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Ryan Petteway is an assistant professor in the School of Public Health. He conducts participatory research at the nexus of public health, public housing, and “placemaking,” making use of information and communication technologies to democratize and enhance research and practice processes.
Petteway’s current work examines place, health, and embodiment among public housing residents — with the aim of facilitating permanent mechanisms for including the voice of residents within local placemaking decisions and processes. Underlying this work are core notions of power, inclusion, and accountability in public health research and practice, and avenues for participatory urban governance. In this spirit, he’s currently developing a STEM-based high school curriculum focused on the social determinants of health, health equity, and participatory research.
Prior to his doctoral training, Petteway served as social epidemiologist and chief epidemiologist at the Baltimore City Health Department.
B.A., University of Virginia, 2006
M.P.H., University of Michigan, 2008
Dr.P.H., University of Caliornia, Berkeley, 2015
Awards and Honors
- 2014-15, Roselyn Lindheim Fellowship in Environmental Design and Public Health
- 2014-15, University of Californi, Berkeley Mentored Research Fellowship
- 2014-15, Mayhew and Helen Derryberry Fellowship in Public Health
- 2011-2014, Kaiser Permanente Dr.P.H. Community Leadership Fellowship
- 2007-8, Master’s Training in Racial Health Disparities Award
- The People’s Social Epi Project, 2014-2017 (PI): An Intergenerational Study of Place, Embodiment, and Health via Participatory Action Research with Residents of Public Housing
- NIH/NCEH, UE1, 2011-2014 (PI): Baltimore City Health Impact Assessment Capacity Development
- Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute, 2011 (Co-PI): Baltimore Men’s Health Assessment Project
- United Way of Central Maryland, 2010-2012 (Co-PI): Baltimore Virtual Supermarket Project
- Kresge Foundation, 2010 (PI): Project Food for Thought: Youth Perspectives on a Baltimore Food Desert
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.
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
- 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
Hillary Regan serves as the Administrator for the Biostatistics & Design Program (BDP) as well as the Coordinator for the Preventive Medicine Residency Program. She has over 20 years of administrative experience at OHSU and has worked in public health since 2011. Hillary’s career interests include design thinking, conflict transformation, and process improvement.
Dawn Richardson is an associate professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches Urban and Community Health, Global Health and other courses.
Richardson’s work examines how the places where people live – in both the social and physical environments – can impact health and social mobility.
She uses community-based participatory research principles while helping people understand how changes in the way we think about things such as family leave, policies supporting breastfeeding and access to good schools, healthy food, transportation and adequate housing can have an impact on community health. Her research focus led her to serve as board chair for Upstream Public Health, a non-profit focused on promoting policy and improving health for all Oregonians.
Richardson is also co-director of the BUILD EXITO program, an undergraduate research training program that supports students from diverse backgrounds on their pathway to becoming scientific researchers.
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
- 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. Savitz has a primary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliated Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Savitz’s work includes collaborating other faculty members in Health Systems & Policy, mentoring or advising PhD students in HSP, serve as preceptor, and participates in the School at large.
Lucy Savitz, Ph.D., MBA has over 30 years of experience in health care delivery and health services research. Currently, Dr. Savitz serves as Vice President for Health Research for Kaiser Permanente (IP) Northwest Region and Director for the KP Center for Health Research in Oregon and Hawaii. Most recently, she was Assistant Vice President for Delivery System Science in the Intermountain Healthcare Institute for Healthcare Delivery Research where she was responsible for facilitating mission critical health services research and enhancing the scientific stature of clinical investigators.
B.S.B.A., University of Denver
M.B.A., University of Denver
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A native of Oregon, Sara Schwanke Khilji’s interests in community health, research, and clinical education have given her the opportunity to serve in a variety of international settings. She has worked largely in Asia, including Sri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia. and Malaysia. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on Primary Care.
Her research interests include women’s health, health policy, and the intersection between human health and migration. She is actively involved in clinical education, and was responsible for developing and implementing the first clinical sub-internship program in Malaysia. When not on clinical service with the Clinical Hospitalist Service, she is based in Thailand coordinating educational collaborations and opportunities with OHSU Global’s partners in Southeast Asia.
B.A., Williams College, 2003
M.P.H., Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, 2007
M.D., Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, 2008
- Cooker R, Khan MS, Schwanke Khilji SU, Watson S, Zaw Myo Tun, Yoong J. Emerging Disease Control Priorities in a Transitioning Health System: A Situational Assessment of Tuberculosis Control in Myanmar. Health Policy & Planning. (accepted).
- Khan MS*, Schwanke Khilji SU*, Saw S, Coker RJ. Evidence to Inform Resource Allocation for Tuberculosis Control in Myanmar: a Systematic Review Based on the SYSRA Framework. 2017 Health Pol Plan 32(1):102-109. *joint first authors
- Phua KH, Yap MT, Schwanke Khilji, S, Lee HP. Development of Public Health in Countries in Economic Transition: The Higher Middle-Income Countries. In ‘Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 6th Edition.’ R Detels, M Gulliford, QA Karim, and CC Tan (2015) Oxford University Press.
- Schwanke Khilji SU, Thorndike, A. Obesity. In ‘Pocket Primary Care’ Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR(2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- Schwanke Khilji SU, Chong CR, Sykes D. Folate & Vitamin B12 Deficiency. In ‘Pocket Primary Care’ Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR(2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
- Schwanke Khilji SU, Simmons L. Breast Disease. In ‘Pocket Primary Care’ Kiefer, MM; Chong, CR(2014) Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Eli Schwarz is professor and chair of the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dentistry at OHSU. His research interests include oral health services research, epidemiology and preventive dentistry. He is currently focused on building dental public health capacity in Oregon through collaborative efforts between the OHSU School of Dentistry and community and state organizations. He is also a member of the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Advisory Board.
Previously, he has held professional positions in Australia, Hong Kong, Denmark and the U.S. He was professor and dean of the faculty of dentistry at the University of Sydney, was professor of Health Dentistry and dean of dentistry at the University of Hong Kong, was chief dental officer for the National Board of Health and an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen, and was executive director of the American and International Associations for Dental Research in Alexandria, Va.
D.D.S., University of Copenhagen, 1972
M.P.H., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1974
Ph.D., University of Copenhagen, 1992
F.H.K.A.M., Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, 1993
F.H.K.C.D.S., Community Dentistry Specialist designation, 2007
Awards and Honors
- Was conferred the Royal Order, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
- Founding Fellow, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine
- Fellow, Community Dentistry, Hong Kong College of Dental Surgeons
- Fellow, American College of Dentists
- Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons
HRSA (Schwarz, Eli) Increasing Oregon’s Oral Health Care Workforce through Innovative Education Models and Prevention Programs 2015-2018
Jackilen Shannon is a nutritional epidemiologist who works to understand the distribution and determinants of disease at the population level. Much of her early research focused on translating scientific findings to the medical clinic. In recent years, she has shifted some time toward working to translate medical research to the population at large through community engagement.
At OHSU, she co-developed and expanded an education and research program called “Let’s Get Healthy!” that provides personalized health education to school children and adults. She has also helped build that program internationally, helping to create Let’s Get Healthy!-Global as part of OHSU’s partnership with Bangkok Dusit Medical Services and Mahidol University in Thailand.
B.S., Penn State University, 1987
M.P.H., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St.Paul, 1988
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1993
Post-Doctoral Trainee, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
- 2015-Initiative-Team-Knight-3 (Shannon) 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016 OHSU/OSU Cancer Prevention and Control Initiative Team Pilot Projects $3,500 Phytanic acid, a branched-chain fatty acid in dairy and risk of cancer
- 2015-Initiative-Team-Knight-3 (Shannon) 01/01/2016 – 12/31/2016 OHSU/OSU Cancer Prevention and Control Initiative Team Pilot Projects $25,000 Chemoprevention of prostate cancer: Long Non-Coding RNAs and Sulforaphane
- CDRN-Phase II (DeVoe) 10/01/2015 – 09/30/2018 PCORI $273,376 ADVANCE Phase II: Accelerating Data Value across a National Community Health Center Network Phase II
- DeVoe (PI) 02/01/2016 — 01/31/2021 National Cancer Institute ACCESS: Assessing Community Cancer Care after Insurance Expansions, Role: Co-Investigator
- U48DP005006-01 SIP 14-011 (Winters / Shannon) 09/11/2014 – 08/30/2018 CDC/SIPs $275,000 Oregon Community Cancer Research Collaborative (OR-CCRC)
- 3P30CA069533-17S2 (Druker) 07/01/2014 – 06/30/2017 0.6 CM NIH/ National Cancer Institute $94,697 Administrative Supplements to Expand NCI-supported Community Outreach Capacity through Community Health Educators (CHE) of the National Outreach
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.
B.A., Stanford University, 2005
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2011
Judith Sobel’s research has examined the effectiveness of a wide range of health behavior programs and health promotion compaigns. During the past 15 years, her research has focused on preventing noise-induced hearing loss. She is a media specialist and a member of the research and workshop team for Dangerous Decibels, a hearing loss prevention program with leaders from OHSU and PSU, among other institutions. She has designed media messages that target adolescents and their families in an effort to change attitudes about hearing loss prevention and promote healthy hearing behaviors around the world.
Prior to her work with Dangerous Decibels, Sobel researched and worked on health promotion campaigns relating to heart disease prevention and mammography promotion.
Much of her early work examined the effectiveness of health behavior programs aimed at communicating the negative aspects of drug use and smoking to adolescents in elementary school.
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1981
M.P.H., University of California at Los Angeles, 1984
B.A., Community Studies and Information Science, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1975
Awards and Honors
- 2013, Safe in Sound Innovation Award, NIH
- 2012, Oregon MPH Teaching Award
- 2007, Media Award, Nation Hearing Conservation Assoc.
- 1981-1982, Public Health Service Fellowship, UCLA
- 1978-1980, NIH Pre-doctoral Fellowship
- 1 R43 OD021519-01 Odile (P.I.) 2016 NIH SBIR Phase 1/ Serious STEM Games This grant funds the creation of a STEM game to educate and promote hearing health and science for 4th to 7th grade. Role: Significant Contributor
- 1U48 DP001937-01 Becker (P.I.) 2010-2014 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center for Healthy Native Communities This grant funds a Prevention Research Center in the Pacific Northwest, focusing on vision and hearing health promotion in Native communities. Role: Consultant
- 1 U48 DP000024-02 Becker (P.I.) 2004-2009, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Center for Healthy Native Communities
- R21-DC008077 Martin (PI) 2006-2008 National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Tribal Community-Based Prevention of Noise-induced Hearing Loss and Tinnitus. This project evaluated the hearing health of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest and made recommendations regarding medical interventions, auditory rehabilitation and hearing loss prevention. Role: Consultant
- R25 DC006431 Martin (PI) 2004-2006 National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Health Communication: NIHL and Tinnitus Prevention . This project included training high school students and school nurses to deliver the Dangerous Decibels hearing loss prevention program in 4th grade classrooms. Effectiveness of different interventions (classroom presentations, museum visits and web-based activities) were evaluated and compared. Role: Co-PI
- 2013 3M Foundation Dangerous Decibels Training Workshop Grant Role: Presenter Funded: $200,000
- 1999 Centers for Disease Control: Analysis of Breast and Cervical Cancer Reporting in National Media, with Wallack, L. and Winett, L. Role: Co-PI. Funded: $57,000.
- 1996 Greater Portland Chapter, Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: The Educational Impact of the Race for the Cure. Role: Co-Investigator (with Gelmon, S.) Funded: $9974.00.
Priya Srikanth a staff biostatistician with OHSU’s Biostatistics & Design Program and an instructor with the School of Public Health. Srikanth has training and expertise in teaching and conducting statistical analysis based on goals provided by the primary investigator. Her background in biostatistics has been strengthened with ongoing advanced biostatistical training. As an instructor of basic introductory biostatistics, she strives to convey methods of summarizing data through graphical displays and numerical measures.
B.B.A., Marshall University, 1999
M.P.H., in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, OHSU, 2009
- BDP Dean’s Innovation Funding for catalyzing genetic assocation in Aminoglycoside-induced ototoxicity. Role: Biostatistician
- R03 1R03AG03985-01 Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and diseases of aging: A secondary analysis of NHANES III data. 09/2010 – 06/2013. Role: Biostatistician
- K01 AR062655 Mineralization Gene Variants: Biochemical Implications and Associations with BMD. Role: Biostatistician
Ellen Stevenson, associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics and adjunct associate professor of Public Health, is a former epidemic intelligence service officer and medical epidemiologist from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has been involved with public health at the local, state and federal government level and has developed policy guidelines and community intervention materials, responded to national and international infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.
As the associate director for emergency response for the Pacific Northwest Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Diseases, she worked closely with the health departments and universities in the region. Stevenson also is the medical director for Reach Out and Read Oregon, a nonprofit that incorporates books for children into pediatric care and encourages families to read together. She also is on the Childhood Hunger Coalition and serves as the course director for the Childhood Food Insecurity Course.
B.A., Brown University
M.D., Brown University School of Medicinee
D.T.M.H., London School Hygiene andTropical Medicine
M.P.H., Harvard University School of Public Health
Awards and Honors
- 2014, American Academy Pediatrics, Special Achievement Award:
- 2010, OHSU Bilderback Community Pediatrician Teaching Award
- 2002, U.S. Public Health Service Crisis Response Award
- 2001, U.S. Public Health Service Foreign Duty Award
- 2000, Honor Award Nomination, United States Food and Drug Administration
- 1999, Fellow Recognition Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America
Kenneth R. Still is an adjunct assistant professor for environmental health at PSU and an adjunct assistant professor for the School of Public Health.
Still’s research, detailed in more than 250 published articles, addresses multiple areas of industrial hygiene and toxicology. His primary research interests include human health risk assessment, exposure assessment, and occupational exposure guideline development. His published work for an international client on human health risk and exposure assessment at the Hanford site, a decommissioned nuclear production complex in Washington state, helped identify over 1,700 chemicals potentially dangerous to humans and the environment.
Still is board certified in industrial hygiene, toxicology, safety, hazardous materials management, and several environmental disciplines. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and the American Industrial Hygiene Association.
He grew up in North Bend/Coos Bay, Ore., and served as a U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps officer for over 27 years.
B.S., Portland State University, 1970
M.S., Portland State University, 1972
Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 1976
M.B.A., Chaminade University of Honolulu; 1989
Awards and Honors
- 2005, Fellow, American Industrial Hygiene Association
- 2006, Fellow, Academy of Toxicological Sciences
- 1982, Diplomate American Board of Industrial Hygiene
- 1991, Diplomate National Registry of Environmental Professionals
- 1992, Diplomate Board of Certified Safety Professionals
Dr. Strnad holds a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role, Professor Strnad’s work includes collaborating other SPH primary faculty members for research and mentoring or advising SPH students.
Professor Strnad’s primary faculty appointment resides in the OHSU Division of Infectious Disease.
B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 2005
M.D., Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 2010
John Stull is interested in the epistemic aspects of teaching, particularly how the fundamentals of medicine and public health effectively challenge each other and productively live together in the students we train. He serves as director of the M.D./M.P.H. Program, which admits six to seven first-year medical students into a quasi-integrated curriculum where students complete the requirements for an M.D. and a master of public health in epidemiology.
Stull also is program director of the School of Public Health’s Preventive Medicine Residency, a program that has trained a number of physicians currently who are local and state public health leaders in Oregon and Washington.
Stull teaches introductory epidemiology in the M.P.H. and M.D./MP.H. programs and co-teaches an advanced epidemiology course on using epidemiology to develop causal inferences.
Stull practiced full-time general pediatrics until 1996 when he left practice to obtain his M.P.H. at the Harvard School of Public Health.
B.S., University of Illinois, 1974
M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 1978
M.P.H., Harvard School of Public Health, 1997
Awards and Honors
- 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Award for Faculty of the Year
- 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Marshal for OHSU Convocation
- 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, OHSU Student Teaching Excellence Award
- 2008, 2004, Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Department Chair Teaching Award
- 2004, OHSU Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award
Eric Suhler is professor of ophthalmology at OHSU with a secondary appointment in the School of Public Health. His primary academic focus is in clinical trials of novel immunotheraputics for inflammatory eye disease. He has delivered lectures in the School of Public Health on clinical trial endpoints and international ophthalmology and has chaired numerous masters’ thesis committees.
He graduated from OHSU with an M.P.H. in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics tracks and his thesis on the incidence and prevalence of uveitis in the VA Medical Centers of the Pacific Northwest was awarded as the Outstanding OHSU Graduate School Thesis that year.
B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1990
M.D., University of Texas-Southwestern, 1995
Ophthalmology Residency, OHSU, 1996-2000
Uveitis Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, 2000-02
M.P.H., OHSU, 2007
Christina J. Sun is an assistant professor at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health.
Her research seeks to improve the lives of communities disproportionately affected by HIV and sexual and reproductive health disparities, including Latino, black, and LGBTQ communities.
Sun’s recent work includes developing and testing behavior change interventions and examining the dissemination and implementation of effective behavioral and biomedical interventions. Her research has found acceptable and feasible ways that social and sexual networking applications on smart phones and other mobile devices can be used to promote HIV testing to men who are at increased risk for HIV. She has also demonstrated the continued long-term health impacts of an HIV intervention for Latino men that has been identified as a “best-evidence” intervention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has also partnered with three community organizations to study the implementation of the intervention in real world settings.
B.S., University of California Davis, 2004
M.S., California State University Fullerton, 2007
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2014
Evan A Thomas is an associate professor and director of the Sweet (Sustainable Water, Energy and Environmental Technologies) Laboratory, and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. The SweetLab develops and implements cellular and satellite based “Internet of Things” sensor technologies designed to improve the collection of, and action on, data in global health programs.
Thomas is also chief operating officer of DelAgua Health, a social enterprise working with the Rwanda Ministry of Health to implement a water treatment and improved cookstove program.
Prior to joining PSU, Thomas worked at the NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for six years. He was a principal investigator and project manager in the Life Support and Habitability Systems Branch working on concepts for sustainable Moon and Mars spacecraft.
B.S., Broadcast Journalism, University of Colorado at Boulder
B.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University
Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
Awards and Honors
- 2015, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Practitioner Residency
- 2015, University of Colorado Kalpana Chawla Outstanding Alumni Award
- 2008, NASA Johnson Space Center Fellowship
- 2007, NASA JSC Engineering Achievement Medal
- National Science Foundation – Predictive Algorithms for Water Point Failure – Principal Investigator
- UK Department for International Development – Dynamic Sensors on Cookstoves to Encourage and Reinforce Healthy Behavior Change – Principal Investigator
- DelAgua Health – Barstow, C., Nagel, C., Clasen, T., Thomas, E., “Process Evaluation and Assessment of Use of a Large Scale Water Filter and Cookstove Program in Rwanda – Principal Investigator
- U.S. Agency for International Development – Behavioral Reactivity Associated with Electronic Monitoring of Environmental Health Interventions – Principal Investigator
- U.S. Agency for International Development – Data Sharing Platform for Global Development – Co Investigator
- UK Department for International Development – Evaluating the Cost Effectiveness of Cellular Instrumentation on Rural Handpumps to Improve Service Delivery
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control – Assessing Adoption and Use of Portable Water Collection Systems
- Gates Foundation – Assessing Latrine Use in Rural India: A Cross-Sectional Study Comparing Reported Use and Passive Latrine Use Monitors – Co Investigator