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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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

Davis, Melinda - MA, PhD

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Assistant Professor Community Health Office South Waterfront – MDY 160S Phone: (503) 494-4365
Biography

Melinda Davis is the director of community engaged research for the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network, research assistant professor in the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and assistant professor in the School of Public Health.

Davis, who was raised in the Columbia River Gorge, currently co-leads the Community Health Advocacy and Research Alliance, a community-academic collaboration based in the Gorge with a mission to “identify, develop, and conduct health research to answer questions that matter here.” She has over 10 years of experience working with patient, community and health system partners to identify and address health disparities in rural and underserved settings. She has a strong commitment to improving access to care and reducing rural health disparities.

Davis is currently conducting mixed-methods research to understand regional variation in colorectal cancer screening and to identify and implement evidence-based interventions to improve screening rates in rural and underserved settings.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Biology/Environmental Studies, Whitman College, 2002
M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Vermont, 2006
Ph.D., Social-Developmental Experimental Psychology, University of Vermont, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Emerging Leader Award, Oregon Public Health Association
  • 2009, George W. Albee Graduate Student Award in Community Psychology, University of Vermont Psychology Department
  • 2002, Phi Beta Kappa, Whitman College
  • 2002, Sigma Xi, Whitman College
Research
  • Participatory Research to Advance Colon Cancer Prevention (PI: Gloria Coronado). National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities,  10/1/2016 – 9/30/2021, Role: Co-Investigator/Site PI.
  • Assessing the Potential for a State Medicaid Reform Model to Reduce Disparities (PI: K. John McConnell). National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities, 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2021, Role: Co-Investigator
  • Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) – Colorectal Cancer Screening Evidence-based Intervention Modeling Cross-Center Workgroup (PI: Stephanie Wheeler). Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10/1/2015 – 09/29/2016, Role: Site-PI.
  • Oregon Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) K12 Program (PI: Melinda M. Davis). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 10/15/2014 – 7/31/2017.
  • Evaluation of the Oregon Colorectal Cancer Screening Project (PI: Melinda Davis). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services,  11/1/2016 – 7/31/2020.
  • Connecting Research and Real Life: Building a Network in the Columbia River Gorge Part III (PIs: Melinda Davis and Kristen Dillon). Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), 8/1/2016 – 7/31/2017.

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  • Sustainable Relationships for Community Health (SRCH) Evaluation (PIs: Melinda Davis and Adrienne Zell). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services, 7/1/2016 – 8/31/2017.
  • Organized Approaches to Colorectal Cancer Screening (Melinda Davis and Gloria Coronado). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services, 4/1/2016 – 12/31/2016.
  • Collaboration for Healthy Oregon Through Systematic Evaluation (CHOOSE). (PIs: John McConnell and Lyle J. Fagnan). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services, 2/10/2016 – 2/09/2018, Role: Co-Investigator (Qualitative and Stakeholder Engagement Lead).
  • Disparities in CRC Screening: A Mixed-Methods Multi-Level Study of Oregon’s Medicaid Population (Melinda Davis and Cynthia Mojica). Knight Cancer Institute, 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016.

Denny, Justin - MD, MPH

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Associate Professor Epidemiology & Medicine, Global Health Program, Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Office OHSU – Mackenzie Hall 1166 Home Phone: (503) 494-9413
Biography

Justin Denny is the director of OHSU Global Southeast Asia and brings OHSU an instant connection to global health partners in Southeast Asia from his recent engagements with the World Health Organization and the United Nations. He worked with the World Health Organization in Laos as a medical epidemiologist to create the country’s first field epidemiology training program. He has worked to improve the skillset of public health and clinical leaders from Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Prior to that work, he transitioned the largest global enteric disease surveillance system from London to Stockholm when working with the European Center for Disease Control. Denny completed his residency training at OHSU in family and preventive medicine and later served as this department’s residency director. 

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Virginia, 1993
M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School, 1998
Residency, Family Medicine, OHSU, 2001
Residency, Preventive Medicine, OHSU, 2002
M.P.H., OHSU, 2002

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.

Droppers, Oliver - PhD

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Adjunct Assistant Professor PSU

Duncan, Brianna -

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

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N