MBA

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Adjunct Assistant Professor & Lecturer Health Studies, Health Promotion, Health Promotion & Social Work, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 725-4401
Biography

Kenneth R. Still is an adjunct assistant professor for environmental health at PSU and an adjunct assistant professor for the School of Public Health.

Still’s research, detailed in more than 250 published articles, addresses multiple areas of industrial hygiene and toxicology. His primary research interests include human health risk assessment, exposure assessment, and occupational exposure guideline development. His published work for an international client on human health risk and exposure assessment at the Hanford site, a decommissioned nuclear production complex in Washington state, helped identify over 1,700 chemicals potentially dangerous to humans and the environment.

Still is board certified in industrial hygiene, toxicology, safety, hazardous materials management, and several environmental disciplines. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

He grew up in North Bend/Coos Bay, Ore., and served as a U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps officer for over 27 years.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Portland State University, 1970
M.S., Portland State University, 1972
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1976
M.B.A., Chaminade University of Honolulu; 1989

Awards and Honors
  • 2005, Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • 2006, Fellow, Academy of Toxicological Sciences
  • 1982, Diplomate American Board of Industrial Hygiene
  • 1991, Diplomate National Registry of Environmental Professionals
  • 1992, Diplomate Board of Certified Safety Professionals

 

Sun, Christina - MS, PhD

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Assistant Professor Community Health, Health Promotion, and Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450H Phone: (503) 725-3616
Biography

Christina J. Sun is an assistant professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

Her research seeks to improve the lives of communities disproportionately affected by HIV and sexual and reproductive health disparities, including Latino, black, and LGBTQ communities.

Sun’s recent work includes developing and testing behavior change interventions and examining the dissemination and implementation of effective behavioral and biomedical interventions. Her research has found acceptable and feasible ways that social and sexual networking applications on smart phones and other mobile devices can be used to promote HIV testing to men who are at increased risk for HIV. She has also demonstrated the continued long-term health impacts of an HIV intervention for Latino men that has been identified as a “best-evidence” intervention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has also partnered with three community organizations to study the implementation of the intervention in real world settings.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California Davis, 2004
M.S., California State University Fullerton, 2007
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2014

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Teo, Alan - MD, MS

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Assistant Professor Community Health & Health Promotion Office VA Portland Health Care System, Bldg 6, Room 221 Phone: (503) 220-8262, ext. 52461
Biography

Alan Teo is a core investigator at the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care at the VA Portland Health Care System, and an assistant professor with dual appointments in School of Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU.

He was drawn to a career in health care while an undergraduate at Stanford University studying how human health is influenced by complex interactions between biology and culture.

His research focuses on the role of social relationships in influencing mental health outcomes. In partnership with colleagues in Japan, he promoted a new field of research on hikikomori, a severe form of social withdrawal. His and his colleagues’ research demonstrated its presence all over the world, and helped to underline the importance of public awareness and early intervention for social isolation. He also has led efforts demonstrating the potent effects of positive social connections in preventing major depressive disorder.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Stanford University, 1997 – 2001
M.D., University of California San Francisco, 2003 – 2007
Resident, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, 2007 – 2011
M.S., Health and Health Care Research, University of Michigan, 2011 – 2012
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, University of Michigan, 2011 – 2013

Awards and Honors
  • 2014 – Present, Fellow, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists
  • 2013 – Present, Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2013, Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2012, Best Poster Award, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry
  • 2012, Young Presentation Award, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry
Research
  • Active: VA Health Services Research and Development (VA HSR&D) Career Development Award (CDA) “Optimizing Veterans Social Relationships to Enhance Depression Care” (CDA 14-428), Role: PI Dates: 07/2015 – 06/2020
  • Active: Collins Medical Trust Research Grant “Using Social Media to Engage At-Risk Veterans in Mental Health Treatment”, Role: PI Dates: 02/2016 – 01/2017
  • Active: Medical Research Foundation of Oregon New Investigator Award “Using Social Media to Engage At-Risk Veterans in Mental Health Treatment” (1603), Role: PI Dates: 03/2016 – 02/2017
  • Pending: HSR&D Merit Review Award  “Using Behavioral Economics to Enhance Appointment Reminders and Reduce Missed Visits” (IIR 17-134-1), Role: PI Dates: 07/2017 – 12/2020
  • Previous: University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies Grant “Saving 10,000: Winning a War on Suicide in Japan”, Role: Co-PI Dates: 04/2014 – 03/2015
  • Previous: Pfizer Health Research Foundation (Japan) Research Grant  “Development of a Cross-Nationally Validated Scale of Modern Depression and Hikikomori”, Role: Co-PI Dates: 11/2012 – 10/2014

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  • Previous: University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies “Hikikomori Film Screening and Noon Lecture Event” Grant Role: PI Dates: 1/2012 – 12/2012 Total Direct Costs: $3,800 (0.6 calendar months)
  • Previous: National Institute of Mental Health  “Training the Next Generation of Mental Health Researchers” (MH60482) Training Award, Role: Research Trainee (PI: Victor Reus) Dates: 04/2009 – 06/2011

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Wallack, Lawrence - MPH, DrPH

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Professor Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 470T Phone: (503) 725-5148
Biography

Lawrence Wallack is professor and director for the Center for Public Health Studies at PSU and distinguished fellow of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU. He served nine years as dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at PSU and is emeritus professor of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

He’s had an esteemed career working in public health and in research and training in promoting good public health policy through media advocacy. He is past chair of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Oregon and is a lifetime national associate of the National Academies, based on “extraordinary contributions through pro-bono service to National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.”

Wallack’s current work focuses on translating the science of developmental origins of health and disease into public health policy and practice, and in developing communication-framing strategies to advance public health.

Education, Degrees

M.S., University of Arizona, 1974
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1978
Dr.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1982

Awards and Honors
  • 2012, Bilderback Endowed Lecture, OHSU, Department of Pediatrics
  • 2008, Member, The National Academies Institute of Medicine, Committee on Health Insurance Status and Its Consequences
  • 2000-05, Innovators Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(recognition of innovative and groundbreaking work in the area of substance abuse prevention)
  • 2003, Lifetime National Associate, National Academies, (recognizes extraordinary contributions through pro-bono service to National Research Council and Institute of Medicine).
  • 1997, Distinguished Wellness Lecture Award, The California Wellness Foundation/University of California, Berkeley

Wheeler, Claire - MD, PhD

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Senior Instructor II Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 471B Phone: (503) 475-2853
Biography

Claire Wheeler teaches several courses for undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Public Health, including the core course, Principles of Health Behavior.

In 2001, Wheeler completed a year-long associate fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Since then, her writing, speaking and scholarly work has been centered on the science and practice of mind-body medicine/psychoneuroimmunology as it informs healthcare at the clinical and community levels.

In addition to teaching, Wheeler has authored two books. The first, “10 Simple Solutions to Stress,” was published in 2007 and the second, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Belly Fat Weight Loss,” was published in 2013.  Wheeler is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop facilitator for continuing educational programs and public events throughout the United States and overseas.

Wheeler joined the faculty at PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs in 2005.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Physiology, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
M.D., Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1989
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1999

Awards and Honors
  • 2013/14, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2011/12, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2008, Oregon M.P.H. Program Excellence in Teaching Award

Wiggins, Noelle - MS, PhD

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Health Promotion Phone: (503) 956-8658
Biography

Noelle Wiggins is an adjunct assistant professor of Community Health at PSU, where she teaches Community Organizing for Health, conducts reading and conference courses with master’s and doctoral level students, and mentors Master of Public Health field experience students. Wiggins is also founder and director of the Community Capacitation Center at the Multnomah County Health Department.

Wiggins has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented widely at national and international conferences on topics including community health workers, popular education and participatory evaluation. She is a co-founder of the Oregon Community Health Worker Association and a past president of the Oregon Public Health Association. She has consulted on multiple community health worker-related initiatives, including the Community Health Worker-Health Disparities Initiative of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She also is an appointed member of the Traditional Health Worker Commission of the Oregon Health Authority.

Education, Degrees

B.A., History, Yale University, 1983
Elementary Teaching Certificate with Bilingual/ESL Certification, Western Oregon University, 1986
M.S., Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 1997
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, PSU, 2010

Research
  • Principal Investigator, Youth Violence-Teen Dating Violence, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $2,061,435, Period of support: 2016-2021.
  • Principal Investigator, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,125,000, Period of support: 2011-2016.
  • Initiator, Manager, and Co-Grant Writer, Poder es Salud/Power for Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,500,000, Period of support: 2002-2006.
  • Co-Investigator, National Community Health Advisor Study, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Period of support: 1995-1997.

Wipfli, Brad - PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Studies, Applied Health & Fitness, Health Promotion, Community Health Office PSU – URBN 450F Phone: (503) 725-5121
Biography

Brad Wipfli’s research concentrates on health promotion and health behavior change. He is interested in identifying effective behavioral and environmental change strategies that impact physical and mental health. He also investigates the ways in which changes in health behaviors impact physiological processes and clinical indicators of illness and disease.

Wipfli won the 2009 Dissertation of the Year award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education for his work discovering that post-exercise improvements in depressive symptoms are mediated by reductions in serum serotonin. He has also been a part of several pioneering Total Worker Health interventions, including the groundbreaking Safety and Health Involvement for Truckers study, which is the largest health and safety intervention with truck drivers in U.S. history. He is currently leading an intervention aimed at improving health, safety, and well-being of workers in sedentary occupations (see here).

Education, Degrees

B.A., Carthage College, 2002
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2009, First Place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition (Olson, R., Anger, K., Elliot, D.L., Wipfli, B., Schmidt, S., & Gray, M.) APA/NIOSH Work, Stress and Health Conference
  • 2009, Dissertation of the Year, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
  • 2007, Douglas L. Conley Memorial Scholarship Award, Arizona State University Department of Kinesiology
Research
  • NIOSH Center of Excellence (Anger, Center PI)  Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence Research Project: Multilevel Intervention to Improve Safety and Health in Sedentary Occupations Description: This project is a research project within the overall Center application. The study is designed to substantially improve health, safety, and well-being in sedentary workers, including physiological outcomes that contribute to chronic diseases. The project tests whether a multilevel intervention is more effective than single level interventions for increasing the utilization of existing health and safety resources.  Role: PI of Research Project
  • USAMRAA W81XWH-13-2-0020 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 2/08/13 – 2/07/18  Development and Evaluation of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Improving Reintegration of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves into the Workplace Description: The major goal of this project is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce to impact veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
  • TREC – NITC (Liu-Qin Yang, PI) 4/01/16 to 10/01/17 How Do Stressed Workers Make Travel Choices that are Good for their Health, Safety, and Productivity? Description: This study will analyze two existing datasets to determine the psychological factors that impact commute choices, and examine how commute choices impact psychological and physiological stress responses to daily stressors. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NHLBI R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 4/01/11 to 3/31/16 Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention Description: Cluster randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a competition-based weight loss intervention for truck drivers that is supported with computer-based training and motivational interviewing. The study will also evaluate how social support factors in both home and work environments moderate intervention effectiveness. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NIOSH U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) 9/01/11 to 8/31/16 Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence  Description: Development and evaluation of a scripted peer-led curriculum to organize home care workers into neighborhood-based Workforce teams that provide education and social support for improving lifestyle (e.g., diet, exercise) and safety behaviors. Role: Collaborator
  • NIOSH 2U01 HD059773-05 (Leslie Hammer, PI)  9/01/08 to 7/31/14  Portland Center: Work Family and Health Network Phase II Description: Randomized multi-worksite evaluation of a multi-component intervention (including behavioral self-monitoring) to increase family-supportive supervisory behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator

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  • NICHD U01 HD059773-05S1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 9/30/09 to 9/29/11 Administrative Supplement, Work-Life Network Phase II Description: Administrative supplement award to enhance intervention effectiveness through the development of employee self-monitoring activities that are designed to increase co-worker supportive behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator

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