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More than 100 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.

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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

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

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

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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
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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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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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
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  • (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

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

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

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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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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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

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

Nielson, Carrie - MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – HRC 11D32 Phone: (503) 494-4019
Biography

Carrie Nielson is an epidemiologist focused on genetic risk factors for osteoporosis and other outcomes of aging that are related to body composition and endocrinology. She and her colleagues work to understand the regulation of bone, fat, and lean mass in older adults in order to prevent frailty and fracture, which lead to immobility and loss of independence. She works primarily on two large cohort studies of aging men and women in the United States, using genotyping in these cohorts to explore genetic variants that may affect bone mineral density and other traits. 

2017 EpiData Research Symposium Spotlight

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., University of Arizona, 2004
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control

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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
  • 2010, Fogarty Fellowship in International Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
  • 2005, Fogarty-Ellison Fellowship in Global Health and 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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Quiñones, Ana - PhD, MS

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 674 Phone: (503) 494-5889
Biography

Dr. Quiñones has a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology graduate level programs (MPH and PhD). In this role, Professor Quiñones’ work includes collaborating with other SPH Epidemiology faculty members, and mentoring or supervising Epidemiology students.

Dr. Quiñones aims to understand disparities in health stemming from differential access to resources for disadvantaged populations and subsequent effects on health and well-being through life.She has an OHSU primary faculty appointment in the OHSU School of Medicine; Department of Family Medicine. Her work addresses four main areas: age-related changes in health; chronic disease epidemiology; racial and ethnic disparities in health; and health care delivery systems designed to improve the management of chronic conditions for vulnerable adults.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Florida, 1998
M.S., University of Minnesota, 2000
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Excellence Award
  • 2016, NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program award
  • 2014, Chair’s Award for Excellence in Research, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
  • 2013, American Diabetes Association Thomas R. Lee Award
Notes
  • 7-13-CD-08, 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2018 , Complex Chronic Care Needs of Older Minorities with Diabetes Mellitus  Funder:  American Diabetes Association, Role:  PI
  • R03AG048852-01, 09/30/2014 – 05/31/2017, 3.0 calendar months NIH/NIA (Quiñones) $101,387 Inconsistencies in Chronic Disease Reports Over Time, Funder:  NIH/NIA, Role:  PI
  • PCORI (DeVoe) 10/1/2015 — 09/30/2018 , Accelerating Data Value Across a National Community Health Center Network (ADVANCE) Phase II,  Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Role: Co-Investigator

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Shannon, Jackilen - MPH, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology, Health Promotion, & Community Health Office OHSU Central Oregon – Community HUB Phone: (541) 728-0665
Biography

Jackilen Shannon is a nutritional epidemiologist who works to understand the distribution and determinants of disease at the population level. Much of her early research focused on translating scientific findings to the medical clinic. In recent years, she has shifted some time toward working to translate medical research to the population at large through community engagement.

At OHSU, she co-developed and expanded an education and research program called “Let’s Get Healthy!” that provides personalized health education to school children and adults. She has also helped build that program internationally, helping to create Let’s Get Healthy!-Global as part of OHSU’s partnership with Bangkok Dusit Medical Services and Mahidol University in Thailand.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Penn State University, 1987
M.P.H., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St.Paul, 1988
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1993
Post-Doctoral Trainee, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Notes
  • 2015-Initiative-Team-Knight-3 (Shannon) 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016 OHSU/OSU Cancer Prevention and Control Initiative Team Pilot Projects $3,500 Phytanic acid, a branched-chain fatty acid in dairy and risk of cancer
  • 2015-Initiative-Team-Knight-3 (Shannon) 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016 OHSU/OSU Cancer Prevention and Control Initiative Team Pilot Projects $25,000 Chemoprevention of prostate cancer: Long Non-Coding RNAs and Sulforaphane
  • CDRN-Phase II (DeVoe) 10/01/2015 – 09/30/2018 PCORI $273,376 ADVANCE Phase II:  Accelerating Data Value across a National Community Health Center Network Phase II
  • DeVoe (PI)  02/01/2016 — 01/31/2021  National Cancer Institute ACCESS:  Assessing Community Cancer Care after Insurance Expansions, Role: Co-Investigator
  • U48DP005006-01 SIP 14-011 (Winters / Shannon) 09/11/2014 – 08/30/2018 CDC/SIPs $275,000  Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative (OR-CCRC)
  • 3P30CA069533-17S2 (Druker) 07/01/2014 – 06/30/2017 0.6 CM NIH/ National Cancer Institute $94,697 Administrative Supplements to Expand NCI-supported Community Outreach Capacity through Community Health Educators (CHE) of the National Outreach

Snowden, Jonathan - PhD

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 652 Phone: (503) 494 – 0904
Biography

Jonathan Snowden is an epidemiologist, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health and in OHSU’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He also is an associate editor for the national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Snowden’s research focuses on sexual and reproductive health disparities. He evaluates methods and concepts to improve causal inference from observational data, and his trans-disciplinary research sits at the intersection of population health science, clinical practice and health care policy.

Snowden aims to frame research questions that are relevant to the affected populations and that  respect the circumstances of people’s lives, so that research results can promote optimal health in the real world. By more clearly defining variations in the continuum of “normal” healthy sexuality and reproduction, his research aims to preserve optimal health as well as prevent and treat disease.

A cross-cutting focus of his research is the clear communication of novel concepts and methodologies.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Stanford University, 2005
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Strnad, Luke - MD

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Strnad holds a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, Professor Strnad’s work includes collaborating other SPH primary faculty members for research and mentoring or advising SPH students.

Professor Strnad’s primary faculty appointment resides in the OHSU Division of Infectious Disease.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 2005
M.D., Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 2010

 

 

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