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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Browning, Nicole - MPH

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Senior Instructor II PSUCommunity Health

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Davis, Melinda - MA, PhD

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Assistant Professor Community Health Office South Waterfront – MDY 160S Phone: (503) 494-4365
Biography

Melinda Davis is the director of community engaged research for the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network, research assistant professor in the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Family Medicine and assistant professor in the School of Public Health.

Davis, who was raised in the Columbia River Gorge, currently co-leads the Community Health Advocacy and Research Alliance, a community-academic collaboration based in the Gorge with a mission to “identify, develop, and conduct health research to answer questions that matter here.” She has over 10 years of experience working with patient, community and health system partners to identify and address health disparities in rural and underserved settings. She has a strong commitment to improving access to care and reducing rural health disparities.

Davis is currently conducting mixed-methods research to understand regional variation in colorectal cancer screening and to identify and implement evidence-based interventions to improve screening rates in rural and underserved settings.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Biology/Environmental Studies, Whitman College, 2002
M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Vermont, 2006
Ph.D., Social-Developmental Experimental Psychology, University of Vermont, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Emerging Leader Award, Oregon Public Health Association
  • 2009, George W. Albee Graduate Student Award in Community Psychology, University of Vermont Psychology Department
  • 2002, Phi Beta Kappa, Whitman College
  • 2002, Sigma Xi, Whitman College
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  • Participatory Research to Advance Colon Cancer Prevention (PI: Gloria Coronado). National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities,  10/1/2016 – 9/30/2021, Role: Co-Investigator/Site PI.
  • Assessing the Potential for a State Medicaid Reform Model to Reduce Disparities (PI: K. John McConnell). National Institute of Minority and Health Disparities, 9/1/2016 – 8/31/2021, Role: Co-Investigator
  • Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) – Colorectal Cancer Screening Evidence-based Intervention Modeling Cross-Center Workgroup (PI: Stephanie Wheeler). Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10/1/2015 – 09/29/2016, Role: Site-PI.
  • Oregon Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) K12 Program (PI: Melinda M. Davis). Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 10/15/2014 – 7/31/2017.
  • Evaluation of the Oregon Colorectal Cancer Screening Project (PI: Melinda Davis). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services,  11/1/2016 – 7/31/2020.
  • Connecting Research and Real Life: Building a Network in the Columbia River Gorge Part III (PIs: Melinda Davis and Kristen Dillon). Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), 8/1/2016 – 7/31/2017.

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  • Sustainable Relationships for Community Health (SRCH) Evaluation (PIs: Melinda Davis and Adrienne Zell). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services, 7/1/2016 – 8/31/2017.
  • Organized Approaches to Colorectal Cancer Screening (Melinda Davis and Gloria Coronado). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services, 4/1/2016 – 12/31/2016.
  • Collaboration for Healthy Oregon Through Systematic Evaluation (CHOOSE). (PIs: John McConnell and Lyle J. Fagnan). Oregon Health Authority, DHS Department of Human Services, 2/10/2016 – 2/09/2018, Role: Co-Investigator (Qualitative and Stakeholder Engagement Lead).
  • Disparities in CRC Screening: A Mixed-Methods Multi-Level Study of Oregon’s Medicaid Population (Melinda Davis and Cynthia Mojica). Knight Cancer Institute, 1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016.

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Gibbs, Brian - MPA, PhD

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Associate Professor Community Health Office OHSU – RJH 4365 Phone: 503-494-2558
Biography

Dr. Brian Gibbs has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the graduate level Community Health programs.

In addition to his commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Gibbs serves as Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at OHSU, responsible for diversity initiatives within OHSU’s clinical, educational, and research missions.

Before coming to OHSU, Gibbs was associate vice chancellor for diversity for the University of New Mexico Health Science campus. Prior to that, he served as associate dean for diversity and cultural competence at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Early in his career, he spent ten years as the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he was a senior research scientist within the Department of Health Policy and Management.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Eastern Michigan University, 1981
M.P.A., California State University, Dominguez Hills, 1985
Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1995

Awards and Honors

Pew Health Policy Fellow, Brandeis University, 1991

Publications
  • A Novel Measure of “Good” Mentoring: Testing Its Reliability and Validity in Four Academic Health Centers.   Pololi LH, Evans AT, Civian JT, Gibbs BK, Gillum LH, Brennan RT.  J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2016 Fall;36(4):263-268. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000114.
  • Faculty Vitality-Surviving the Challenges Facing Academic Health Centers: A National Survey of Medical Faculty.   Pololi LH, Evans AT, Civian JT, Gibbs BK, Coplit LD, Gillum LH, Brennan RT.  Acad Med. 2015 Jul;90(7):930-6. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000674
  • Definition, measurement, and health risks associated with sedentary behavior.   Gibbs BB, Hergenroeder AL, Katzmarzyk PT, Lee IM, Jakicic JM.  Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2015 Jun;47(6):1295-300. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000000517.
  • Reducing racial and ethnic health disparities: exploring an outcome-oriented agenda for research and policy.   Gibbs BK, Nsiah-Jefferson L, McHugh MD, Trivedi AN, Prothrow-Stith D.  J Health Polit Policy Law. 2006 Feb;31(1):185-218
  • Creating a state minority health policy report card.   Trivedi AN, Gibbs B, Nsiah-Jefferson L, Ayanian JZ, Prothrow-Stith D.  Health Aff (Millwood). 2005 Mar-Apr;24(2):388-96.
  • Reducing health disparities: from theory to practice.   Prothrow-Stith D, Gibbs B, Allen A.  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2003 Mar;12(3):256s-260s. No abstract available.    PMID: 12646523

Gonzales, Kelly - PhD

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Associate Professor PSUCommunity Health Office PSU – URBN 450G Phone: 503-725-5108
Biography

Dr. Kelly Gonzales studies health disparities, particularly those related to diabetes among American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) populations. She also researches the influence of discrimination within the context of healthcare settings.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Oregon State University
M.P.H., Oregon State University
Ph.D., Oregon State University

Awards and Honors
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Award for Excellence in Service
  • 2014, PSU Excellence in Teaching and Sustainability Faculty Award

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Labisierre, Yves - PhD

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Associate Professor Community Health Office PSU – URBN 470F Phone: (503) 358-3568
Biography

 

Yves Labissiere is a social psychologist who works to understand how race, identity, language, difference, power and privilege play a role in education and health systems. His aim is to develop strategies that heal and empower individuals and transform systems.

He has studied the health effects of gentrification and residential displacement on black men in Portland, and has worked on curriculum for Portland State University’s EXITO program, which works to build infrastructure to support underrepresented students interested in the health sciences. He works on a project with the Portland Police Bureau to test how positive police-community interactions might help address crime and build trust. He is also working on a new project with Portland police to better understand how police work with, or could better work with, mental health professionals when they encounter calls that involve people who may need mental health help.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Yale University, 1987
Ph.D., University of California, 1996

Notes
  • 2014-2017. National Institutes of Health Build: EXITO, Co-Investigator
  • 2014-2016. Portland Police Bureau Neighborhood Involvement Locations (NI-Loc) Project: Community Assessment Survey, Portland (OR) Police Bureau, $150,000, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2014 Oregon Gear Up: College Ahead Program Grant (CAP), $62,500, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2014-2019. Oregon Gear Up: Mobilizing for College Partnership, $569,600, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2014. Cambia Health Foundation: Creating Trust Infrastructure for Emerging Workforce (Community Health Workers) $250,000, Co-Principle Investigator.
  • 2013. Oregon Community Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Grant–Portland State University– Roosevelt High School, Co-principle Investigator.

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  • Department of Health and Human Services—President Faith Based Initiative–Compassion Capital Fund Research Program, Comparing Faith Based and Community based treatment services among Latino Immigrants and African-Americans in Miami (2002-2004), $210,662 Co-Principle Investigator.
  • Faculty Development Grant–PSU Foundation–Portland State University–Understanding the effects of gentrification and Health $9,000, Co-Principle Investigator.

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White, Diana - PhD

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Senior Research Associate II PSUCommunity Health

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