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Our Faculty

More than 100 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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Andresen, Elena - MA, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – Baird Hall Suite 1011 Phone: (503) 494-4460
Biography

Elena Andresen was appointed interim provost for OHSU on Oct. 1, 2016, and appointed Executive Vice President and Provost on June 1st, 2017She previously served as interim dean of the School of Public Health, from  May 2014 to September 2016, and continues as professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health. Andresen continues to collaborate as an investigator of the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at OHSU. The office has a long history at OHSU of working on behalf of Oregonians with disability and their families.

Andresen joined OHSU in 2011 after serving as professor and the founding chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. She is an experienced epidemiologist who received additional training in health services research. Her recent work has focused on aging and the public health outcomes of disability across the lifespan, along with methods and measures for health services outcomes research.

Education, Degrees

M.A., University of Washington, 1976
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1991

Awards and Honors
  • 2011, Allan Meyers Award, American Public Health Association Disability Section, 2011
  • 2010, Member Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health (Beta Upsilon Chapter)
  • 2000, Honorary Member, Pi Theta Epsilon, OT Honor Society (Beta Gamma Chapter)
  • 1995, Alumni Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, University of Rochester
  • 1988, Matrix Table Award for Campus Achievement, Women in Communications, Inc.
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Fortmann, Stephen - MD

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Professor Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Fortmann has an affiliate appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, Professor Fortmann’s work includes collaborating on research with SPH Primary Faculty members, mentoring junior faculty, and facilitate practice experience opportunities with SPH students.

Professor Fortmann has over 35 years of experience in cardiovascular and chronic disease prevention research. He brings extensive experience in large-scale community and clinical trials, interdisciplinary research, and all aspects of design, measurement, and analysis in cardiovascular research.
In addition to his academic appointment in the SPH, he is also currently a Senior Director, Science Programs and Senior Investigator, Medical Director at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR). Professor Fortmann has conducted both population- and individual-level studies of cardiovascular risk factors and disease rates, smoking cessation, the influence of tobacco marketing on adolescent smoking, and exercise and diet change. He is currently leading a study to see if increased access to public transit benefits health or reduces health care costs. He is also jointly leading a study of cardiovascular disease among Asians and Pacific Islanders in Hawaii and California, and is a co-investigator on a study of diabetes disparities among these groups in Hawaii.
Education, Degrees

M.D., University of California, San Francisco, 1974
A.B., Stanford University, 1970

Foster, B. Alex - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology Phone: (503) 494-8495
Biography

B. Alex Foster has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology programs (MPH and PhD). In this role, Professor Foster’s work includes collaborating other SPH primary faculty members in Epidemiology and mentoring or advising EPI students.

Dr. Foster’s primary faculty appointment is in the OSHU School of Medicine; Dermatology Department. B. Alex Foster, MD, MPH is a pediatrician-public health scientist. He attended medical and graduate school in Oregon, completed residency training in New York City, and then started his faculty career in Texas before returning to Oregon.

His research interests focus on addressing obesity in childhood, particularly for low-income populations at higher risk of continued obesity and the subsequent associated complications. Dr. Foster’s research work has focused on understanding what assets communities have and building off of those, and he has also examined using parent mentors as an intervention model to support behavioral change.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California, San Diego, 2003
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2008
M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, 2009

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Horner-Johnson, Willi - PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CDRC 1272C Phone: (503) 494-9273
Biography

Willi Horner-Johnson is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and in OHSU’s Institute on Development and Disability. She studies health and health care disparities impacting adults with disabilities and has contributed to a growing body of evidence indicating substandard receipt of some types of preventive care and elevated levels of unmet health care needs in the disability population.

Horner-Johnson has a particular interest in disparities experienced by people with disabilities who also belong to other marginalized groups. In 2014, she guest edited a special issue of Medical Care on health care disparities at the intersection of disability, race and ethnicity.

Much of her current research focuses on reproductive health of women with disabilities, including contraception use and preferences and pregnancy occurrence and outcomes.

Horner-Johnson co-founded the Disability Section of the Oregon Public Health Association and is currently chair of the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Oberlin College, 1995
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002

Awards and Honors

2009, APHA Disability Section New Investigator Award

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  • K12 HS019456 (Guise, JM)   09/01/2014 – 07/31/2017  AHRQ  Oregon Patient Centered Outcomes Research K12 Program, Role: K12 Scholar
  • R21HD081309 (Horner-Johnson, W)    07/25/2014 – 06/30/2017 , NIH/NICHD, Prevalence and Outcomes of Pregnancy in Women with Disabilities, Role: Principal Investigator

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Messer, Willliam - MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Messer holds a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, Professor Messer’s work includes mentoring or advising SPH students and collaborating on research with SPH Primary Faculty members.

Dr. Messer’s primary faculty appointment is with the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology in the OHSU Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases. Dengue virus is the primary focus of his lab work, along with the other flaviviruses like Yellow fever, West Nile, and Zika, is a quintessential public health virus. His current work looks at the interplay between dengue and Zika virus genetics and human host immunity with the goal to seek insights into how changes in virus genetics lead to variable immunity in the human hosts and ask these questions through molecular studies of the viruses and serologic and immune cell studies in human cohorts.

Education, Degrees

M.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2006
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003
B.A., University of Oregon, 1989

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Nielson, Carrie - MPH, PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – HRC 11D32 Phone: (503) 494-4019
Biography

Carrie Nielson is an epidemiologist focused on genetic risk factors for osteoporosis and other outcomes of aging that are related to body composition and endocrinology. She and her colleagues work to understand the regulation of bone, fat, and lean mass in older adults in order to prevent frailty and fracture, which lead to immobility and loss of independence. She works primarily on two large cohort studies of aging men and women in the United States, using genotyping in these cohorts to explore genetic variants that may affect bone mineral density and other traits. 

2017 EpiData Research Symposium Spotlight

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., University of Arizona, 2004
Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2006
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Control

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O’Neal, Seth - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 658 Phone: (503) 494-0300
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Northland College, 1994
M.D., OHSU, 2006
M.P.H., OHSU, 2010
Preventive Medicine Residency, OHSU, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2010, Fogarty Fellowship in International Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
  • 2005, Fogarty-Ellison Fellowship in Global Health and Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
Notes
  • 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

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Quiñones, Ana - PhD, MS

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 674 Phone: (503) 494-5889
Biography

Dr. Quiñones has a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology graduate level programs (MPH and PhD). In this role, Professor Quiñones’ work includes collaborating with other SPH Epidemiology faculty members, and mentoring or supervising Epidemiology students.

Dr. Quiñones aims to understand disparities in health stemming from differential access to resources for disadvantaged populations and subsequent effects on health and well-being through life.She has an OHSU primary faculty appointment in the OHSU School of Medicine; Department of Family Medicine. Her work addresses four main areas: age-related changes in health; chronic disease epidemiology; racial and ethnic disparities in health; and health care delivery systems designed to improve the management of chronic conditions for vulnerable adults.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Florida, 1998
M.S., University of Minnesota, 2000
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Excellence Award
  • 2016, NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program award
  • 2014, Chair’s Award for Excellence in Research, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
  • 2013, American Diabetes Association Thomas R. Lee Award
Notes
  • 7-13-CD-08, 07/01/2013 – 06/30/2018 , Complex Chronic Care Needs of Older Minorities with Diabetes Mellitus  Funder:  American Diabetes Association, Role:  PI
  • R03AG048852-01, 09/30/2014 – 05/31/2017, 3.0 calendar months NIH/NIA (Quiñones) $101,387 Inconsistencies in Chronic Disease Reports Over Time, Funder:  NIH/NIA, Role:  PI
  • PCORI (DeVoe) 10/1/2015 — 09/30/2018 , Accelerating Data Value Across a National Community Health Center Network (ADVANCE) Phase II,  Funder: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Role: Co-Investigator

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Snowden, Jonathan - PhD

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology Office OHSU – CSB 652 Phone: (503) 494 – 0904
Biography

Jonathan Snowden is an epidemiologist, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health and in OHSU’s Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He also is an associate editor for the national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Snowden’s research focuses on sexual and reproductive health disparities. He evaluates methods and concepts to improve causal inference from observational data, and his trans-disciplinary research sits at the intersection of population health science, clinical practice and health care policy.

Snowden aims to frame research questions that are relevant to the affected populations and that  respect the circumstances of people’s lives, so that research results can promote optimal health in the real world. By more clearly defining variations in the continuum of “normal” healthy sexuality and reproduction, his research aims to preserve optimal health as well as prevent and treat disease.

A cross-cutting focus of his research is the clear communication of novel concepts and methodologies.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Stanford University, 2005
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011

Meet our Faculty

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Assistant Professor
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