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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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James, Kenneth - PhD

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Professor Emeritus Biostatistics

Dr. Kenneth James, Professor Emeritus, taught in the Biostatistics programs and has experience as a researcher and administrator in biomedical and health services clinical trials as well as longitudinal studies and medical testing. Dr. James’ involvement in these areas include study design analysis and assistance in the preparation and submission of study results for publication.

For 18 years he was the director of two biostatistical coordinating centers for large scale clinical trials funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program. Over that period of time, Dr. James was involved in the support of approximately 150 investigators involving 100+ VA and non-VA medical centers.

Dr. James was the co-investigator/biostatistician for a trial titled Stroke Prevention in Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation that demonstrated the efficacy of low-dose warfarin for the prevention of strokes in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1992. This, along with several similar trials, resulted in a change in the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation.

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1969
M.S., University of Minnesota, 1967
B.S., Walla Walla College, 1965


Jensen, Jeffrey - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology and Medicine, Epidemiology, Health Management & Policy, Health Promotion Office OHSU – MNP 3602A Phone: (503) 494-5113

Jeffrey T. Jensen is the Leon Speroff Professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Ob/Gyn and a professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU. He is also the director of the Women’s Health Research Unit at OHSU and a senior scientist at the Oregon National Primate Research Center.

Jensen is currently the principal investigator at OHSU of the federally funded Contraception Clinical Trials Network. At the primate research center, he is co-principal investigator of the federally funded U-54 Contraception Development Research Center, and the director of the Oregon Permanent Contraception Research Center. His lab investigates novel contraceptive strategies using the nonhuman primate model. Research collaborations include his work as a consulting scientist and member of the International Committee for Contraception Research of the Population Council.

Jensen is also the editor of Ob/Gyn Clinical Alert and as deputy editor for the journal Contraception.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Stanford University, 1980
M.D., Emory University, 1984
M.P.H., University of Washington, 1997

Awards and Honors
  • 1997, Chief Resident Teaching Award
  • 1996, APGO Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 1994, CREOG National Faculty Award
  • 201405-01-2018/04/30 P51 OD011092, NIH/OD ROBERTSON, JOE (PI) Support for Oregon National Primate Research Center The major goal of this project is to support the operation of the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Role: Senior Scientist
  • 2012/09/01-2017/06/30 NIH/NICHD U54 HD055744, NIH STOUFFER, RICHARD L. (PI) Contraception by Blockade of Periovulatory Events in Primates – Control of Oocyte Maturation. The goal of this U54 Center is to target the discovery and development of novel contraceptive agents that prevent one or more periovulatory events in adult, female primates during the menstrual cycle. Role: Co-Investigator
  • 2014/09/19-2017/09/18 HHSN275201300008I, Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network JENSEN, JEFFREY T. (PI) Clinical Evaluation of Novel Products for Female Contraception Main Study (TO5) Role: PI
  • 2013/07/16-2016/01/15 HHSN275201300008I, Contraceptive Clinical Trials Network JENSEN, JEFFREY T. (PI) TO2 Low Dose Acetate: A Multi-Center Randomized Study to Evaluate the Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Profile, Contraceptive Efficacy and Safety of Daily Oral Low Dose Ulipristal Acetate Role: PI
  • 2014/11/01-2017/12/31 OPP1118762, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation JENSEN, JEFFREY T. (PI) Oregon Permanent Contraception Research Center (OPERM) A research center to study approaches to female nonsurgical permanent contraception (NSPC). Role: PI

Johnson, General -

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Adjunct Lecturer PSUCommunity Health

Johnson, Richard - MS, PhD

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Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities; Public Health Practice Office OHSU – CSB 652 Phone: (503) 346-3432

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.

Faculty Spotlight

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Washington, 1973
M.S., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1981
Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1985

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N