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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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Andresen, Elena - MA, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – Baird Hall Suite 1011 Phone: (503) 494-4460
Biography

Dr. Elena Andresen has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, her work includes mentoring faculty, providing student field experience sites, and collaborating with faculty on scholarly products.

Dr. Andresen was appointed interim provost for OHSU on October 1, 2016, and appointed Executive Vice President and Provost on June 1, 2017. She previously served as interim dean of the School of Public Health, from May 2014 to September 2016, and continues as professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health. Andresen was the Director and PI of the CDC-funded Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU from January 2016 through December 2018. The office has a long history at OHSU of working on behalf of Oregonians with disability and their families.

Dr. Andresen joined OHSU in 2011 after serving as professor and the founding chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. She is an experienced epidemiologist who received additional training in health services research. Her recent work has focused on aging and the public health outcomes of disability across the lifespan, along with methods and measures for health services outcomes research. Dr. Andresen has taught numerous undergraduate and graduate public health (primarily epidemiology) courses, and she currently teaches in the OHSU Interprofessional Initiative Foundations course for health professions students.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Washington, 1977, Interdisciplinary
M.A., University of Washington, 1979 History
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1991 Epidemiology

Awards and Honors
  • 2011, Allan Meyers Award, American Public Health Association Disability Section
  • 2010, Member Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (Beta Upsilon Chapter)
  • 2007, Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology
  • 2000, Honorary Member, Pi Theta Epsilon, OT Honor Society (Beta Gamma Chapter)
  • 1995, Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, University of Rochester
  • 1990, Student Workshop, Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • 1989 Secretary’s Prize for Innovations in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, DHHS
  • 1988, Matrix Table Award for Campus Achievement, Women in Communications, Inc.
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Becker, Thomas - MA, MD, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology and Medicine Office OHSU – CSB 650 Phone: (503) 494-1175
Biography

Thomas Becker is a medical epidemiologist who has focused most of his career on minority health and improvement of health status of specific minority populations, including American Indians and Hispanics. Trained in internal medicine, anthropology, and public health, he began his career at the University of New Mexico before moving to the Northwest about 20 years ago.

Since his arrival in Portland, Becker has collaborated closely with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. He has published on a diverse range of American Indian health issues, including both infectious and chronic diseases. And with the Indian Health Board, he has been involved in etiologic studies, community prevention programs and education programs to improve career opportunities for people in tribes nationwide.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Ohio University, 1972
M.A., Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1976
M.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1977
CDC EIS Program, 1985
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1986

Berlin, Michelle - MPH, MD

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Professor Epidemiology & Health Promotion Office OHSU – MNP 3111 Phone: 503-494-4480
Biography

Michelle Berlin is co-director of the OHSU Center for Women’s Health and vice chair of Public Health and Faculty Development in Obstetrics and Gynecology at OHSU. She is also a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at the OHSU School of Medicine, and a professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

Berlin is program director of the Center for Women’s Health’s Policy Advisory Towards Health (PATH for women), which focuses on health policy issues within women’s health. She is also a primary author, in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center, of “Making the Grade on Women’s Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card.”

Her research and clinical interests converge in addressing screening and prevention services for women, especially for minority and disadvantaged populations. Her clinical work focuses on Pap screening and follow-up evaluation of abnormal Pap smears for the prevention of cervical cancer.

Education, Degrees

A.B., University of California, Berkeley, Microbiology and Immunology, 1980
M.P.H., University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, 1982
M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1986

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, OHSU Distinguished Lecturer Award
  • 2012, Doris H. Merritt, M.D., Lectureship in Women’s Health, Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • 2009, Women Leaders of Oregon, NEW Leadership Oregon, Center for Women, Politics and Policy, PSU
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  • Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative (OR-CCRC); CDC; co-Investigator; 9/11/2014-8/30/2018; 5% effort.
  • Estimating the Marginal Effects and Lifetime Costs of Sexual Violence Against Women in the United States; CDC; Principal Investigator (subaward) 10/2012-9/2014; 1% effort.
  • Evidence-Based Practice II: Faculty & Curriculum (Western States Chiropractic College; NIH; Michelle Berlin, Principal Investigator (subaward); 8/1/2009-6/30/2013; 10% effort.
  • Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI); “The Oregon Health & Science University Human Investigations Program,” NIH; Michelle Berlin, Course Director; Eric Orwoll Principal Investigator; 7/1/2006-2015; 5% effort.
  • Evidence-Based Care: Faculty & Curriculum Development (Western States Chiropractic College); NIH Anne Nedrow, Principal Investigator (subaward); 8/01/2005-7/31/2009; Instructor; 1/1/2008-7/31/2009. 1.5% effort.
  • OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP); NIH; Cynthia Morris, Principal Investigator, 9/1/2005-8/31/2006; 5% effort.

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  • National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health; Department of Health and Human Services; Michelle Berlin, Principal Investigator; $1,462,140; 9/30/2003-9/29/2007; 50% effort.
  • OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP); NIH; Cynthia Morris, Principal Investigator; 9/1/2002-8/31/2005; 5% effort.

Boone-Heinonen, Janne - MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for MPH in Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 662 Phone: (503) 494-9055
Biography

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. Second, she has ongoing research on early life determinants of obesity.

Her research topics and projects explore: the extent to which healthy diet and physical activity can mitigate the life-long effects of adverse fetal development; the differences in early life growth across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic subgroups; and environmental predictors of health in mothers and infants.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Santa Clara University, 1997
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2003
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Awards and Honors
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Award for Excellence in Teaching & Mentorship
  • 2017, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Marshal for OHSU Convocation
Notes
  • K01-DK1022857 (Boone-Heinonen) | /30/2015-9/29/2018 NIH/NIDDK The dynamics of transgenerational obesity: simulating systems solutions, Role: Principal Investigator
  • CDRN-1306-04716 (DeVoe) | 1/1/2014 – 9/29/2020 PCORI Accelerating Data Value Across a National Community Health Center Network (ADVANCE) Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN) Phase I and II, Role: Co-Investigator
  • OBS-1505-30699 (Gillman) | 02/01/2016- 3/31/2018 PCORI PCORnet Obesity Observational Study, Role: Site PI
  • K12-HD043488 (Dorsa DM, Guise JM) | 10/1/2012 – 9/29/2015 NIH/NICHD Oregon Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), Role: Career development scholar

Buckley, David - MD, MPH

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Associate Professor Epidemiology & Medicine Office OHSU – EJH 226 Phone: (503) 494-8367
Biography

Dr. David Buckley has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology programs.

In addition to his contributions to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), he holds a faculty appointment in the OHSU School of Medicine in Family Medicine, and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology. Buckley’s research addresses various aspects of primary care practice, including disparities in the receipt of clinical preventive services among rural residents and adults with disabilities.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Northwestern University, 1982
M.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 1993
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2008

Notes
  • Dr. Buckley has been funded as a principal investigator by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians for research engaging clinics and patients to improve cancer screening for people with physical disabilities.
  • He has recently served as a co-investigator on projects evaluating linkages between primary care clinics and community resources for providing clinical preventive services. Buckley’s research also includes systematic evidence reviews and comparative effectiveness reviews across various health care topics for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, among others.

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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
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Award for Faculty of the Year
  • 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
Notes
  • 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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Drummond, Wendi - MPH, DO

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Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Wendi Drummond an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, her work includes collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Drummond is an infectious disease specialist at Providence Portland Medical Center and an expert in Nontuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) disease.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Utah, 1993
M.P.H., University of Utah, 1995
D.O., Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, 2003

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Fortmann, Stephen - MD

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Professor Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Fortmann has an affiliate appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, Professor Fortmann’s work includes collaborating on research with SPH Primary Faculty members, mentoring junior faculty, and facilitate practice experience opportunities with SPH students.

Professor Fortmann has over 35 years of experience in cardiovascular and chronic disease prevention research. He brings extensive experience in large-scale community and clinical trials, interdisciplinary research, and all aspects of design, measurement, and analysis in cardiovascular research.
In addition to his academic appointment in the SPH, he is also currently a Senior Director, Science Programs and Senior Investigator, Medical Director at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR). Professor Fortmann has conducted both population- and individual-level studies of cardiovascular risk factors and disease rates, smoking cessation, the influence of tobacco marketing on adolescent smoking, and exercise and diet change. He is currently leading a study to see if increased access to public transit benefits health or reduces health care costs. He is also jointly leading a study of cardiovascular disease among Asians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii and California, and is a co-investigator on a study of diabetes disparities among these groups in Hawaii.
Education, Degrees

M.D., University of California, San Francisco, 1974
A.B., Stanford University, 1970

Foster, B. Alex - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology Phone: (503) 494-8495
Biography

B. Alex Foster has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology programs (MPH and PhD). In this role, Professor Foster’s work includes collaborating other SPH primary faculty members in Epidemiology and mentoring or advising EPI students.

Dr. Foster’s primary faculty appointment is in the OSHU School of Medicine; Dermatology Department. B. Alex Foster, MD, MPH is a pediatrician-public health scientist. He attended medical and graduate school in Oregon, completed residency training in New York City, and then started his faculty career in Texas before returning to Oregon.

His research interests focus on addressing obesity in childhood, particularly for low-income populations at higher risk of continued obesity and the subsequent associated complications. Dr. Foster’s research work has focused on understanding what assets communities have and building off of those, and he has also examined using parent mentors as an intervention model to support behavioral change.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California, San Diego, 2003
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2008
M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, 2009

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Hedberg, Katrina - MD, MPH

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Affiliate Professor Epidemiology Membership: June 1, 2019
Biography

Dr. Katrina Hedberg holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, her work includes guest lecturing and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Hedberg has worked at the Oregon Public Health Division for the past 29 years, most recently as the Oregon State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist. During her career, Dr. Hedberg has worked in a variety of programmatic areas, including Communicable Disease Control, HIV/AIDS, Environmental and Occupational Health, Injury Epidemiology, Chronic Disease Prevention, and Maternal Child Health. Her recent focus has been on cross-sectoral collaborations to address the opioid overdose epidemic, evaluating the public health impacts of retail marijuana sales in Oregon, and identifying and addressing social determinants of health. Across all subject areas, Dr. Hedberg is interested in how governmental public health can collect population health data for program evaluation, policy development and decision-making, and to improve health equity for all Oregonians.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Yale University, 1980
M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, School of Medicine, 1985
M.P.H., University of Washington, School of Public Health, 1991

Henkle, Emily - PhD, MPH

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Research Assistant Professor Center for Infectious Disease Studies Office OHSU – GH 137 Phone: (503) 494 – 6226
Biography

Emily Henkle is an epidemiologist and research assistant professor who in recent years has focused on projects related to pulmonary infectious disease. Her research has focused on nontuberculous mycobacteria – or NTM disease – along with pediatric Haemophilus influenzae and pneumococcal infection, infant influenza and adult influenza in healthcare workers. She  approaches her research with both the individual and public health in mind, producing data on disease burden, incidence and natural history of disease.

Her most recent work has explored patient-centered research and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic NTM infection and underlying bronchiectasis. She is studying correlations between health-related quality of life measures and NTM disease activity and is measuring the efficacy of current treatments in relation to respiratory symptoms, physical functioning and fatigue.

She also manages a statewide special surveillance project with the Oregon Health Authority and coordinates enrollment and data collection for the Northwest NTM Biobank.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., University of California Berkeley, 2000
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2007-2010, Pre-doctoral fellow, NEI Clinical Trials Training Grant
  • 2016, Junior Investigator Award, ATS/ALA
Notes
  • (Henkle) 01/01/17 – 12/31/18. American Thoracic Society/American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. Health-related quality of life as a clinical trial endpoint for nontuberculous mycobacteria disease. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • 1013-OHSU (Henkle) 05/01/15 – 04/30/16. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). NTM Research Consortium Stakeholder Engagement and Planning Meeting. Role: Project Lead.
  • FD -R-05401-01-A1 (Winthrop) 09/01/16 – 07/31/20. Food and Drug Administration P2 Study of Clofazimine for Pulmonary M. avium Disease IND 125,266 (1/5/2015). Role: Co-investigator.
  • CER-1503-29191 (Winthrop) 01/01/16 – 06/30/18. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Comparative effectiveness and safety of inhaled corticosteroids and antimicrobial compounds for non-CF bronchiectasis. Role: Co-investigator/Project Director
  • DS-311495 (Winthrop) 07/01/14 – 06/30/17. American Lung Association Natural History of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Pulmonary Disease and Immune Correlates of Disease Progression. Role: Co-investigator/Project Director
  • 2561-OHSU (Winthrop) 01/01/16 – 12/31/16. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis patient network and research roadmap. Role: Co-investigator/Project Director.

Horner-Johnson, Willi - PhD, MA

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CDRC 1272C Institute on Development & Disability Phone: (503) 494-9273
Biography

Dr. Willi Horner-Johnson has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role her work includes teaching courses, mentoring students, and collaborating on research with SPH primary faculty members.

In addition to his commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Horner-Johnson holds a faculty appointment in the OHSU’s Institute on Development & Disability. She studies health and healthcare disparities impacting individuals with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on individuals who also belong to other marginalized groups and may experience compounded disparities. Much of her current research focuses on reproductive health of women with disabilities, including contraceptive access and use and pregnancy intentions and outcomes.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Oberlin College, 1995
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002

Awards and Honors
  • 2009, APHA Disability Section New Investigator Award
Notes
  • K12 HS019456 (Guise, JM)   09/01/2014 – 07/31/2017  AHRQ  Oregon Patient Centered Outcomes Research K12 Program, Role: K12 Scholar
  • R21HD081309 (Horner-Johnson, W)    07/25/2014 – 06/30/2017 , NIH/NICHD, Prevalence and Outcomes of Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities, Role: Principal Investigator

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Korthuis, Todd - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Todd Korthuis has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role his work includes mentoring students and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to his work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), he serves as Program Director for the OHSU Addiction Medicine Fellowship and Co-Director of the Oregon Addiction Education and Prevention Initiative that provides training and support for rural primary care providers in pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders.

Dr. Korthuis is a general internist, addiction medicine specialist, and clinician scientist. He completed a health services research fellowship and MPH at University of California Los Angeles and began his clinical career treating patients living with HIV and became board-certified in addiction medicine in 2010. His research focuses on improving integration of addiction treatment in diverse health care settings, including primary care, HIV clinic, and rural settings.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., University of California Los Angeles, 2002
M.D., University of Health Science/Chicago Medical School, 1991
B.S., Azusa Pacific University, 1986

Awards and Honors

2012-2013, Fulbright Scholar award to study integration of HIV and addiction care in Vietnam
2008, Lawrence S. Linn Award for research that improves the lives of people living with HIV

Notes
  • PI for four multi-site, NIH-funded opioid use disorder trials:
    • CTN-0067 CHOICES trial of extended-release naltrexone in North American HIV clinics
    • BRAVO trial of buprenorphine for opioid use disorder in Vietnam HIV clinics
    • Oregon HOPE study to improve engagement in opioid use disorder treatment in rural Oregon counties
    • PROUD-R2 trial to support retention in people with opioid use disorder in rural Oregon, Ohio, and Kentucky
  • Co-PI for the Western States Node of the National Institute of Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network that conducts clinical trials of opioid, methamphetamine, and cocaine use disorders
  • Served as national lead investigator for CTN-0055 and CTN-0067

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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
Notes
  • 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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Marshall, Lynn - ScD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for PhD in Epidemiology Epidemiology; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities; Public Health Practice Office OHSU – SJH 2211 Phone: (503) 494-3990
Biography
Education, Degrees

B.S., Cornell University, 1985
Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health, 1996

McGregor, Jessina - PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office South Waterfront – CLSB 5S088 Phone: (503) 494-4722
Biography

Dr. Jessina McGregor holds a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role her work includes mentoring students and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. McGregor is an appointed faculty member in the Oregon State University/Oregon Health & Science University College of Pharmacy. Her research over the last 10 years or more has focused on antibiotic utilization, antimicrobial stewardship, multidrug-resistant organisms and healthcare-associated infections. Dr. McGregor is currently engaged in several federal-, foundation-, and industry-funded research projects, including federally sponsored research that aims to reduce excess fluoroquinolone prescribing for urinary tract infections in primary care settings.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Oregon State University, 2001
B.S., Oregon State University, 2001
Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2005

Research
  • 1 R01 HS022706 – 01A1 (McGregor) 9/30/2014 – 9/29/2017,2.4 calendar months, AHRQ, $288,978,  Improving empiric therapy in ambulatory care.  Study aims to develop risk score that can inform prudent and appropriate antibiotic selection for uncomplicated urinary tract infections in primary care settings.
  • IFRA-0253 (Furuno, McGregor) 7/29/2016 – 7/31/2017 1.0 calendar months Merck, $90,058.  A retrospective cohort study of the safety and effectiveness of posaconazole for prophylaxis of invasive fungal infections among immunocompromised patients.
  • 1009006_OSU (McGregor/Hartung) 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2021 2.4 calendar months, PCORI, $592,227 (Subaward total funding) Peer Review of PCORI’s Funded Research. The purpose of this project is for Dr. McGregor and Dr. Hartung to serve as editors, reviewing and synthesizing reviewer comments, assessing author response and rating reviewers on timeliness and quality as they pertain to PCORI methodology standards. Role: Associate Editor
  • HC-1510-06870 (Hartung)10/1/2016-9/30/2018 1.3 calendar months NMSS $411,151 Total Costs, Access, and Value of Multiple Sclerosis Disease-Modifying Therapies Evidence generated from this study can be used by NMSS and other MS stakeholders better advocate for policies to mitigate problems associated with the high costs of DMTs in the US. Role: Co-Investigator
  • CMV (Furuno) 1/4/2017-1/3/20180.6 calendar months, Merck, $94,529 Total. A Retrospective Cohort Study of the Benefits and Burdens of Preemptive Antiviral Therapy for CMV among Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Patients. The goal of this project is to describe transplant modalities, prescribing patterns and clinical characteristics of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients receiving preemptive antiviral treatment for cytomegalovirus (CMV). Role: Co-Investigator
  • No Number (Pakyz) 9/1/2016 – 8/31/20211.8 calendar months CDC, $208,406 (subaward total) Development of NHSN’s AUR data and SAAR to support Antibiotic Benchmarking Program among Vizient Members. The goal of this project is to identify the optimal method for disseminating standardized antibiotic utilization data through usability testing among Vizient [formerly University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC)] members. Role: Subaward PI

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
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  • “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

Messer, Willliam - MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Messer holds a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, Professor Messer’s work includes mentoring or advising SPH students and collaborating on research with SPH Primary Faculty members.

Dr. Messer’s primary faculty appointment is with the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology in the OHSU Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases. Dengue virus is the primary focus of his lab work, along with the other flaviviruses like Yellow fever, West Nile, and Zika, is a quintessential public health virus. His current work looks at the interplay between dengue and Zika virus genetics and human host immunity with the goal to seek insights into how changes in virus genetics lead to variable immunity in the human hosts and ask these questions through molecular studies of the viruses and serologic and immune cell studies in human cohorts.

Education, Degrees

M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
B.A., University of Oregon, 1989

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Nguyen, Thuan - MS, PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Medicine, Graduate Certificate in Public Health Office OHSU – CSB 660 Phone: (503) 494-3697
Biography

Thuan Nguyen is an associate professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health. She teaches and advises graduate students in biostatistics and teaches two graduate courses – Linear Models and Survey Designs and  Analysis. She is a biostatistician with a research emphasis in statistical methodology. Her research of interest includes mixed effects models, statistical genetics, model selection, small area estimation and longitudinal data analysis.

She has been involved with the Biostatistics Design Program at the Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute since 2008 and has collaborated with many investigators on a wide range of research projects in clinical care, public health, health policy, basic science and social behavior science.

Education, Degrees

M.D., Hue University of Medicine & Pharmacy, 1995
M.S., Statistics, California State of University, East Bay, 2002
Ph.D., Biostatistics, University of California, Davis, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2014: PHPH Mentoring Award
  • 2002: Hee-bok Award

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O’Neal, Seth - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 658 Phone: (503) 494-0300
Biography

Seth O’Neal is an Assistant Professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health. He also holds a visiting faculty position at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, and is co-director of the university’s Center for Global Health in Tumbes, Peru.

O’Neal is engaged in research to develop cost-effective and sustainable control interventions for neglected tropical infections in resource-limited settings. His primary focus is on Taenia solium, the pork tapeworm, which is an important cause of preventable epilepsy across much of Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The parasite also perpetuates poverty in these regions by inflicting financial losses on small landowners due to contaminated pork. Through National Institutes of Health and foundation funding, O’Neal conducts community trials of control interventions, as well as clinical and epidemiological studies. His research explores the biological, environmental, social and cultural factors that drive transmission of the parasite, as these affect control interventions.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Northland College, 1994
M.D., OHSU, 2006
M.P.H., OHSU, 2010
Preventive Medicine Residency, OHSU, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching & Mentorship
  • 2005, Fogarty-Ellison Fellowship in Global Health and Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
  • 2010, Fogarty Fellowship in International Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
Notes
  • R01NS080645 (O’NEAL, SETH) Dec 15, 2013 – Nov 30, 2018 NIH/NINDS Optimizing ring-screening strategy for control of Taenia solium infection Role: Principal investigator
  • Swiss Foundation (O’NEAL, SETH) May 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015 Community-based control of cysticercosis Role: Principal investigator
  • R21AI119439 (O’NEAL, SETH) July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017 NIH/NIAID Evaluating corralling and the effect of dung beetles on transmission and control of cysticercosis Role: Principal investigator
  • R21NS069275 (O’NEAL, SETH) Aug 15, 2010 – July 1, 2013 Targeted screening for Taenia solium tapeworms Role: Principal investigator
  • KL2RR024141 (MORRIS, CYNTHIA) Dec 15, 2011 – Dec 4, 2013 Taenia solium infection among refugees from Burma Role: Trainee
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