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Our Faculty

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



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Stull, John - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology, Epidemiology & Medicine, Preventive Medicine Residency Office OHSU – CSB 668 Phone: (503) 494-6958

John Stull is interested in the epistemic aspects of teaching, particularly how the fundamentals of medicine and public health effectively challenge each other and productively live together in the students we train. He serves as director of the M.D./M.P.H. Program, which admits six to seven first-year medical students into a quasi-integrated curriculum where students complete the requirements for an M.D. and a master of public health in epidemiology.

Stull also is program director of the School of Public Health’s Preventive Medicine Residency, a program that has trained a number of physicians currently who are local and state public health leaders in Oregon and Washington.

Stull teaches introductory epidemiology in the M.P.H. and M.D./MP.H. programs and co-teaches an advanced epidemiology course on using epidemiology to develop causal inferences.

Stull practiced full-time general pediatrics until 1996 when he left practice to obtain his M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Illinois, 1974
M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 1978
M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 1997

Awards and Honors
  • 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, OHSU Student Teaching Excellence Award
  • 2008, 2004, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Department Chair Teaching Award
  • 2004, OHSU Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award

Suhler, Eric - MD, MPH

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Professor Biostatistics & Epidemiology Office Casey Eye Institute/VA Portland Phone: (503) 494-5023

Eric Suhler is professor of ophthalmology at OHSU with a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health. His primary academic focus is in clinical trials of novel immunotheraputics for inflammatory eye disease.  He has delivered lectures in the School of Public Health on clinical trial endpoints and international ophthalmology and has chaired numerous masters’ thesis committees.

He graduated from OHSU with an M.P.H. in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics tracks and his thesis on the incidence and prevalence of uveitis in the VA Medical Centers of the Pacific Northwest was awarded as the Outstanding OHSU Graduate School Thesis that year.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1990
M.D., University of Texas-Southwestern, 1995
Ophthalmology Residency, OHSU, 1996-2000
Uveitis Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, 2000-02
M.P.H., OHSU, 2007

Sun, Christina - MS, PhD

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Assistant Professor Community Health, Health Promotion, and Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450H Phone: (503) 725-3616

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.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California Davis, 2004
M.S., California State University Fullerton, 2007
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2014


Teo, Alan - MD, MS

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Assistant Professor Community Health & Health Promotion Office VA Portland Health Care System, Bldg 6, Room 221 Phone: (503) 220-8262, ext. 52461

Alan Teo is a core investigator at the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care at the VA Portland Health Care System, and an assistant professor with dual appointments in School of Public Health and the Department of Psychiatry at OHSU.

He was drawn to a career in health care while an undergraduate at Stanford University studying how human health is influenced by complex interactions between biology and culture.

His research focuses on the role of social relationships in influencing mental health outcomes. In partnership with colleagues in Japan, he promoted a new field of research on hikikomori, a severe form of social withdrawal. His and his colleagues’ research demonstrated its presence all over the world, and helped to underline the importance of public awareness and early intervention for social isolation. He also has led efforts demonstrating the potent effects of positive social connections in preventing major depressive disorder.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Stanford University, 1997 – 2001
M.D., University of California San Francisco, 2003 – 2007
Resident, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, 2007 – 2011
M.S., Health and Health Care Research, University of Michigan, 2011 – 2012
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, University of Michigan, 2011 – 2013

Awards and Honors
  • 2014 – Present, Fellow, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists
  • 2013 – Present, Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2013, Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2012, Best Poster Award, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry
  • 2012, Young Presentation Award, Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry
  • Active: VA Health Services Research and Development (VA HSR&D) Career Development Award (CDA) “Optimizing Veterans Social Relationships to Enhance Depression Care” (CDA 14-428), Role: PI Dates: 07/2015 – 06/2020
  • Active: Collins Medical Trust Research Grant “Using Social Media to Engage At-Risk Veterans in Mental Health Treatment”, Role: PI Dates: 02/2016 – 01/2017
  • Active: Medical Research Foundation of Oregon New Investigator Award “Using Social Media to Engage At-Risk Veterans in Mental Health Treatment” (1603), Role: PI Dates: 03/2016 – 02/2017
  • Pending: HSR&D Merit Review Award  “Using Behavioral Economics to Enhance Appointment Reminders and Reduce Missed Visits” (IIR 17-134-1), Role: PI Dates: 07/2017 – 12/2020
  • Previous: University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies Grant “Saving 10,000: Winning a War on Suicide in Japan”, Role: Co-PI Dates: 04/2014 – 03/2015
  • Previous: Pfizer Health Research Foundation (Japan) Research Grant  “Development of a Cross-Nationally Validated Scale of Modern Depression and Hikikomori”, Role: Co-PI Dates: 11/2012 – 10/2014


  • Previous: University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies “Hikikomori Film Screening and Noon Lecture Event” Grant Role: PI Dates: 1/2012 – 12/2012 Total Direct Costs: $3,800 (0.6 calendar months)
  • Previous: National Institute of Mental Health  “Training the Next Generation of Mental Health Researchers” (MH60482) Training Award, Role: Research Trainee (PI: Victor Reus) Dates: 04/2009 – 06/2011

Thomas, Evan - MS, MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office PSU- College of Engineering, Room 402G Phone: (303) 550-4671

Evan A Thomas is an associate professor and director of the Sweet (Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies) Laboratory, and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. The SweetLab develops and implements cellular and satellite based “Internet of Things” sensor technologies designed to improve the collection of, and action on, data in global health programs.

Thomas is also chief operating officer of DelAgua Health, a social enterprise working with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to implement a water treatment and improved cookstove program.

Prior to joining PSU, Thomas worked at the NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for six years. He was a principal investigator and project manager in the Life Support and Habitability Systems Branch working on concepts for sustainable Moon and Mars spacecraft.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Broadcast Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Practitioner Residency
  • 2015, University of Colorado Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Alumni Award
  • 2008, NASA Johnson Space Center Fellowship
  • 2007, NASA JSC Engineering Achievement Medal
  • National Science Foundation – Predictive Algorithms for Water Point Failure – Principal Investigator
  • UK Department for International Development – Dynamic Sensors on Cookstoves to Encourage and Reinforce Healthy Behavior Change – Principal Investigator
  • DelAgua Health – Barstow, C., Nagel, C., Clasen, T., Thomas, E., “Process Evaluation and Assessment of Use of a Large Scale Water Filter and Cookstove Program in Rwanda – Principal Investigator
  • U.S. Agency for International Development – Behavioral Reactivity Associated with Electronic Monitoring of Environmental Health Interventions – Principal Investigator
  • U.S. Agency for International Development – Data Sharing Platform for Global Development – Co Investigator
  • UK Department for International Development – Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Cellular Instrumentation on Rural Handpumps to Improve Service Delivery


  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control – Assessing Adoption and Use of Portable Water Collection Systems
  • Gates Foundation – Assessing Latrine Use in Rural India: A Cross-Sectional Study Comparing Reported Use and Passive Latrine Use Monitors – Co Investigator

Town, Matthew -

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Adjunct Lecturer PSUCommunity Health

Townsend, Jamie - BS

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Post-Award Grant Manager Dean’s Office OHSU – CSB 669 Phone: 503-494-8528

Education, Degrees

BS Accounting, Portland State University, 2014

Tratnyek, Paul -

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Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – HRC 356 Phone: (503) 346 – 3431

Paul G. Tratnyek is a professor in the School of Public Health. He teaches courses for the M.P.H. in Environmental Systems and Human Health program.

Tratnyek’s expertise is in environmental chemistry, especially the fate, effects and remediation of contaminants. Research areas include treatment processes for removing metals and organic contaminants from water, corrosion of iron and other metals, environmental aspects of nanomaterials, and statistical/computational methods for estimating substance properties that are needed for assessments of environmental fate and risk.

He served as a research associate at the Swiss Federal Institute for Water Resources and Water Pollution Control from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, he joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Oregon Graduate Institute, which later became the Department of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems and then the Institute of Environmental Health at OHSU.

Additional information on Tratnyek’s research projects, publications, awards, outreach, etc. are available at the Tratnyek Lab Website, ResearchGate, or Google Scholar.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Williams College, 1980
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, 1987


Uliano, Tony - MS

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Adjunct Professor Epidemiology, Preventive Medicine Residency, Epidemiology & Medicine Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 826-6854

Tony Uliano has been an adjunct instructor of environmental health for 23 years at PSU. He developed a unique course on consumer product toxicology, an area of specialized research. He maintains positions as environmental health and safety manager for a private medical device company and as a senior industrial hygiene consultant.

Uliano was a compliance specialist with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, first with a special investigative division in the U.S. Department of Labor and then as a field inspector in New York City. He was the key investigator and expert witness in a landmark case of mercury poisoning and performed assessments of many dangerous workplaces, including fatality investigations.

He also managed environmental health and safety programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs at OHSU and was influential in advancing the knowledge of indoor environmental quality and consumer product toxicology and developed forensic techniques for investigating difficult to assess exposures.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of New Haven, 1975.
M.S., Hunter College (City University of New York), 1988


Waddell, Elizabeth - MA, PhD

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Assistant Professor and Program Director for MPH in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities and Graduate Certificate in Public Health Office OHSU – GH 254 Phone: (503) 494-3732

Elizabeth Needham Waddell is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health and directs the online M.P.H. in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs.

Waddell’s research explores the intersection between social determinants of health, access to medical care and community-engaged development of health policy. Her portfolio includes projects aimed at understanding barriers and facilitators to implementation of innovative policies and standards into patient care, including medical home and integrated primary care and behavioral health.

Prior to joining the School of Public Health, she served as director of Health Disparities Research at the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network at OHSU, and as a research scientist and unit director at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Unviersity of Pennsylvania, 1995
M.A., Columbia University, 1998
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2003

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Award
  • 2004-2009, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Fellowship, Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • 2001-2003, Graduate Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
  • 1995, Urban Studies Award for Commitment to Social Justice in the City, University of Pennsylvania
  • Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care (PI: Littenberg/Kessler). Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), 03/01/16-02/28/2, Role: Cluster Site PI.
  • Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (PI: Sorenson/McCarty), National Institute on Drug Abuse, 09/01/15-08/01/20, Role: Co-I.
  • Behavioral Health Home Learning Collaborative (PI: Waddell). Oregon Health Authority, 06/01/14-12/31/16.
  • Sociomedical Analysis of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Control Initiatives (PI: Thihalolipavan). New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 03/01/15-06/30/18, Role: Co-Investigator.
  • Eastern Oregon Care Coordination Project (PI: Wadell). Moda Health/Oregon Employee Benefits Board, 03/01/15-06/30/16, Role: PI.
  • Transforming Outcomes for Patients through Medical home Evaluation & Redesign (PI: Dorr). The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 06/01/14-11/30/15, Role: CSU.


  • Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Regional Learning Communities Practice Support (PI: Medcalf/Dorr). TMF Health Quality Institute, 06/01/14-06/30/15, Role: Faculty.
  • Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Basics Learning Collaborative (PI: Waddell). Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, 09/01/14-06/01/15.
  • Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Project (PI: Davis and Miller). PacificSource Community Solutions, 06/01/14-05/31/15, Role: Study Director.

Wallace, Neal - MPP, PhD

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Professor Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 670L Phone: (503) 725-8248

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

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

Education, Degrees

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

Awards and Honors

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

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


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

Wallack, Lawrence - MPH, DrPH

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Professor Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 470T Phone: (503) 725-5148

Lawrence Wallack is professor and director for the Center for Public Health Studies at PSU and distinguished fellow of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU. He served nine years as dean of the College of Urban and Public Affairs at PSU and is emeritus professor of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

He’s had an esteemed career working in public health and in research and training in promoting good public health policy through media advocacy. He is past chair of the Board of Trustees of the World Affairs Council of Oregon and is a lifetime national associate of the National Academies, based on “extraordinary contributions through pro-bono service to National Research Council and Institute of Medicine.”

Wallack’s current work focuses on translating the science of developmental origins of health and disease into public health policy and practice, and in developing communication-framing strategies to advance public health.

Education, Degrees

M.S., University of Arizona, 1974
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1978
Dr.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1982

Awards and Honors
  • 2012, Bilderback Endowed Lecture, OHSU, Department of Pediatrics
  • 2008, Member, The National Academies Institute of Medicine, Committee on Health Insurance Status and Its Consequences
  • 2000-05, Innovators Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation(recognition of innovative and groundbreaking work in the area of substance abuse prevention)
  • 2003, Lifetime National Associate, National Academies, (recognizes extraordinary contributions through pro-bono service to National Research Council and Institute of Medicine).
  • 1997, Distinguished Wellness Lecture Award, The California Wellness Foundation/University of California, Berkeley

Waterhouse, Jonathan -

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Indigenous Peoples Scholar Indigenous Peoples Program Phone: (907) 885-7255

Jonathan Waterhouse, a scholar in the Indigenous Peoples Program, is driven by his belief that blending traditional indigenous knowledge with contemporary science is the key to a comprehensive understanding of planetary health. Waterhouse spent over a decade working with the tribes and First Nations living within the Yukon Watershed of Canada and Alaska. The work created the largest indigenous water-monitoring network in the world and facilitated the removal of tons of toxic, hazardous, electronic, and other waste from within watershed. This work led to similar work with indigenous peoples in the Amazonian Basin, in Siberia and other remote regions.

Waterhouse has helped provide his collaborators with technology to share their “place-based science” with the world. In 2010, President Obama appointed Waterhouse, a National Geographic Explorer, to the Joint Public Advisory Committee, which advises Canada, Mexico and the United States on environmental challenges.

Awards and Honors
  • 2007, National Geographic Explorer
  • 2008, Innovations in American Government -Harvard/JFK School of Government
  • 2009, Presidential Appointment to the Joint Public Advisory Committee
  • 2009, National Geographic Education Fellow
  • 2012, Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award
  • Project title: Water Indigenous Network (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: Trust for Mutual Understanding Award Dates: 01-Jun-2015 – 31-May-2016 Award number: 5957
  • Project title: Workshop: Connecting Alaska Native Communities and U.S. Northwest Coastal Tribes to the Yakut and Evenk Peioples of the Sakha Republic through WIN (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: National Science Foundation Award Dates: 15-Jan-2016 – 14-Jan-2017 Award number: 1542208
  • Project title: Workshop: Supplement – Connecting Alaska Native Communities and U.S. Northwest Coastal Tribes to the Yakut and Evenk Peioples of the Sakha Republic through WIN (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: National Science Foundation Award Dates: 01-May-2016 – 30-Apr-2017 Award number: PLR-1542208
  • Project title: Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Co-Investigator – Oregon project Sponsor: Oregon State University Award Dates: 01-Apr-2016 – 31-Dec-2017 Award number: UW143B-A
  • Project title: Ames Research Center Cooperative For Research in Earth Science and Technology (ARC-CREST) (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Co-Investigator Sponsor: BAY AREA ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE Award Dates: 19-Oct-2016 – 18-Oct-2017 Award number: ASA-NNX12AD05A
  • Project title: Water Indigenous Network (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Principal Investigator Sponsor: Trust for Mutual Understanding Award Dates: 01-Jan-2017 – 31-Dec-2017 Award number: 6228


  • Project title: Indigenous Peoples Programs (Jon Waterhouse) Role: Co-Investigator Sponsor: National Science Foundation Award Dates: 01-JUL-15 to 30-JUN-17 Award number: OCE-0424602

Wheeler, Claire - MD, PhD

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Senior Instructor II Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 471B Phone: (503) 475-2853

Claire Wheeler teaches several courses for undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Public Health, including the core course, Principles of Health Behavior.

In 2001, Wheeler completed a year-long associate fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Since then, her writing, speaking and scholarly work has been centered on the science and practice of mind-body medicine/psychoneuroimmunology as it informs healthcare at the clinical and community levels.

In addition to teaching, Wheeler has authored two books. The first, “10 Simple Solutions to Stress,” was published in 2007 and the second, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Belly Fat Weight Loss,” was published in 2013.  Wheeler is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop facilitator for continuing educational programs and public events throughout the United States and overseas.

Wheeler joined the faculty at PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs in 2005.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Physiology, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
M.D., Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1989
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1999

Awards and Honors
  • 2013/14, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2011/12, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2008, Oregon M.P.H. Program Excellence in Teaching Award

Whetsell, Dixie - MS, IBCLC

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Adjunct Faculty Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Lactation Concentration Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 309-3204

Dixie Whetsell is an adjunct faculty member who began teaching lactation education courses in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in January 2016.  She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has almost three decades of experience as a lactation educator and consultant.

After earning her M.S. in Community Health, Whetsell became a health educator for a county health department. After obtaining lactation training, she began providing lactation support through clinic and home visits. She later worked as a  lactation consultant in private practice, then for Legacy Health, providing lactation support in a hospital setting for in-patients and out-patients and for hospital staff and resident physicians. In 2003, she began teaching lactation education courses at Portland Community College and was the primary instructor there for 13 years.

Education, Degrees

M.S., University of Oregon, 1992
I.B.C.L.C., International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 1998

White, Diana - PhD

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Senior Research Associate II PSUCommunity Health

Wiggins, Noelle - MS, PhD

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Health Promotion Phone: (503) 956-8658

Noelle Wiggins is an adjunct assistant professor of Community Health at PSU, where she teaches Community Organizing for Health, conducts reading and conference courses with master’s and doctoral level students, and mentors Master of Public Health field experience students. Wiggins is also founder and director of the Community Capacitation Center at the Multnomah County Health Department.

Wiggins has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented widely at national and international conferences on topics including community health workers, popular education and participatory evaluation. She is a co-founder of the Oregon Community Health Worker Association and a past president of the Oregon Public Health Association. She has consulted on multiple community health worker-related initiatives, including the Community Health Worker-Health Disparities Initiative of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She also is an appointed member of the Traditional Health Worker Commission of the Oregon Health Authority.

Education, Degrees

B.A., History, Yale University, 1983
Elementary Teaching Certificate with Bilingual/ESL Certification, Western Oregon University, 1986
M.S., Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 1997
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, PSU, 2010

  • Principal Investigator, Youth Violence-Teen Dating Violence, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $2,061,435, Period of support: 2016-2021.
  • Principal Investigator, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,125,000, Period of support: 2011-2016.
  • Initiator, Manager, and Co-Grant Writer, Poder es Salud/Power for Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,500,000, Period of support: 2002-2006.
  • Co-Investigator, National Community Health Advisor Study, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Period of support: 1995-1997.

Winett, Liana - DrPH, MPH, MCHES

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Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement Dean’s Office Phone: 503-725 8262

Liana Winett is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate level courses in media advocacy and mass communication for public health. Dr. Winett has served on faculty and as an administrator since 2000. Prior to joining PSU, she was Research Coordinator for the Berkeley Media Studies Group.

Her research includes focus on how science, advocates, and the media talk about developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), childhood obesity, childhood lead poisoning, interpersonal violence, breast, cervical and prostate cancers, California’s Three Strikes incarceration initiative, the anthrax/bioterrorism scares of 2001, Oregon’s Measure 7, major causes of death in Oregon, and H1N1 influenza.

Education, Degrees

Dr.PH., University of California, Berkeley
M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles
M.C.H.E.S. – Master Certified Health Education Specialist

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