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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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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

Meyer, Marshall - MST

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Instructor Health Studies Phone: (503) 725-4401
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Oregon, 1976
M.S.T., Portland State University, 1983

Miller, Randy - MST

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Senior Instructor II Applied Health & Fitness Office PSU – URBN 412 Phone: (503) 725-5118
Biography

Randy Miller’s primary interest is in human movement studies, working to understand, improve and enhance methodologies related to exercise prescription and safe, effective program design strategies used to reduce injuries and improve performance in active individuals. He served as the director of the Physical Education program at PSU for almost two decades, where he supervised the Physical Activity courses and instructors.

Miller is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified strength and conditioning specialist. He currently sits on the NSCA Certification Committee. He has worked with athletes at a local area high school – St. Mary’s Academy – and volunteered as a strength and conditioning coach for the Portland Rockies, a Single A affiliate of Major League baseball’s Colorado Rockies organization. His current research interests include: biomechanics of strength training, functional conditioning and injury prevention, and the use of strength training to prevent injuries and promote better performance.

Education, Degrees

M.S.T., PSU, 1992

Minnier, Jessica - AM, PhD

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Assistant Professor Biostatistics Office OHSU – KCRB 4144 Phone: (503) 494-3967
Biography

Jessica Minnier is an assistant professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health and is also affiliated with the Knight Cardiovascular Institute and the Knight Cancer Institute’s Biostatistics Shared Resource.

Minnier maintains a comprehensive statistical research program focusing on the development and evaluation of risk prediction models as well as the analysis of high dimensional data. During her doctoral studies at Harvard University, she developed novel statistical methodology that uses machine-learning techniques to quantify a subject’s risk for disease based on a large number of genetic markers as well as environmental and clinical predictors. As a post-doctoral research fellow at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, she collaborated with geneticists and epidemiologists to analyze genomic and epidemiological data to study colorectal cancer pathogenesis.

Minnier is committed to research that addresses statistical issues related to  risk assessment and the role of clinical and genetic predictors in the etiology of disease.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Mathematics, Lewis & Clark College, 2007
A.M., Biostatistics, Harvard University, 2009
Ph.D., Biostatistics, Harvard University, 2012

Awards and Honors
  • 2012, Finalist Best Statistics Student Paper Award, American Public Health Association
  • 2011, David P. Byar Travel Award for the Joint Statistical Meetings, American Statistical Association Biometrics Section
  • 2011, Rose Traveling Fellowship in Chronic Disease Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
  • 2011, Distinguished Student Paper Award, ENAR International Biometrics Society
  • 2006, Barry M. Goldwater Scholar
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  • U01 CA185094 , NIH/NCI Peters (PI) 09/17/14-08/31/17 Colorectal Tumor Risk Prediction in the PLCO Trial The study will use detailed risk-factor information for colorectal cancer (CRC), including genome-wide genetic data as well as lifestyle and environmental risk factors, to build and validate a comprehensive risk-prediction model using data from a large CRC consortium and the PLCO trial as an independent validation study. As Co-I, I participate in the development of the models and the statistical advisory of the study. Role: Co-Investigator, Site PI
  • 14NSBRI1-0025, NSBRI Lindner (PI) 06/01/15-04/30/17 Biomarker assessment for identifying heightened risk for cardiovascular complications during long-duration space missions With the proposed work we will explore new paradigms for: (a) predicting risk for developing atherosclerotic complications in astronauts, (b) monitoring in-flight changes in risk profile that may occur in the setting of deep space exploration, and (c) identifying endothelial susceptibility to the detrimental effects of space radiation. I oversee data collection and processing, coordinate with other statisticians and bioinformaticians on managing the data and performing statistical analyses. Role: Biostatistician
  • R01-HL123762, NIH/NHLBI Lindner (PI) 04/12/16-03/31/20 Augmentation of Tissue Perfusion in PAD with Ultrasound-mediated Cavitation The major goal of this project is to explore how ultrasound-mediated cavitation of microbubble contrast agents can produce augmentation in tissue perfusion, and to assess the mechanism by which flow increases. Role: Biostatistician
  • R21-NS094833-01, DHHS/NIH/IGNITE Stenzel-Poore (PI) 09/15/16-08/31/17 Development of Poly ICLC for neuroprotection against ischemic brain injury This proposal seeks to advance PolyICLC, a compound that has shown efficacy as a prophylactic treatment in mice, through our novel nonhuman primate stroke model, allowing for eventual translation into patients at risk of brain ischemic injury. Role: Biostatistician
  • P30 CA69533-18, NIH/NCI Druker (PI) 07/1/15-06/30/17 OHSU Knight Cancer Institute To support the Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, its programs, shared resources, and administration. Shared resources include; cancer pathology, flow cytometry, molecular biology, transgenic/gene knockout, gene array, clinical research management, biostatistics and informatics. The instruments of the Institute foster interdisciplinary coordination and collaboration of cancer research faculty at OHSU in basic, clinical, and population research. Role: Faculty

Mori, Motomi - MS, PhD, MBA

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Professor Biostatistics Office OHSU – KCRB-4140 2720 S.W. Moody Avenue Portland OR 97201 Phone: (503) 418-1555
Biography

Motomi “Tomi” Mori is a professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health, a professor in the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology and director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute.

She has published over 130 articles and has 27 years of experience in cancer research. Her current research interest includes clinical trial designs for molecularly targeted agents, biomarker validation and evaluation of personalized medicine in treatment and prevention.

Prior to her time at OHSU and the School of Public Health, Mori was a research assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington and a lead biostatistician for the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah. She was head of the Division of Biostatistics in the Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine from 2004 to 2014.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Montana, 1982
M.S., University of Iowa, 1985
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1989
M.B.A., OHSU-PSU, 2016

Awards and Honors
  • 2010, Fellow of the American Statistical Association
  • 2005, Outstanding Alumni Award, University of Iowa
Notes
  • OHSU Knight Cancer Institute (NIH/NCI P30CA069533), Brian Druker (PI), 07/01/2017-06/30/2022
  • BEAT-AML: Personalized Medicine for AML Based on Functional Genomics (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society), Brian Druker (PI), 05/01/2013-06/30/2018
  • Community-Based HIT Tools for Cancer Screening and Health Insurance Program (NIH/NCI R01CA181452), Jennifer DeVoe (PI), 7/1/2014-6/30/2019
  • Proteogenomic Analysis of Drug Response and Resistance in AML to Guide Targeted Therapies (NIH/NCI U01CA214116), Karin Rodland/Brian Druker (PIs), 06/08/2017-06/07/2018

Morrison, PhD, Alexandrea -

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Grants/Contracts Coordinator Office OHSU – CB 669 3181 SW Sam Jackson Rd. Portland OR 97239

Muoto, Ifeoma - MS, PhD

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Affiliate Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Ifeoma Muoto holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate 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. Muoto is currently an Assistant Department Administrator at Kaiser Permanente supporting the OBGYN subspecialties – Perinatology, Urogynecology, and Gynecological Oncology. This role allows her to combine her passion for health systems with evidence-based policy and practice.

Her research to date has focused on maternal-child health, obstetric procedure use, and the effects of macro-level health policies on both population health and health inequities. She is currently focused on expanding her focus on maternal-child health and disparities to include global health systems, particularly those in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. She has years of teaching experience at the University of Connecticut and Oregon State University.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Nigeria, 2003
M.S., University of Connecticut, 2010
Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2016

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Needoba, Joseph - PhD

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Associate Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – HRC3 314 Phone: (503) 346 – 3421
Biography

Dr. Needoba uses chemical and biological sensors deployed in the environment to characterize water quality and its determinants, with a focus on linkages between human activities, ecological processes, and human health. As part of the Ecosystem Monitoring Program supported by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, the lab studies water quality and ecosystem characteristics of juvenile salmon habitat in the Columbia River estuary. Additional ongoing research addresses regional environmental health issues associated with harmful algal blooms, chemicals of emerging concern, and ocean acidification/hypoxia.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of British Columbia, Canada, 1997
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Canada, 2003
Postdoctoral Fellow, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, 2007

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

Niederhausen, Meike - PhD

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Meike Niederhausen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health in the Biostatistics programs. Dr. Niederhausen teaches BSTA 550, “Introduction to Probability” to graduate level students and has an extensive background as a biostatistician in the School and beyond. For over ten years, she has been committed to teaching, research, and service by supporting research with study design, grant preparation, data management, statistical analyses, and manuscript review/preparation. She has also been lead on publications and grants.

A large part of Dr. Niederhausen’s research has focused on analyzing data from wearable activity trackers; on a series of projects investigating the effects of altering levothyroxine (L-T4) doses in hypothyroid subjects on quality of life, mood, cognition, energy expenditure, and body composition; and using machine learning methods to investigate the effects of alcohol, nicotine, and methamphetamine on decision-making and neural connectivity using functional MRI data.

Education, Degrees

B.A., New College of Florida, 1998
M.S., Purdue University, 2004
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2005

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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
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching & Mentorship
  • 2005, Fogarty-Ellison Fellowship in Global Health and Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
  • 2010, Fogarty Fellowship in International 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

Olson, Ryan - MA, PhD

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Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Phone: (503) 494-2501
Biography

Dr. Ryan Olson has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Environmental Systems & Human Health program. In this role his work includes teaching courses and collaborating on research with SPH primary faculty members.

In addition to his commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Olson holds a faculty appointment in the OHSU’s OIOHS (Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences) and at Portland State University in the Psychology Department. Specializing in organizational and behavior change, Professor Olson has developed impactful programs and tools for supervisors and workers in a variety of industries, including aviation, bus transit, commercial trucking, construction, and home healthcare. He is also a founding investigator and an associate director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, a Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Utah State University, 1997
M.A., Western Michigan University, 1999
Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2002

Awards and Honors
  • 2012-2016, President Elect, President, and Past-President, Organizational Behavior Management Network
  • 2014 – 2017, Transportation & Safety Task Force, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • 2009, First place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition. Work, Stress, & Health Conference 2009 (APA/NIOSH)
Notes
  • Shift Onboard: Protecting New Bus Drivers Against Safety & Health Hazards (Ryan Olson, PI)
    Funding Source: NHLBI (R01 HL105495)
    Dates: 2/1/18 to 1/31/23
    Description: Cluster randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a program to prevent weight gain and common safety incidents among new mass transit bus operators. The study will also investigate working conditions that may be associated with excess weight gain during the first two years of bus driving.
  • U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) NIOSH/CDC09/01/16 to 08/31/21 “Oregon Healthy Workforce Center” “Engineering and Behavioral Controls to Improve Team Truckers Sleep and Performance” (Olson, Project PI) Description: Evaluation of engineering (seat and mattress) technologies and behavioral sleep interventions to reduce fatigue and improve driver sleep, performance, and well-being. Role: Project PI
  • U60OH008472  (C. Cude, R. Olson, MPIs) 07/01/15 to 06/30/20 NIOSH/CDC “Improving Occupational Health In Oregon: Turning Data To Action” Description: Expanded state-based occupational health and safety surveillance research.  Within this project OHSU leads the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program. Role: Multiple PI

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  • W81XWH-BAA-11-1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 02/01/13 – 01/31/17      USAMRMC (11097008) “Development And Evaluation Of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Reintegration Of The Oregon National Guard And Reserves Into The Workplace” Description:  The aim is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce and examining effects on veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
  • 2014YH00280 (Peter Johnson, PI) 05/01/15 to 12/31/16 Washington Department of Labor and Industries “The Effects of an Anti-Vibration Truck Cab Mattress on Team Truck Drivers’ Sleep, Health, and Performance” Description: The proposed project will evaluate sleep, health, and performance enhancing effects of an anti-vibration mattress for team drivers who must sleep while their partner drives.  Return on investment via fuel efficiency measures will also be collected. Role: Co-I, PI of OHSU Subcontract
  • R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 04/14/11 to 03/31/17 (no-cost extension) NHLBI/NIH “Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention” Description: Cluster randomized trial of a competition-based weight loss program with computer-based training and motivational interviewing.  Includes analyses of social support and stress as moderators of effectiveness. Role: PI

Onnis, Doris - RN, BSN, IBCLC

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Adjunct Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 939-5315
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

R.N., 1980
I.B.C.L.C., 1997
B.S.N., 2015

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Park, Brian - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Brian Park 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, his 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. Park is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU’s School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine. He co-founded and directs the Health Equity And Leadership program, a clinic-based community organizing initiative building coalitions of patients, community organizations, and healthcare providers to advance social policies. Dr. Park also serves as the co-founder and director of the Relational Leadership Institute (RLI), an interprofessional, cross-generational leadership learning collaborative developing relational change-agents for advancing systems and social change in health organizations and communities. RLI draws upon best practices in community organizing, anthropology, sociology, and social psychology to complement traditional, technical leadership skills with the relational practices that evidence has demonstrated characterizes the highest-performing teams. Participants report being able to more effectively manage teams within their organizations, and successfully advocate for upstream change. Based on successful evaluation results, the program has expanded to the University of North Carolina and University of Utah.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, 2006
M.D./M.P.H., University of Minnesota Medical School, 2014

Park, Byung - MS, PhD

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Associate Professor Biostatistics Office OHSU – HRC 14D58 Phone: (503) 418-0127
Biography

Byung Park is an associate professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health and associate director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute. His research as a collaborative Biostatistician has concentrated on design of clinical trials and statistical analysis methodologies on the fields of immunology including vaccine development and immunesenescence. He serves as a member of OHSU faculty senate representing the School of Public Health. He also is a member of the clinical research review committee (CRRC) at the Knight Cancer Institute. He is serving as faculty member for the AACR/ASCO Educational Workshop: Methods in Clinical Cancer Research.

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., Statistics, Oregon State University, 2002
M.S., Economics, Sung Kyun Kwan University, 1992
B.A., Economics, Sung Kyun Kwan University, 1990

Awards and Honors
  • 2002, Jerome Lee Award, Oregon State University
  • 2008, AACR Cancer Biostatistics Workshop Scholarship – Developing Targeted Agents
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  • 5P30 CA69533-18 (Druker) 7/20/2011–6/30/2017  NIH/NCI GCNCR0356C38   OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Role: Biostatistician
  • 5R01AI104229-02 (Lewinsohn) 7/5/2013 – 6/30/2017  NIH/NIAID GPEDI0773A   The innate capacity of human T cells to respond to Mycobacterium tuberculosis Role: Biostatistician
  • 2P51OD011092-56 (Carbone) 5/01/2016 – 4/30/2017  NIH/OD GPRC55122 last year’s Direct cost Support for the Oregon National Primate Research Center  Role: Biostatistician
  • 1 R01 HD082208 01A1 (Xu) 8/13/2015-5/31/2020,  NIH,  Anti-Mullerian Hormone Actions to Control Primate Folliculogenesis Role: Co-Investigator
  • 1 U01 HD087182-01 (Frias), 9/1/2015 – 8/31/2019,  NIH/DHHS, $4,323,956 Functional imaging of human placental structure, blood flow, and oxygenation Role: Biostatistician
  • 1 R01 HL29060 01 (Spindel / McEvoy), 8/15/2015 – 5/31/2020, NIH/NHLBI, CPAP Drives Lung Growth and Pulmonary Function in Moderately Preterm Primates Role: Co-I

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  • 1 R01 AI117802 01 (Sacha), 03/1/15 – 02/28/19,  NIH/NIAID, A Universal MHC-E-restricted T Cell Vaccine for HIV Role: Co-Investigator
  • R01 AA024757 (Ford),  04/01/16-03/31/19, NIH/NIAAA, GDNF Therapy to Block Relapse of Heavy Alcohol Use in Monkeys Role: Co-Investigator

Peters, Dawn - MS, PhD

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Adjunct Associate Professor Biostatistics Phone: (503) 544-7165
Biography

Dawn Peters areas of interest include clinical trial methodology and observational methods. Prior to joining OHSU in 2003, Peters was awarded a National Institutes of Health K-25 Career Development Award, which allowed her to work at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research for two years. She collaborated with investigators on a variety of projects and conducted research in randomization for clinical trials.

Before the NIH award, she was an associate professor of statistics at Oregon State University, where she conducted methodological research and taught undergraduate and graduate statistics courses.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Pscyhology, University of Florida, 1979
M.S., Statistics, University of Florida, 1988
Ph.D., Statistics, University of Florida, 1988

Peterson, Jaime - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Public Health Practice
Biography

Dr. Jaime Peterson has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Practice programs. In this role, Professor Peterson’s work includes teaching Public Health Practice classes, collaborating on research with primary SPH faculty, and mentoring or supervising PHP students.

Dr. Peterson will be joining the OHSU School of Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in December 2018. She is a former middle school teacher with a research focus on bridging the education and health systems to improve the health of low-income children. Her current research explores the role of pediatricians and child health systems in promoting school readiness for low-income, Latino children. Using survey techniques, qualitative methods and educational data she is exploring the effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of clinic based school readiness interventions such as parent coaching in the clinic setting to address disparities in school readiness.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2005
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2018
M.D., University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 2012

Awards and Honors
  • 2017 MedEd Portal, Editor’s Choice and Featured Resource Recognition
  • 2012-2015 Stanford Medical School Honor Roll for Teaching
  • 2012 UCSD Gold Humanism Honor Society Member
  • 2010 AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship Award

Peterson, Tawnya - PhD

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Assistant Professor, Program Director of Environmental Systems & Human Health Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – HRC 316 Phone: (503) 346-3423
Biography
Education, Degrees

B.Sc., Mount Allison University, 1997
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2005

Awards and Honors

2017, OHSU Faculty Senate Teaching Award

Notes
  • Distribution and degradation of the antidiabetic drug, metformin, in the Columbia River, Feb 1, 2016 – Jan 31, 2018; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Habitat Monitoring for the Estuary Partnership Ecosystem Monitoring program; Oct 1, 2016 – Sep 15, 2017; Role: Principal Investigator

Petteway, Ryan - MPH, DrPH

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Assistant Professor Office PSU – URBN 470N Phone: 503-725-3985
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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
Notes
  • 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

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N