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David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, is the Founding Dean of the joint Oregon Health & Science University – Portland State University School of Public Health. He is a native Oregonian and formerly a Professor at Harvard School of Medicine, Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, Visiting Professor at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda, and Visiting Professor at Vellore Institute of Technology in India.
After completing a masters degree in Philosophy of Science from King’s College London and medical school at Johns Hopkins, his research and advocacy focused on mitigating the harms caused by poverty, mental illness, substance use and HIV. He completed his medical residency at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in north Harlem to care for patients afflicted by urban povery, violence and HIV. Upon moving to the University of California, San Francisco and completing fellowships in infectious disease and AIDS prevention as well as Master’s Degrees in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, he became the leading expert in HIV and homelessness. Dr. Bangsberg’s research discovered successful strategies for treating HIV infected homeless people which neutralized concerns that that they should not be treated with antiretroviral therapy out of fear that incomplete medication adherence would create new strains of drug resistant HIV.
Based on the inspiration of a student, he then turned to sub-Saharan Africa to find that the poorest HIV-infected people in the world had some of the highest levels of HIV treatment adherence. His work was described by President Bill Clinton as the “nail in the coffin” on the debate as to whether HIV-infected people in sub-Saharan Africa would adhere to antiretroviral medications and neutralized the major criticism to providing multinational funding for global HIV treatment. As Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, he brought together the expertise of Harvard and MIT to improve physical, mental, social and economic health to the poorest regions of the world in several signature areas, including: HIV care, disaster response, cancer care, and medical technology innovation. He received the Clifford Barger Mentoring Award, given annually to 5 of the 12,000 Harvard Medical School Faculty. He has raised over $70 million dollars to advance public health, was the second highest NIH HIV/AIDS RO-1 funded investigator worldwide in 2008, and has helped over 25 junior investigators secure NIH funding. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians and has published over 390 manuscripts generating over 29,000 citations and an h-index of 86.
BS, University of Rochester, 1985
M.Sc, Kings College, University of London, 1986
MD, Johns Hopkins University, 1990
MPH, University of California, Berkeley, 1997
MS, Harvard Medical School, 2013
Awards and Honors
- 2008: UCSF AIDS Research Institute Award for Outstanding Mentoring (UCSF)
- 2011: A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award (Harvard Medical School)
- 2013: Pioneer Award (IAPAC/NIMH)
- 2014 Americal Academy of Physicians, Elected Member
- 2015-2018, Building Nursing Leadership in sub-Saharan Africa, Wyss Foundation, Mentor to Principal Investigator: Pat Daoust; total $1,000,000
- 1995-2016, Novel approaches to monitoring and utilizing adherence to HIV therapy in Africa. NIMH R01 MH54907. Principal Investigator; total direct costs: $5,936,467
- 2011-2016, Periconception HIV risk reduction for HIV-discordant couples in Uganda. NIMH K23 095655. Mentor to Principal Investigator: Lynn Matthews; total direct costs: $853,822
- 2014 – 2018, Administrative home for SEED Global Health funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; total costs: $6,000,000
- 2012 – 2017: Disaster Response Preparedness, Liberty Mutual Fund, Program Director: total costs: $250,000
- 2014 – 2016: Hellman Family Foundation, Principal Investigator; total costs: $100,000.
- 2014 – 2017, Medical Technology Innovation in India. USAID; Administrative Director; total costs: $1,000,000.
Rachael Godlove supports curricular and academic personnel work in the Dean’s Office.
M.A., Georgetown University
B.S., Northern Arizona University
Josh Hodsden has been a student advocate in higher education for eight years, coaching both undergraduate and graduate students before and during their programs.
B.S., Business Management, University of Phoenix, 2002
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2010
In September 2018, Dr. Richard Johnson became the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Johnson is also Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon.
He received his BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington and his MS and PhD degrees from the Oregon Graduate Institute (now part of OHSU). Dr. Johnson has been a faculty member at OHSU since 1985. He teaches in the areas of public health relating to climate change, drinking water availability, chemical and transport and fate in the environment and restoration of sites contaminated by industrial and other sources. His research interests involve forecasting of water quality in rivers to protect drinking water sources, development of diagnostic tool for groundwater restoration, and vulnerability of groundwater sources of drinking water.
B.S., University of Washington, 1973
M.S., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1981
Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1985
B.A., DePaul University, 2005
M.S., DePaul University, 2008
Ph.D., University of California – Davis, 2014
Cert., WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy, 2018
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
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
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