Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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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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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

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
  • 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

Ehrlich, Laura - MSEd, MLA

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Graduate Student Services and Registration Specialist Biostatistics & Epidemiology Office OHSU – Gaines Hall 233 Phone: 503 494-2557
Education, Degrees

M.S. Ed., Portland State University
M.L.A., University of Virginia
B.A.  Cornell University

Einspruch, Eric - MSEd, PhD

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Adjunct Professor Health Management & Policy Phone: (503) 621-2686

Eric Einspruch is an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health. He is the principal and founder of ELE Consulting, LLC. He started the firm after nearly 30 years leading, managing and conducting research and evaluation studies to inform policy development and program improvement. These studies included independent evaluations of educational and social service programs in substance abuse prevention, student support services, services to homeless persons with co-occurring disorders and emergency preparedness. He has conducted small-scale local evaluations, large multi-site studies, large-scale epidemiological surveys of adolescent health behavior, and randomized controlled trials.

Einspruch volunteers with professional and community-based organizations. He was one of the organizers of the Oregon Program Evaluators Network, a local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association. He served as the group’s charter secretary during its first two years, and as the association’s fifth President.

Education, Degrees

B.A., The Evergreen State College, 1982
M.S.Ed., University of Miami, 1985
Ph.D., University of Miami, 1988

Awards and Honors

2012, Helen Tobin Writers’ Award for an article in the Journal for Nurses in Staff Development

Eisner, Alvin - MA, PhD

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Adjunct Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 470M Phone: (503) 725-5237

Before joining PSU and the School of Public Health in 2015, Alvin Eisner enjoyed a long career as a human-subjects scientist conducting basic and clinical research involving vision and the eye.

As a principal Investigator, based primarily at OHSU’s Neurological Sciences Institute, Eisner developed functional tests for predicting the development of exudative age-related macular degeneration, and he helped his institution become a site for the Age-Related Eye Disease Study, a major National Eye Institute clinical trial. Having observed that the visual systems of men and women did not age identically after the age of menopause, Eisner also conducted pioneering studies relating medication-induced hormonal change to changes in visual function.

Eisner teaches Health Aspects of Aging, and is serving a third term as a consultant to the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Food and Drug Administration.

Education, Degrees

B.S., State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1972
M.A., University of California, San Diego, 1975
M.A., University of California, San Diego, 1976
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 1979

  • Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute, Pilot Project (Winters-Stone, Kerri M.),  2007-2008,  Comprehensive Fall Risk Assessment in Breast Cancer Survivors,  Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • RO1 EY014594 (Eisner, Alvin), 2003-2008, NIH/NEI, Female Hormones and Vision, Role: Principal investigator
  • Oregon Retinal Degeneration Center; Foundation Fighting Blindness (Weleber, Richard G.), 2001-2003, module: Carotenoids and Lipids in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Connor, William E.), Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • P30 CA69533-03S1 (Bagby, Grover C.), 1999-2000  NIH/NCI Innovative Cancer Control Initiative in Cancer Centers module: Visual Function Following Tamoxifen Use to Prevent or Treat Breast Cancer, Role: Principal Investigator
  • RO1 EY12737 (Eisner, Alvin), 1999-2004, NIH/NEI, Visual Adaptation Limits and Age-Related Disease, Role: Principal Investigator
  • U10 EY11154 (Johnson, Chris A.), 1995-1997, NIH/NEI, Short Wavelength Automated Perimetry and the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study, Role: Co-Principal Investigator


  • Alcon Laboratories (Van Buskirk, E. Michael), 1995-1996,  Flicker Sensitivity and Early Glaucoma, Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • RO1 EY05047 (Eisner, Alvin), 1984-1996, NIH/NEI, Visual Function Studies of Normal and Aging Human Retinas, Role: Principal Investigator

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N