David Bangsberg MSc, MD, MPH, MS
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.…
Elizabeth Benner MA
Academic & Career Advisor
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.…
Janne Boone-Heinonen MPH, PhD
Associate Professor & Program Director for MPH in Epidemiology
Janne Boone-Heinonen is an associate 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.…
Barbara Campbell MA, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Barbara Campbell is an adjunct associate professor in the School of Public Health. She specializes in addictions treatment research, focusing on interventions that increase treatment engagement and retention, and improve the fidelity of treatment delivery.…
Emily Cartwright BA
Interim Executive Assistant to the Dean
BA, San Francisco State University, 2009
Alyssa Dart EdM
Academic & Career Advisor
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.…
Alexis Dinno MPH, MEM, ScD
Associate Professor, Program Director for PhD Community Health
Alexis Dinno is an associate professor of Community Health at the School of Public Health, and the program director for the PhD Community Health program. 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.…
Laura Ehrlich MSEd, MLA
Graduate Student Services and Registration Specialist
M.S. Ed., Portland State University
M.L.A., University of Virginia
B.A. Cornell University
Rongwei (Rochelle) Fu PhD
Professor & Program Director for MPH in Biostatistics
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.…
Sherril Gelmon MHSc, DrPH
Professor & Program Director for PhD in Health Systems and Policy
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.…
Rachael Godlove MA
Academic Affairs Coordinator
Rachael Godlove supports curricular and academic personnel work in the Dean’s Office.
M.A., Georgetown University
B.S., Northern Arizona University
Senior Research Associate II
Josh Hodsden MBA
Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Specialist
Josh Hodsden has been a student advocate in higher education for eight years, coaching both undergraduate and graduate students before and during their programs.
B.S., Business Management, University of Phoenix, 2002
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2010
Betty Izumi PhD, MPH, RD
Associate Professor & Program Director for MPH Health Promotion
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?…
Richard Johnson MS, PhD
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor
In September 2018, Dr. Richard Johnson became the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Johnson is also Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon.
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).…
Tania Kneuer L/OT
Halley Knowles B.A.
Lynn Marshall ScD
Associate Professor & Program Director for PhD in Epidemiology
B.S., Cornell University, 1985
Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health, 1996
Kevin McLemore MS, PhD
Director of Assessment & Evaluation
B.A., DePaul University, 2005
M.S., DePaul University, 2008
Ph.D., University of California – Davis, 2014
Cert., WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy, 2018
Jane Mercer MST
Senior Instructor II & Academic Advisor
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.…
Lynne Messer MPH, PhD
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.…
Holly Moraes BS
Executive Assistant to the Dean
B.S., Political Science, Santa Clara University, 2004
Michelle Owens B.S.
Tawnya Peterson PhD
Assistant Professor, Program Director of Environmental Systems & Human Health
B.Sc., Mount Allison University, 1997
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2005
Awards and Honors
2017, OHSU Faculty Senate Teaching Award
Dawn Richardson MPH, DrPH
Associate Dean for Social Justice and Associate Professor
Dawn Richardson is an Associate Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches Foundations of Public Health, Urban and Community Health, and Global Health. Richardson also serves as the Faculty lead for the Practice Experience.
Richardson is a social epidemiologist trained in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR). Her research advances health equity by integrating and building on new knowledge, combining social determinants of health with the science of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), with the aim of developing policies and programs in response.…
Jill Rissi MPA, PhD
Associate Professor and Program Director, MPH Health Management and Policy
B.S./B.S.N., Arizona State University, 1982-86
M.P.A., Arizona State University, 1990
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008
Jamie Townsend BS
Post-Award Grant Manager
BS Accounting, Portland State University, 2014
Elizabeth Needham Waddell PhD, MA
Assistant Professor and Program Director for MPH in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities, MPH in Public Health Practice, and Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs
Dr. Elizabeth Needham Waddell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Director of the online M.P.H. in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities, the M.P.H. in Public Health Practice, and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs.
Dr. Waddell’s research explores the intersection between social determinants of health, access to medical care and community-engaged development of health policy.…
Liana Winett DrPH, MPH, MCHES
Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement and Associate Professor
Liana Winett is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate level courses in media advocacy and mass communication for public health. Dr. Winett has served on faculty and as an administrator since 2000. Prior to joining PSU, she was Research Coordinator for the Berkeley Media Studies Group.…
Andrew Wyman BS
Andrew is an administrator in the School of Public Health. He is currently the program support for the undergraduate programs and 4 of the graduate programs. He is housed on the PSU campus in the Urban Center on the 4th Floor.
B.S., Health Studies, Portland State University
Belinda Zeidler MST
Assistant Professor, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs, & Academic Advisor
Belinda Zeidler has been a faculty member at PSU for over 30 years. As associate dean of undergraduate programs at the School of Public Health, she is the undergraduate curriculum chair and is responsible for overseeing the curricular changes to courses and programs at the undergraduate level. She also works as an academic advisor and internship co-coordinator.…