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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Baker, Robin - MS, PhD

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Adjunct Instructor & Research Associate Health Management & Policy; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Office OHSU – CSB 614 Phone: (503) 494-3156
Biography

Robin Baker is a doctoral candidate in the School of Public Health’s Health Systems and Policy program and is a research associate and adjunct instructor at the School of Public Health. Her research interests include evidence-based treatment for substance-use disorders, integration of behavioral health and primary care, care management for individuals with serious mental illness, and systemic and organizational factors that impact quality and access of services.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Portland State University, 2006
M.S., Portland State University, 2009
Ph.D., Portland State University, 2017

Bangsberg, David - MSc, MD, MPH, MS

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Founding Dean Dean’s Office Office OHSU – GH 227 Phone: (503) 407-9896
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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
Notes
  • 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.

Becker, Thomas - MA, MD, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology and Medicine Office OHSU – CSB 650 Phone: (503) 494-1175
Biography

Thomas Becker is a medical epidemiologist who has focused most of his career on minority health and improvement of health status of specific minority populations, including American Indians and Hispanics. Trained in internal medicine, anthropology, and public health, he began his career at the University of New Mexico before moving to the Northwest about 20 years ago.

Since his arrival in Portland, Becker has collaborated closely with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board. He has published on a diverse range of American Indian health issues, including both infectious and chronic diseases. And with the Indian Health Board, he has been involved in etiologic studies, community prevention programs and education programs to improve career opportunities for people in tribes nationwide.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Ohio University, 1972
M.A., Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1976
M.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1977
CDC EIS Program, 1985
Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 1986

Benner, Elizabeth - MA

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Academic & Career Advisor Office PSU – URBN 450T Phone: (503) 725-2333
Biography

Elizabeth Benner has spent her career in a variety of higher education institutions as an academic and career advisor, internship coordinator and instructor. Those experiences have given her opportunities to assist and learn from diverse student populations and collaborate with peers to develop and implement innovative instructional and advising strategies to fit the unique needs of individuals and groups.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Sociology, Western Washington University, 2003
M.A., Sociology, University of California Davis, 2006

 

Berlin, Michelle - MPH, MD

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Professor Epidemiology & Health Promotion Office OHSU – MNP 3111 Phone: 503-494-4480
Biography

Michelle Berlin is co-director of the OHSU Center for Women’s Health and vice chair of Public Health and Faculty Development in Obstetrics and Gynecology at OHSU. She is also a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology at the OHSU School of Medicine, and a professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.

Berlin is program director of the Center for Women’s Health’s Policy Advisory Towards Health (PATH for women), which focuses on health policy issues within women’s health. She is also a primary author, in partnership with the National Women’s Law Center, of “Making the Grade on Women’s Health: A National and State-by-State Report Card.”

Her research and clinical interests converge in addressing screening and prevention services for women, especially for minority and disadvantaged populations. Her clinical work focuses on Pap screening and follow-up evaluation of abnormal Pap smears for the prevention of cervical cancer.

Education, Degrees

A.B., University of California, Berkeley, Microbiology and Immunology, 1980
M.P.H., University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health, 1982
M.D., University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1986

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, OHSU Distinguished Lecturer Award
  • 2012, Doris H. Merritt, M.D., Lectureship in Women’s Health, Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, Indianapolis, Ind.
  • 2009, Women Leaders of Oregon, NEW Leadership Oregon, Center for Women, Politics and Policy, PSU
Notes
  • Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative (OR-CCRC); CDC; co-Investigator; 9/11/2014-8/30/2018; 5% effort.
  • Estimating the Marginal Effects and Lifetime Costs of Sexual Violence Against Women in the United States; CDC; Principal Investigator (subaward) 10/2012-9/2014; 1% effort.
  • Evidence-Based Practice II: Faculty & Curriculum (Western States Chiropractic College; NIH; Michelle Berlin, Principal Investigator (subaward); 8/1/2009-6/30/2013; 10% effort.
  • Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI); “The Oregon Health & Science University Human Investigations Program,” NIH; Michelle Berlin, Course Director; Eric Orwoll Principal Investigator; 7/1/2006-2015; 5% effort.
  • Evidence-Based Care: Faculty & Curriculum Development (Western States Chiropractic College); NIH Anne Nedrow, Principal Investigator (subaward); 8/01/2005-7/31/2009; Instructor; 1/1/2008-7/31/2009. 1.5% effort.
  • OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP); NIH; Cynthia Morris, Principal Investigator, 9/1/2005-8/31/2006; 5% effort.

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  • National Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health; Department of Health and Human Services; Michelle Berlin, Principal Investigator; $1,462,140; 9/30/2003-9/29/2007; 50% effort.
  • OHSU Human Investigations Program (HIP); NIH; Cynthia Morris, Principal Investigator; 9/1/2002-8/31/2005; 5% effort.

Bienen, Leslie - MFA, DVM

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Professor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 951-1118
Biography

Leslie teaches primarily undergraduate courses at PSU, including Global Health and Consumer Health. She is the pilot program coordinator for PSU’s BUILD EXITO program, an undergraduate research training program that supports students on their pathway to becoming scientific researchers.

Her own research focuses on conservation medicine and on zoonotic (from nonhuman animals to humans) disease transmission. Conservation medicine strives to understand the interaction among human health, environmental changes and the health of nonhuman species. She was a co-investigator on the Bighorn Sheep Disease project, examining disease dynamics of pneumonia in bighorn sheep. She has researched and written about several bat viruses transmissible to humans and sampled livestock in Nepal for bovine brucellosis and tuberculosis, surveying farmers about their understanding of these diseases.

Leslie was a regular contributor to Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment for many years. She has published in Orion, Open Spaces, Conservation Magazine, and other places.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Princeton University
M.F.A., University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
D.V.M., Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Notes
  • 2010-2015: Co-Principal Investigator on a two-year study entitled “Connectivity, Isolation, and Disease Dynamics: Trade-offs in Recovering Bighorn Sheep Populations study”; this work is funded by the Morris Animal Foundation. This funding was renewed in 2012.
  • 2008-2010: Co-Principal Investigator on two-year study entitled “Climate Change, Wildlife Corridors, and Health Consequences in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Northern Rockies”; work funded by the New York Community Trust.
  • 2006: Participated in collaborative research project, sponsored by the East-West Center and funded by a NIH Roadmap Research Teams of the Future grant, on development of transdisciplinary approaches to investigation of emerging diseases and social-ecological systems (lead author on published paper).

Boone-Heinonen, Janne - MPH, PhD

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

Janne Boone-Heinonen is an assistant 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

Borofka, Katherine - MPH

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Adjunct Instructor Health Studies Phone: (503) 273-5828
Biography

Katie Borofka is an adjunct Instructor at the School of Public Health. Her academic background has evolved from the macro studies of Peace and Conflict Studies at University of California, Berkeley and her work in the M.P.H. program at PSU to more micro and clinical studies in the Master of Social Work program at PSU. The bulk of her professional and academic work has focused on issues of human sexuality, from sexuality education, to domestic and sexual violence prevention and intervention work, to providing advocacy services to queer youth to providing therapy, to students struggling with relationships and questions of sexuality and gender identity. She currently teaches Human Sexuality and Women’s Reproductive Health at the School of Public Health.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2010
M.P.H., Portland State University, 2012

Awards and Honors

2010, Phi Beta Kappa

Bradley, Katherine - RN, PhD

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Associate Professor Primary Health Care & Health Disparities, Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Office OSHU – SON 584 Phone: (503) 494-1137
Biography

Katherine Bradley is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and is also a clinical associate professor in the OHSU School of Nursing, where she is faculty in the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the lead evaluator for the Interprofessional Care Access Network program. For the past several years, she served as the School of Public Health’s  interim associate dean for practice, working with the leadership team to prepare for accreditation, establishing the framework for community practice and workforce development and expanding the school’s portfolio of internships and field experiences.

Before joining OHSU in 2012, she was an administrator for the Oregon Public Health Division, responsible for the State Maternal and Child Health programs. She helped to strengthen partnerships with community groups and local public health agencies and increased federal grants funds, helping to expand programs and provide greater access to public health services for low-income families.

Education, Degrees

B.S.N., Seattle University, 1976
M.N., Nursing Administration, University of Washington, 1981
Ph.D., Nursing, University of Kansas, 2000

Notes
  • Program Director (2010-2016) State Maternal Child Health Block Grant (Title V). HRSA.
  • Principal Investigator (2011 – 2013) Oregon Wise Woman Program. CDC
  • Principle Investigator (2011-2012) Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening. CDC
    Principal Investigator (2010-2015) ACA Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting
  • Administrator (2010 – 2015) Personal Responsibility Education Program (Teen Pregnancy)
  • Program Director (2011 – 2014) Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health
  • Evaluation Manager (2013-2015). The Interprofessional Care Access Network (I-CAN). OHSU

Brodowicz, Gary - MA, PhD

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Professor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450N Phone: (503) 725-5119 (Office) Phone: (503) 725-5128 (Lab)
Biography

Gary Brodowicz has been a faculty member at PSU for the past 30 years. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and also advises M.S./M.A. Health Studies graduate students undertaking thesis and project work related to exercise, fitness, physical activity and sports medicine.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, Brodowicz worked for three years as an elementary school physical education teacher in Romeo, Michigan. His interest in exercise physiology took him to Wake Forest University where he earned his master’s degree, then Ohio State University, where he earned his Ph.D. Throughout his career, Brodowicz’s scholarly and teaching interests have included topics related to exercise, fitness, physical activity, and measurement. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the American Physiological Association.

Education, Degrees

BS.Ed., University of Michigan, 1977
M.A., Wake Forest University, 1981
Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 1986

Awards and Honors
  • 2006, Certificate of Appreciation, American Association of University Professors
  • 2005, Certificate of Appreciation, American Association of University Professors
  • 1999, Award for Service, American Association of University Professors
  • 1991, Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • 1989, The Art Broten Young Scholar Award
Notes
  • Oregon Center for Aging & Technology Pilot Grant (Crespo, Carlos J.)(2008-9) Measurement of physical activity in older adults: Comparison of heart rate and accelerometry, Role: Co-Investigator
  • Northwest Health Foundation (Ojeda, Lila )(2003) Pedometer-Derived Physical Activity Levels Among Overweight and Normal Weight Female Nurses, Role: Co-Investigator
  • PSU Faculty Support and Development Program (Brodowicz, Gary) (2000) Body CompositionAssessment,
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • PSU Faculty Development Program(Brodowicz, Gary) (1997-8) Discipline-Specific Software Development in Public Health Education, Role: Principal Investigator
  • PSU Faculty Development Program (Svoboda, Milan)(1993-94) Measurement of Daily Activity I: Validity and Reliability of Pedometers during Intentional Walking/Jogging, Role: Co-Investigator

Browning, Nicole - MPH

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Senior Instructor I PSUCommunity Health

Buckley, David - MD, MPH

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Associate Professor Epidemiology & Medicine, Health Promotion, Biostatistics, and Health Management & Policy Office OHSU – EJH 226 Phone: (503) 494-8367
Biography

David I. Buckley is an associate professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and in Family Medicine and Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU.

Buckley’s research addresses various aspects of primary care practice, including disparities in the receipt of clinical preventive services among rural residents and adults with disabilities. He has been funded as a principal investigator by the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians for research engaging clinics and patients to improve cancer screening for people with physical disabilities.

He has recently served as a co-investigator on projects evaluating linkages between primary care clinics and community resources for providing clinical preventive services. Buckley’s research also includes systematic evidence reviews and comparative effectiveness reviews across various health care topics for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health, among others.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Anthropology/Mathematics, Northwestern University, 1982
M.D., University of New Mexico School of Medicine, 1993
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2008

Bull, Elizabeth -

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Finance & Administration Manager Dean’s Office Home Phone: 503-725-4592

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N