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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.
M.S., University of Oregon, 1992
I.B.C.L.C., International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 1998
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.
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.
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.
Dr.PH., University of California, Berkeley
M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles
M.C.H.E.S. – Master Certified Health Education Specialist
Kevin L. Winthrop is a professor of public health and associate professor of infectious diseases and ophthalmology at the School of Public Health and School of Medicine at OHSU.
A former infectious disease epidemiologist in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Winthrop has co-authored over 150 publications, many regarding the epidemiologic and clinical aspects of opportunistic infections associated with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, particularly those related to biologic immunosuppressive therapies. Winthrop has served as a primary or senior investigator in many clinical or epidemiologic studies and has collaborated closely with the rheumatology community in the evaluation and prevention of opportunistic infections in that setting.
He is also a member of the graduate faculty at OHSU, where he mentors public health students, medical students, and physicians in post-graduate training.
M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California at Berkeley, 2003
M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, 1998
B.A., Biology, Yale University, 1993
Awards and Honors
- 2012, Gary D. Friedman Outstanding Paper Award, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program Division of Research
- 2010, Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award, Medical Research Foundation of Oregon
- 2004, Outstanding Unit Citation Award, United States Public Health Service, given for investigation of hepatotoxicity associated with a new tuberculosis treatment. Investigation resulted in new recommendations for the treatment of tuberculosis infection.
- 2003, Commendation Medal, United States Public Health Service, given for national leadership in the surveillance, prevention and treatment of mycobacterial skin infections in the United States.
- 2002, Outstanding Unit Citation Award, United States Public Health Service
- RO1 FD005401 (Winthrop) 09/01/16 – 07/31/20
- UM1 AR065705 (Curtis/Winthrop)09/01/14 – 08/01/19
- ATS Junior Faculty (Henkle/Winthrop) 12/15/16 – 12/14/18
- HHSN272201200005C (Topham) 12/13/11-12/12/18
- 1013-OHSU (Winthrop) 05/01/15-04/30/16
- Arikace TR02-112 4/12/12-11/20/15
- CST001_USA4 (Winthrop) 07/15/14 – 06/30/15
- S-SRA (Curtis/Winthrop) 7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015
Brad Wipfli’s research concentrates on health promotion and health behavior change. He is interested in identifying effective behavioral and environmental change strategies that impact physical and mental health. He also investigates the ways in which changes in health behaviors impact physiological processes and clinical indicators of illness and disease.
Wipfli won the 2009 Dissertation of the Year award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education for his work discovering that post-exercise improvements in depressive symptoms are mediated by reductions in serum serotonin. He has also been a part of several pioneering Total Worker Health interventions, including the groundbreaking Safety and Health Involvement for Truckers study, which is the largest health and safety intervention with truck drivers in U.S. history. He is currently leading an intervention aimed at improving health, safety, and well-being of workers in sedentary occupations (see here).
B.A., Carthage College, 2002
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008
Awards and Honors
- 2009, First Place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition (Olson, R., Anger, K., Elliot, D.L., Wipfli, B., Schmidt, S., & Gray, M.) APA/NIOSH Work, Stress and Health Conference
- 2009, Dissertation of the Year, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
- 2007, Douglas L. Conley Memorial Scholarship Award, Arizona State University Department of Kinesiology
- NIOSH Center of Excellence (Anger, Center PI) Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence Research Project: Multilevel Intervention to Improve Safety and Health in Sedentary Occupations Description: This project is a research project within the overall Center application. The study is designed to substantially improve health, safety, and well-being in sedentary workers, including physiological outcomes that contribute to chronic diseases. The project tests whether a multilevel intervention is more effective than single level interventions for increasing the utilization of existing health and safety resources. Role: PI of Research Project
- USAMRAA W81XWH-13-2-0020 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 2/08/13 – 2/07/18 Development and Evaluation of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Improving Reintegration of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves into the Workplace Description: The major goal of this project is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce to impact veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
- TREC – NITC (Liu-Qin Yang, PI) 4/01/16 to 10/01/17 How Do Stressed Workers Make Travel Choices that are Good for their Health, Safety, and Productivity? Description: This study will analyze two existing datasets to determine the psychological factors that impact commute choices, and examine how commute choices impact psychological and physiological stress responses to daily stressors. Role: Co-Investigator
- NHLBI R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 4/01/11 to 3/31/16 Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention Description: Cluster randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a competition-based weight loss intervention for truck drivers that is supported with computer-based training and motivational interviewing. The study will also evaluate how social support factors in both home and work environments moderate intervention effectiveness. Role: Co-Investigator
- NIOSH U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) 9/01/11 to 8/31/16 Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence Description: Development and evaluation of a scripted peer-led curriculum to organize home care workers into neighborhood-based Workforce teams that provide education and social support for improving lifestyle (e.g., diet, exercise) and safety behaviors. Role: Collaborator
- NIOSH 2U01 HD059773-05 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 9/01/08 to 7/31/14 Portland Center: Work Family and Health Network Phase II Description: Randomized multi-worksite evaluation of a multi-component intervention (including behavioral self-monitoring) to increase family-supportive supervisory behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator
- NICHD U01 HD059773-05S1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 9/30/09 to 9/29/11 Administrative Supplement, Work-Life Network Phase II Description: Administrative supplement award to enhance intervention effectiveness through the development of employee self-monitoring activities that are designed to increase co-worker supportive behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator
Andrew is an administrator in the School of Public Health. He is currently the program support for the undergraduate programs and 4 of the graduate programs. He is housed on the PSU campus in the Urban Center on the 4th Floor.
B.S., Health Studies, Portland State University
Dr. Wyse has a primary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliated Research Assistant Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Wyse’s work includes collaborating other faculty members in Health Systems & Policy, mentoring or advising PhD students in HSP, serve as preceptor, and participates in the School at large.
Dr. Wyse is a post-doctoral fellow in Health Services Research & Development at the VA Portland Health Care System. She is a native Oregonian and thrilled to be back in the Northwest. Her research has long focused on vulnerable populations, particularly those involved in the criminal justice system. The high burden of substance use disorders and associated health problems experienced by those justice-involved encouraged her to pursue further training in health services research and implementation science, with the ultimate goal of enhancing access to, and delivery of, evidence-based treatments for substance use disorders. She is interested both in the system-level changes needed to promote effective care delivery and access, as well as patients’ experiences of this care—knowledge that can be leveraged to better engage and retain patients in treatment, and ultimately enhance public health more broadly.
David Yanez is co-director of the OHSU Biostatistics and Design Program and the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design program within the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute.
His research interests include robust or distribution-free methods in applied statistical analysis, measurement error models, generalized linear and quasi-likelihood models, longitudinal data analysis, clinical research in anesthesia and perioperative medicine, emergency medicine, cardiovascular disease research and biostatistical consulting.
Prior to joining the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Yanez served on the faculty of the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington and as the department’s graduate program director. Yanez was also a visiting professor at King Saud University and a research scientist at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
B.S., Arizona State University, 1987
M.S., Arizona State University, 1989
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1993
- Yanez ND, Aljasser IA, Andre M, Hu C, Juraska M, Lumley T. Assessing the impact of measurement error in modeling change in the absence of auxiliary data. Communications in Statistics, 46(6):2667-2680, 2016.
- Suchy-Dicey A, Laha T, Hoofnagle A, Sirich T, Meyer T, Thummel K, Yanez ND, Himmelfarb J, Weiss NS, Kestenbaum BR. Renal tubular secretion in chronic kidney disease: description, determinants, and outcomes. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2016 Jul; 27(7): 2148-2155. PMID: 26614381.
- Deem S, Yanez D, Sissons-Ross, L, Elrod-Brockel JA, Daniel S, Treggiari M. Randomized Pilot Trial of Endotracheal Tubes to Prevent Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia. Ann. Am. Thor. Soc. 2016. Jan; 13(1): 72-80. PMID: 26523433.
- Richards MK, Yanez D, Goldin AB, Grieb T, Murphy W, Drugas G. Factors associated with 30-day unplanned surgical readmission in a children’s hospital.Am. J. Surg. 2016 Sep: 212(3):426-632. PMID: 26924805.
- Tanaka P, Yanez D, Lemmens H, Djurdjulov A, Scotto L, Borg L, Walker K Bereknyei S, Macario A. Impact of an innovative classroom-based lecture series on residents’ evaluations of an anesthesiology rotation. Anesthesiol. Res. Pract. 2016; 2016: 8543809. doi:10.1155/2016/8543809. PMID: 26989407.
- Devine EB, Alfonso-Cristancho R, Yanez ND, Edwards TC, Patrick DL, Armstrong C, Devlin A, Symons RG, Meissner M, Lavallee D, Kessler L, Flum DR, and the CERTAIN Collaborative. Patient-Reported Outcomes after Medical versus Revascularization Interventions for Intermittent Leg Claudication. JAMA Surgery. 2016 Oct 19; 151(10). PMID: 27760274.
Jennifer Young’s expertise lies in public health nutrition with maternal, child and adolescent populations. Her areas of focus include: food insecurity; school health; unhealthy food marketing; obesity stigma; and healthy weight and development. She has worked on nutrition programs, projects and policy at the state and local level.
Young enjoys bringing her work experiences into the classroom as students explore the latest data, research, policy and legislation in action. She also has served as a preceptor for nearly thirty interns, and now works alongside many of them as colleagues in the field.
Young is currently working in a joint position among the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Public Health Division and the Oregon Department of Education to improve nutrition and physical activity in Oregon schools. She is completing a doctoral degree in education at PSU.
B.S., University of California, Davis, 1982
M.P.H., Loma Linda University, 1986
Ed.D. candidate, Portland State University
Awards and Honors
OHSU, Dietetic Intern Preceptor Service Award
Atif Zaman is the section chief and a professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at OHSU and is a professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU. He is also a vice chair of the Department of Medicine at OHSU.
Zaman’s current research includes linkages to care of persons who are chronically infected with hepatitis C, especially among vulnerable populations such as homeless people and people who inject drugs.
Aaman is a member of several national societies, including the American Gastroenterological Association, the American College of Physicians and the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases.
B.S., Boston University, 1987
M.D., Tufts University, 1991
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2000
Awards and Honors
2000, Outstanding Investigator Award, Western Section – American Federation for Medical Research
- NIH RO1 DK 58369-01 Site Principal Investigator: Atif Zaman 1/02-12/09
- Cooperative agreement U50/CCU011184 funded by CDC/NCID Principal Investigator: Atif Zaman
- Sponsor: DHHS HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau 1 P06 HA16539 01-00 Hepatology Consultant: Atif Zaman (PI:Todd Korthius)
Belinda Zeidler has been a faculty member at PSU for over 30 years. As director of undergraduate programs at the School of Public Health, she is the undergraduate curriculum chair and is responsible for overseeing the curricular changes to courses and programs at the undergraduate level. She also works as an academic advisor and internship co-coordinator.
Early in her career, as a graduate student at PSU, Zeidler was assigned to teach the Health and Fitness for Life course required of all PSU students. She developed a strong interest in enhancing health by applying successful behavior change theory. Upon graduation, she was hired to coordinate the Health and Fitness program.
Also early in her career, aside from teaching, she worked with an Oregon health insurance company as a health educator, implementing health promotion programs around the state. Her focus was health behavior change for lower socioeconomic populations.
B.S., Anthropology, PSU, 1982
M.S.T., Exercise Science, PSU, 1986
Awards and Honors
2016, Outstanding Teacher Award, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Community Health
Adrienne Zell is a co-director of the OHSU Evaluation Core, which collaborates with academic researchers and community organizations to evaluate the impact of their work. She is also the director of the Office of Research Impact of the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute, which is the evaluation team for the institute.
She has been an evaluator for more than 20 years, working across Oregon to bridge academic and community relationships and improve the rigor and effectiveness of program evaluations.
Zell is lead evaluator for BUILD-EXITO, an undergraduate research training program at PSU that supports students on their pathway to become scientific researchers working collaboratively with PSU colleagues, and lead evaluator for the Knight Cancer Center Community Partnership Program. Zell is active on an evaluation advisory board at the Oregon Community Foundation and is the chair-elect of the American Evaluation Association Topical Interest Group for Translational Research.
B.A., University of Puget Sound, 1988
M.A., California State University, 1991
Ph. D., University of Chicago, 2002
- UL1 TR000128 (Ellison) 07/11 – 06/17 1.4 calendar NIH/NCATS $4,932,667 Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI) has been accelerating research at Oregon Health & Science University since 2006. Its many highly functional programs assist investigators and trainees by providing diverse services. The major goal of OCTRI is to foster research to find better treatments for disease and help find ways to keep people healthy. It is also focused on training the translational research workforce of the future. Role: Co-Investigator
- U54MD009487 (Crespo) 09/14-08/19 2.4 calendar , NIH $2,570,264 EXITO Enhancing Cross Disciplinary Infrastructure and Training at Oregon The major goal of this project is to increase career research pathways for underrepresented students in biomedical sciences by transforming general education instruction, engaging faculty and students in research learning communities, and leveraging existing training programs. EXITO will engage students from multiple racial/ethnic backgrounds, disability status, and lifetime experiences to take part in hands-on research, senior capstone, and paid research experiences. Role: Lead Evaluator
- 5P30CA069533-17 (Druker) 07/15-06/17, 2.4 calendar NIH/NCI, $1,000,000 OHSU Knight Cancer Institute The major goals of this project are to support the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, its programs, shared resources, and administration. Shared resources include: Histopathology and Cancer Genotyping, Flow Cytometry, Integrated Genomics, Proteomics, Bioanalytical/Pharmacokinetics, Bioinformatics, Biostatistics, and Clinical Research Management. The instruments of the institute foster interdisciplinary coordination and collaboration of cancer research faculty at OHSU in basic, clinical, and population research. Role: Community Partnership Program Evaluation
- 5K12 HL108974-05 (Newgard) 07/11 – 06/17, 1.2 calendar NIH/NHLBI, $49,4667 Oregon Multidisciplinary Training Program in Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Inter-K12 Site Program Evaluation Project The major goals are to describe common themes of Scholar, Mentors, and Program Leadership experiences with the K12 program, including successes and challenges, using qualitative research methodology. Role: Lead Evaluator
- SRCH (Zell/Davis) 7/1/16 – 8/31/17, 2.1 calendar Oregon Health Authority, $89,847 Sustainable Relationships for Community Health Role: Co-PI
David Zonies is a trauma, critical care and acute care surgeon at Oregon Health & Science University. He is a core member of the Level I trauma center’s injury prevention program, focusing on injury epidemiology and prevention measures. Since 2009, he has been involved in the Global Burden of Disease Project, focusing on injury epidemiology, traumatic brain injury and secular injury trends during military conflict. His research interests include health access disparities to surgical care and effective injury prevention measures. He is currently the co-investigator of a multi-center randomized control trial examining early interventions after spinal cord injury.
B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1996
M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1997
M.D., Jefferson Medical College, 2002
M.P.H., University of Washington, 2008
Awards and Honors
- 2016 Randomized Trial of Early Hemodynamic Management of Patients Following Acute Spinal Cord Injury (TEMPLE TRIAL) Spinal Cord Injury Research Program, Agency: Congresionally Directed Medical Research Program
- 2012-2014 Clinical Research Infrastructure Grant, Agency: Health Affairs & Medical Research & Material Command
Katharine Zuckerman’s research focuses on health care quality and health care disparities for children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. She uses a variety of approaches, including large database analysis, survey research techniques, qualitative techniques and community-based interventions, to learn more about the barriers that families and providers experience to health care access and quality, and to develop evidence-based strategies to reduce barriers to care. She has particular involvement and expertise in cultural issues affecting Latinos, Oregon’s largest minority group. Her research involves close collaboration with local community partners as well as national stakeholders in the fields of developmental disabilities and health care disparities.
M.D., Harvard Medical School, 2004
M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 2009
- NIH/NIMH 1K23MH095828 Zuckerman, KE (PI) Reducing barriers to autism care for Latino children Brief project description: Survey and pilot intervention to reduce barriers to autism care for Latino children in the U.S. 4/2012-4/2017
- Autism Speaks Early Access to Care Grant Zuckerman, KE (PI) REAL-START: Risk evaluation for autism in Latinos– Screening tools and referral training Brief project description: Intervention in pediatric primary care settings to increase autism screening, improve autism referral rates, and reduce ethnic disparities in autism care. 4/2013-4/2016
- Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation Zuckerman, KE (PI) Audiovisual approach to autism awareness Brief project description: Create and evaluate interactive, high quality, bilingual audio and video materials for families about autism spectrum disorder.2015-2016
- Oregon Medical Research Foundation New Investigator Award Zuckerman, KE (PI) Racial and ethnic disparities in autism diagnosis and treatment Brief project description: Secondary data analysis of racial/ethnic differences in health beliefs and service utilization for children with autism spectrum disorders. 12/2012-12/2014