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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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Ford, Emily - MLS

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PSU Librarian (On Sabbatical) OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Phone: 503-725-3689 Website: PSU Millar Library

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

Fu, Rongwei (Rochelle) - PhD

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Professor & Program Director for MPH in Biostatistics Office OHSU – CSB 642 Phone: (503) 494-6069
Biography

Rongwei (Rochelle) Fu is the director of the biostatistics education program and a professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health. She’s also a professor in the Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at OHSU. She advises School of Public Health biostatistics students in the M.S., M.P.H. and Graduate Certificate programs.

Fu collaborates extensively with OHSU investigators and has published often. She has been the lead biostatistician for the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine at the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center, and at OHSU’s Research Center for Gender-Based Medicine.

Fu has provided statistical support and methodology development for many systematic reviews and comparative effectiveness review projects, including those for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the drug effectiveness review project, the Effective Health Care program and other professional societies. These reviews have been used to develop clinical guidelines or inform health policy decisions.

Education, Degrees

M.S., Botany, Shandong Normal University, P. R. China, 1995
B.S., Biology, Shandong Normal University, P. R. China, 1992
Ph.D. , Plant Science, University of Connecticut, 2000
Ph.D., Statistics, University of Connecticut, 2003

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Research Award
  • 2013, Department Chair’s Award on Excellence in Research, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
  • 2011, Department Chair’s Award on Excellence in Research, Public Health and Preventive Medicine
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  • 5R01 CA137488 (Neuwelt) 04/04/14-03/31/19 NIH/NCI Two Compartment Models to Improve Brain Tumor Therapy Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • 24806 (Neuwelt) 11/01/10-12/31/16 OHSU Foundation Title: Walter S. & Lucienne Driskill Foundation: Blood-Brain Barrier Research, Training and Outreach at OHSU Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • K12HL108974 (Newgard) 07/01/12-6/30/17 NIH/NHLBI Oregon Multidisciplinary Training Program in Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Role: Statistical Mentor
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO#05 (McDonagh) 01/26/2016 – 03/28/2017 AHRQ Treatments for Adults with Schizophrenia Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 6 (Chou) 08/01/2016 – 05/08/2017 AHRQ Naloxone Guidelines for Emergency Medical Technicians Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 8 (Totten) 09/26/2016 – 09/18/2017 AHRQ Telehealth for Acute and Chronic Consultation Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician

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  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 9 (Chou) 09/20/2016 – 12/19/2017 AHRQ Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Pain Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician
  • HHSA 290-2015-00009-I, EPC V, TO 11 (Totten) 10/20/2016 – 09/14/2017 AHRQ Physiologic Predictors of the Need for Trauma Center Care Role: Co-investigator/Biostatistician

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Gelmon, Sherril - MHSc, DrPH

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Professor & Program Director for PhD in Health Systems and Policy Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy, and Preventive Medicine Residency Office PSU – URBN 670N Phone: (503) 725-3044
Biography

Sherril Gelmon is professor of public health and director of the Ph.D. program in Health Systems and Policy at the School of Public Health. She teaches health systems management and policy courses in the M.P.H. and Ph.D. programs, and leads the improvement science curricula for OHSU Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine residents, and for OHSU medical education programs. She directed OHSU’s Foundational Improvement Science Curriculum, a faculty development program for medical and nursing educators.

She was previously coordinator of the three-university Oregon M.P.H. program, coordinator of PSU’s health management programs and chair of PSU’s Division of Public Administration.

Gelmon has conducted multiple research projects on community health improvement, health professions training, and community-university partnerships. Past research projects include evaluation of the implementation of Oregon’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program; Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future Initiative; and the Community Engaged Scholarship for Health Collaborative. Gelmon works with community agencies and graduate students to develop evidence of the impact of educational and health improvement interventions.

She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives

Education, Degrees

Dip.P.T., University of Saskatchewan, 1976
B.Sc. P.T., University of Toronto, 1978
M.H.Sc., University of Toronto, 1983
Dr.P.H., University of Michigan, 1990

Awards and Honors
  • 2017: Filerman Prize for Educational Leadership, the Association of University Programs in Health Administration
  • 2011: Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award, Campus Compact
  • 2011: PSU Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award
  • 2007: PSU Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Learning
  • 2005: Annual Service-Learning Research Award, International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Notes
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2014-2016 Model in Oregon, Phase III – Identification of Exemplary Practices. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the “Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future” Program 2005-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation Evaluation of a grant-making program to stimulate local foundations to develop programs to invest in targeted nurse workforce initiatives. Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2013-2014 Model in Oregon, Phase II – Attribute Scoring. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of “Health Information Exchange (HIE) Services in Oregon” 2013-2014 Oregon Health Authority. Role: Principal Investigator for evaluation
  • Evaluation of the Implementation of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Home 2012-2013 Model in Oregon, Phase I – Experiences of Early Implementation. Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research, Oregon Health Authority Role: Principal Investigator
  • Evaluation of the “Training Residents in Prevention and Policy” Project 2010-2013 Oregon Health & Sciences University, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Role: Principal Investigator for evaluation

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  • Evaluation of the “Partners Investing in Nursing’s Future” Program 2005-2014 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation Evaluation of a grant-making program to stimulate local foundations to develop programs to invest in targeted nurse workforce initiatives. Role: Co-Principal investigator
  • Evaluation of “Faculty for the Engaged Campus.’” 2007-2010 Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education and Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Evaluation of a national project to develop faculty and institutional capacity to conduct community-engaged scholarship in health professions education schools. Role: Principal Investigator

Gibbs, Brian - MPA, PhD

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

Brian 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 and the School of Public Health, 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

Godlove, Rachael - MA

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Academic Affairs Coordinator Dean’s Office Office OHSU – Gaines Hall Phone: 503-494-7131
Biography

Rachael Godlove supports curricular and academic personnel projects  and work for the Dean’s Office. She is also a member of the AY17-18 Graduate Council, AY17-18 President’s Staff Advisory Board, and AY18-19 Undergraduate Scholarship Committee at Portland State University.

Education, Degrees

M.A., Georgetown University
B.S., Northern Arizona University

Goldberg, Bruce - MD

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Professor Office ORPRN 3030 SW Moody Ave Portland OR 97201 Phone: (503) 975-8932
Biography

Dr. Goldberg holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Goldberg’s work includes teaching and serving on dissertation committees.

Dr. Goldberg’s work at OHSU is also in the Center for Health System Effectiveness. He has devoted his career to improving the organization, delivery and financing of health services. He has extensive experience in developing, implementing and managing health programs and state health policy. He has served two Oregon governors, as the director of the Oregon Department of Human Services from November 2005 through February 2011, and as leader of the formation of the Oregon Health Authority from 2009 through 2013.

He led Oregon’s nationally recognized health reforms that transformed the state’s Medicaid system to one based on a model of health and coordinated care. He helped lead efforts to implement the federal Affordable Care Act, and to establish Oregon’s Healthy Kids program, providing health coverage for all children. He also helped lead efforts to improve Oregon’s mental health system and transform delivery of public human services to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.

He has been a member of OHSU for more than 15 years.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Trinity College, 1977
M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1982
Residency in Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 1985

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Civil Rights Champion Award, Oregon League of Minority Voters
  • 2015, Lifetime Achievement Award, Oregon Public Health Institute
  • 2013, Campeon de Salud, Oregon Latino Health Coalition
  • 2011, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church
  • 2011, Outstanding Member Award, American Public Human Services Association
  • 2004, Exemplary Leadership Award, Oregon Primary Care Association
  • 2003, Mentorship Award, OHSU Department of Family Medicine
  • 2002, Lifetime Achievement Award, Oregon Public Health Association
  • 2000, Faculty Humanism Award, OHSU School of Medicine
  • 1998-99, Teaching Excellence Award, Basic Science Graduate Program, OHSU School of Medicine
  • 1995, Outstanding Faculty Teacher, OHSU Dept. Family Practice
  • 1994, U.S. Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellow
  • 1993, OHSU School of Medicine Excellence in Physical Exam Instruction
  • 1991, U.S. Public Health Service Commendation Award
  • 1988, U.S. Public Health Service Achievement Medal
  • 1982, Mount Sinai Medical Attendings Award – for excellence in clinical medicine
  • 1981, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Gonzales, Kelly - PhD

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Assistant Professor PSUCommunity Health

Goodman, Julia - MPH, PhD

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Assistant Professor & Interim Program Director for MPH in Health Management & Policy Health Management & Policy; Health Systems & Policy Office 670T Urban Center Phone: (503) 725-2225
Biography

Julia Goodman is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health who does research at the intersection of health services research, population health, and work and family policy. Her research explores how social, structural, and economic factors influence perinatal health and explores the impact of work-related policies on fertility decisions and pregnancy outcomes. She is currently collaborating with researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, on a three-year evaluation of San Francisco’s new paid parental leave ordinance.

She also collaborates with colleagues at the School of Public Health to develop a mixed-methods evaluation of new paid parental leave policies at the city of Portland and Multnomah County.

Goodman was also a Women’s Policy Institute Fellow with the Women’s Foundation of California.

Education, Degrees

B.S., McGill University, 2004
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Awards and Honors

2015, Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley

Notes
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, “Evaluating San Francisco’s Paid Parental Leave Ordinance,” 2016-2018, Role: Subaward PI

Graven, Peter - PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Management & Policy; Health Systems & Policy Office OHSU – MDY 200L Phone: (503) 494-7488
Biography

As Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health, Graven teaches Health Economics,
advises students, and participates in other school committees and functions. Dr. Graven’s
primary position is as trained health economist working in advanced analytics and data science
at OHSU.

As Data Scientist, Dr. Graven builds and deploys predictive and forecasting models and conducts
advanced analytics to support quality improvement operations at the OHSU hospital and system. Additionally
his group performs opportunity discovery analyses on EMR data linked to claims, patient
satisfaction, or external benchmark data to aid in population health and value based care.

Dr. Graven received his doctoral training at the University of Minnesota-School of Public Health and
performed research with the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC). Prior to his
operational role OHSU, he was Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Health Systems
Effectiveness (CHSE) at OHSU. His research interests include topics of health insurance
coverage, behavioral health integration, healthcare workforce, cost effectiveness analysis,
program evaluation, and analyses of learning health systems. Recently, he was health
economist on awarded NIH grants leading economic evaluation for a randomized control trial of
inpatient medical procedure and for employee wellness program for bus drivers.

While health care can seem intricate and complex, he finds economic tools highly effective at
understanding underlying factors to assist in building programs and policies to deal with the
many problems we face.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Wisconsin, 2000
M.S., University of Minnesota, 2012
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2014

Notes
  • IHS-1310-08388 (Bill Wright) 8/1/2014-7/31/2017 PCORI Caring for the Whole Person: A Patient-Centered Assessment of Integrated Care Models in Vulnerable Populations Role: Co-Investigator
  • (Bill Hersh) 06/29/2015 – 06/28/2017 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 3. OHSU Update and Expansion of the ONC Health IT Curriculum Role: Health Economist

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Harris, Debra - PhD, MST

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Senior Instructor II Health Studies Office PSU – URBAN 470E Phone: (503) 725-5107
Biography

Debra Harris is a senior instructor II in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health. Her areas of specialization are health education instructional strategies and techniques, child/youth health promotion program planning, school health, school physical education, youth/obesity, death/dying, and emotional abuse in the workplace. She also is an adjunct instructor in PSU’s Graduate School of Education, supervising teacher candidates in the area school health and physical education, and teaching the health and physical education methods courses. For the past four years, Deb has served as a visiting lecturer to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she teaches Death/Dying and Emotional Abuse in the Workplace.

Deb is an native Portlander and has mentored hundreds of students in both school and public health in her four-decade career.

Education, Degrees

A.A., Central Oregon Community College, 1974
B.S., Southern Oregon University, 1976
M.S.T., PSU, 1978
M.S.T., PSU, 1982
Ph.D., University of New Mexico, 1998

Awards and Honors
  • 2015, Top Professors in the College of Urban and Public Affairs
  • 2002, National Health Professional of the Year (K-12) from the American Association of Health Education
  • 1998, National Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Henkle, Emily - PhD, MPH

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Research Assistant Professor Center for Infectious Disease Studies Office OHSU – GH 137 Phone: (503) 494 – 6226
Biography

Emily Henkle is an epidemiologist and research assistant professor who in recent years has focused on projects related to pulmonary infectious disease. Her research has focused on nontuberculous mycobacteria – or NTM disease – along with pediatric Haemophilus influenzae and pneumococcal infection, infant influenza and adult influenza in healthcare workers. She  approaches her research with both the individual and public health in mind, producing data on disease burden, incidence and natural history of disease.

Her most recent work has explored patient-centered research and health-related quality of life in patients with chronic NTM infection and underlying bronchiectasis. She is studying correlations between health-related quality of life measures and NTM disease activity and is measuring the efficacy of current treatments in relation to respiratory symptoms, physical functioning and fatigue.

She also manages a statewide special surveillance project with the Oregon Health Authority and coordinates enrollment and data collection for the Northwest NTM Biobank.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., University of California Berkeley, 2000
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010

Awards and Honors
  • 2007-2010, Pre-doctoral fellow, NEI Clinical Trials Training Grant
  • 2016, Junior Investigator Award, ATS/ALA
Notes
  • (Henkle) 01/01/17 – 12/31/18. American Thoracic Society/American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific. Health-related quality of life as a clinical trial endpoint for nontuberculous mycobacteria disease. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • 1013-OHSU (Henkle) 05/01/15 – 04/30/16. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). NTM Research Consortium Stakeholder Engagement and Planning Meeting. Role: Project Lead.
  • FD -R-05401-01-A1 (Winthrop) 09/01/16 – 07/31/20. Food and Drug Administration P2 Study of Clofazimine for Pulmonary M. avium Disease IND 125,266 (1/5/2015). Role: Co-investigator.
  • CER-1503-29191 (Winthrop) 01/01/16 – 06/30/18. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Comparative effectiveness and safety of inhaled corticosteroids and antimicrobial compounds for non-CF bronchiectasis. Role: Co-investigator/Project Director
  • DS-311495 (Winthrop) 07/01/14 – 06/30/17. American Lung Association Natural History of Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Pulmonary Disease and Immune Correlates of Disease Progression. Role: Co-investigator/Project Director
  • 2561-OHSU (Winthrop) 01/01/16 – 12/31/16. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Non-cystic fibrosis (CF) bronchiectasis patient network and research roadmap. Role: Co-investigator/Project Director.

Hodsden, Josh - MBA

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Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Specialist Environmental Systems & Human Health; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Office OSHU – Gaines Hall 233 Phone: 503-494-1158
Biography

Josh Hodsden has been a student advocate in higher education for eight years, coaching both undergraduate and graduate students before and during their programs. 

Education, Degrees

B.S., Business Management, University of Phoenix, 2002
M.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2010

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

Notes
  • 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

Hurtado, David - SD, MS

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Assistant Professor Primary Health Care & Health Disparities Office OHSU – RJH1596 Phone: (503) 494-3132
Biography

David Hurtado is a social and behavioral scientist who examines social determinants of workers’ health. He researches modifiable occupational factors – including schedules, peer support and labor policies – that are linked with work-related illnesses such as depression, musculoskeletal disorders and non-communicable diseases. Most of Hurtado’s studies have been based on high-risk industries, especially in patient care. As a faculty member of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center – a Center of Excellence for the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health – he designs and evaluates workplace interventions aimed at promoting and protecting occupational health and safety, following the Total Worker Health™ framework.

Education, Degrees

M.S., Harvard University, 2010
S.D., Harvard University, 2013

Awards and Honors
  • 2013, undergraduate teaching distinction, Harvard University
  • 2010, Cabot International Scholar, Harvard University
  • 2010, Presidential Scholarship, Harvard University

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Izumi, Betty - MPH, RD, PhD

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Associate Professor Health Studies and Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 450K Phone: (503) 725-5102
Biography

Betty Izumi is a registered dietitian and associate professor in the School of Public Health. Her research focuses on issues at the intersection of nutrition, sustainability and health equity. She uses a community-based participatory research approach to explore the question: Can diet quality and health be improved among underserved individuals in such a way that promotes vibrant and resilient local food systems?

She is the principal investigator for Harvest for Healthy Kids, a nutrition intervention developed in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College Head Start and Early Head Start. Harvest for Healthy Kids connects children in early care and education settings to local agriculture through classroom education, food service modification and family engagement. In 2016, Harvest for Healthy Kids was awarded the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of British Columbia, 1998
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2000
R.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2001
Ph.D., Michigan State University, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2017, Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program Award (Japan)
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Mid-Career Professional Achievement Award
  • 2016, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior Nutrition Education Program Impact Award for Harvest for Healthy Kids
  • 2013, Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs Craig Wollner Memorial Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty
  • 2012, Portland State University Civic Engagement Award for Excellence in Community-based Research

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James, Kenneth - PhD

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Professor Emeritus Biostatistics
Biography

Dr. Kenneth James, Professor Emeritus, taught in the Biostatistics programs and has experience as a researcher and administrator in biomedical and health services clinical trials as well as longitudinal studies and medical testing. Dr. James’ involvement in these areas include study design analysis and assistance in the preparation and submission of study results for publication.

For 18 years he was the director of two biostatistical coordinating centers for large scale clinical trials funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program. Over that period of time, Dr. James was involved in the support of approximately 150 investigators involving 100+ VA and non-VA medical centers.

Dr. James was the co-investigator/biostatistician for a trial titled Stroke Prevention in Non-valvular Atrial Fibrillation that demonstrated the efficacy of low-dose warfarin for the prevention of strokes in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1992. This, along with several similar trials, resulted in a change in the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation.

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1969
M.S., University of Minnesota, 1967
B.S., Walla Walla College, 1965

 

Johnson, Richard - MS, PhD

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Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health; Primary Health Care & Health Disparities; Public Health Practice Office OHSU – CSB 652 Phone: (503) 346-3432
Biography

In September 2018, Dr. Richard Johnson became the Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Dr. Johnson is also Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland Oregon.

He received his BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Washington and his MS and PhD degrees from the Oregon Graduate Institute (now part of OHSU). Dr. Johnson has been a faculty member at OHSU since 1985. He teaches in the areas of public health relating to climate change, drinking water availability, chemical and transport and fate in the environment and restoration of sites contaminated by industrial and other sources. His research interests involve forecasting of water quality in rivers to protect drinking water sources, development of diagnostic tool for groundwater restoration, and vulnerability of groundwater sources of drinking water.

Faculty Spotlight

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Washington, 1973
M.S., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1981
Ph.D., Oregon Graduate Institute, 1985

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Kaufman, Deborah - MA

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

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

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Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N