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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

Elena Andresen was appointed interim provost for OHSU on Oct. 1, 2016, and appointed Executive Vice President and Provost on June 1st, 2017She 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 continues to collaborate as an investigator of the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU. The office has a long history at OHSU of working on behalf of Oregonians with disability and their families.

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.

Education, Degrees

M.A., University of Washington, 1976
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1991

Awards and Honors
  • 2011, Allan Meyers Award, American Public Health Association Disability Section, 2011
  • 2010, Member Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (Beta Upsilon Chapter)
  • 2000, Honorary Member, Pi Theta Epsilon, OT Honor Society (Beta Gamma Chapter)
  • 1995, Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, University of Rochester
  • 1988, Matrix Table Award for Campus Achievement, Women in Communications, Inc.


Austin, Donald - MD, MPH

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Professor Emeritus Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine Residency, Epidemiology & Medicine Office OSHU – 157 Gaines Hall Phone: (504) 494-2564

Donald F. Austin is an Emeritus Professor in the epidemiology programs.

Through his work in state and federal agencies, Austin has conducted a range of epidemiology research, including an assessment of the role of air pollution in lung cancer risk in an industrial area, the effect of environmental factors on uterine cancer among postmenopausal women and the effect of oral contraceptives on the risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers.

Austin served in the California Department of Health for 23 years – 21 as a cancer epidemiologist. He designed and implemented California’s cancer surveillance system and was the founding president of the North American Association of Cancer Registries.

He also has worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, and was assigned to the Oregon Department of Health Services as a senior medical advisor, where he helped establish several chronic disease control programs and established and led the Oregon State Cancer Registry.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Oregon
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley


Becker, Thomas - MA, MD, PhD

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

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

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
  • 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.


  • 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

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

  • 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, Health Promotion, Biostatistics, and Health Management & Policy Office OHSU – EJH 226 Phone: (503) 494-8367

David I. Buckley is an associate professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and in Family Medicine and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU.

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. He 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.

Education, Degrees

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


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

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
  • 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

Cary, Margaret - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology and Medicine Office OHSU –DCH 7158 Phone: (503) 418-1085
Education, Degrees

M.D., M.P.H., OHSU, 2006
Psychiatry Residency, University of Washington, 2010
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, University of Washington, 2011


Denny, Justin - MD, MPH

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Associate Professor Primary Health Care & Health Disparities; Public Health Practice; Epidemiology & Medicine; OHSU Global Health Program Office OHSU – Mackenzie Hall 1166 Phone: (503) 494-9413

Justin Denny is the director of OHSU Global Southeast Asia and brings OHSU an instant connection to global health partners in Southeast Asia from his recent engagements with the World Health Organization and the United Nations. He worked with the World Health Organization in Laos as a medical epidemiologist to create the country’s first field epidemiology training program. He has worked to improve the skillset of public health and clinical leaders from Laos, Cambodia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. Prior to that work, he transitioned the largest global enteric disease surveillance system from London to Stockholm when working with the European Center for Disease Control. Denny completed his residency training at OHSU in family and preventive medicine and later served as this department’s residency director. 

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Virginia, 1993
M.D., Eastern Virginia Medical School, 1998
Residency, Family Medicine, OHSU, 2001
Residency, Preventive Medicine, OHSU, 2002
M.P.H., OHSU, 2002


Fortmann, Stephen - MD

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Professor Epidemiology

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


Horner-Johnson, Willi - PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CDRC 1272C Phone: (503) 494-9273

Willi Horner-Johnson is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and in OHSU’s Institute on Development and Disability. She studies health and health care disparities impacting adults with disabilities and has contributed to a growing body of evidence indicating substandard receipt of some types of preventive care and elevated levels of unmet health care needs in the disability population.

Horner-Johnson has a particular interest in disparities experienced by people with disabilities who also belong to other marginalized groups. In 2014, she guest edited a special issue of Medical Care on health care disparities at the intersection of disability, race and ethnicity.

Much of her current research focuses on reproductive health of women with disabilities, including contraception use and preferences and pregnancy occurrence and outcomes.

Horner-Johnson co-founded the Disability Section of the Oregon Public Health Association and is currently chair of the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association.

Education, Degrees

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

Awards and Honors

2009, APHA Disability Section New Investigator Award

  • 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


Jensen, Jeffrey - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology and Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Management & Policy, Health Promotion Office OHSU – MNP 3602A Phone: (503) 494-5113

Jeffrey T. Jensen is the Leon Speroff Professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Ob/Gyn and a professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU. He is also the director of the Women’s Health Research Unit at OHSU and a senior scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.

Jensen is currently the principal investigator at OHSU of the federally funded Contraception Clinical Trials Network. At the primate research center, he is co-principal investigator of the federally funded U-54 Contraception Development Research Center, and the director of the Oregon Permanent Contraception Research Center. His lab investigates novel contraceptive strategies using the nonhuman primate model. Research collaborations include his work as a consulting scientist and member of the International Committee for Contraception Research of the Population Council.

Jensen is also the editor of Ob/Gyn Clinical Alert and as deputy editor for the journal Contraception.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Stanford University, 1980
M.D., Emory University, 1984
M.P.H., University of Washington, 1997

Awards and Honors
  • 1997, Chief Resident Teaching Award
  • 1996, APGO Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1994, CREOG National Faculty Award
  • 201405-01-2018/04/30 P51 OD011092, NIH/OD ROBERTSON, JOE (PI) Support for Oregon National Primate Research Center The major goal of this project is to support the operation of the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Role: Senior Scientist
  • 2012/09/01-2017/06/30 NIH/NICHD U54 HD055744, NIH STOUFFER, RICHARD L. (PI) Contraception by Blockade of Periovulatory Events in Primates – Control of Oocyte Maturation. The goal of this U54 Center is to target the discovery and development of novel contraceptive agents that prevent one or more periovulatory events in adult, female primates during the menstrual cycle. Role: Co-Investigator
  • 2014/09/19-2017/09/18 HHSN275201300008I, Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network JENSEN, JEFFREY T. (PI) Clinical Evaluation of Novel Products for Female Contraception Main Study (TO5) Role: PI
  • 2013/07/16-2016/01/15 HHSN275201300008I, Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network JENSEN, JEFFREY T. (PI) TO2 Low Dose Acetate: A Multi-Center Randomized Study to Evaluate the Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Profile, Contraceptive Efficacy and Safety of Daily Oral Low Dose Ulipristal Acetate Role: PI
  • 2014/11/01-2017/12/31 OPP1118762, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation JENSEN, JEFFREY T. (PI) Oregon Permanent Contraception Research Center (OPERM) A research center to study approaches to female nonsurgical permanent contraception (NSPC). Role: PI


Lambert, William - PhD

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

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
  • 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

Lowe, Robert - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology and Medicine Office OHSU – BICC 411 Phone: (503) 494-7134

Robert A. Lowe is a professor in the School of Public Health, the OHSU Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and the OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine. He is also the founder of the OHSU Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine.

Lowe has performed extensive health services and epidemiologic research. His major research focus is access to care for vulnerable populations, with a particular focus on the role of emergency departments  in access to care and on the relationship between access to primary care and use of emergency departments. For example, he has studied enrollees in a Medicaid managed care organization, examining the associations between characteristics of their primary care providers and the enrollees’ rates of emergency department use. He demonstrated a large rise in emergency department use by uninsured Oregonians after cutbacks in the Oregon Health Plan.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1972
M.D., University of California, Davis, 1977
M.P.H. in Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Michigan, 1977-1980
Residency in Emergency Medicine, University of Cinciannti, 1982-1984
Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, San Francisco, Prevention Sciences Group, 1991-1993

  • Title: Oregon Multidisciplinary Training Program for Emergency Medicine Clinical Research (1K12HL108974) Source:National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute PI: Lowe (transitioned to Newgard, July 2013) Amount: $3,800,625 Period:July 2011 – June 2016 % Effort: 30% (reduced after I handed leadership of the project to Craig Newgard)
  • Title:Building an Evidence Base for Treating the Vulnerable: A Community Partnership Source:National Institute on Drug Abuse (1RC4DA029988) PI:Lowe Amount:$400,000, Period:September 2010 – September 2013 % Effort:initially 15%; varied over award period
  • Title: Brain Research/Acute Interventions: Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (5U10NS058940) PI: Lowe,  Amount:$1,401,750, Period: October 2007 – August 2012 % Effort: initially 25%; varied over award period
  • Title: Brain Research/Acute Interventions: Neurological Emergencies Treatment Trials Source: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke  PI: Warden Amount: $1,401,750 Period: September 2012 – August 2017 % Effort: 10% Role: Co-Investigator
  • Title:Does Primary Care Access Decrease Respiratory ED Visits? Source: Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (R01) PI:Lowe, Amount:$1,013,988 Period: June 1998 – May 2002 % Effort: varied, 26-35%
  • Title: Utilization of Emergency Departments for Oral Disease Source: Oregon Oral Health Funders Coalition PI: Benjamin Sun Amount: $87,151 Period:March 2013 – August 2013 % Effort: 5% Role: Co-investigator


  • Title: Institutional Research Training Grant Source: Society for Academic Emergency Medicine PI:Lowe, Amount:$150,000 Period:July 2005 – June 2007 % Effort:7.5%
  • Title: Impacts of Benefit Reduction and Increased Cost Sharing in a Medicaid Program Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Changes in Healthcare Financing and Organization Initiative PI: Lowe (Principal Investigator of f emergency department project, via subcontract from the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research; Jeanene Smith, overall PI) Amount: $194,871 Period:June 2004 – May 2006 % Effort: varied, 20-30%


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
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

Jessina McGregor is an epidemiologist whose research over the last 10 years or more has focused on antibiotic utilization, antimicrobial stewardship, multidrug-resistant organisms and healthcare-associated infections. 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., International Studies, Oregon State University, 2001
B.S., Microbiology, Oregon State University, 2001
Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2005

  • 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

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
  • “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


  • “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

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


Newgard, Craig - MD, MPH

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Professor Biostatistics & Epidemiology Office OHSU -HRC 11D54 Phone: (503) 494-1668

Craig Newgard is a practicing emergency physician and clinical researcher, with a primary appointment in the OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine. He is director of the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine at OHSU, a position that bridges emergency care research and health policy. His research has focused on emergency medical services, trauma systems, field triage and the use of advanced statistical methods to evaluate emergency care. Most recently, these scientific interests have been supported through federal grants to study long-term health outcomes and costs for injured older adults served through the emergency 9-1-1 system.

He has received continuous federal funding since 2000, including from the National Institutes of Health, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Disease Control. Newgard has also been involved in multiple national scientific leadership positions and emergency care research networks.

Education, Degrees

M.D., Loyola Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine, 1997
M.P.H., Epidemiology, UCLA, 2001

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

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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