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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Kaufman, Deborah - MA

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Senior Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 471A Phone: (503) 725-5479

Debbie Kaufman teaches Drug Education and Marketing Public Health in both campus and online formats, and has also developed and taught courses on other drug topics. She was a part of an Oregon Health Authority Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee in 2015-2016, and she partners regularly with various organizations and agencies, including the Multnomah County Health Department, on projects where her students have the opportunity to contribute to and learn about local public health efforts. She also participates in county prevention efforts – particularly focused on youth – for tobacco, marijuana and other drugs. In 2014, she was a Multnomah County Public Health Hero nominee.

Prior to coming to PSU and the School of Public Health, Debbie worked for 17 years in the non-profit community in Portland, including five years in statewide tobacco control advocacy efforts. She also managed the implementation of a Kellogg Foundation grant in support of school-based health care in Oregon.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Oregon, 1981
M.A., Portland State University, 1996

King, Valerie - MD, MPH

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Professor Preventive Medicine Residency Office South Waterfront – Moody Building, Suite 250 Phone: (503) 494-8694

Valerie King is the director of research for the Center for Evidence-based Policy at OHSU. She oversees research methods and a variety of health services, clinical evidence and policy implementation research projects. The center conducts evidence and policy reviews, provides health system design services and primary research for half of the U.S. states.

She has served on several national clinical practice guideline panels and works to advance robust evidence and guideline methods through alignment with the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation Working Group. She is actively involved with the Cochrane Collaboration, a global network of researchers, professionals, patients and people interested in health. King is also a professor in OHSU’s Department of Family Medicine and maintains a teaching clinical practice devoted to women’s health, maternal and newborn care.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Lewis & Clark College, 1982
M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
Resident, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991-1994
M.P.H., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
Resident, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999-2000

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, Chair’s Award, Outstanding Contribution in Teaching and Mentoring, OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • 2002-07, Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholar
  • 1998-99, Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy
  • 1995-97, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar

Kondo, Karli - MA, PhD

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Assistant Professor Office Portland VA Health Care System Bld 6, Room 211 Phone: (503) 220-8262 ext. 51864

Karli Kondo is an investigator and the associate director at the Portland VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program, a vice-chair of the Institutional Review Board at OHSU and an assistant professor in the School of Public Health.

Through her work with the VA Evidence-based Synthesis Program, she leads and participates in evidence reviews for VA stakeholders. Most recently, she led an evidence map of more than 400 studies examining both the prevalence of health disparities among veterans and the interventions designed to address disparities in VA settings. Some of her other reviews have examined the benefits, harms and intervention factors related to pay for performance in healthcare, interventions to address medication adherence in patients with serious mental illness, and the benefits and harms of intensive blood pressure treatment in older adults. Her personal research focuses on the effects of acculturation on health in the Hispanic/Latino community.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Pacific University, 2001
M.A., Pacific University, 2004
Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 2012

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, American Psychological Association (Division 38) Early Career Travel Award
  • 2006, University of Rhode Island Graduate Minority Fellowship

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N