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Seth O’Neal is an Assistant Professor of epidemiology in the School of Public Health. He also holds a visiting faculty position at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima, Peru, and is co-director of the university’s Center for Global Health in Tumbes, Peru.
O’Neal is engaged in research to develop cost-effective and sustainable control interventions for neglected tropical infections in resource-limited settings. His primary focus is on Taenia solium, the pork tapeworm, which is an important cause of preventable epilepsy across much of Latin America, Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The parasite also perpetuates poverty in these regions by inflicting financial losses on small landowners due to contaminated pork. Through National Institutes of Health and foundation funding, O’Neal conducts community trials of control interventions, as well as clinical and epidemiological studies. His research explores the biological, environmental, social and cultural factors that drive transmission of the parasite, as these affect control interventions.
B.A., Northland College, 1994
M.D., OHSU, 2006
M.P.H., OHSU, 2010
Preventive Medicine Residency, OHSU, 2010
Awards and Honors
- 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching & Mentorship
- 2005, Fogarty-Ellison Fellowship in Global Health and Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
- 2010, Fogarty Fellowship in International Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
- R01NS080645 (O’NEAL, SETH) Dec 15, 2013 – Nov 30, 2018 NIH/NINDS Optimizing ring-screening strategy for control of Taenia solium infection Role: Principal investigator
- Swiss Foundation (O’NEAL, SETH) May 1, 2013 – June 30, 2015 Community-based control of cysticercosis Role: Principal investigator
- R21AI119439 (O’NEAL, SETH) July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017 NIH/NIAID Evaluating corralling and the effect of dung beetles on transmission and control of cysticercosis Role: Principal investigator
- R21NS069275 (O’NEAL, SETH) Aug 15, 2010 – July 1, 2013 Targeted screening for Taenia solium tapeworms Role: Principal investigator
- KL2RR024141 (MORRIS, CYNTHIA) Dec 15, 2011 – Dec 4, 2013 Taenia solium infection among refugees from Burma Role: Trainee
Dr. Ryan Olson has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Environmental Systems & Human Health program. In this role his work includes teaching courses and collaborating on research with SPH primary faculty members.
In addition to his commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Olson holds a faculty appointment in the OHSU’s OIOHS (Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences) and at Portland State University in the Psychology Department. Specializing in organizational and behavior change, Professor Olson has developed impactful programs and tools for supervisors and workers in a variety of industries, including aviation, bus transit, commercial trucking, construction, and home healthcare. He is also a founding investigator and an associate director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, a Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
B.S., Utah State University, 1997
M.A., Western Michigan University, 1999
Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2002
Awards and Honors
- 2012-2016, President Elect, President, and Past-President, Organizational Behavior Management Network
- 2014 – 2017, Transportation & Safety Task Force, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- 2009, First place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition. Work, Stress, & Health Conference 2009 (APA/NIOSH)
- Shift Onboard: Protecting New Bus Drivers Against Safety & Health Hazards (Ryan Olson, PI)
Funding Source: NHLBI (R01 HL105495)
Dates: 2/1/18 to 1/31/23
Description: Cluster randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a program to prevent weight gain and common safety incidents among new mass transit bus operators. The study will also investigate working conditions that may be associated with excess weight gain during the first two years of bus driving.
- U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) NIOSH/CDC09/01/16 to 08/31/21 “Oregon Healthy Workforce Center” “Engineering and Behavioral Controls to Improve Team Truckers Sleep and Performance” (Olson, Project PI) Description: Evaluation of engineering (seat and mattress) technologies and behavioral sleep interventions to reduce fatigue and improve driver sleep, performance, and well-being. Role: Project PI
- U60OH008472 (C. Cude, R. Olson, MPIs) 07/01/15 to 06/30/20 NIOSH/CDC “Improving Occupational Health In Oregon: Turning Data To Action” Description: Expanded state-based occupational health and safety surveillance research. Within this project OHSU leads the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program. Role: Multiple PI
- W81XWH-BAA-11-1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 02/01/13 – 01/31/17 USAMRMC (11097008) “Development And Evaluation Of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Reintegration Of The Oregon National Guard And Reserves Into The Workplace” Description: The aim is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce and examining effects on veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
- 2014YH00280 (Peter Johnson, PI) 05/01/15 to 12/31/16 Washington Department of Labor and Industries “The Effects of an Anti-Vibration Truck Cab Mattress on Team Truck Drivers’ Sleep, Health, and Performance” Description: The proposed project will evaluate sleep, health, and performance enhancing effects of an anti-vibration mattress for team drivers who must sleep while their partner drives. Return on investment via fuel efficiency measures will also be collected. Role: Co-I, PI of OHSU Subcontract
- R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 04/14/11 to 03/31/17 (no-cost extension) NHLBI/NIH “Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention” Description: Cluster randomized trial of a competition-based weight loss program with computer-based training and motivational interviewing. Includes analyses of social support and stress as moderators of effectiveness. Role: PI
Doris Onnis is a clinical instructor in the School of Public Health’s Lactation Education Program.
Maternal-child health has been the focus of Onnis’ career. She has worked as a registered nurse for more than 35 years, working in neonatal intensive care, postpartum care and community health, and helped to develop an outpatient postpartum and lactation program for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.