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.

Programs

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Hammer, Leslie - PhD

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Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office 1501 Robert Jones Hall Phone: (503) 494-9193
Biography

Dr. Leslie Hammer has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Environmental Systems & Human Health program. In this role her work includes mentoring students and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to her work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Hammer is the Director of the Occupational Health Psychology graduate training program at Portland State University that is funded through a training program grant from NIOSH; and an Associate Director of the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), one of six centers of excellence in Total Worker Health®.

She focuses on workplace programs aimed at training supervisors how to better support workers and in turn reduce workers stress and improve health, safety, and well-being. Her work involves numerous workplace intervention randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of supervisor support training. Dr. Hammer is currently conducting two randomized controlled trials funded by the Department of Defense. The Study for Employment of Veterans (SERVe) is focused on increasing supervisor support and enhancing employment outcomes for veterans reintegrating into the workforce, testing the effectiveness of a supervisor training workplace intervention. The Military Sleep and Health Study (MESH) is focused on increasing supervisor support for sleep, testing the effectiveness of a supervisor training sleep leadership intervention.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Psychology, James Madison University, 1985
M.S., Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1989
Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Bowling Green State University, 1991

Awards and Honors

2013, recipient of the Branford Price Millar Award for Excellence in Research Scholarship at PSU

Notes
  • PI (Department of Defense) Evaluation of a Work-Family and Sleep Leadership Intervention in the Oregon National Guard:  A Behavioral Health Leadership Approach. October 1, 2016- September 30, 2020
  • PI (with Donald Truxillo, Co-PI) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Continuation Training Program Grant: Graduate Training in Occupational Health Psychology, July 1, 2015-June 30, 2020
  • PI (Department of Defense) Development, validation and evaluation of a veteran supportive supervisor training program in the civilian workforce, February 8, 2013-February 7, 2018

Harris, Debra - PhD, MST

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Senior Instructor II Health Studies Office PSU – URBAN 470E Phone: (503) 725-5107
Biography

Debra Harris is a senior instructor II in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her areas of specialization are health education instructional strategies and techniques, child/youth health promotion program planning, school health, school physical education, youth/obesity, death/dying, and emotional abuse in the workplace. She also is an adjunct instructor in PSU’s Graduate School of Education, supervising teacher candidates in the area school health and physical education, and teaching the health and physical education methods courses. For the past four years, Deb has served as a visiting lecturer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches Death/Dying and Emotional Abuse in the Workplace.

Deb is an native Portlander and has mentored hundreds of students in both school and public health in her four-decade career.

Education, Degrees

A.A., Central Oregon Community College, 1974
B.S., Southern Oregon University, 1976
M.S.T., PSU, 1978
M.S.T., PSU, 1982
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1998

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Top Professors in the College of Urban and Public Affairs
  • 2002, National Health Professional of the Year (K-12) from the American Association of Health Education
  • 1998, National Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Hedberg, Katrina - MD, MPH

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Affiliate Professor Epidemiology Membership: June 1, 2019
Biography

Dr. Katrina Hedberg holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, her work includes guest lecturing and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Hedberg has worked at the Oregon Public Health Division for the past 29 years, most recently as the Oregon State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist. During her career, Dr. Hedberg has worked in a variety of programmatic areas, including Communicable Disease Control, HIV/AIDS, Environmental and Occupational Health, Injury Epidemiology, Chronic Disease Prevention, and Maternal Child Health. Her recent focus has been on cross-sectoral collaborations to address the opioid overdose epidemic, evaluating the public health impacts of retail marijuana sales in Oregon, and identifying and addressing social determinants of health. Across all subject areas, Dr. Hedberg is interested in how governmental public health can collect population health data for program evaluation, policy development and decision-making, and to improve health equity for all Oregonians.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Yale University, 1980
M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, School of Medicine, 1985
M.P.H., University of Washington, School of Public Health, 1991

Henkle, Emily - PhD, MPH

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Research Assistant Professor Center for Infectious Disease Studies Office OHSU – GH 137 Phone: (503) 494 – 6226
Biography

Emily Henkle is an epidemiologist and research assistant professor who in recent years has focused on projects related to pulmonary infectious disease. Her research has focused on nontuberculous mycobacteria – or NTM disease – along with pediatric Haemophilus influenzae and pneumococcal infection, infant influenza and adult influenza in healthcare workers. She  approaches her research with both the individual and public health in mind, producing data on disease burden, incidence and natural history of disease.

Her most recent work has explored patient-centered research and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic NTM infection and underlying bronchiectasis. She is studying correlations between health-related quality of life measures and NTM disease activity and is measuring the efficacy of current treatments in relation to respiratory symptoms, physical functioning and fatigue.

She also manages a statewide special surveillance project with the Oregon Health Authority and coordinates enrollment and data collection for the Northwest NTM Biobank.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., University of California Berkeley, 2000
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2007-2010, Pre-doctoral fellow, NEI Clinical Trials Training Grant
  • 2016, Junior Investigator Award, ATS/ALA
Notes
  • (Henkle) 01/01/17 – 12/31/18. American Thoracic Society/American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. Health-related quality of life as a clinical trial endpoint for nontuberculous mycobacteria disease. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • 1013-OHSU (Henkle) 05/01/15 – 04/30/16. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). NTM Research Consortium Stakeholder Engagement and Planning Meeting. Role: Project Lead.
  • FD -R-05401-01-A1 (Winthrop) 09/01/16 – 07/31/20. Food and Drug Administration P2 Study of Clofazimine for Pulmonary M. avium Disease IND 125,266 (1/5/2015). Role: Co-investigator.
  • CER-1503-29191 (Winthrop) 01/01/16 – 06/30/18. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Comparative effectiveness and safety of inhaled corticosteroids and antimicrobial compounds for non-CF bronchiectasis. Role: Co-investigator/Project Director
  • DS-311495 (Winthrop) 07/01/14 – 06/30/17. American Lung Association Natural History of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Pulmonary Disease and Immune Correlates of Disease Progression. Role: Co-investigator/Project Director
  • 2561-OHSU (Winthrop) 01/01/16 – 12/31/16. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis patient network and research roadmap. Role: Co-investigator/Project Director.

Hodsden, Josh - MBA

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Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Specialist Environmental Systems & Human Health; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Office OSHU – Gaines Hall 233 Phone: 503-494-1158
Biography

Josh Hodsden has been a student advocate in higher education for eight years, coaching both undergraduate and graduate students before and during their programs. 

Education, Degrees

B.S., Business Management, University of Phoenix, 2002
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2010

Horner-Johnson, Willi - PhD, MA

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CDRC 1272C Institute on Development & Disability Phone: (503) 494-9273
Biography

Dr. Willi Horner-Johnson has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role her work includes teaching courses, mentoring students, and collaborating on research with SPH primary faculty members.

In addition to his commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Horner-Johnson holds a faculty appointment in the OHSU’s Institute on Development & Disability. She studies health and healthcare disparities impacting individuals with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on individuals who also belong to other marginalized groups and may experience compounded disparities. Much of her current research focuses on reproductive health of women with disabilities, including contraceptive access and use and pregnancy intentions and outcomes.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Oberlin College, 1995
M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1998
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002

Awards and Honors
  • 2009, APHA Disability Section New Investigator Award
Notes
  • K12 HS019456 (Guise, JM)   09/01/2014 – 07/31/2017  AHRQ  Oregon Patient Centered Outcomes Research K12 Program, Role: K12 Scholar
  • R21HD081309 (Horner-Johnson, W)    07/25/2014 – 06/30/2017 , NIH/NICHD, Prevalence and Outcomes of Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities, Role: Principal Investigator

Hurtado, David - SD, MS

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Assistant Professor Public Health Practice Office OHSU – RJH1596 Phone: (503) 494-3132
Biography

Dr. David Hurtado has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the online Public Health Practice programs. In this role he teaches courses, mentors students, collaborates on research with primary faculty, and is actively engaged in committee work.

In addition to his commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Hurdato is an Assistant Professor in OHSU’s Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences (OIOHS) unit. He is a social and behavioral scientist who examines social determinants of workers’ health. Hurtado researches modifiable occupational factors – including schedules, peer support and labor policies – that are linked with work-related illnesses such as depression, musculoskeletal disorders and non-communicable diseases. Most of Hurtado’s studies have been based on high-risk industries, especially in patient care. As a faculty member of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center – a Center of Excellence for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health – he designs and evaluates workplace interventions aimed at promoting and protecting occupational health and safety, following the Total Worker Health™ framework.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of the Andes (Bogota, Colombia), 2005
B.A., University of the Andes (Bogota, Colombia), 2006
M.S., Harvard University, 2010
S.D., Harvard University, 2013

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, undergraduate teaching distinction, Harvard University
  • 2010, Cabot International Scholar, Harvard University
  • 2010, Presidential Scholarship, Harvard University

Meet our Faculty

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Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N