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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.

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Wheeler, Claire - MD, PhD

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Senior Instructor II Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 471B Phone: (503) 725-8468
Biography

Claire Wheeler teaches several courses for undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Public Health, including the core course, Principles of Health Behavior.

In 2001, Wheeler completed a year-long associate fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Since then, her writing, speaking and scholarly work has been centered on the science and practice of mind-body medicine/psychoneuroimmunology as it informs healthcare at the clinical and community levels.

In addition to teaching, Wheeler has authored two books. The first, “10 Simple Solutions to Stress,” was published in 2007 and the second, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Belly Fat Weight Loss,” was published in 2013.  Wheeler is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop facilitator for continuing educational programs and public events throughout the United States and overseas.

Wheeler joined the faculty at PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs in 2005.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Physiology, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
M.D., Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1989
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1999

Awards and Honors
  • 2013/14, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2011/12, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2008, Oregon M.P.H. Program Excellence in Teaching Award

Whetsell, Dixie - MS, IBCLC

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Adjunct Faculty Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Lactation Concentration Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 309-3204
Biography

Dixie Whetsell is an adjunct faculty member who began teaching lactation education courses in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in January 2016.  She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has almost three decades of experience as a lactation educator and consultant.

After earning her M.S. in Community Health, Whetsell became a health educator for a county health department. After obtaining lactation training, she began providing lactation support through clinic and home visits. She later worked as a  lactation consultant in private practice, then for Legacy Health, providing lactation support in a hospital setting for in-patients and out-patients and for hospital staff and resident physicians. In 2003, she began teaching lactation education courses at Portland Community College and was the primary instructor there for 13 years.

Education, Degrees

M.S., University of Oregon, 1992
I.B.C.L.C., International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 1998

White, Diana - PhD

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Senior Research Associate II PSUCommunity Health

Winett, Liana - DrPH, MPH, MCHES

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Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement Dean’s Office, Health Promotion Phone: 503-725 8262
Biography

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.

Her research includes focus on how science, advocates, and the media talk about developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), childhood obesity, childhood lead poisoning, interpersonal violence, breast, cervical and prostate cancers, California’s Three Strikes incarceration initiative, the anthrax/bioterrorism scares of 2001, Oregon’s Measure 7, major causes of death in Oregon, and H1N1 influenza.

Education, Degrees

Dr.PH., University of California, Berkeley
M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles
M.C.H.E.S. – Master Certified Health Education Specialist

Wipfli, Brad - PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Studies, Applied Health & Fitness, Health Promotion, Community Health Office PSU – URBN 450F Phone: (503) 725-5121
Biography

Brad Wipfli’s research concentrates on health promotion and health behavior change. He is interested in identifying effective behavioral and environmental change strategies that impact physical and mental health. He also investigates the ways in which changes in health behaviors impact physiological processes and clinical indicators of illness and disease.

Wipfli won the 2009 Dissertation of the Year award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education for his work discovering that post-exercise improvements in depressive symptoms are mediated by reductions in serum serotonin. He has also been a part of several pioneering Total Worker Health interventions, including the groundbreaking Safety and Health Involvement for Truckers study, which is the largest health and safety intervention with truck drivers in U.S. history. He is currently leading an intervention aimed at improving health, safety, and well-being of workers in sedentary occupations (see here).

Education, Degrees

B.A., Carthage College, 2002
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2009, First Place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition (Olson, R., Anger, K., Elliot, D.L., Wipfli, B., Schmidt, S., & Gray, M.) APA/NIOSH Work, Stress and Health Conference
  • 2009, Dissertation of the Year, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
  • 2007, Douglas L. Conley Memorial Scholarship Award, Arizona State University Department of Kinesiology
Notes
  • NIOSH Center of Excellence (Anger, Center PI)  Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence Research Project: Multilevel Intervention to Improve Safety and Health in Sedentary Occupations Description: This project is a research project within the overall Center application. The study is designed to substantially improve health, safety, and well-being in sedentary workers, including physiological outcomes that contribute to chronic diseases. The project tests whether a multilevel intervention is more effective than single level interventions for increasing the utilization of existing health and safety resources.  Role: PI of Research Project
  • USAMRAA W81XWH-13-2-0020 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 2/08/13 – 2/07/18  Development and Evaluation of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Improving Reintegration of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves into the Workplace Description: The major goal of this project is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce to impact veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
  • TREC – NITC (Liu-Qin Yang, PI) 4/01/16 to 10/01/17 How Do Stressed Workers Make Travel Choices that are Good for their Health, Safety, and Productivity? Description: This study will analyze two existing datasets to determine the psychological factors that impact commute choices, and examine how commute choices impact psychological and physiological stress responses to daily stressors. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NHLBI R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 4/01/11 to 3/31/16 Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention Description: Cluster randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a competition-based weight loss intervention for truck drivers that is supported with computer-based training and motivational interviewing. The study will also evaluate how social support factors in both home and work environments moderate intervention effectiveness. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NIOSH U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) 9/01/11 to 8/31/16 Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence  Description: Development and evaluation of a scripted peer-led curriculum to organize home care workers into neighborhood-based Workforce teams that provide education and social support for improving lifestyle (e.g., diet, exercise) and safety behaviors. Role: Collaborator
  • NIOSH 2U01 HD059773-05 (Leslie Hammer, PI)  9/01/08 to 7/31/14  Portland Center: Work Family and Health Network Phase II Description: Randomized multi-worksite evaluation of a multi-component intervention (including behavioral self-monitoring) to increase family-supportive supervisory behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator

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  • NICHD U01 HD059773-05S1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 9/30/09 to 9/29/11 Administrative Supplement, Work-Life Network Phase II Description: Administrative supplement award to enhance intervention effectiveness through the development of employee self-monitoring activities that are designed to increase co-worker supportive behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator

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