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Leslie teaches primarily undergraduate courses at PSU, including Global Health and Consumer Health. She is the pilot program coordinator for PSU’s BUILD EXITO program, an undergraduate research training program that supports students on their pathway to becoming scientific researchers.
Her own research focuses on conservation medicine and on zoonotic (from nonhuman animals to humans) disease transmission. Conservation medicine strives to understand the interaction among human health, environmental changes and the health of nonhuman species. She was a co-investigator on the Bighorn Sheep Disease project, examining disease dynamics of pneumonia in bighorn sheep. She has researched and written about several bat viruses transmissible to humans and sampled livestock in Nepal for bovine brucellosis and tuberculosis, surveying farmers about their understanding of these diseases.
Leslie was a regular contributor to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment for many years. She has published in Orion, Open Spaces, Conservation Magazine, and other places.
B.A., Princeton University
M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
D.V.M., Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine
- 2010-2015: Co-Principal Investigator on a two-year study entitled “Connectivity, Isolation, and Disease Dynamics: Trade-offs in Recovering Bighorn Sheep Populations study”; this work is funded by the Morris Animal Foundation. This funding was renewed in 2012.
- 2008-2010: Co-Principal Investigator on two-year study entitled “Climate Change, Wildlife Corridors, and Health Consequences in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Northern Rockies”; work funded by the New York Community Trust.
- 2006: Participated in collaborative research project, sponsored by the East-West Center and funded by a NIH Roadmap Research Teams of the Future grant, on development of transdisciplinary approaches to investigation of emerging diseases and social-ecological systems (lead author on published paper).
Katie Borofka is an adjunct Instructor at the School of Public Health. Her academic background has evolved from the macro studies of Peace and Conflict Studies at University of California, Berkeley and her work in the M.P.H. program at PSU to more micro and clinical studies in the Master of Social Work program at PSU. The bulk of her professional and academic work has focused on issues of human sexuality, from sexuality education, to domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention work, to providing advocacy services to queer youth to providing therapy, to students struggling with relationships and questions of sexuality and gender identity. She currently teaches Human Sexuality and Women’s Reproductive Health at the School of Public Health.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2010
M.P.H., Portland State University, 2012
Awards and Honors
2010, Phi Beta Kappa
Carrie Cohen is an instructor with both the School of Public Health and the PSU University Studies departments, where she teaches classes primarily focused on birth and breastfeeding. She also assists with administering and coordinating the lactation practicum courses for students pursuing the International Board Certification for Lactation Consultants.
Carrie has a background teaching secondary science education before transitioning into women’s health and her work with PSU. She has worked as a health educator and labor doula and currently works as a Lactation Consultant with a hospital system in Portland.
M.S., PSU, 2005
M.A., Pacific University, 2005
I.B.C.L.C., University of California, San Diego 2014
Cara L. Eckhardt is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and director of the school’s Ph.D. program in Community Health. Eckhardt teaches the doctoral seminar in the Community Health Ph.D. program as well as two undergraduate courses – Introduction to Epidemiology and Global Health.
Eckhardt’s research focus is the prevention of childhood obesity. Her research has included projects investigating the impact of maternal nutrition during pregnancy on childhood obesity risk, elucidating how maternal nutrition during pregnancy might affect infant growth patterns and subsequent obesity risk, linking infant feeding practices to infant growth patterns, improving early screening methods for identifying children at risk for obesity and evaluating interventions to improve the diets of young children.
After earning her doctorate degree, Eckhardt was a post-doctoral fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. She returned to Oregon in 2008 and joined the PSU faculty in 2009.
B.A., Cornell University, 1995
M.P.H., Emory University 1999
Ph.D., University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, 2004
Awards and Honors
- 2016, Nick Norgan Award for Annals of Human Biology manuscript, Maternal vitamin D status and infant anthropometry in a US multi-centre cohort study, Eckhardt CL, Gernand AD, Roth DE, Bodnar LM, The Annals of Human Biology, 2015;42(3):215-22.
- 2011-2016, Outstanding Teacher of the Year nominee, PSU, for five years running
- 2003-2004, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dissertation Completion Fellowship
- 2002, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Nutrition Fellowship
- 2001, American Society of Nutritional Sciences NABISCO Predoctoral Fellowship Award
- R03 HD07584101A1 (ECKHARDT CL), NIH/NICHD, 2014-20106. Defining Infant Rapid Weight Gain to Best Predict Childhood Obesity. Role: Principal Investigator
- R01 NR014245 (BODNAR LM, HUTCHEON J), NIH/NINR, 2013-2017. Informing Evidence-based Maternal Weight Gain Guidelines for Twin Pregnancies. Role: Co-Investigator
- Meyer Memorial Trust Grant (IZUMI B), Meyer Memorial Trust, 2009-2015. Oregon farm-to-childcare for infants and toddlers. Role: Co-Investigator
- Kaiser Permanente Healthy Food Access Grant (IZUMI B), Kaiser Permanente, 2012-2013. Farm-to-Head Start: Increasing Children’s Access to Regionally Grown Fruits & Vegetables. Role: Co-Investigator
- R01 HD058061(STEVENS VJ), NIH/NICHD, 2010-2012. Weight Management for Improved Pregnancy Outcomes. Role: Funded via Administrative Supplement Grant under PA-08-191 for supplementary project: The Impact of Limiting Pregnancy Weight Gain Among Obese Mother
Debra Harris is a senior instructor II in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her areas of specialization are health education instructional strategies and techniques, child/youth health promotion program planning, school health, school physical education, youth/obesity, death/dying, and emotional abuse in the workplace. She also is an adjunct instructor in PSU’s Graduate School of Education, supervising teacher candidates in the area school health and physical education, and teaching the health and physical education methods courses. For the past four years, Deb has served as a visiting lecturer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches Death/Dying and Emotional Abuse in the Workplace.
Deb is an native Portlander and has mentored hundreds of students in both school and public health in her four-decade career.
A.A., Central Oregon Community College, 1974
B.S., Southern Oregon University, 1976
M.S.T., PSU, 1978
M.S.T., PSU, 1982
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1998
Awards and Honors
- 2015, Top Professors in the College of Urban and Public Affairs
- 2002, National Health Professional of the Year (K-12) from the American Association of Health Education
- 1998, National Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education
Betty Izumi is a registered dietitian and associate professor in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of nutrition, sustainability and health equity. She uses a community-based participatory research approach to explore the question: Can diet quality and health be improved among underserved individuals in such a way that promotes vibrant and resilient local food systems?
She is the principal investigator for Harvest for Healthy Kids, a nutrition intervention developed in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start. Harvest for Healthy Kids connects children in early care and education settings to local agriculture through classroom education, food service modification and family engagement. In 2016, Harvest for Healthy Kids was awarded the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award.
B.S., University of British Columbia, 1998
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2000
R.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008
Awards and Honors
- 2017, Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award (Japan)
- 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Mid-Career Professional Achievement Award
- 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award for Harvest for Healthy Kids
- 2013, Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs Craig Wollner Memorial Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty
- 2012, Portland State University Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-based Research
Debbie sees her role in our undergraduate program as challenging students to critically examine the status quo and create innovative solutions to public health problems. She has been teaching Drug Education and related courses for over a decade, and developed and teaches Marketing Public Health, which is based on her work in public health advocacy prior to coming to academia. Most recently, Debbie has turned her research and critical lens on the impact of weight bias and stigma on the public’s health, and integrating body size diversity into our work on equity, intersectionality and inclusiveness.
Prior to coming to PSU and the School of Public Health, Debbie worked for 17 years in the non-profit community in Portland, including five years in statewide tobacco control advocacy efforts. She also managed the implementation of a Kellogg Foundation grant in support of school-based health care in Oregon. In 2014, she was a Multnomah County Public Health Hero nominee.
B.A., University of Oregon, 1981
M.A., Portland State University, 1996
Alissa Leavitt, an adjunct instructor at the School of Public Health, has been a full-time faculty member in Health Studies at Portland Community College since 2011. Her responsibilities include program planning at the Rock Creek campus.
Alissa became a certified health education specialist in 2008 and master certified health education specialist in 2014. Her interests include community-based learning, food systems, nutrition, consumer health issues, and community and public health. Alissa currently acts as chair for the Health Education and Promotion Section of the Oregon Public Health Association.
She also has done child health services research and policy projects in the Department of Pediatrics at OHSU and worked for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service where she helped plan, implement, and evaluate cancer control strategies for organizations that reach medically underserved populations.
B.S., Community Health Education, PSU, 2005
M.P.H. in Health Management and Policy, PSU, 2007
Jane Mercer has been with the School of Public Health and, before that, with the PSU School of Community Health for more than 30 years.
Her early years at PSU began with teaching Health and Fitness courses. This evolved to include departmental academic advising and finally, becoming internship coordinator. Currently, she teaches Health Promotion Disease Prevention, advises School of Public Health undergraduate students, co-directs student interns and co-chairs the Deadline Appeals Board as well as serving on many additional committees across campus.
Throughout her work with the School of Public Health, Jane’s priority is to assist students with all needs that may arise. On a daily basis, her goal is to work with the students that she teaches and advises in order to improve their individual higher education experience.
M.S.T., Humboldt State University, 1982
California Basic Teaching License, 1982
M.S.T., Portland State University, 1986
Oregon Basic Teaching License, 1986
Awards and Honors
PSU 30 Years of Service Award, 2016
Marshall Meyer has over 30 years experience teaching health education. He was a full time instructor at Portland Community College for 13 years and also taught classes at PSU and Mt. Hood Community College. Prior to teaching at PCC, Meyer was a program manager at the American Red Cross.
B.S., University of Oregon, 1976
M.S.T., Portland State University, 1983
Doris Onnis is a clinical instructor in the School of Public Health’s Lactation Education Program.
Maternal-child health has been the focus of Onnis’ career. She has worked as a registered nurse for more than 35 years, working in neonatal intensive care, postpartum care and community health, and helped to develop an outpatient postpartum and lactation program for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.
Ryan Petteway is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. He conducts participatory research at the nexus of public health, public housing, and “placemaking,” making use of information and communication technologies to democratize and enhance research and practice processes.
Petteway’s current work examines place, health, and embodiment among public housing residents — with the aim of facilitating permanent mechanisms for including the voice of residents within local placemaking decisions and processes. Underlying this work are core notions of power, inclusion, and accountability in public health research and practice, and avenues for participatory urban governance. In this spirit, he’s currently developing a STEM-based high school curriculum focused on the social determinants of health, health equity, and participatory research.
Prior to his doctoral training, Petteway served as social epidemiologist and chief epidemiologist at the Baltimore City Health Department.
B.A., University of Virginia, 2006
M.P.H., University of Michigan, 2008
Dr.P.H., University of Caliornia, Berkeley, 2015
Awards and Honors
- 2014-15, Roselyn Lindheim Fellowship in Environmental Design and Public Health
- 2014-15, University of Californi, Berkeley Mentored Research Fellowship
- 2014-15, Mayhew and Helen Derryberry Fellowship in Public Health
- 2011-2014, Kaiser Permanente Dr.P.H. Community Leadership Fellowship
- 2007-8, Master’s Training in Racial Health Disparities Award
- The People’s Social Epi Project, 2014-2017 (PI): An Intergenerational Study of Place, Embodiment, and Health via Participatory Action Research with Residents of Public Housing
- NIH/NCEH, UE1, 2011-2014 (PI): Baltimore City Health Impact Assessment Capacity Development
- Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, 2011 (Co-PI): Baltimore Men’s Health Assessment Project
- United Way of Central Maryland, 2010-2012 (Co-PI): Baltimore Virtual Supermarket Project
- Kresge Foundation, 2010 (PI): Project Food for Thought: Youth Perspectives on a Baltimore Food Desert
Dawn Richardson is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches Foundations of Public Health, Urban and Community Health, and Global Health. Richardson also serves as the Faculty lead for the Practice Experience.
Richardson is a social epidemiologist trained in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR). Her research advances health equity by integrating and building on new knowledge, combining social determinants of health with the science of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), with the aim of developing policies and programs in response. Specifically, her research questions elucidate the pathways by which the unequal distributions of income, power and wealth (based on gender, race, ethnicity, immigration status, e.g.) affect health outcomes, social mobility, and access to opportunity. Working in partnership with community, she incorporate these findings into concrete programs and policies to promote population health. Her current research projects include: (1) understanding the intersection of place and health, specifically how neighborhood characteristics (e.g., race-based segregation, geographies of opportunity) shape health inequities; (2) examining the impact of racism, discrimination, and immigration status on access to reproductive health services and birth outcomes; and (3) evaluating work-place policies that impact maternal child health disparities (e.g., paid parental leave, breastfeeding support).
B.S., University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 1999
M.P.H., Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2002
Dr.P.H., University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, 2010
Kellogg Health Scholar, University of Michigan, 2012
Awards and Honors
- 2019: Selected Participant, Latino Network’s UNID@S Oregon Leadership Program, Cohort VIII
- 2018: Recipient, PSU President’s Diversity Award for Distinguished Faculty
- 2017: PSU Faculty Fellow for Equity & Social Justice in Community-Based Learning
- 2016: PSU Faculty Fellow for Sustainability, Institute for Sustainability Studies
- 2013: PSU Faculty-in-Residence for Engagement, Center for Academic Excellence
- 2012: PSU Faculty Fellow for Community Partnership, Center for Academic Excellence
- 2011: Selected Mentee, American Academy of Health Behavior/Kellogg Health Scholars Program
- 1R21HD087734-01 NIH (Messer) 05/06/16-04/30/17 Role: Co-Investigator Social Factors Influencing Pregnancy Outcome Disparities This study aims to identify how nativity and documentation status shape adverse PO (inappropriate maternal weight gain, pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH)/eclampsia, PTB, term BW, small for gestational age (SGA)) and how the residential food context exacerbates risk for adverse outcomes.
- 1UL1MD009596 / 1RL5MD009591 / 1TL4MD009634 NIH (Crespo) 09/26/14-06/30/19 Role: Co-Investigator Enhancing Cross-Disciplinary Training at Oregon (EXITO) The major goal of this project is to recruit, train, and support diverse undergraduate students seeking research careers in the biomedical and social sciences. This is part of a broad national strategy to develop and evaluate innovative strategies for engaging undergraduate researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and preparing them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce.
Kenneth R. Still is an adjunct assistant professor for environmental health at PSU and an adjunct assistant professor for the School of Public Health.
Still’s research, detailed in more than 250 published articles, addresses multiple areas of industrial hygiene and toxicology. His primary research interests include human health risk assessment, exposure assessment, and occupational exposure guideline development. His published work for an international client on human health risk and exposure assessment at the Hanford site, a decommissioned nuclear production complex in Washington state, helped identify over 1,700 chemicals potentially dangerous to humans and the environment.
Still is board certified in industrial hygiene, toxicology, safety, hazardous materials management, and several environmental disciplines. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
He grew up in North Bend/Coos Bay, Ore., and served as a U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps officer for over 27 years.
B.S., Portland State University, 1970
M.S., Portland State University, 1972
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1976
M.B.A., Chaminade University of Honolulu; 1989
Awards and Honors
- 2005, Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association
- 2006, Fellow, Academy of Toxicological Sciences
- 1982, Diplomate American Board of Industrial Hygiene
- 1991, Diplomate National Registry of Environmental Professionals
- 1992, Diplomate Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Christina J. Sun is an assistant professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.
Her research seeks to improve the lives of communities disproportionately affected by HIV and sexual and reproductive health disparities, including Latino, black, and LGBTQ communities.
Sun’s recent work includes developing and testing behavior change interventions and examining the dissemination and implementation of effective behavioral and biomedical interventions. Her research has found acceptable and feasible ways that social and sexual networking applications on smart phones and other mobile devices can be used to promote HIV testing to men who are at increased risk for HIV. She has also demonstrated the continued long-term health impacts of an HIV intervention for Latino men that has been identified as a “best-evidence” intervention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has also partnered with three community organizations to study the implementation of the intervention in real world settings.
B.S., University of California Davis, 2004
M.S., California State University Fullerton, 2007
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2014
Brad Wipfli’s research concentrates on health promotion and health behavior change. He is interested in identifying effective behavioral and environmental change strategies that impact physical and mental health. He also investigates the ways in which changes in health behaviors impact physiological processes and clinical indicators of illness and disease.
Wipfli won the 2009 Dissertation of the Year award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education for his work discovering that post-exercise improvements in depressive symptoms are mediated by reductions in serum serotonin. He has also been a part of several pioneering Total Worker Health interventions, including the groundbreaking Safety and Health Involvement for Truckers study, which is the largest health and safety intervention with truck drivers in U.S. history. He is currently leading an intervention aimed at improving health, safety, and well-being of workers in sedentary occupations (see here).
B.A., Carthage College, 2002
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008
Awards and Honors
- 2009, First Place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition (Olson, R., Anger, K., Elliot, D.L., Wipfli, B., Schmidt, S., & Gray, M.) APA/NIOSH Work, Stress and Health Conference
- 2009, Dissertation of the Year, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
- 2007, Douglas L. Conley Memorial Scholarship Award, Arizona State University Department of Kinesiology
- NIOSH Center of Excellence (Anger, Center PI) Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence Research Project: Multilevel Intervention to Improve Safety and Health in Sedentary Occupations Description: This project is a research project within the overall Center application. The study is designed to substantially improve health, safety, and well-being in sedentary workers, including physiological outcomes that contribute to chronic diseases. The project tests whether a multilevel intervention is more effective than single level interventions for increasing the utilization of existing health and safety resources. Role: PI of Research Project
- USAMRAA W81XWH-13-2-0020 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 2/08/13 – 2/07/18 Development and Evaluation of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Improving Reintegration of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves into the Workplace Description: The major goal of this project is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce to impact veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
- TREC – NITC (Liu-Qin Yang, PI) 4/01/16 to 10/01/17 How Do Stressed Workers Make Travel Choices that are Good for their Health, Safety, and Productivity? Description: This study will analyze two existing datasets to determine the psychological factors that impact commute choices, and examine how commute choices impact psychological and physiological stress responses to daily stressors. Role: Co-Investigator
- NHLBI R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 4/01/11 to 3/31/16 Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention Description: Cluster randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a competition-based weight loss intervention for truck drivers that is supported with computer-based training and motivational interviewing. The study will also evaluate how social support factors in both home and work environments moderate intervention effectiveness. Role: Co-Investigator
- NIOSH U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) 9/01/11 to 8/31/16 Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence Description: Development and evaluation of a scripted peer-led curriculum to organize home care workers into neighborhood-based Workforce teams that provide education and social support for improving lifestyle (e.g., diet, exercise) and safety behaviors. Role: Collaborator
- NIOSH 2U01 HD059773-05 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 9/01/08 to 7/31/14 Portland Center: Work Family and Health Network Phase II Description: Randomized multi-worksite evaluation of a multi-component intervention (including behavioral self-monitoring) to increase family-supportive supervisory behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator
- NICHD U01 HD059773-05S1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 9/30/09 to 9/29/11 Administrative Supplement, Work-Life Network Phase II Description: Administrative supplement award to enhance intervention effectiveness through the development of employee self-monitoring activities that are designed to increase co-worker supportive behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator
Jennifer Young’s expertise lies in public health nutrition with maternal, child and adolescent populations. Her areas of focus include: food insecurity; school health; unhealthy food marketing; obesity stigma; and healthy weight and development. She has worked on nutrition programs, projects and policy at the state and local level.
Young enjoys bringing her work experiences into the classroom as students explore the latest data, research, policy and legislation in action. She also has served as a preceptor for nearly thirty interns, and now works alongside many of them as colleagues in the field.
Young is currently working in a joint position among the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Public Health Division and the Oregon Department of Education to improve nutrition and physical activity in Oregon schools. She is completing a doctoral degree in education at PSU.
B.S., University of California, Davis, 1982
M.P.H., Loma Linda University, 1986
Ed.D. candidate, Portland State University
Awards and Honors
OHSU, Dietetic Intern Preceptor Service Award
Belinda Zeidler has been a faculty member at PSU for over 30 years. As director of undergraduate programs at the School of Public Health, she is the undergraduate curriculum chair and is responsible for overseeing the curricular changes to courses and programs at the undergraduate level. She also works as an academic advisor and internship co-coordinator.
Early in her career, as a graduate student at PSU, Zeidler was assigned to teach the Health and Fitness for Life course required of all PSU students. She developed a strong interest in enhancing health by applying successful behavior change theory. Upon graduation, she was hired to coordinate the Health and Fitness program.
Also early in her career, aside from teaching, she worked with an Oregon health insurance company as a health educator, implementing health promotion programs around the state. Her focus was health behavior change for lower socioeconomic populations.
B.S., Anthropology, PSU, 1982
M.S.T., Exercise Science, PSU, 1986
Awards and Honors
2016, Outstanding Teacher Award, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Community Health