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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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Duncan, Brianna -

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Pre-award Grant Manager Dean’s Office Phone: 503-494-0181

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Eckhardt, Cara - MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for PhD in Community Health Health Promotion, Applied Health & Fitness, Health Studies Office PSU –URBN 450E Phone: (503) 725-4569
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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
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  • 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

Ehrlich, Laura - MSEd, MLA

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Graduate Student Services and Registration Specialist Biostatistics & Epidemiology Office OHSU – Gaines Hall 233 Phone: 503 494-2557
Biography
Education, Degrees

M.S. Ed., Portland State University
M.L.A., University of Virginia
B.A.  Cornell University

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

Everson, Teresa - MPH, MD

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Teresa Everson holds a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the graduate level Health Management & Policy and Health Systems & Policy programs. In this role, her work includes teaching classes, mentoring students, and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Everson is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU’s School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine, as well as heath officer in Yakima Health District and deputy health officer for Clark and Skamania Counties.

Education, Degrees

B.A., The Ohio State University, 1999
M.D., Medical College of Ohio, 2005
M.P.H., OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, 2017

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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”

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

Fu, Rongwei (Rochelle) - PhD

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Professor & Program Director for MPH in Biostatistics Office OHSU – CSB 642 Phone: (503) 494-6069
Biography

Rongwei (Rochelle) Fu is the director of the biostatistics education program and a professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health. She’s also a professor in the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU. She advises School of Public Health biostatistics students in the M.S., M.P.H. and Graduate Certificate programs.

Fu collaborates extensively with OHSU investigators and has published often. She has been the lead biostatistician for the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine at the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center, and at OHSU’s Research Center for Gender-Based Medicine.

Fu has provided statistical support and methodology development for many systematic reviews and comparative effectiveness review projects, including those for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the drug effectiveness review project, the Effective Health Care program and other professional societies. These reviews have been used to develop clinical guidelines or inform health policy decisions.

Education, Degrees

M.S., Botany, Shandong Normal University, P. R. China, 1995
B.S., Biology, Shandong Normal University, P. R. China, 1992
Ph.D. , Plant Science, University of Connecticut, 2000
Ph.D., Statistics, University of Connecticut, 2003

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Research Award
  • 2013, Department Chair’s Award on Excellence in Research, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • 2011, Department Chair’s Award on Excellence in Research, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
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  • 5R01 CA137488 (Neuwelt) 04/04/14-03/31/19 NIH/NCI Two Compartment Models to Improve Brain Tumor Therapy Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • 24806 (Neuwelt) 11/01/10-12/31/16 OHSU Foundation Title: Walter S. & Lucienne Driskill Foundation: Blood-Brain Barrier Research, Training and Outreach at OHSU Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • K12HL108974 (Newgard) 07/01/12-6/30/17 NIH/NHLBI Oregon Multidisciplinary Training Program in Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Role: Statistical Mentor
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO#05 (McDonagh) 01/26/2016 – 03/28/2017 AHRQ Treatments for Adults with Schizophrenia Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 6 (Chou) 08/01/2016 – 05/08/2017 AHRQ Naloxone Guidelines for Emergency Medical Technicians Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 8 (Totten) 09/26/2016 – 09/18/2017 AHRQ Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Consultation Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician

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  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 9 (Chou) 09/20/2016 – 12/19/2017 AHRQ Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Pain Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 11 (Totten) 10/20/2016 – 09/14/2017 AHRQ Physiologic Predictors of the Need for Trauma Center Care Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician

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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

Gibbs, Brian - MPA, PhD

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Associate Professor Community Health Office OHSU – RJH 4365 Phone: 503-494-2558
Biography

Dr. Brian Gibbs has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the graduate level Community Health programs.

In addition to his commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Gibbs serves as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at OHSU, responsible for diversity initiatives within OHSU’s clinical, educational, and research missions.

Before coming to OHSU, Gibbs was associate vice chancellor for diversity for the University of New Mexico Health Science campus. Prior to that, he served as associate dean for diversity and cultural competence at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Early in his career, he spent ten years as the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a senior research scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Eastern Michigan University, 1981
M.P.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1985
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1995

Awards and Honors

Pew Health Policy Fellow, Brandeis University, 1991

Publications
  • A Novel Measure of “Good” Mentoring: Testing Its Reliability and Validity in Four Academic Health Centers.   Pololi LH, Evans AT, Civian JT, Gibbs BK, Gillum LH, Brennan RT.  J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2016 Fall;36(4):263-268. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000114.
  • Faculty Vitality-Surviving the Challenges Facing Academic Health Centers: A National Survey of Medical Faculty.   Pololi LH, Evans AT, Civian JT, Gibbs BK, Coplit LD, Gillum LH, Brennan RT.  Acad Med. 2015 Jul;90(7):930-6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000674
  • Definition, measurement, and health risks associated with sedentary behavior.   Gibbs BB, Hergenroeder AL, Katzmarzyk PT, Lee IM, Jakicic JM.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Jun;47(6):1295-300. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000517.
  • Reducing racial and ethnic health disparities: exploring an outcome-oriented agenda for research and policy.   Gibbs BK, Nsiah-Jefferson L, McHugh MD, Trivedi AN, Prothrow-Stith D.  J Health Polit Policy Law. 2006 Feb;31(1):185-218
  • Creating a state minority health policy report card.   Trivedi AN, Gibbs B, Nsiah-Jefferson L, Ayanian JZ, Prothrow-Stith D.  Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Mar-Apr;24(2):388-96.
  • Reducing health disparities: from theory to practice.   Prothrow-Stith D, Gibbs B, Allen A.  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2003 Mar;12(3):256s-260s. No abstract available.    PMID: 12646523

Godlove, Rachael - MA

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Academic Affairs Coordinator Academic Affairs, Dean’s Office Office OHSU – Gaines Hall Phone: 503-494-7131
Biography

Rachael Godlove supports curricular and academic personnel work in the Dean’s Office. 

Education, Degrees

M.A., Georgetown University
B.S., Northern Arizona University

Goldberg, Bruce - MD

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Professor Office ORPRN 3030 SW Moody Ave Portland OR 97201 Phone: (503) 975-8932
Biography

Dr. Goldberg holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Goldberg’s work includes teaching and serving on dissertation committees.

Dr. Goldberg’s work at OHSU is also in the Center for Health System Effectiveness. He has devoted his career to improving the organization, delivery and financing of health services. He has extensive experience in developing, implementing and managing health programs and state health policy. He has served two Oregon governors, as the director of the Oregon Department of Human Services from November 2005 through February 2011, and as leader of the formation of the Oregon Health Authority from 2009 through 2013.

He led Oregon’s nationally recognized health reforms that transformed the state’s Medicaid system to one based on a model of health and coordinated care. He helped lead efforts to implement the federal Affordable Care Act, and to establish Oregon’s Healthy Kids program, providing health coverage for all children. He also helped lead efforts to improve Oregon’s mental health system and transform delivery of public human services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

He has been a member of OHSU for more than 15 years.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Trinity College, 1977
M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1982
Residency in Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 1985

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Civil Rights Champion Award, Oregon League of Minority Voters
  • 2015, Lifetime Achievement Award, Oregon Public Health Institute
  • 2013, Campeon de Salud, Oregon Latino Health Coalition
  • 2011, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church
  • 2011, Outstanding Member Award, American Public Human Services Association
  • 2004, Exemplary Leadership Award, Oregon Primary Care Association
  • 2003, Mentorship Award, OHSU Department of Family Medicine
  • 2002, Lifetime Achievement Award, Oregon Public Health Association
  • 2000, Faculty Humanism Award, OHSU School of Medicine
  • 1998-99, Teaching Excellence Award, Basic Science Graduate Program, OHSU School of Medicine
  • 1995, Outstanding Faculty Teacher, OHSU Dept. Family Practice
  • 1994, U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow
  • 1993, OHSU School of Medicine Excellence in Physical Exam Instruction
  • 1991, U.S. Public Health Service Commendation Award
  • 1988, U.S. Public Health Service Achievement Medal
  • 1982, Mount Sinai Medical Attendings Award – for excellence in clinical medicine
  • 1981, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Gonzales, Kelly - PhD

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Associate Professor PSUCommunity Health Office PSU – URBN 450G Phone: 503-725-5108
Biography

Dr. Kelly Gonzales studies health disparities, particularly those related to diabetes among American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) populations. She also researches the influence of discrimination within the context of healthcare settings.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Oregon State University
M.P.H., Oregon State University
Ph.D., Oregon State University

Awards and Honors
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Award for Excellence in Service
  • 2014, PSU Excellence in Teaching and Sustainability Faculty Award

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

Notes
  • 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

As Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Graven teaches Health Economics,
advises students, and participates in other school committees and functions. Dr. Graven’s
primary position is as trained health economist working in advanced analytics and data science
at OHSU.

As Data Scientist, Dr. Graven builds and deploys predictive and forecasting models and conducts
advanced analytics to support quality improvement operations at the OHSU hospital and system. Additionally
his group performs opportunity discovery analyses on EMR data linked to claims, patient
satisfaction, or external benchmark data to aid in population health and value based care.

Dr. Graven received his doctoral training at the University of Minnesota-School of Public Health and
performed research with the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC). Prior to his
operational role OHSU, he was Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Health Systems
Effectiveness (CHSE) at OHSU. His research interests include topics of health insurance
coverage, behavioral health integration, healthcare workforce, cost effectiveness analysis,
program evaluation, and analyses of learning health systems. Recently, he was health
economist on awarded NIH grants leading economic evaluation for a randomized control trial of
inpatient medical procedure and for employee wellness program for bus drivers.

While health care can seem intricate and complex, he finds economic tools highly effective at
understanding underlying factors to assist in building programs and policies to deal with the
many problems we face.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Wisconsin, 2000
M.S., University of Minnesota, 2012
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014

Notes
  • 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

Groves, Ashley -

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Fiscal Coordinator Dean’s Office Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: 503-725-5177

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Hammer, Leslie - PhD

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Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office 1501 Robert Jones Hall Phone: (503) 494-9193
Biography

Dr. Leslie Hammer has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Environmental Systems & Human Health program. In this role her work includes mentoring students and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to her work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Hammer is the Director of the Occupational Health Psychology graduate training program at Portland State University that is funded through a training program grant from NIOSH; and an Associate Director of the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), one of six centers of excellence in Total Worker Health®.

She focuses on workplace programs aimed at training supervisors how to better support workers and in turn reduce workers stress and improve health, safety, and well-being. Her work involves numerous workplace intervention randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of supervisor support training. Dr. Hammer is currently conducting two randomized controlled trials funded by the Department of Defense. The Study for Employment of Veterans (SERVe) is focused on increasing supervisor support and enhancing employment outcomes for veterans reintegrating into the workforce, testing the effectiveness of a supervisor training workplace intervention. The Military Sleep and Health Study (MESH) is focused on increasing supervisor support for sleep, testing the effectiveness of a supervisor training sleep leadership intervention.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Psychology, James Madison University, 1985
M.S., Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1989
Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1991

Awards and Honors

2013, recipient of the Branford Price Millar Award for Excellence in Research Scholarship at PSU

Notes
  • PI (Department of Defense) Evaluation of a Work-Family and Sleep Leadership Intervention in the Oregon National Guard:  A Behavioral Health Leadership Approach. October 1, 2016- September 30, 2020
  • PI (with Donald Truxillo, Co-PI) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Continuation Training Program Grant: Graduate Training in Occupational Health Psychology, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2020
  • PI (Department of Defense) Development, validation and evaluation of a veteran supportive supervisor training program in the civilian workforce, February 8, 2013-February 7, 2018

Harris, Debra - PhD, MST

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Senior Instructor II Health Studies Office PSU – URBAN 470E Phone: (503) 725-5107
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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

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