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Dawn Richardson is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches Foundations of Public Health, Urban and Community Health, and Global Health. Richardson also serves as the Faculty lead for the Practice Experience.
Richardson is a social epidemiologist trained in Community-based Participatory Research (CBPR). Her research advances health equity by integrating and building on new knowledge, combining social determinants of health with the science of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), with the aim of developing policies and programs in response. Specifically, her research questions elucidate the pathways by which the unequal distributions of income, power and wealth (based on gender, race, ethnicity, immigration status, e.g.) affect health outcomes, social mobility, and access to opportunity. Working in partnership with community, she incorporate these findings into concrete programs and policies to promote population health. Her current research projects include: (1) understanding the intersection of place and health, specifically how neighborhood characteristics (e.g., race-based segregation, geographies of opportunity) shape health inequities; (2) examining the impact of racism, discrimination, and immigration status on access to reproductive health services and birth outcomes; and (3) evaluating work-place policies that impact maternal child health disparities (e.g., paid parental leave, breastfeeding support).
B.S., University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 1999
M.P.H., Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 2002
Dr.P.H., University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, 2010
Kellogg Health Scholar, University of Michigan, 2012
Awards and Honors
- 2019: Selected Participant, Latino Network’s UNID@S Oregon Leadership Program, Cohort VIII
- 2018: Recipient, PSU President’s Diversity Award for Distinguished Faculty
- 2017: PSU Faculty Fellow for Equity & Social Justice in Community-Based Learning
- 2016: PSU Faculty Fellow for Sustainability, Institute for Sustainability Studies
- 2013: PSU Faculty-in-Residence for Engagement, Center for Academic Excellence
- 2012: PSU Faculty Fellow for Community Partnership, Center for Academic Excellence
- 2011: Selected Mentee, American Academy of Health Behavior/Kellogg Health Scholars Program
- 1R21HD087734-01 NIH (Messer) 05/06/16-04/30/17 Role: Co-Investigator Social Factors Influencing Pregnancy Outcome Disparities This study aims to identify how nativity and documentation status shape adverse PO (inappropriate maternal weight gain, pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH)/eclampsia, PTB, term BW, small for gestational age (SGA)) and how the residential food context exacerbates risk for adverse outcomes.
- 1UL1MD009596 / 1RL5MD009591 / 1TL4MD009634 NIH (Crespo) 09/26/14-06/30/19 Role: Co-Investigator Enhancing Cross-Disciplinary Training at Oregon (EXITO) The major goal of this project is to recruit, train, and support diverse undergraduate students seeking research careers in the biomedical and social sciences. This is part of a broad national strategy to develop and evaluate innovative strategies for engaging undergraduate researchers, including those from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical sciences, and preparing them to thrive in the NIH-funded workforce.
B.S./B.S.N., Arizona State University, 1982-86
M.P.A., Arizona State University, 1990
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008
- Evaluation of the PEBB Health Engagement Model: July 2012 – June 2016
- Evaluation of the Oregon Patient-Centered Primary Care Home Model: July 2012 – August 2015
- Evaluation of Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon: July 2012 – June 2014
- Accountable/Coordinated Care Organization Case Study: July 2012 – December 2014
Dr. Roy holds a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Adjunct Instructor. In this role, Dr. Roy’s work includes continuing to develop successful research programs and engage in the academic mission of the School.
In addition, Dr. Roy is an Oregon Mycobacterial and Chronic Chest Infection Fellow. The fellowship emphasizes direct clinical management of these diseases in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, provides consultative guidance to local providers in the management of these diseases, and epidemiologic and clinical trials work regarding these diseases.
DEC, Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, 2007
M.D., Laval University, 2012