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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Bangsberg, David - MSc, MD, MPH, MS

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Founding Dean Dean’s Office Office OHSU – GH 227 Phone: (503) 407-9896
Biography

David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, is the Founding Dean of the joint Oregon Health & Science University – Portland State University School of Public Health. He is a native Oregonian and formerly a Professor at Harvard School of Medicine, Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, Visiting Professor at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, and Visiting Professor at Vellore Institute of Technology in India.

After completing a masters degree in Philosophy of Science from King’s College London and medical school at Johns Hopkins, his research and advocacy focused on mitigating the harms caused by poverty, mental illness, substance use and HIV. He completed his medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in north Harlem to care for patients afflicted by urban povery, violence and HIV. Upon moving to the University of California, San Francisco and completing fellowships in infectious disease and AIDS prevention as well as Master’s Degrees in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, he became the leading expert in HIV and homelessness. Dr. Bangsberg’s research discovered successful strategies for treating HIV infected homeless people which neutralized concerns that that they should not be treated with antiretroviral therapy out of fear that incomplete medication adherence would create new strains of drug resistant HIV.

Based on the inspiration of a student, he then turned to sub-Saharan Africa to find that the poorest HIV-infected people in the world had some of the highest levels of HIV treatment adherence. His work was described by President Bill Clinton as the “nail in the coffin” on the debate as to whether HIV-infected people in sub-Saharan Africa would adhere to antiretroviral medications and neutralized the major criticism to providing multinational funding for global HIV treatment. As Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, he brought together the expertise of Harvard and MIT to improve physical, mental, social and economic health to the poorest regions of the world in several signature areas, including: HIV care, disaster response, cancer care, and medical technology innovation. He received the Clifford Barger Mentoring Award, given annually to 5 of the 12,000 Harvard Medical School Faculty. He has raised over $70 million dollars to advance public health, was the second highest NIH HIV/AIDS RO-1 funded investigator worldwide in 2008, and has helped over 25 junior investigators secure NIH funding. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and has published over 390 manuscripts generating over 29,000 citations and an h-index of 86.

Education, Degrees

BS, University of Rochester, 1985
M.Sc, Kings College, University of London, 1986
MD, Johns Hopkins University, 1990
MPH, University of California, Berkeley, 1997
MS, Harvard Medical School, 2013

Awards and Honors
  • 2008: UCSF AIDS Research Institute Award for Outstanding Mentoring (UCSF)
  • 2011: A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award (Harvard Medical School)
  • 2013: Pioneer Award (IAPAC/NIMH)
  • 2014 Americal Academy of Physicians, Elected Member
Research
  • 2015-2018, Building Nursing Leadership in sub-Saharan Africa, Wyss Foundation, Mentor to Principal Investigator: Pat Daoust; total $1,000,000
  • 1995-2016, Novel approaches to monitoring and utilizing adherence to HIV therapy in Africa. NIMH R01 MH54907. Principal Investigator; total direct costs: $5,936,467
  • 2011-2016, Periconception HIV risk reduction for HIV-discordant couples in Uganda. NIMH K23 095655. Mentor to Principal Investigator: Lynn Matthews; total direct costs: $853,822
  • 2014 – 2018, Administrative home for SEED Global Health funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; total costs: $6,000,000
  • 2012 – 2017: Disaster Response Preparedness, Liberty Mutual Fund, Program Director: total costs: $250,000
  • 2014 – 2016: Hellman Family Foundation, Principal Investigator; total costs: $100,000.
  • 2014 – 2017, Medical Technology Innovation in India. USAID; Administrative Director; total costs: $1,000,000.

Benner, Elizabeth - MA

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Academic & Career Advisor Office PSU – URBN 450T Phone: (503) 725-2333
Biography

Elizabeth Benner has spent her career in a variety of higher education institutions as an academic and career advisor, internship coordinator and instructor. Those experiences have given her opportunities to assist and learn from diverse student populations and collaborate with peers to develop and implement innovative instructional and advising strategies to fit the unique needs of individuals and groups.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Sociology, Western Washington University, 2003
M.A., Sociology, University of California Davis, 2006

 

Boone-Heinonen, Janne - MPH, PhD

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Assistant Professor & Program Director for MPH in Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 662 Phone: (503) 494-9055
Biography

Janne Boone-Heinonen is an assistant professor of epidemiology and program director for the School of Public Health’s M.P.H. in Epidemiology.

Boone-Heinonen’s research is dedicated to understanding environmental and behavioral approaches to mitigating the trans-generational cycle of obesity, which blends two major research areas. First, she has done significant research on multi-level influences on obesity in adolescence through middle adulthood. Second, she has ongoing research on early life determinants of obesity.

Her research topics and projects explore: the extent to which healthy diet and physical activity can mitigate the life-long effects of adverse fetal development; the differences in early life growth across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic subgroups; and environmental predictors of health in mothers and infants.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Santa Clara University, 1997
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2003
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Research
  • K01-DK1022857 (Boone-Heinonen) | /30/2015-9/29/2018 NIH/NIDDK The dynamics of transgenerational obesity: simulating systems solutions, Role: Principal Investigator
  • CDRN-1306-04716 (DeVoe) | 1/1/2014 – 9/29/2020 PCORI Accelerating Data Value Across a National Community Health Center Network (ADVANCE) Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN) Phase I and II, Role: Co-Investigator
  • OBS-1505-30699 (Gillman) | 02/01/2016- 3/31/2018 PCORI PCORnet Obesity Observational Study, Role: Site PI
  • K12-HD043488 (Dorsa DM, Guise JM) | 10/1/2012 – 9/29/2015 NIH/NICHD Oregon Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), Role: Career development scholar

Bull, Elizabeth -

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Finance & Administration Manager Dean’s Office Home Phone: 503-725-4592

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Camp, Karen -

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Finance Manager Dean’s Office

Cartwright, Emily -

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Administrative Assistant Dean’s Office Dean’s Office Office OHSU Gaines Hall – GH230 Phone: 503-494-7190
Biography

Education, Degrees

BA, San Francisco State University, 2009

Cooper, Cara -

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Administrative Coordinator Dean’s Office Phone: 503-494-2550

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Dart, Alyssa - EdM

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Academic & Career Advisor Office OHSU – GH 230 Phone: (503) 494-8078
Biography

Alyssa Dart is an undergraduate academic and career advisor for the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Previously, she was a student advisor in the PSU College of Urban & Public Affairs, working with undergraduate students in the criminology and criminal justice and political science programs.

Dart has also worked for the dean’s office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Willamette University and as an academic coordinator for Psychology and Anthropology departments at Washington State University in Vancouver.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Oregon State University, 2008
Ed.M., Washington State University, 2010

Duncan, Brianna -

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Pre-award Grant Manager Dean’s Office Phone: 503-494-0181

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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

Ehrlich, Laura - MSEd, MLA

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Program Coordinator Biostatistics & Epidemiology Office OHSU – Gaines Hall 233 Phone: 503 494-2557
Biography
Education, Degrees

M.S. Ed., Portland State University
M.L.A., University of Virginia
B.A.  Cornell University

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Fu, Rongwei (Rochelle) - PhD

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Professor & Program Director for MPH in Biostatistics Office OHSU – CSB 642 Phone: (503) 494-6069
Biography

Rongwei (Rochelle) Fu is the director of the biostatistics education program and a professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health. She’s also a professor in the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU. She advises School of Public Health biostatistics students in the M.S., M.P.H. and Graduate Certificate programs.

Fu collaborates extensively with OHSU investigators and has published often. She has been the lead biostatistician for the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine at the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center, and at OHSU’s Research Center for Gender-Based Medicine.

Fu has provided statistical support and methodology development for many systematic reviews and comparative effectiveness review projects, including those for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the drug effectiveness review project, the Effective Health Care program and other professional societies. These reviews have been used to develop clinical guidelines or inform health policy decisions.

Education, Degrees

M.S., Botany, Shandong Normal University, P. R. China, 1995
B.S., Biology, Shandong Normal University, P. R. China, 1992
Ph.D. , Plant Science, University of Connecticut, 2000
Ph.D., Statistics, University of Connecticut, 2003

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Research Award
  • 2013, Department Chair’s Award on Excellence in Research, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • 2011, Department Chair’s Award on Excellence in Research, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Research
  • 5R01 CA137488 (Neuwelt) 04/04/14-03/31/19 NIH/NCI Two Compartment Models to Improve Brain Tumor Therapy Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • 24806 (Neuwelt) 11/01/10-12/31/16 OHSU Foundation Title: Walter S. & Lucienne Driskill Foundation: Blood-Brain Barrier Research, Training and Outreach at OHSU Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • K12HL108974 (Newgard) 07/01/12-6/30/17 NIH/NHLBI Oregon Multidisciplinary Training Program in Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Role: Statistical Mentor
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO#05 (McDonagh) 01/26/2016 – 03/28/2017 AHRQ Treatments for Adults with Schizophrenia Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 6 (Chou) 08/01/2016 – 05/08/2017 AHRQ Naloxone Guidelines for Emergency Medical Technicians Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 8 (Totten) 09/26/2016 – 09/18/2017 AHRQ Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Consultation Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician

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  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 9 (Chou) 09/20/2016 – 12/19/2017 AHRQ Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Pain Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 11 (Totten) 10/20/2016 – 09/14/2017 AHRQ Physiologic Predictors of the Need for Trauma Center Care Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician

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Gelmon, Sherril - MHSc, DrPH

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Professor & Program Director for PhD in Health Systems and Policy Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy, and Preventive Medicine Residency Office PSU – URBN 670N Phone: (503) 725-3044
Biography

Sherril Gelmon is professor of public health and director of the Ph.D. program in Health Systems and Policy at the School of Public Health. She teaches health systems management and policy courses in the M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs, and leads the improvement science curricula for OHSU Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residents, and for OHSU medical education programs. She directed OHSU’s Foundational Improvement Science Curriculum, a faculty development program for medical and nursing educators.

She was previously coordinator of the three-university Oregon M.P.H. program, coordinator of PSU’s health management programs and chair of PSU’s Division of Public Administration.

Gelmon has conducted multiple research projects on community health improvement, health professions training, and community-university partnerships. Past research projects include evaluation of the implementation of Oregon’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program; Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future Initiative; and the Community Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative. Gelmon works with community agencies and graduate students to develop evidence of the impact of educational and health improvement interventions.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Education, Degrees

Dip.P.T., University of Saskatchewan, 1976
B.Sc. P.T., University of Toronto, 1978
M.H.Sc., University of Toronto, 1983
Dr.P.H., University of Michigan, 1990

Awards and Honors
  • 2017: Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • 2011: Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, Campus Compact
  • 2011: PSU Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
  • 2007: PSU Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Learning
  • 2005: Annual Service-Learning Research Award, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Research
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2014-2016 Model in Oregon, Phase III – Identification of Exemplary Practices. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the “Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future” Program 2005-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation Evaluation of a grant-making program to stimulate local foundations to develop programs to invest in targeted nurse workforce initiatives. Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2013-2014 Model in Oregon, Phase II – Attribute Scoring. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of “Health Information Exchange (HIE) Services in Oregon” 2013-2014 Oregon Health Authority. Role: Principal Investigator for evaluation
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2012-2013 Model in Oregon, Phase I – Experiences of Early Implementation. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the “Training Residents in Prevention and Policy” Project 2010-2013 Oregon Health & Sciences University, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Role: Principal Investigator for evaluation

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  • Evaluation of the “Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future” Program 2005-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation Evaluation of a grant-making program to stimulate local foundations to develop programs to invest in targeted nurse workforce initiatives. Role: Co-Principal investigator
  • Evaluation of “Faculty for the Engaged Campus.’” 2007-2010 Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Evaluation of a national project to develop faculty and institutional capacity to conduct community-engaged scholarship in health professions education schools. Role: Principal Investigator

Godlove, Rachael - MA

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Academic Programs Manager Dean’s Office Office OHSU – Gaines Hall Phone: 503-494-7131
Biography

Rachael Godlove supports Dean’s Office projects and elements within MPH programs. She is also a member of the Graduate Council 2017-2018 at Portland State University.

Education, Degrees

M.A., Georgetown University
B.S., Northern Arizona University

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Hatfield, Lisa - EdD

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Director of Assessment & Evaluation Dean’s Office Office OHSU – Gaines Hall – GH 234 Phone: 503-494-7548
Biography

Education, Degrees

Ed.D., Portland State University, 2015

M.A., English, PSU, 2003

M.A.T., Lewis & Clark, 1994

B.S., University of Oregon, 1991

 

Hodsden, Josh - MBA

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Program Coordinator Environmental Systems & Human Health; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Office OSHU – Gaines Hall 233 Phone: 503-494-1158
Biography

Josh Hodsden has been a student advocate in higher education for eight years, coaching both undergraduate and graduate students before and during their programs. 

Education, Degrees

B.S., Business Management, University of Phoenix, 2002
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2010

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Johnson, Richard - MS, PhD

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Professor & Program Director for MPH in Environmental Systems and Human Health Office OHSU – CSB 652 Home Phone: (503) 346-3432
Biography

Dr. Richard Johnson is a Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon. Dr. Johnson is also the Director of the Environmental Systems and Human Health Program in the SPH. He received his BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington and his MS and PhD degrees from the Oregon Graduate Institute (now part of OHSU). Dr. Johnson has been a faculty member at OHSU since 1985. He teaches in the areas of public health relating to climate change, drinking water availability, chemical and transport and fate in the environment and restoration of sites contaminated by industrial and other sources. His research interests involve forecasting of water quality in rivers to protect drinking water sources, development of diagnostic tool for groundwater restoration, and vulnerability of groundwater sources of drinking water.

Faculty Spotlight

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Washington, 1973
M.S., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1981
Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1985

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Marshall, Lynn - ScD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for PhD in Epidemiology Epidemiology; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Office OHSU – SJH 2211 Phone: (503) 494-3990
Biography
Education, Degrees

B.S., Cornell University, 1985
Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health, 1996

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

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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Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

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Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N