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More than 100 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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Bienen, Leslie - MFA, DVM

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Professor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 951-1118
Biography

Leslie teaches primarily undergraduate courses at PSU, including Global Health and Consumer Health. She is the pilot program coordinator for PSU’s BUILD EXITO program, an undergraduate research training program that supports students on their pathway to becoming scientific researchers.

Her own research focuses on conservation medicine and on zoonotic (from nonhuman animals to humans) disease transmission. Conservation medicine strives to understand the interaction among human health, environmental changes and the health of nonhuman species. She was a co-investigator on the Bighorn Sheep Disease project, examining disease dynamics of pneumonia in bighorn sheep. She has researched and written about several bat viruses transmissible to humans and sampled livestock in Nepal for bovine brucellosis and tuberculosis, surveying farmers about their understanding of these diseases.

Leslie was a regular contributor to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment for many years. She has published in Orion, Open Spaces, Conservation Magazine, and other places.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Princeton University
M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
D.V.M., Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Notes
  • 2010-2015: Co-Principal Investigator on a two-year study entitled “Connectivity, Isolation, and Disease Dynamics: Trade-offs in Recovering Bighorn Sheep Populations study”; this work is funded by the Morris Animal Foundation. This funding was renewed in 2012.
  • 2008-2010: Co-Principal Investigator on two-year study entitled “Climate Change, Wildlife Corridors, and Health Consequences in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Northern Rockies”; work funded by the New York Community Trust.
  • 2006: Participated in collaborative research project, sponsored by the East-West Center and funded by a NIH Roadmap Research Teams of the Future grant, on development of transdisciplinary approaches to investigation of emerging diseases and social-ecological systems (lead author on published paper).

Browning, Nicole - MPH

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Senior Instructor I PSUCommunity Health

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Carder, Paula - MA, PhD

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Associate Professor Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 470R Phone: (503) 725-5144
Biography

Paula Carder is an associate professor with the School of Public Health and a researcher with PSU Institute on Aging.

Her research focuses on socio-cultural aspects of housing and long-term care for older persons and adults with disabilities. Her research also explores the relationship between state regulatory requirements and daily practices associated with medication administration and staffing in assisted living and dementia care facilities. She conducts a state-wide survey of assisted living, memory care,and adult foster homes for the Oregon Department of Human Services. She also was the lead evaluator of a recent Oregon Health Authority-sponsored program to coordinate health and housing services for low-income residents of 11 publicly-subsidized apartment buildings.

Carder also has mentored students in the BUILD EXITO program, an undergraduate research training program at PSU that supports students on their pathway to become scientific researchers.

Education, Degrees

B.S., West Virginia University, 1987
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1990
Ph.D., Portland State University, 1999

Awards and Honors
  • 2014, Best Research Paper, Seniors Housing and Care Journal
  • 2013, Anselm Strauss Award, Honorable Mention, Qualitative Health Research
  • 2014, Visiting International Fellow in Research Methods, University of Surrey, Guildford, England
  • 2013, Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
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  • Oregon Department of Human Services, 2016-18 Oregon Community-Based Care Survey, Role: Principal Investigator
  • CareOregon, 2016-18 Evaluation, LiveWell Care Homes Role: Principal Investigator
  • Oregon Health Authority, 2014-16 Evaluation, Housing with Services demonstration, Role: Principal Investigator
  • Oregon Department of Human Services, 2014-16 Oregon Community-Based Care Survey, Role: Principal Investigator
  • OHSU/NIDA, 2013 HEARTH, community-based participatory research with Central City Concern, Role: Investigator
  • Cedar Sinai Park/Enterprise Foundation, 2012 Community Needs Assessment, Role: Principal Investigator

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  • Northwest Health Foundation, 2012 Staffing Needs for Housing with Services,  Role: Principal Investigator
  • Portland Housing Authority, 2011-12 Strategies to Support Aging in Place,  Role: Principal Investigator

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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
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  • 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.

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

Notes
  • 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.

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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
Notes
  • 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

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Gonzales, Kelly - PhD

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Assistant Professor PSUCommunity Health

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Harris, Debra - PhD, MST

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Senior Instructor II Health Studies Office PSU – URBAN 470E Phone: (503) 725-5107
Biography

Debra Harris is a senior instructor II in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her areas of specialization are health education instructional strategies and techniques, child/youth health promotion program planning, school health, school physical education, youth/obesity, death/dying, and emotional abuse in the workplace. She also is an adjunct instructor in PSU’s Graduate School of Education, supervising teacher candidates in the area school health and physical education, and teaching the health and physical education methods courses. For the past four years, Deb has served as a visiting lecturer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches Death/Dying and Emotional Abuse in the Workplace.

Deb is an native Portlander and has mentored hundreds of students in both school and public health in her four-decade career.

Education, Degrees

A.A., Central Oregon Community College, 1974
B.S., Southern Oregon University, 1976
M.S.T., PSU, 1978
M.S.T., PSU, 1982
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1998

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Top Professors in the College of Urban and Public Affairs
  • 2002, National Health Professional of the Year (K-12) from the American Association of Health Education
  • 1998, National Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education

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Izumi, Betty - MPH, RD, PhD

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Associate Professor Health Studies and Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 450K Phone: (503) 725-5102
Biography

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?

She is the principal investigator for Harvest for Healthy Kids, a nutrition intervention developed in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start. Harvest for Healthy Kids connects children in early care and education settings to local agriculture through classroom education, food service modification and family engagement. In 2016, Harvest for Healthy Kids was awarded the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of British Columbia, 1998
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2000
R.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2017, Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award (Japan)
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Mid-Career Professional Achievement Award
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award for Harvest for Healthy Kids
  • 2013, Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs Craig Wollner Memorial Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty
  • 2012, Portland State University Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-based Research

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Kaufman, Deborah - MA

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Senior Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 471A Phone: (503) 725-5479
Biography

Debbie Kaufman teaches Drug Education and Marketing Public Health in both campus and online formats, and has also developed and taught courses on other drug topics. She was a part of an Oregon Health Authority Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee in 2015-2016, and she partners regularly with various organizations and agencies, including the Multnomah County Health Department, on projects where her students have the opportunity to contribute to and learn about local public health efforts. She also participates in county prevention efforts – particularly focused on youth – for tobacco, marijuana and other drugs. In 2014, she was a Multnomah County Public Health Hero nominee.

Prior to coming to PSU and the School of Public Health, Debbie worked for 17 years in the non-profit community in Portland, including five years in statewide tobacco control advocacy efforts. She also managed the implementation of a Kellogg Foundation grant in support of school-based health care in Oregon.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Oregon, 1981
M.A., Portland State University, 1996

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Labisierre, Yves - PhD

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Associate Professor Community Health Office PSU – URBN 470F Phone: (503) 358-3568
Biography

 

Yves Labissiere is a social psychologist who works to understand how race, identity, language, difference, power and privilege play a role in education and health systems. His aim is to develop strategies that heal and empower individuals and transform systems.

He has studied the health effects of gentrification and residential displacement on black men in Portland, and has worked on curriculum for Portland State University’s EXITO program, which works to build infrastructure to support underrepresented students interested in the health sciences. He works on a project with the Portland Police Bureau to test how positive police-community interactions might help address crime and build trust. He is also working on a new project with Portland police to better understand how police work with, or could better work with, mental health professionals when they encounter calls that involve people who may need mental health help.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Yale University, 1987
Ph.D., University of California, 1996

Notes
  • 2014-2017. National Institutes of Health Build: EXITO, Co-Investigator
  • 2014-2016. Portland Police Bureau Neighborhood Involvement Locations (NI-Loc) Project: Community Assessment Survey, Portland (OR) Police Bureau, $150,000, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2014 Oregon Gear Up: College Ahead Program Grant (CAP), $62,500, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2014-2019. Oregon Gear Up: Mobilizing for College Partnership, $569,600, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2014. Cambia Health Foundation: Creating Trust Infrastructure for Emerging Workforce (Community Health Workers) $250,000, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2013. Oregon Community Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Grant–Portland State University– Roosevelt High School, Co-principle Investigator.

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  • Department of Health and Human Services—President Faith Based Initiative–Compassion Capital Fund Research Program, Comparing Faith Based and Community based treatment services among Latino Immigrants and African-Americans in Miami (2002-2004), $210,662 Co-Principle Investigator.
  • Faculty Development Grant–PSU Foundation–Portland State University–Understanding the effects of gentrification and Health $9,000, Co-Principle Investigator.

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McBride, Leslie - PhD

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Professor PSUCommunity Health Phone: (503) 725-8137

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
Notes
  • “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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Petteway, Ryan - MPH, DrPH

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Assistant Professor Office PSU – URBN 470N Phone: 503-725-3985
Biography

Ryan Petteway is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. He conducts participatory research at the nexus of public health, public housing, and “placemaking,” making use of information and communication technologies to democratize and enhance research and practice processes.

Petteway’s current work examines place, health, and embodiment among public housing residents — with the aim of facilitating permanent mechanisms for including the voice of residents within local placemaking decisions and processes. Underlying this work are core notions of power, inclusion, and accountability in public health research and practice, and avenues for participatory urban governance. In this spirit, he’s currently developing a STEM-based high school curriculum focused on the social determinants of health, health equity, and participatory research.

Prior to his doctoral training, Petteway served  as social epidemiologist and chief epidemiologist at the Baltimore City Health Department.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Virginia, 2006
M.P.H., University of Michigan, 2008
Dr.P.H., University of Caliornia, Berkeley, 2015

Awards and Honors
  • 2014-15, Roselyn Lindheim Fellowship in Environmental Design and Public Health
  • 2014-15, University of Californi, Berkeley Mentored Research Fellowship
  • 2014-15, Mayhew and Helen Derryberry Fellowship in Public Health
  • 2011-2014, Kaiser Permanente Dr.P.H. Community Leadership Fellowship
  • 2007-8, Master’s Training in Racial Health Disparities Award
Notes
  • The People’s Social Epi Project, 2014-2017 (PI): An Intergenerational Study of Place, Embodiment, and Health via Participatory Action Research with Residents of Public Housing
  • NIH/NCEH, UE1, 2011-2014 (PI): Baltimore City Health Impact Assessment Capacity Development
  • Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, 2011 (Co-PI): Baltimore Men’s Health Assessment Project
  • United Way of Central Maryland, 2010-2012 (Co-PI): Baltimore Virtual Supermarket Project
  • Kresge Foundation, 2010 (PI):  Project Food for Thought: Youth Perspectives on a Baltimore Food Desert

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Richardson, Dawn - MPH, DrPH

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Assistant Professor Health Studies, Health Promotion, Community Health, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 470D Phone: (503) 725-2051
Biography

Dawn Richardson is an associate professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches Urban and Community Health, Global Health and other courses.  

Richardson’s work examines how the places where people live – in both  the social and physical environments – can impact health and social mobility. 

She uses community-based participatory research principles while helping people understand how changes in the way we think about things such as family leave, policies supporting breastfeeding and access to good schools, healthy food, transportation and adequate housing can have an impact on community health. Her research focus led her to serve as board chair for Upstream Public Health, a non-profit focused on promoting policy and improving health for all Oregonians. 

Richardson is also co-director of the BUILD EXITO program, an undergraduate research training program that supports students from diverse backgrounds on their pathway to becoming scientific researchers. 

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 1999
M.P.H., Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2002
Dr.P.H., University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, 2010
Kellogg Health Scholar, University of Michigan, 2012

Awards and Honors
  • 2017: PSU Faculty Fellow for Equity & Social Justice in Community-Based Learning
  • 2016: PSU Faculty Fellow for Sustainability, Institute for Sustainability Studies
  • 2013: PSU Faculty-in-Residence for Engagement, Center for Academic Excellence
  • 2012: PSU Faculty Fellow for Community Partnership, Center for Academic Excellence
  • 2011: Selected Mentee, American Academy of Health Behavior/Kellogg Health Scholars Program
Notes
  • 1R21HD087734-01 NIH (Messer) 05/06/16-04/30/17 Role: Co-Investigator Social Factors Influencing Pregnancy Outcome Disparities This study aims to identify how nativity and documentation status shape adverse PO (inappropriate maternal weight gain, pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH)/eclampsia, PTB, term BW, small for gestational age (SGA)) and how the residential food context exacerbates risk for adverse outcomes.
  • 1UL1MD009596 / 1RL5MD009591 / 1TL4MD009634 NIH (Crespo) 09/26/14-06/30/19 Role: Co-Investigator Enhancing Cross-Disciplinary Training at Oregon (EXITO) The major goal of this project is to recruit, train, and support diverse undergraduate students seeking research careers in the biomedical and social sciences. This is part of a broad national strategy to develop and evaluate innovative strategies for engaging undergraduate researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and preparing them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce.

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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

Notes
  • 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

Sun, Christina - MS, PhD

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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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