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.

 

Programs

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Adams, Elizabeth - PhD

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Assistant Professor Office OHSU – CDRC 1272C Phone: (503) 494-0981
Biography

Elizabeth Adams is an assistant professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

Throughout her career, Adams has worked in maternal and child nutrition, with a focus on at-risk populations and global health.

Her current research focuses on nutrition and child health outcomes and on the relationship between food insecurity and health. She is principal investigator for the OHSU site of the Western Maternal and Child Health Nutrition Partners training grant, and is the nutrition training coordinator for the OHSU Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities program. In 2008 she joined the Oregon Hemophilia Center, where she works as a nutritionist and an epidemiologist. Adams is also a founding member of the Childhood Hunger Coalition, a member of the Oregon Hunger Task Force and a board member for Partners for a Hunger Free Oregon.

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., Cornell University, 1996

Andresen, Elena - MA, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 682; Baird Hall Suite 1011 Phone: (503) 494-4460
Biography

Elena Andresen was appointed interim provost for OHSU on Oct. 1, 2016. She previously served as interim dean of the School of Public Health, from  May 2014 to September 2016, and continues as professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health. Andresen also is the principal investigator and director of the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU. The office has a long history at OHSU of working on behalf of Oregonians with disability and their families.

Andresen joined OHSU in 2011 after serving as professor and the founding chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. She is an experienced epidemiologist who received additional training in health services research. Her recent work has focused on aging and the public health outcomes of disability across the lifespan, along with methods and measures for health services outcomes research.

Education, Degrees

M.A., University of Washington, 1976
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1991

Awards and Honors
  • 2011, Allan Meyers Award, American Public Health Association Disability Section, 2011
  • 2010, Member Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (Beta Upsilon Chapter)
  • 2000, Honorary Member, Pi Theta Epsilon, OT Honor Society (Beta Gamma Chapter)
  • 1995, Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, University of Rochester
  • 1988, Matrix Table Award for Campus Achievement, Women in Communications, Inc.
Research

 

Anger, W. Kent - MA, PhD

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Professor Applied Health & Fitness Office OHSU – RJH 2501B Phone: (503) 494-2512
Biography

Kent Anger is a professor at the School of Public Health and a professor  in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU. He is also the associate director for applied research at the Institute and the director of the Oregon Health Workforce Center.

His research focuses on three areas. One is applying training technologies to prevent health and safety hazards, teach job skills, improve well-being and wellness at the workplace, improve work-family balance and reduce the impact of domestic violence on the workplace. Another is developing behaviorally-based computer training technology to teach the broadest range of populations in the workplace. A third is identifying and characterizing the neurotoxic effects following occupational or environmental exposures to chemicals and indentifying improved biomarkers.

He has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1965
M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Wyoming, 1966
Ph.D., Experimental and Physiological Psychology, University of Maine, 1974

Awards and Honors

OHSU Senate Affiliated Units Collaboration Award, 2014

Research
  • U19OH010154-02    (Anger, Wyndham Kent) 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2021 CDC NIOSH Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), Role: Principal Investigator
  • U50 OH007544 Fenske, Richard)  10/1/2012 to 03/30/2017 CDC NIOSH Impact of a TWH Intervention on Workplace Stress

Austin, Donald - MD, MPH

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Professor Emeritus Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine Residency, Epidemiology & Medicine Office OSHU – 157 Gaines Hall Phone: (504) 494-2564
Biography

Donald F. Austin is emeritus professor in the epidemiology program.

Through his work in state and federal agencies, Austin has conducted a range of epidemiology research, including an assessment of the role of air pollution in lung cancer risk in an industrial area, the effect of environmental factors on uterine cancer among postmenopausal women and the effect of oral contraceptives on the risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers.

Austin served in the California Department of Health for 23 years – 21 as a cancer epidemiologist. He designed and implemented California’s cancer surveillance system and was the founding president of the North American Association of Cancer Registries.

He also has worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and was assigned to the Oregon Department of Health Services as a senior medical advisor, where he helped establish several chronic disease control programs and established and led the Oregon State Cancer Registry.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Oregon
M.D, M.S., OHSU
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N