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.

 

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Carlson, Kathleen - MS, PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology & Environmental Systems and Human Health Office VA Portland Health Care System, Bldg. 6, Room 317 Phone: (503) 220-8262 x 52094
Biography

Kathleen F. Carlson is an associate professor at the School of Public Health, and a core investigator with the Health Services Research Center of Excellence at the VA Portland Health Care System.

Her research examines the spectrum of injury prevention and control, from the epidemiology of intentional and unintentional injuries to the rehabilitation of patient populations with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her current efforts focus on opioid and other medication-related injuries, firearm-related injuries, short- and long-term outcomes among combat veterans with TBI, and epidemiology of, and health services for, auditory injury among active duty and separated military service members. Carlson co-directs the VA health services research post-doctoral fellowship program at the Portland VA and teaches and advises M.P.H. and Ph.D. students in epidemiology at the School of Public Health.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Biology, Oregon State University, 1999
M.S., Environmental Health/Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 2003
Ph.D., Environmental Health/Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Health Services Research, Minneapolis VA Health Care System, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, OHSU Faculty Senate Award for Excellence
  • 2015, OHSU PHPM Chair’s Award for Excellence in Research
  • 2013, APHA ICEHS Special Services Award
  • 2011, Inductee, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • 2011, Graduate Women in Science Recognition of Service Award
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  • I01 CX001135 (Carlson, Kathleen F)  Sept 30, 2016 – Sept 29, 2018; DoD CDMRP/DVA CSR&D; Longitudinal Effects of Mild TBI and Other Military Exposures on Auditory Functioning in Recently-Discharged Veterans and Active Duty Service Members – CENC Study 1; Role: Principal Investigator
  • 1R21MH112201  (Carlson, Kathleen F)  Aug 1, 2016 – Sept 30, 2018; NIH/NIMH; Interagency Data Base Linkage: Precursors of Firearm Injuries and Suicide ; Role: Principal Investigator
  • I21 RX002216-01 (Carlson, Kathleen F) July 1, 2016 – Jun 30, 2018; DVA/RR&D; Chronic Tinnitus among Veterans with and without TBI: Service Needs and Interests; Role: Principal Investigator
  • I01 HX001891 (Carlson, Kathleen) Mar 1, 2016 – Feb 28, 2019; DVA/HSR&D; Use of a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to Evaluate Concurrent VA and non-VA Opioid Prescriptions; Role: Principal Investigator
  • JW160036 (Henry, James A) Mar 15, 2017 – Mar 15, 2021;  DoD/JWMRP; Effects of Military Noise Exposure on Auditory Function in Service Members and Recently Discharged Veterans; Role: Co-Investigator
  • BAA11097008  (Hammer, Leslie)  Feb 1, 2013 – Jan 31, 2018;  DoD/USAMRMC; Development and Evaluation of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Reintegration of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves into the Workplace; Role: Co-Investigator

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Hammer, Leslie - MS, PhD

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Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office 1501 Robert Jones Hall Phone: (503) 494-9193
Biography

Leslie B. Hammer is a professor in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU and professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology at PSU. She is the director of the Occupational Health Psychology graduate training program at PSU and also one of the associate directors of the federally funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.

Hammer’s research focuses on ways organizations can help reduce work and family stress and improve positive spillover among employees by facilitating both formal and informal workplace supports, such as Family Supportive Supervisor Behavior training. She has worked with such employee populations as grocery workers, nursing aid workers, construction workers and information technology workers. She is currently working on employment support and retention for our nation’s military veterans and the National Guard.

Hammer is a past founding president of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Psychology, James Madison University, 1985
M.S., Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1989
Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1991

Awards and Honors

2013, recipient of the Branford Price Millar Award for Excellence in Research Scholarship at PSU

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  • PI (Department of Defense) Evaluation of a Work-Family and Sleep Leadership Intervention in the Oregon National Guard:  A Behavioral Health Leadership Approach. October 1, 2016- September 30, 2020
  • PI (with Donald Truxillo, Co-PI) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Continuation Training Program Grant: Graduate Training in Occupational Health Psychology, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2020
  • PI (Department of Defense) Development, validation and evaluation of a veteran supportive supervisor training program in the civilian workforce, February 8, 2013-February 7, 2018

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Johnson, Richard - MS, PhD

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Professor & Program Director for MPH in Environmental Systems and Human Health Office OHSU – CSB 652 Home Phone: (503) 346-3432
Biography

Dr. Richard Johnson is a Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon. Dr. Johnson is also the Director of the Environmental Systems and Human Health Program in the SPH. 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). Dr. Johnson has been a faculty member at OHSU since 1985. He teaches in the areas of public health relating to climate change, drinking water availability, chemical and transport and fate in the environment and restoration of sites contaminated by industrial and other sources. His research interests involve forecasting of water quality in rivers to protect drinking water sources, development of diagnostic tool for groundwater restoration, and vulnerability of groundwater sources of drinking water.

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Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Washington, 1973
M.S., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1981
Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1985

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Lambert, William - PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology and Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – CSB 676 Phone: (503) 494-9488
Biography

William Lambert has more than 25 years experience as a researcher and teacher in epidemiology and the environmental health sciences. Since arriving at OHSU in 2000, Lambert has conducted health research on the toxins in salmon and subsistence fish eaten by Columbia River tribes, organophosphate exposure and cognitive health effects in the children of farmworkers, and investigated sick building illness outbreaks and cancer clusters. His research currently focuses on prevention and management of childhood asthma.

Lambert has served as chair of the Board of Directors for the Josiah Hill III Clinic (providing free child blood lead screening) and chair of the Air Toxics Science Advisory Committee for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He was Director of Education for the OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine from 2009-2015,  guiding the expansion and improvement of masters degree training programs in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1994

Awards and Honors
  • 2011, 2015, Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Mentorship, OHSU Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine
  • 2011, Leaving a Legacy Award, Josiah Hill III Clinic
  • 2010, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Oregon Master of Public Health Program
  • 1999, Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, University of New Mexico Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
  • 1999, Life Saver Award, American Cancer Society
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  • 1U48 DP005006 (Becker, Thomas) Sep 30, 2014 – Sep 29, 2019  CDC  The Center for Healthy Communities: Dissemination, Implementation, and Evaluation of Native STAND in American Indian Communities  Role: Principal Investigator of the Center’s Core Research Project
  • 1 R01 HD062478 (Guise, Jeanne-Marie)  Aug 10, 2010 – May 31, 2015  NICHD/NINR/NIMH/AHRQ  Epidemiology of Preventable Safety Events in Pre-hospital EMS for Children  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • YEPMP0037A (Lambert, William) Sep 1, 2009 to August 31, 2012  DHHS/OPHS  Nurturing Healthy and Empowered Youth in American Indian Communities Role: Principal Investigator
  • U48 DP001937 (Becker, Thomas) Sep 30, 2009-Sep 29, 2014  CDC  The Center for Healthy Communities: Listen-4-Life  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • R21 DC008077-01 (Martin, William)  NIH/NIDOCD  April 1, 2006 – Mar 31, 2008  Tribal Community-Based Prevention of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • 1 R25 ES11074-01 (Lambert, William)  NIEHS  Sep 1, 2002 – Jun 30, 2006  Contaminated Subsistence Fish: A Yakama Nation Response  Role: Principal Investigator

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Marriott, Lisa - PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Promotion & Environmental Systems and Human Health Office OHSU – Gaines Hall 119 Phone: (503) 494-8775
Biography

Lisa Marriott is a learning and memory researcher and Associate Director of Let’s Get Healthy!, an education and research exhibit that uses health information technology to assess health behaviors and provide immediate, tailored feedback to individuals. The program earned the 2015 Technology Award from the Society of Public Health Education.

Marriott leads teacher professional development programs, most recently on epigenetics, with accompanying published articles in teaching journals that describe lessons and activities for teaching new areas of science to middle and high school students. Her research investigates student pursuance of science careers as well as health-related decision-making using informatics-based approaches.

Marriott also serves as co-director of the OHSU Evaluation Core, where she provides technical assistance and evaluation consultations to researchers and community organizations on educational and health outcomes-focused projects. She has completed two postdoctoral fellowships at OHSU – in physiology and pharmacology and in science education.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Neuroscience, University of Virginia, 1999
Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of Arizona, 2004
Post-doc, Neuroscience, University of Arizona, 2004
Post-doc, Physiology & Pharmacology, Oregon Health & Science Universtiy, 2004-2007
Post-doc, Science Education, Oregon Health & Science University, 2007-2009

Awards and Honors

2015 Technology Award from the Society of Public Health Education

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  • R25 OD010496 (Marriott, LK) 04/01/2012-03/31/2017 NIH/ Office of the Director  CHIDR Chatter: Translating community research data for classroom use, Role:  Principal Investigator
  • P30 CA069533 (Druker, B) 06/01/09-09/27/18  NIH/ National Cancer Institute) Administrative Supplements to Expand NCI-supported Community Outreach Capacity through Community Health Educators (CHE) of the National Outreach, Role: Co-Investigator
  • BDMS/OHSU International Collaboration (Denny, J.) 12/1/2014-6/30/19 Let’s Get Healthy! Thailand Expansio,  Role: Collaborator
  • Oregon Health Authority (Fagnan, LJ and McConnell, J, PIs) 6/1/2016-8/1/2017  Sustainable Relationships for Community Health (SRCH) 2016, Role: Evaluator

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Olson, Ryan - MA, PhD

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Associate Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Phone: (503) 494-2501
Biography

Ryan Olson is a leader in the development of safety and health interventions for isolated workers in dangerous and demanding occupations. Specializing in organizational and behavior change, Ryan has developed impactful programs and tools for supervisors and workers in a variety of industries, including aviation, bus transit, commercial trucking, construction, and home healthcare. Olson is a founding investigator and an associate director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, a Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Olson is active in several professional societies, and is the former president of the Organizational Behavior Management Network, a charter member of the Society of Occupational Health Psychology, and editorial board member for the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. He is also currently serving on the Transportation & Safety Task Force for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Psychology, Utah State University, 1997
M.A., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Western Michigan University, 1999
Ph.D., Applied Behavior Analysis, Western Michigan University, 2002

Awards and Honors
  • 2009, First place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition. Work, Stress, & Health Conference 2009 (APA/NIOSH)
  • 2012-2016, President Elect, President, and Past-President, Organizational Behavior Management Network
  • 2014 – present, Transportation & Safety Task Force, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Notes
  • U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) NIOSH/CDC09/01/16 to 08/31/21 “Oregon Healthy Workforce Center” “Engineering and Behavioral Controls to Improve Team Truckers Sleep and Performance” (Olson, Project PI) Description: Evaluation of engineering (seat and mattress) technologies and behavioral sleep interventions to reduce fatigue and improve driver sleep, performance, and well-being. Role: Project PI
  • U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) NIOSH/CDC09/01/16 to 08/31/21 “Oregon Healthy Workforce Center” “Engineering and Behavioral Controls to Improve Team Truckers Sleep and Performance” (Olson, Project PI) Description: Evaluation of engineering (seat and mattress) technologies and behavioral sleep interventions to reduce fatigue and improve driver sleep, performance, and well-being. Role: Project PI
  • U60OH008472  (C. Cude, R. Olson, MPIs) 07/01/15 to 06/30/20 NIOSH/CDC “Improving Occupational Health In Oregon: Turning Data To Action” Description: Expanded state-based occupational health and safety surveillance research.  Within this project OHSU leads the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program. Role: Multiple PI
  • W81XWH-BAA-11-1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 02/01/13 – 01/31/17      USAMRMC (11097008) “Development And Evaluation Of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Reintegration Of The Oregon National Guard And Reserves Into The Workplace” Description:  The aim is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce and examining effects on veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
  • 2014YH00280 (Peter Johnson, PI) 05/01/15 to 12/31/16 Washington Department of Labor and Industries “The Effects of an Anti-Vibration Truck Cab Mattress on Team Truck Drivers’ Sleep, Health, and Performance” Description: The proposed project will evaluate sleep, health, and performance enhancing effects of an anti-vibration mattress for team drivers who must sleep while their partner drives.  Return on investment via fuel efficiency measures will also be collected. Role: Co-I, PI of OHSU Subcontract
  • R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 04/14/11 to 03/31/17 (no-cost extension) NHLBI/NIH “Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention” Description: Cluster randomized trial of a competition-based weight loss program with computer-based training and motivational interviewing.  Includes analyses of social support and stress as moderators of effectiveness. Role: PI

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Peterson, Tawnya - PhD

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Assistant Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – HRC 316 Phone: (503) 346-3423
Biography
Education, Degrees

B.Sc., Mount Allison University, 1997
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2005

Awards and Honors

2017, OHSU Faculty Senate Teaching Award

Notes
  • Distribution and degradation of the antidiabetic drug, metformin, in the Columbia River, Feb 1, 2016 – Jan 31, 2018; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Habitat Monitoring for the Estuary Partnership Ecosystem Monitoring program; Oct 1, 2016 – Sep 15, 2017; Role: Principal Investigator

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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

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  • 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

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Thomas, Evan - MS, MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office PSU- College of Engineering, Room 402G Phone: (303) 550-4671
Biography

Evan A Thomas is an associate professor and director of the Sweet (Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies) Laboratory, and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. The SweetLab develops and implements cellular and satellite based “Internet of Things” sensor technologies designed to improve the collection of, and action on, data in global health programs.

Thomas is also chief operating officer of DelAgua Health, a social enterprise working with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to implement a water treatment and improved cookstove program.

Prior to joining PSU, Thomas worked at the NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for six years. He was a principal investigator and project manager in the Life Support and Habitability Systems Branch working on concepts for sustainable Moon and Mars spacecraft.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Broadcast Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Practitioner Residency
  • 2015, University of Colorado Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Alumni Award
  • 2008, NASA Johnson Space Center Fellowship
  • 2007, NASA JSC Engineering Achievement Medal
Notes
  • National Science Foundation – Predictive Algorithms for Water Point Failure – Principal Investigator
  • UK Department for International Development – Dynamic Sensors on Cookstoves to Encourage and Reinforce Healthy Behavior Change – Principal Investigator
  • DelAgua Health – Barstow, C., Nagel, C., Clasen, T., Thomas, E., “Process Evaluation and Assessment of Use of a Large Scale Water Filter and Cookstove Program in Rwanda – Principal Investigator
  • U.S. Agency for International Development – Behavioral Reactivity Associated with Electronic Monitoring of Environmental Health Interventions – Principal Investigator
  • U.S. Agency for International Development – Data Sharing Platform for Global Development – Co Investigator
  • UK Department for International Development – Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Cellular Instrumentation on Rural Handpumps to Improve Service Delivery

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  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control – Assessing Adoption and Use of Portable Water Collection Systems
  • Gates Foundation – Assessing Latrine Use in Rural India: A Cross-Sectional Study Comparing Reported Use and Passive Latrine Use Monitors – Co Investigator

Tratnyek, Paul -

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Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – HRC 356 Phone: (503) 346 - 3431
Biography

Paul G. Tratnyek is a professor in the School of Public Health. He teaches courses for the M.P.H. in Environmental Systems and Human Health program.

Tratnyek’s expertise is in environmental chemistry, especially the fate, effects and remediation of contaminants. Research areas include treatment processes for removing metals and organic contaminants from water, corrosion of iron and other metals, environmental aspects of nanomaterials, and statistical/computational methods for estimating substance properties that are needed for assessments of environmental fate and risk.

He served as a research associate at the Swiss Federal Institute for Water Resources and Water Pollution Control from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, he joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Oregon Graduate Institute, which later became the Department of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems and then the Institute of Environmental Health at OHSU.

Additional information on Tratnyek’s research projects, publications, awards, outreach, etc. are available at the Tratnyek Lab Website, ResearchGate, or Google Scholar.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Williams College, 1980
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, 1987

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Young, Jennifer - MPH

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Professor Health Studies, Applied Health & Fitness, Environmental Systems & Human Health, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 780A Phone: (503) 789-3005
Biography

Jennifer Young’s expertise lies in public health nutrition with maternal, child and adolescent populations. Her areas of focus include: food insecurity; school health; unhealthy food marketing; obesity stigma; and healthy weight and development. She has worked on nutrition programs, projects and policy at the state and local level.

Young enjoys bringing her work experiences into the classroom as students explore the latest data, research, policy and legislation in action. She also has served as a preceptor for nearly thirty interns, and now works alongside many of them as colleagues in the field.

Young is currently working in a joint position among the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Public Health Division and the Oregon Department of Education to improve nutrition and physical activity in Oregon schools. She is completing a doctoral degree in education at PSU.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California, Davis, 1982
M.P.H., Loma Linda University, 1986
Ed.D. candidate, Portland State University

Awards and Honors

OHSU, Dietetic Intern Preceptor Service Award

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