Our Faculty

More than 150 faculty members work within the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. They have a wide range of expertise, from monitoring and assessing health risks and opportunities in populations, to helping build health-supporting social environments through policy, advocacy, and programs. They are educators, advisors, researchers, practitioners and community leaders. They come from backgrounds in quantitative, behavioral, environmental and social sciences, policy and government, exercise and health sciences and anthropology, among many other areas. They all work in collaboration with each other and with community partners, and are especially focused on the training and education of future leaders and practitioners in the public health fields.

 

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Baker, Robin - MS, PhD

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Adjunct Instructor & Research Associate Health Management & Policy; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Office OHSU – CSB 614 Phone: (503) 494-3156
Biography

Robin Baker is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health’s Health Systems and Policy program and is a research associate and adjunct instructor at the School of Public Health. Her research interests include evidence-based treatment for substance-use disorders, integration of behavioral health and primary care, care management for individuals with serious mental illness, and systemic and organizational factors that impact quality and access of services.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Portland State University, 2006
M.S., Portland State University, 2009
Ph.D., Portland State University, 2017

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Droppers, Oliver - PhD

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Adjunct Assistant Professor PSU

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Einspruch, Eric - MSEd, PhD

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Adjunct Professor Health Management & Policy Phone: (503) 621-2686
Biography

Eric Einspruch is an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health. He is the principal and founder of ELE Consulting, LLC. He started the firm after nearly 30 years leading, managing and conducting research and evaluation studies to inform policy development and program improvement. These studies included independent evaluations of educational and social service programs in substance abuse prevention, student support services, services to homeless persons with co-occurring disorders and emergency preparedness. He has conducted small-scale local evaluations, large multi-site studies, large-scale epidemiological surveys of adolescent health behavior, and randomized controlled trials.

Einspruch volunteers with professional and community-based organizations. He was one of the organizers of the Oregon Program Evaluators Network, a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. He served as the group’s charter secretary during its first two years, and as the association’s fifth President.

Education, Degrees

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1982
M.S.Ed., University of Miami, 1985
Ph.D., University of Miami, 1988

Awards and Honors

2012, Helen Tobin Writers’ Award for an article in the Journal for Nurses in Staff Development

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Faler, Jason - MHA, MSJ

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Health Management & Policy Office PSU – URBN 650 Phone: (503) 893-6220
Biography

Jason Faler has been an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Public Health since 2007. He currently teaches Health Care Law and Regulation and Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations.

Faler has worked with several healthcare delivery systems, including Atlantic Health, Salem Health and Providence Health & Services in Portland, where he currently is the director of business development.

Faler is a Major in the Reserve Component of the United States Army and has served in support of combat operations in Southwest Asia and the Horn of Africa. Among his awards and decorations are the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.

He also is the founder and former executive director of The Checkpoint One Foundation, a charitable organization helping Iraqi and Afghan nationals who face threats in their homeland because of their assistance to U.S. and coalition entities since 2001.

Education, Degrees

Graduate, U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer
Certificate, Arabic Studies, The American University in Cairo
B.A., Oregon State University, 2000
M.H.A., Seton Hall University, 2006
M.S.J., Seton Hall University School of Law, 2006

Awards and Honors

2009 Finalist, Congressional Medal of Honor Society “Above & Beyond Citizen Honors Award”

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Gelmon, Sherril - MHSc, DrPH

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Professor & Program Director for PhD in Health Systems and Policy Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy, and Preventive Medicine Residency Office PSU – URBN 670N Phone: (503) 725-3044
Biography

Sherril Gelmon is professor of public health and director of the Ph.D. program in Health Systems and Policy at the School of Public Health. She teaches health systems management and policy courses in the M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs, and leads the improvement science curricula for OHSU Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residents, and for OHSU medical education programs. She directed OHSU’s Foundational Improvement Science Curriculum, a faculty development program for medical and nursing educators.

She was previously coordinator of the three-university Oregon M.P.H. program, coordinator of PSU’s health management programs and chair of PSU’s Division of Public Administration.

Gelmon has conducted multiple research projects on community health improvement, health professions training, and community-university partnerships. Past research projects include evaluation of the implementation of Oregon’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program; Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future Initiative; and the Community Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative. Gelmon works with community agencies and graduate students to develop evidence of the impact of educational and health improvement interventions.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Education, Degrees

Dip.P.T., University of Saskatchewan, 1976
B.Sc. P.T., University of Toronto, 1978
M.H.Sc., University of Toronto, 1983
Dr.P.H., University of Michigan, 1990

Awards and Honors
  • 2017: Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • 2011: Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, Campus Compact
  • 2011: PSU Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
  • 2007: PSU Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Learning
  • 2005: Annual Service-Learning Research Award, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
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  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2014-2016 Model in Oregon, Phase III – Identification of Exemplary Practices. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the “Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future” Program 2005-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation Evaluation of a grant-making program to stimulate local foundations to develop programs to invest in targeted nurse workforce initiatives. Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2013-2014 Model in Oregon, Phase II – Attribute Scoring. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of “Health Information Exchange (HIE) Services in Oregon” 2013-2014 Oregon Health Authority. Role: Principal Investigator for evaluation
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2012-2013 Model in Oregon, Phase I – Experiences of Early Implementation. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the “Training Residents in Prevention and Policy” Project 2010-2013 Oregon Health & Sciences University, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Role: Principal Investigator for evaluation

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  • Evaluation of the “Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future” Program 2005-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation Evaluation of a grant-making program to stimulate local foundations to develop programs to invest in targeted nurse workforce initiatives. Role: Co-Principal investigator
  • Evaluation of “Faculty for the Engaged Campus.’” 2007-2010 Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Evaluation of a national project to develop faculty and institutional capacity to conduct community-engaged scholarship in health professions education schools. Role: Principal Investigator

Goodman, Julia - MPH, PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Management & Policy; Health Systems & Policy Office 670T Urban Center Phone: (503) 725-2225
Biography

Julia Goodman is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health who does research at the intersection of health services research, population health, and work and family policy. Her research explores how social, structural, and economic factors influence perinatal health and explores the impact of work-related policies on fertility decisions and pregnancy outcomes. She is currently collaborating with researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, on a three-year evaluation of San Francisco’s new paid parental leave ordinance.

She also collaborates with colleagues at the School of Public Health to develop a mixed-methods evaluation of new paid parental leave policies at the city of Portland and Multnomah County.

Goodman was also a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow with the Women’s Foundation of California.

Education, Degrees

B.S., McGill University, 2004
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Awards and Honors

2015, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley

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  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, “Evaluating San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance,” 2016-2018, Role: Subaward PI

Graven, Peter - PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Management & Policy; Health Systems & Policy Office OHSU – MDY 200L Phone: (503) 494-7488
Biography

Peter Graven is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health and a health economist in the Center for Health Systems Effectiveness at OHSU. Graven’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Patient- Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Oregon Health Authority and philanthropic entities. His work is published in peer-reviewed and general interest publications. He is the principal investigator leading the Value Analytics team at OHSU, applying advanced analytics to improve the value of care at OHSU.

During the past four years, his group has produced 50 studies in areas such as opportunity discovery, program evaluation and predictive analytics. Work of the Value Analytics team incorporates a range of methodologies to solve operational questions in collaboration with clinical leaders.  Graven also teaches health economics courses and advises students in the School of Public Health.

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014

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  • IHS-1310-08388 (Bill Wright) 8/1/2014-7/31/2017 PCORI Caring for the Whole Person: A Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models in Vulnerable Populations Role: Co-Investigator
  • (Bill Hersh) 06/29/2015 – 06/28/2017 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 3. OHSU Update and Expansion of the ONC Health IT Curriculum Role: Health Economist

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Rissi, Jill - MPA, PhD

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Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 670R OHSU – GH 230 Phone: 503-725-8217 (PSU) or 503-494-9330 (OHSU)
Biography
Education, Degrees

B.S./B.S.N., Arizona State University, 1982-86
M.P.A., Arizona State University, 1990
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008

Notes
  • Evaluation of the PEBB Health Engagement Model:  July 2012 – June 2016
  • Evaluation of the Oregon Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Model: July 2012 – August 2015
  • Evaluation of Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon:  July 2012 – June 2014
  • Accountable/Coordinated Care Organization Case Study:  July 2012 – December 2014

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Wallace, Neal - MPP, PhD

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Professor & Program Director for MPH in Health Management and Policy Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 670L Phone: (503) 725-8248
Biography

Neal T. Wallace is a professor of Health Systems Management and Policy in the School of Public Health and director of the M.P.H. in Health Management and Policy program. Wallace is a health economist whose research focuses on quantitative evaluation of large-scale health and mental health policy and system interventions using state-of-the-art research designs. Most of his research focuses on state-level policy related to publicly funded physical health and mental health systems. Recent projects include evaluations of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations, the state’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program and implementation costs of integrating primary and behavioral health care in Colorado. He’s also researched Medicaid funding changes in California intended to reduce disparities in children’s receipt of mental health services.

Before his academic career, Wallace worked in the mental health departments of the states of Washington and New York, developing and implementing innovative public mental health interventions and systems of care.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1982
M.P.P., Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, State University of New York at Albany, 1987
Ph.D., Health Services and Policy Analysis, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, 1999

Awards and Honors

2011, Faculty Excellence in Research Award, Oregon Master’s of Public Health

Notes
  • Gelmon (PI), 9/2014-9/2016, Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research, “Phase Three Evaluation of PCPCH Implementation” Role: Co-Investigator
  • 1R01MH100001-01, McConnell/Lindrooth (PI), 9/01/12-8/31/16, NIH/NIMH (Common Fund), Evaluating Coordinated Care Organizations, Role: Co-Investigator
  • 70163, Smith/Rissi (PI), 7/2012-6/2014, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/State Health Access Reform Evaluation, “Achieving the Triple Aim in Medicaid: Evaluating the Access, Quality, Health and Cost Impacts of Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon”, Role: Co-Investigator
  • 5R21DA031361-02, Wakeland (PI), 6/2011-4/2104, NIDA, The System Dynamics of Pharmaceutical Opioid Misuse, Role: Consultant
  • Rissi (PI), 6/2012-8/2013, Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research, “Evaluation of the Patient Centered Primary Care Medical Home Model”, Role: Co-Investigator
  • Cohen (PI), 2/2011-2/2015, Colorado Health Foundation, “Evaluation of Advancing Care Together (ACT) Program” Role: Consultant

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  • T08HP22556-01-00, Wallace(PI), 9/2011-9/2012, HRSA, Scholarships For Disadvantaged Students, Role: PI
  • R01MH083693-01, Snowden(PI), 5/2010-5/2013, NIMH/NIH, “Can Medicaid Benefits Reduce Access Disparities for Minority Children & Youth?” Role: Consultant
  • 1R01DA020832-01A1, McConnell (PI), 9/2007-8/2010, National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH, Oregon’s Parity Law: Comprehensive Parity in Today’s Healthcare Environment, Role: co-PI

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N