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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Schwanke, Sara - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Global Health
Biography

A native of Oregon, Sara Schwanke Khilji’s interests in community health, research, and clinical education have given her the opportunity to serve in a variety of international settings. She has worked largely in Asia, including Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia. and Malaysia. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on Primary Care.

Her research interests include women’s health, health policy, and the intersection between human health and migration. She is actively involved in clinical education, and was responsible for developing and implementing the first clinical sub-internship program in Malaysia. When not on clinical service with the Clinical Hospitalist Service, she is based in Thailand coordinating educational collaborations and opportunities with OHSU Global’s partners in Southeast Asia.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Williams College, 2003
M.P.H., Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, 2007
M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, 2008

Publications
  • Cooker R, Khan MS, Schwanke Khilji SU, Watson S, Zaw Myo Tun, Yoong J. Emerging Disease Control Priorities in a Transitioning Health System: A Situational Assessment of Tuberculosis Control in Myanmar. Health Policy & Planning. (accepted).
  • Khan MS*, Schwanke Khilji SU*, Saw S, Coker RJ. Evidence to Inform Resource Allocation for Tuberculosis Control in Myanmar: a Systematic Review Based on the SYSRA Framework. 2017 Health Pol Plan 32(1):102-109. *joint first authors
  • Phua KH, Yap MT, Schwanke Khilji, S, Lee HP. Development of Public Health in Countries in Economic Transition: The Higher Middle-Income Countries.  In ‘Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 6th Edition.’ R Detels, M Gulliford, QA Karim, and CC Tan (2015) Oxford University Press.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU, Thorndike, A. Obesity. In ‘Pocket Primary Care’ Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR(2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU, Chong CR, Sykes D. Folate & Vitamin B12 Deficiency. In ‘Pocket Primary Care’ Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR(2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Schwanke Khilji SU, Simmons L. Breast Disease. In ‘Pocket Primary Care’ Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR(2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Schwarz, Eli - DDS, MPH, PhD

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Professor Public Health Dentistry Office South Waterfront – MDYCOMM Suite 135 Phone: (503) 494-7603
Biography

Eli Schwarz is professor and chair of the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dentistry at OHSU. His research interests include oral health services research, epidemiology and preventive dentistry. He is currently focused on building dental public health capacity in Oregon through collaborative efforts between the OHSU School of Dentistry and community and state organizations. He is also a member of the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Advisory Board.

Previously, he has held professional positions in Australia, Hong Kong, Denmark and the U.S. He was professor and dean of the faculty of dentistry at the University of Sydney, was professor of Health Dentistry and dean of dentistry at the University of Hong Kong, was chief dental officer for the National Board of Health and an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, and was executive director of the American and International Associations for Dental Research in Alexandria, Va.

Education, Degrees

D.D.S., University of Copenhagen, 1972
M.P.H., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1974
Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, 1992
F.H.K.A.M., Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, 1993
F.H.K.C.D.S., Community Dentistry Specialist designation, 2007

Awards and Honors
  • Was conferred the Royal Order, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
  • Founding Fellow, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
  • Fellow, Community Dentistry, Hong Kong College of Dental Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Dentists
  • Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
Research

HRSA (Schwarz, Eli) Increasing Oregon’s Oral Health Care Workforce through Innovative Education Models and Prevention Programs 2015-2018

Sells, Wayne - MD

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Professor Epidemiology and Medicine Office OHSU – CDRC-P Phone: (503) 494-3236
Biography

Wayne Sells is a pediatrician who specializes in adolescent health. He enjoys working with youth and their families. His areas of expertise in clinical care for adolescents and young adults include: primary care, eating disorders, chronic illness and homeless youth. Sells is active in medical student and resident education. He also works with homeless youth and adults, as well as school-based health care, through Outside In, a Portland nonprofit that helps homeless youth and other marginalized people move towards improved health and self-sufficiency. 

Education, Degrees

M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, 1988
Pediatric Residency, Stanford University, 1988-1991
Pedicatric Chief Resident, Stanford University, 1992
Fellowship, Adolescent Health, University of Minnesota, 1992-1994

Research
  • Lewy, C., Gilhooly, J., Sells, W., McKelvey R,: Adolescent Depression: Evaluating Pediatric Residents’ Knowledge, Confidence and Interpersonal Skills Using  Standardized Patients, Academic Psychiatry, 33:5, September-October 2009
  • Geenen, S., Powers, L., Sells, W.,: Understanding the Role of Primary Care Providers in Transition Issues for Adolescents with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs.  J Adolesc Health. 2003;32:225-233
  • Emmons, S, Sells, CW, Eiff, P: A review of medical and allied health learners’ satisfaction with their training in women’s health.  Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2002 Jun;186(6):1259-65; discussion 1265-7.
  • Tsu, RC, Burm, ML, Gilhooly JA, Sells, CW:  Telephone vs. face-to-face notification of HIV results in high-risk youth.  J Adolesc Health. 2002 Mar;30(3):154-60.
  • Gilhooly, J., Simon, E, Tsu, R., Sells, W:  A Look at the Health of Oregon’s Adolescents in the Adult Correctional System. Journal of Correctional Health.  2001 Spring; 8(1): 55-65.
  • Sells, C.W., Blum, R.W.:  Morbidity and Mortality Among US Adolescents:  An Overview of Data and Trends.  Am J Public Health.  1996; 86:513-519.

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

Snowden, Jonathan - PhD

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 652 Phone: (503) 494 - 0904
Biography

Jonathan Snowden is an epidemiologist, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health and in OHSU’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He also is an associate editor for the national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Snowden’s research focuses on sexual and reproductive health disparities. He evaluates methods and concepts to improve causal inference from observational data, and his trans-disciplinary research sits at the intersection of population health science, clinical practice and health care policy.

Snowden aims to frame research questions that are relevant to the affected populations and that  respect the circumstances of people’s lives, so that research results can promote optimal health in the real world. By more clearly defining variations in the continuum of “normal” healthy sexuality and reproduction, his research aims to preserve optimal health as well as prevent and treat disease.

A cross-cutting focus of his research is the clear communication of novel concepts and methodologies.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Stanford University, 2005
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011

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

Stevenson, Ellen - MD, DTMH, MPH

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Adjunct Associate Professor Community Health Office OHSU – CDRC 2221 Phone: (503) 494-6513
Biography

Ellen Stevenson, associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics and adjunct associate professor of Public Health, is a former epidemic intelligence service officer and medical epidemiologist from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has been involved with public health at the local, state and federal government level and has developed policy guidelines and community intervention materials, responded to national and international infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.

As the associate director for emergency response for the Pacific Northwest Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Diseases, she worked closely with the health departments and universities in the region. Stevenson also is the medical director for Reach Out and Read Oregon, a nonprofit that incorporates books for children into pediatric care and encourages families to read together. She also is on the Childhood Hunger Coalition and serves as the course director for the Childhood Food Insecurity Course.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Brown University
M.D., Brown University School of Medicinee
D.T.M.H., London School Hygiene andTropical Medicine
M.P.H., Harvard University School of Public Health

Awards and Honors
  • 2014, American Academy Pediatrics, Special Achievement Award:
  • 2010, OHSU Bilderback Community Pediatrician Teaching Award
  • 2002, U.S. Public Health Service Crisis Response Award
  • 2001, U.S. Public Health Service Foreign Duty Award
  • 2000, Honor Award Nomination, United States Food and Drug Administration
  • 1999, Fellow Recognition Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America

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

 

Stull, John - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology, Epidemiology & Medicine, Preventive Medicine Residency Office OHSU – CSB 668 Phone: (503) 494-6958
Biography

John Stull is interested in the epistemic aspects of teaching, particularly how the fundamentals of medicine and public health effectively challenge each other and productively live together in the students we train. He serves as director of the M.D./M.P.H. Program, which admits six to seven first-year medical students into a quasi-integrated curriculum where students complete the requirements for an M.D. and a master of public health in epidemiology.

Stull also is program director of the School of Public Health’s Preventive Medicine Residency, a program that has trained a number of physicians currently who are local and state public health leaders in Oregon and Washington.

Stull teaches introductory epidemiology in the M.P.H. and M.D./MP.H. programs and co-teaches an advanced epidemiology course on using epidemiology to develop causal inferences.

Stull practiced full-time general pediatrics until 1996 when he left practice to obtain his M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Illinois, 1974
M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 1978
M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 1997

Awards and Honors
  • 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, OHSU Student Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2008, 2004, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Department Chair Teaching Award
  • 2004, OHSU Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Suhler, Eric - MD, MPH

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Professor Biostatistics & Epidemiology Office Casey Eye Institute/VA Portland Phone: (503) 494-5023
Biography

Eric Suhler is professor of ophthalmology at OHSU with a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health. His primary academic focus is in clinical trials of novel immunotheraputics for inflammatory eye disease.  He has delivered lectures in the School of Public Health on clinical trial endpoints and international ophthalmology and has chaired numerous masters’ thesis committees.

He graduated from OHSU with an M.P.H. in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics tracks and his thesis on the incidence and prevalence of uveitis in the VA Medical Centers of the Pacific Northwest was awarded as the Outstanding OHSU Graduate School Thesis that year.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1990
M.D., University of Texas-Southwestern, 1995
Ophthalmology Residency, OHSU, 1996-2000
Uveitis Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, 2000-02
M.P.H., OHSU, 2007

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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