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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Bienen, Leslie - MFA, DVM

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Professor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 951-1118
Biography

Leslie teaches primarily undergraduate courses at PSU, including Global Health and Consumer Health. She is the pilot program coordinator for PSU’s BUILD EXITO program, an undergraduate research training program that supports students on their pathway to becoming scientific researchers.

Her own research focuses on conservation medicine and on zoonotic (from nonhuman animals to humans) disease transmission. Conservation medicine strives to understand the interaction among human health, environmental changes and the health of nonhuman species. She was a co-investigator on the Bighorn Sheep Disease project, examining disease dynamics of pneumonia in bighorn sheep. She has researched and written about several bat viruses transmissible to humans and sampled livestock in Nepal for bovine brucellosis and tuberculosis, surveying farmers about their understanding of these diseases.

Leslie was a regular contributor to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment for many years. She has published in Orion, Open Spaces, Conservation Magazine, and other places.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Princeton University
M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
D.V.M., Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Research
  • 2010-2015: Co-Principal Investigator on a two-year study entitled “Connectivity, Isolation, and Disease Dynamics: Trade-offs in Recovering Bighorn Sheep Populations study”; this work is funded by the Morris Animal Foundation. This funding was renewed in 2012.
  • 2008-2010: Co-Principal Investigator on two-year study entitled “Climate Change, Wildlife Corridors, and Health Consequences in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Northern Rockies”; work funded by the New York Community Trust.
  • 2006: Participated in collaborative research project, sponsored by the East-West Center and funded by a NIH Roadmap Research Teams of the Future grant, on development of transdisciplinary approaches to investigation of emerging diseases and social-ecological systems (lead author on published paper).

Borofka, Katherine - MPH

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Adjunct Instructor Health Studies Phone: (503) 273-5828
Biography

Katie Borofka is an adjunct Instructor at the School of Public Health. Her academic background has evolved from the macro studies of Peace and Conflict Studies at University of California, Berkeley and her work in the M.P.H. program at PSU to more micro and clinical studies in the Master of Social Work program at PSU. The bulk of her professional and academic work has focused on issues of human sexuality, from sexuality education, to domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention work, to providing advocacy services to queer youth to providing therapy, to students struggling with relationships and questions of sexuality and gender identity. She currently teaches Human Sexuality and Women’s Reproductive Health at the School of Public Health.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2010
M.P.H., Portland State University, 2012

Awards and Honors

2010, Phi Beta Kappa

Brodowicz, Gary - MA, PhD

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Professor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450N Phone: (503) 725-5119 (Office) Phone: (503) 725-5128 (Lab)
Biography

Gary Brodowicz has been a faculty member at PSU for the past 30 years. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and also advises M.S./M.A. Health Studies graduate students undertaking thesis and project work related to exercise, fitness, physical activity and sports medicine.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Brodowicz worked for three years as an elementary school physical education teacher in Romeo, Michigan. His interest in exercise physiology took him to Wake Forest University where he earned his master’s degree, then Ohio State University, where he earned his Ph.D. Throughout his career, Brodowicz’s scholarly and teaching interests have included topics related to exercise, fitness, physical activity, and measurement. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Physiological Association.

Education, Degrees

BS.Ed., University of Michigan, 1977
M.A., Wake Forest University, 1981
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1986

Awards and Honors
  • 2006, Certificate of Appreciation, American Association of University Professors
  • 2005, Certificate of Appreciation, American Association of University Professors
  • 1999, Award for Service, American Association of University Professors
  • 1991, Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • 1989, The Art Broten Young Scholar Award
Research
  • Oregon Center for Aging & Technology Pilot Grant (Crespo, Carlos J.)(2008-9) Measurement of physical activity in older adults: Comparison of heart rate and accelerometry, Role: Co-Investigator
  • Northwest Health Foundation (Ojeda, Lila )(2003) Pedometer-Derived Physical Activity Levels Among Overweight and Normal Weight Female Nurses, Role: Co-Investigator
  • PSU Faculty Support and Development Program (Brodowicz, Gary) (2000) Body CompositionAssessment,
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • PSU Faculty Development Program(Brodowicz, Gary) (1997-8) Discipline-Specific Software Development in Public Health Education, Role: Principal Investigator
  • PSU Faculty Development Program (Svoboda, Milan)(1993-94) Measurement of Daily Activity I: Validity and Reliability of Pedometers during Intentional Walking/Jogging, Role: Co-Investigator

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Cohen, Carrie - MA, MS

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Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 725-4401
Biography

Carrie Cohen is an instructor with both the School of Public Health and the PSU University Studies departments, where she teaches classes primarily focused on birth and breastfeeding. She also assists with administering and coordinating the lactation practicum courses for students pursuing the International Board Certification for Lactation Consultants.

Carrie has a background teaching secondary science education before transitioning into women’s health and her work with PSU.  She has worked as a  health educator and labor doula and currently works as a Lactation Consultant with a hospital system in Portland.

Education, Degrees

M.S., PSU, 2005
M.A., Pacific University, 2005
I.B.C.L.C., University of California, San Diego 2014

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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

Eisner, Alvin - MA, PhD

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Adjunct Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 470M Phone: (503) 725-5237
Biography

Before joining PSU and the School of Public Health in 2015, Alvin Eisner enjoyed a long career as a human-subjects scientist conducting basic and clinical research involving vision and the eye.

As a principal Investigator, based primarily at OHSU’s Neurological Sciences Institute, Eisner developed functional tests for predicting the development of exudative age-related macular degeneration, and he helped his institution become a site for the Age-Related Eye Disease Study, a major National Eye Institute clinical trial. Having observed that the visual systems of men and women did not age identically after the age of menopause, Eisner also conducted pioneering studies relating medication-induced hormonal change to changes in visual function.

Eisner teaches Health Aspects of Aging, and is serving a third term as a consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration.

Education, Degrees

B.S., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1972
M.A., University of California, San Diego, 1975
M.A., University of California, San Diego, 1976
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1979

Research
  • Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute, Pilot Project (Winters-Stone, Kerri M.),  2007-2008,  Comprehensive Fall Risk Assessment in Breast Cancer Survivors,  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • RO1 EY014594 (Eisner, Alvin), 2003-2008, NIH/NEI, Female Hormones and Vision, Role: Principal investigator
  • Oregon Retinal Degeneration Center; Foundation Fighting Blindness (Weleber, Richard G.), 2001-2003, module: Carotenoids and Lipids in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Connor, William E.), Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • P30 CA69533-03S1 (Bagby, Grover C.), 1999-2000  NIH/NCI Innovative Cancer Control Initiative in Cancer Centers module: Visual Function Following Tamoxifen Use to Prevent or Treat Breast Cancer, Role: Principal Investigator
  • RO1 EY12737 (Eisner, Alvin), 1999-2004, NIH/NEI, Visual Adaptation Limits and Age-Related Disease, Role: Principal Investigator
  • U10 EY11154 (Johnson, Chris A.), 1995-1997, NIH/NEI, Short Wavelength Automated Perimetry and the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study, Role: Co-Principal Investigator

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  • Alcon Laboratories (Van Buskirk, E. Michael), 1995-1996,  Flicker Sensitivity and Early Glaucoma, Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • RO1 EY05047 (Eisner, Alvin), 1984-1996, NIH/NEI, Visual Function Studies of Normal and Aging Human Retinas, Role: Principal Investigator

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Harris, Debra - MST, PhD

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Senior Instructor II Health Studies Office PSU – URBAN 470E Phone: (503) 725-5107
Biography

Debra Harris is a senior instructor II in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her areas of specialization are health education instructional strategies and techniques, child/youth health promotion program planning, school health, school physical education, youth/obesity, death/dying, and emotional abuse in the workplace. She also is an adjunct instructor in PSU’s Graduate School of Education, supervising teacher candidates in the area school health and physical education, and teaching the health and physical education methods courses. For the past four years, Deb has served as a visiting lecturer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches Death/Dying and Emotional Abuse in the Workplace.

Deb is an native Portlander and has mentored hundreds of students in both school and public health in her four-decade career.

Education, Degrees

A.A., Central Oregon Community College, 1974
B.S., Southern Oregon University, 1976
M.S.T., PSU, 1978
M.S.T., PSU, 1982
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1998

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Top Professors in the College of Urban and Public Affairs
  • 2002, National Health Professional of the Year (K-12) from the American Association of Health Education
  • 1998, National Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education

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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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Kaufman, Deborah - MA

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Senior Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 471A Phone: (503) 725-5479
Biography

Debbie Kaufman teaches Drug Education and Marketing Public Health in both campus and online formats, and has also developed and taught courses on other drug topics. She was a part of an Oregon Health Authority Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee in 2015-2016, and she partners regularly with various organizations and agencies, including the Multnomah County Health Department, on projects where her students have the opportunity to contribute to and learn about local public health efforts. She also participates in county prevention efforts – particularly focused on youth – for tobacco, marijuana and other drugs. In 2014, she was a Multnomah County Public Health Hero nominee.

Prior to coming to PSU and the School of Public Health, Debbie worked for 17 years in the non-profit community in Portland, including five years in statewide tobacco control advocacy efforts. She also managed the implementation of a Kellogg Foundation grant in support of school-based health care in Oregon.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Oregon, 1981
M.A., Portland State University, 1996

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Leavitt, Alissa - MPH

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Adjunct Instructor Health Studies Phone: (971) 722-7767
Biography

Alissa Leavitt, an adjunct instructor at the School of Public Health, has been a full-time faculty member in Health Studies at Portland Community College since 2011. Her responsibilities include program planning at the Rock Creek campus.

Alissa became a certified health education specialist in 2008 and master certified health education specialist in 2014. Her interests include community-based learning, food systems, nutrition, consumer health issues, and community and public health. Alissa currently acts as chair for the Health Education and Promotion Section of the Oregon Public Health Association.

She also has done child health services research and policy projects in the Department of Pediatrics at OHSU and worked for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service where she helped plan, implement, and evaluate cancer control strategies for organizations that reach medically underserved populations.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Community Health Education, PSU, 2005
M.P.H. in Health Management and Policy, PSU, 2007

Lottes, Jost - MBA, PhD

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Research Associate Health Studies – Aging Services Office PSU – URBN 470-J Phone: (503) 725-5216
Biography

Jost Lottes directs the Senior Adult Learning Center, PSU’s lifelong learning program, which enrolls over 2,000 senior citizens. He also serves as evaluator for the Oregon Geriatric Education Consortium, Life by Design Northwest, and the Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program. One of his  recent research projects focused on valuation methods for informal elder care and the positive aspects of caregiving. Lottes teaches classes in social gerontology, economics of aging, organizational theory, and business and aging.

Education, Degrees

B.A., International Business, Reutlingen University, 1999
M.B.A, Portland State University, 2001
Ph.D., Urban Studies/Gerontology, Portland State University, 2004

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Mercer, Jane - MST

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Senior Instructor II & Academic Advisor Health Studies & Applied Health and Fitness Office PSU – URBN 450C Phone: (503) 725-5104
Biography

Jane Mercer has been with the School of Public Health and, before that, with the PSU School of Community Health for more than 30 years.

Her early years at PSU began with teaching Health and Fitness courses. This evolved to include departmental academic advising and finally, becoming internship coordinator. Currently, she teaches Health Promotion Disease Prevention, advises School of Public Health undergraduate students, co-directs student interns and co-chairs the Deadline Appeals Board as well as serving on many additional committees across campus.

Throughout her work with the School of Public Health, Jane’s priority is to assist students with all needs that may arise. On a daily basis, her goal is to work with the students that she teaches and advises in order to improve their individual higher education experience.

Education, Degrees

M.S.T., Humboldt State University, 1982
California Basic Teaching License, 1982
M.S.T., Portland State University, 1986
Oregon Basic Teaching License, 1986

Awards and Honors

PSU 30 Years of Service Award, 2016

Meyer, Marshall - MST

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Instructor Health Studies Phone: (503) 725-4401
Biography

Marshall Meyer has over 30 years experience teaching health education.  He was a full time instructor at Portland Community College for 13 years and also taught classes at PSU and Mt. Hood Community College. Prior to teaching at PCC, Meyer was a program manager at the American Red Cross.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Oregon, 1976
M.S.T., Portland State University, 1983

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Onnis, Doris - RN, BSN, IBCLC

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Adjunct Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 939-5315
Biography

Doris Onnis is a clinical instructor in the School of Public Health’s Lactation Education Program.

Maternal-child health has been the focus of Onnis’ career. She has worked as a registered nurse for more than 35 years, working in neonatal intensive care, postpartum care and community health, and helped to develop an outpatient postpartum and lactation program for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

Education, Degrees

R.N., 1980
I.B.C.L.C., 1997
B.S.N., 2015

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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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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.

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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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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Young, Jennifer - MPH

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Professor Health Studies, Applied Health & Fitness, Environmental Systems & Human Health, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 780A Phone: (503) 789-3005
Biography

Jennifer Young’s expertise lies in public health nutrition with maternal, child and adolescent populations. Her areas of focus include: food insecurity; school health; unhealthy food marketing; obesity stigma; and healthy weight and development. She has worked on nutrition programs, projects and policy at the state and local level.

Young enjoys bringing her work experiences into the classroom as students explore the latest data, research, policy and legislation in action. She also has served as a preceptor for nearly thirty interns, and now works alongside many of them as colleagues in the field.

Young is currently working in a joint position among the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Public Health Division and the Oregon Department of Education to improve nutrition and physical activity in Oregon schools. She is completing a doctoral degree in education at PSU.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California, Davis, 1982
M.P.H., Loma Linda University, 1986
Ed.D. candidate, Portland State University

Awards and Honors

OHSU, Dietetic Intern Preceptor Service Award

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