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More than 100 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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Boone-Heinonen, Janne - MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for MPH in Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 662 Phone: (503) 494-9055
Biography

Janne Boone-Heinonen is an associate professor of epidemiology and program director for the School of Public Health’s M.P.H. in Epidemiology.

Boone-Heinonen’s research is dedicated to understanding environmental and behavioral approaches to mitigating the trans-generational cycle of obesity, which blends two major research areas. First, she has done significant research on multi-level influences on obesity in adolescence through middle adulthood. Second, she has ongoing research on early life determinants of obesity.

Her research topics and projects explore: the extent to which healthy diet and physical activity can mitigate the life-long effects of adverse fetal development; the differences in early life growth across racial, ethnic and socioeconomic subgroups; and environmental predictors of health in mothers and infants.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Santa Clara University, 1997
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2003
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2009
Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

Notes
  • K01-DK1022857 (Boone-Heinonen) | /30/2015-9/29/2018 NIH/NIDDK The dynamics of transgenerational obesity: simulating systems solutions, Role: Principal Investigator
  • CDRN-1306-04716 (DeVoe) | 1/1/2014 – 9/29/2020 PCORI Accelerating Data Value Across a National Community Health Center Network (ADVANCE) Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN) Phase I and II, Role: Co-Investigator
  • OBS-1505-30699 (Gillman) | 02/01/2016- 3/31/2018 PCORI PCORnet Obesity Observational Study, Role: Site PI
  • K12-HD043488 (Dorsa DM, Guise JM) | 10/1/2012 – 9/29/2015 NIH/NICHD Oregon Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), Role: Career development scholar

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Eckhardt, Cara - MPH, PhD

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

Cara L. Eckhardt is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and director of the school’s Ph.D. program in Community Health. Eckhardt  teaches the doctoral seminar in the Community Health Ph.D. program as well as two undergraduate courses – Introduction to Epidemiology and Global Health.

Eckhardt’s research focus is the prevention of childhood obesity. Her research has included projects investigating the impact of maternal nutrition during pregnancy on childhood obesity risk, elucidating how maternal nutrition during pregnancy might affect infant growth patterns and subsequent obesity risk, linking infant feeding practices to infant growth patterns, improving early screening methods for identifying children at risk for obesity and evaluating interventions to improve the diets of young children.

After earning her doctorate degree, Eckhardt was a post-doctoral fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C. She returned to Oregon in 2008 and joined the PSU faculty in 2009.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Cornell University, 1995
M.P.H., Emory University 1999
Ph.D., University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, 2004

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Nick Norgan Award for Annals of Human Biology manuscript, Maternal vitamin D status and infant anthropometry in a US multi-centre cohort study, Eckhardt CL, Gernand AD, Roth DE, Bodnar LM, The Annals of Human Biology, 2015;42(3):215-22.
  • 2011-2016, Outstanding Teacher of the Year nominee, PSU, for five years running
  • 2003-2004, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dissertation Completion Fellowship
  • 2002, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Institute of Nutrition Fellowship
  • 2001, American Society of Nutritional Sciences NABISCO Predoctoral Fellowship Award
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  • R03 HD07584101A1 (ECKHARDT CL), NIH/NICHD, 2014-20106. Defining Infant Rapid Weight Gain to Best Predict Childhood Obesity. Role: Principal Investigator
  • R01 NR014245 (BODNAR LM, HUTCHEON J), NIH/NINR, 2013-2017. Informing Evidence-based Maternal Weight Gain Guidelines for Twin Pregnancies. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Meyer Memorial Trust Grant (IZUMI B), Meyer Memorial Trust, 2009-2015. Oregon farm-to-childcare for infants and toddlers. Role: Co-Investigator
  • Kaiser Permanente Healthy Food Access Grant (IZUMI B), Kaiser Permanente, 2012-2013. Farm-to-Head Start: Increasing Children’s Access to Regionally Grown Fruits & Vegetables. Role: Co-Investigator
  • R01 HD058061(STEVENS VJ), NIH/NICHD, 2010-2012. Weight Management for Improved Pregnancy Outcomes. Role: Funded via Administrative Supplement Grant under PA-08-191 for supplementary project: The Impact of Limiting Pregnancy Weight Gain Among Obese Mother

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Fu, Rongwei (Rochelle) - PhD

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

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

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

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

Education, Degrees

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

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

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

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Gelmon, Sherril - MHSc, DrPH

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Professor & Program Director for PhD in Health Systems and Policy Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy, and Preventive Medicine Residency Office PSU – URBN 670N Phone: (503) 725-3044
Biography

Sherril Gelmon is professor of public health and director of the Ph.D. program in Health Systems and Policy at the School of Public Health. She teaches health systems management and policy courses in the M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs, and leads the improvement science curricula for OHSU Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residents, and for OHSU medical education programs. She directed OHSU’s Foundational Improvement Science Curriculum, a faculty development program for medical and nursing educators.

She was previously coordinator of the three-university Oregon M.P.H. program, coordinator of PSU’s health management programs and chair of PSU’s Division of Public Administration.

Gelmon has conducted multiple research projects on community health improvement, health professions training, and community-university partnerships. Past research projects include evaluation of the implementation of Oregon’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program; Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future Initiative; and the Community Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative. Gelmon works with community agencies and graduate students to develop evidence of the impact of educational and health improvement interventions.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Education, Degrees

Dip.P.T., University of Saskatchewan, 1976
B.Sc. P.T., University of Toronto, 1978
M.H.Sc., University of Toronto, 1983
Dr.P.H., University of Michigan, 1990

Awards and Honors
  • 2017: Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • 2011: Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, Campus Compact
  • 2011: PSU Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
  • 2007: PSU Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Learning
  • 2005: Annual Service-Learning Research Award, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Notes
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2014-2016 Model in Oregon, Phase III – Identification of Exemplary Practices. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the “Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future” Program 2005-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation Evaluation of a grant-making program to stimulate local foundations to develop programs to invest in targeted nurse workforce initiatives. Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2013-2014 Model in Oregon, Phase II – Attribute Scoring. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of “Health Information Exchange (HIE) Services in Oregon” 2013-2014 Oregon Health Authority. Role: Principal Investigator for evaluation
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2012-2013 Model in Oregon, Phase I – Experiences of Early Implementation. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the “Training Residents in Prevention and Policy” Project 2010-2013 Oregon Health & Sciences University, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Role: Principal Investigator for evaluation

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  • Evaluation of the “Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future” Program 2005-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation Evaluation of a grant-making program to stimulate local foundations to develop programs to invest in targeted nurse workforce initiatives. Role: Co-Principal investigator
  • Evaluation of “Faculty for the Engaged Campus.’” 2007-2010 Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Evaluation of a national project to develop faculty and institutional capacity to conduct community-engaged scholarship in health professions education schools. Role: Principal Investigator

Goodman, Julia - MPH, PhD

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Assistant Professor & Interim Program Director for MPH in Health Management & Policy Health Management & Policy; Health Systems & Policy Office 670T Urban Center Phone: (503) 725-2225
Biography

Julia Goodman is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health who does research at the intersection of health services research, population health, and work and family policy. Her research explores how social, structural, and economic factors influence perinatal health and explores the impact of work-related policies on fertility decisions and pregnancy outcomes. She is currently collaborating with researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, on a three-year evaluation of San Francisco’s new paid parental leave ordinance.

She also collaborates with colleagues at the School of Public Health to develop a mixed-methods evaluation of new paid parental leave policies at the city of Portland and Multnomah County.

Goodman was also a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow with the Women’s Foundation of California.

Education, Degrees

B.S., McGill University, 2004
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Awards and Honors

2015, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley

Notes
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, “Evaluating San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance,” 2016-2018, Role: Subaward PI

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Izumi, Betty - MPH, RD, PhD

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Associate Professor Health Studies and Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 450K Phone: (503) 725-5102
Biography

Betty Izumi is a registered dietitian and associate professor in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of nutrition, sustainability and health equity. She uses a community-based participatory research approach to explore the question: Can diet quality and health be improved among underserved individuals in such a way that promotes vibrant and resilient local food systems?

She is the principal investigator for Harvest for Healthy Kids, a nutrition intervention developed in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start. Harvest for Healthy Kids connects children in early care and education settings to local agriculture through classroom education, food service modification and family engagement. In 2016, Harvest for Healthy Kids was awarded the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of British Columbia, 1998
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2000
R.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2017, Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award (Japan)
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Mid-Career Professional Achievement Award
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award for Harvest for Healthy Kids
  • 2013, Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs Craig Wollner Memorial Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty
  • 2012, Portland State University Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-based Research

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Lambert, William - PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology and Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – CSB 676 Phone: (503) 494-9488
Biography

William Lambert has more than 25 years experience as a researcher and teacher in epidemiology and the environmental health sciences. Since arriving at OHSU in 2000, Lambert has conducted health research on the toxins in salmon and subsistence fish eaten by Columbia River tribes, organophosphate exposure and cognitive health effects in the children of farmworkers, and investigated sick building illness outbreaks and cancer clusters. His research currently focuses on prevention and management of childhood asthma.

Lambert has served as chair of the Board of Directors for the Josiah Hill III Clinic (providing free child blood lead screening) and chair of the Air Toxics Science Advisory Committee for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He was Director of Education for the OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine from 2009-2015,  guiding the expansion and improvement of masters degree training programs in epidemiology and biostatistics.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1994

Awards and Honors
  • 2011, 2015, Chairman’s Award for Outstanding Mentorship, OHSU Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine
  • 2011, Leaving a Legacy Award, Josiah Hill III Clinic
  • 2010, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, Oregon Master of Public Health Program
  • 1999, Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, University of New Mexico Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program
  • 1999, Life Saver Award, American Cancer Society
Notes
  • 1U48 DP005006 (Becker, Thomas) Sep 30, 2014 – Sep 29, 2019  CDC  The Center for Healthy Communities: Dissemination, Implementation, and Evaluation of Native STAND in American Indian Communities  Role: Principal Investigator of the Center’s Core Research Project
  • 1 R01 HD062478 (Guise, Jeanne-Marie)  Aug 10, 2010 – May 31, 2015  NICHD/NINR/NIMH/AHRQ  Epidemiology of Preventable Safety Events in Pre-hospital EMS for Children  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • YEPMP0037A (Lambert, William) Sep 1, 2009 to August 31, 2012  DHHS/OPHS  Nurturing Healthy and Empowered Youth in American Indian Communities Role: Principal Investigator
  • U48 DP001937 (Becker, Thomas) Sep 30, 2009-Sep 29, 2014  CDC  The Center for Healthy Communities: Listen-4-Life  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • R21 DC008077-01 (Martin, William)  NIH/NIDOCD  April 1, 2006 – Mar 31, 2008  Tribal Community-Based Prevention of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • 1 R25 ES11074-01 (Lambert, William)  NIEHS  Sep 1, 2002 – Jun 30, 2006  Contaminated Subsistence Fish: A Yakama Nation Response  Role: Principal Investigator

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Marshall, Lynn - ScD

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Associate Professor & Program Director for PhD in Epidemiology Epidemiology; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities; Public Health Practice Office OHSU – SJH 2211 Phone: (503) 494-3990
Biography
Education, Degrees

B.S., Cornell University, 1985
Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health, 1996

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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

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Waddell, Elizabeth Needham - PhD, MA

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

Dr. 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, the M.P.H. in Public Health Practice, and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs.

Dr. 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
Notes
  • Reducing Risk of Overdose after Release from Incarceration (ROAR) (PI: Waddell). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018-2021.
  • Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care (PI: Littenberg/Kessler). Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), 03/01/16-02/28/20, 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.

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  • 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.
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Zeidler, Belinda - MST

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Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, & Academic Advisor Health Studies & Applied Health and Fitness Office PSU – URBN 450C Phone: (503) 725-4401 or (503) 725-5104
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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

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