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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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Muoto, Ifeoma - MS, PhD

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Affiliate Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Ifeoma Muoto holds an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the graduate level Health Management & Policy and Health Systems & Policy programs. In this role, her work includes teaching classes, mentoring students, and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Muoto is currently an Assistant Department Administrator at Kaiser Permanente supporting the OBGYN subspecialties – Perinatology, Urogynecology, and Gynecological Oncology. This role allows her to combine her passion for health systems with evidence-based policy and practice.

Her research to date has focused on maternal-child health, obstetric procedure use, and the effects of macro-level health policies on both population health and health inequities. She is currently focused on expanding her focus on maternal-child health and disparities to include global health systems, particularly those in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. She has years of teaching experience at the University of Connecticut and Oregon State University.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of Nigeria, 2003
M.S., University of Connecticut, 2010
Ph.D., Oregon State University, 2016

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Needoba, Joseph - PhD

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Associate Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – HRC3 314 Phone: (503) 346 – 3421
Biography

Dr. Needoba uses chemical and biological sensors deployed in the environment to characterize water quality and its determinants, with a focus on linkages between human activities, ecological processes, and human health. As part of the Ecosystem Monitoring Program supported by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, the lab studies water quality and ecosystem characteristics of juvenile salmon habitat in the Columbia River estuary. Additional ongoing research addresses regional environmental health issues associated with harmful algal blooms, chemicals of emerging concern, and ocean acidification/hypoxia.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of British Columbia, Canada, 1997
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Canada, 2003
Postdoctoral Fellow, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, 2007

Nguyen, Thuan - MS, PhD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Medicine, Graduate Certificate in Public Health Office OHSU – CSB 660 Phone: (503) 494-3697
Biography

Thuan Nguyen is an associate professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health. She teaches and advises graduate students in biostatistics and teaches two graduate courses – Linear Models and Survey Designs and  Analysis. She is a biostatistician with a research emphasis in statistical methodology. Her research of interest includes mixed effects models, statistical genetics, model selection, small area estimation and longitudinal data analysis.

She has been involved with the Biostatistics Design Program at the Oregon Clinical Translational Research Institute since 2008 and has collaborated with many investigators on a wide range of research projects in clinical care, public health, health policy, basic science and social behavior science.

Education, Degrees

M.D., Hue University of Medicine & Pharmacy, 1995
M.S., Statistics, California State of University, East Bay, 2002
Ph.D., Biostatistics, University of California, Davis, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2014: PHPH Mentoring Award
  • 2002: Hee-bok Award

Niederhausen, Meike - PhD

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Meike Niederhausen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health in the Biostatistics programs. Dr. Niederhausen teaches BSTA 550, “Introduction to Probability” to graduate level students and has an extensive background as a biostatistician in the School and beyond. For over ten years, she has been committed to teaching, research, and service by supporting research with study design, grant preparation, data management, statistical analyses, and manuscript review/preparation. She has also been lead on publications and grants.

A large part of Dr. Niederhausen’s research has focused on analyzing data from wearable activity trackers; on a series of projects investigating the effects of altering levothyroxine (L-T4) doses in hypothyroid subjects on quality of life, mood, cognition, energy expenditure, and body composition; and using machine learning methods to investigate the effects of alcohol, nicotine, and methamphetamine on decision-making and neural connectivity using functional MRI data.

Education, Degrees

B.A., New College of Florida, 1998
M.S., Purdue University, 2004
Ph.D., Purdue University, 2005

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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
  • 2019, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching & Mentorship
  • 2005, Fogarty-Ellison Fellowship in Global Health and Clinical Research, National Institutes of Health
  • 2010, Fogarty Fellowship in International 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

Olson, Ryan - MA, PhD

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Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Phone: (503) 494-2501
Biography

Dr. Ryan Olson has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Environmental Systems & Human Health program. In this role his work includes teaching courses and collaborating on research with SPH primary faculty members.

In addition to his commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Olson holds a faculty appointment in the OHSU’s OIOHS (Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences) and at Portland State University in the Psychology Department. Specializing in organizational and behavior change, Professor Olson has developed impactful programs and tools for supervisors and workers in a variety of industries, including aviation, bus transit, commercial trucking, construction, and home healthcare. He is also a founding investigator and an associate director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, a Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Utah State University, 1997
M.A., Western Michigan University, 1999
Ph.D., Western Michigan University, 2002

Awards and Honors
  • 2012-2016, President Elect, President, and Past-President, Organizational Behavior Management Network
  • 2014 – present, Transportation & Safety Task Force, American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • 2009, First place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition. Work, Stress, & Health Conference 2009 (APA/NIOSH)
Notes
  • U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) NIOSH/CDC09/01/16 to 08/31/21 “Oregon Healthy Workforce Center” “Engineering and Behavioral Controls to Improve Team Truckers Sleep and Performance” (Olson, Project PI) Description: Evaluation of engineering (seat and mattress) technologies and behavioral sleep interventions to reduce fatigue and improve driver sleep, performance, and well-being. Role: Project PI
  • U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) NIOSH/CDC09/01/16 to 08/31/21 “Oregon Healthy Workforce Center” “Engineering and Behavioral Controls to Improve Team Truckers Sleep and Performance” (Olson, Project PI) Description: Evaluation of engineering (seat and mattress) technologies and behavioral sleep interventions to reduce fatigue and improve driver sleep, performance, and well-being. Role: Project PI
  • U60OH008472  (C. Cude, R. Olson, MPIs) 07/01/15 to 06/30/20 NIOSH/CDC “Improving Occupational Health In Oregon: Turning Data To Action” Description: Expanded state-based occupational health and safety surveillance research.  Within this project OHSU leads the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program. Role: Multiple PI

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  • W81XWH-BAA-11-1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 02/01/13 – 01/31/17      USAMRMC (11097008) “Development And Evaluation Of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Reintegration Of The Oregon National Guard And Reserves Into The Workplace” Description:  The aim is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce and examining effects on veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
  • 2014YH00280 (Peter Johnson, PI) 05/01/15 to 12/31/16 Washington Department of Labor and Industries “The Effects of an Anti-Vibration Truck Cab Mattress on Team Truck Drivers’ Sleep, Health, and Performance” Description: The proposed project will evaluate sleep, health, and performance enhancing effects of an anti-vibration mattress for team drivers who must sleep while their partner drives.  Return on investment via fuel efficiency measures will also be collected. Role: Co-I, PI of OHSU Subcontract
  • R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 04/14/11 to 03/31/17 (no-cost extension) NHLBI/NIH “Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention” Description: Cluster randomized trial of a competition-based weight loss program with computer-based training and motivational interviewing.  Includes analyses of social support and stress as moderators of effectiveness. Role: PI

Onnis, Doris - RN, BSN, IBCLC

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Adjunct Instructor Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 939-5315
Biography

Doris Onnis is a clinical instructor in the School of Public Health’s Lactation Education Program.

Maternal-child health has been the focus of Onnis’ career. She has worked as a registered nurse for more than 35 years, working in neonatal intensive care, postpartum care and community health, and helped to develop an outpatient postpartum and lactation program for Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

Education, Degrees

R.N., 1980
I.B.C.L.C., 1997
B.S.N., 2015

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Park, Brian - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Brian Park holds a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the graduate level Health Management & Policy and Health Systems & Policy programs. In this role, his work includes teaching classes, mentoring students, and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Park is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU’s School of Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine. He co-founded and directs the Health Equity And Leadership program, a clinic-based community organizing initiative building coalitions of patients, community organizations, and healthcare providers to advance social policies. Dr. Park also serves as the co-founder and director of the Relational Leadership Institute (RLI), an interprofessional, cross-generational leadership learning collaborative developing relational change-agents for advancing systems and social change in health organizations and communities. RLI draws upon best practices in community organizing, anthropology, sociology, and social psychology to complement traditional, technical leadership skills with the relational practices that evidence has demonstrated characterizes the highest-performing teams. Participants report being able to more effectively manage teams within their organizations, and successfully advocate for upstream change. Based on successful evaluation results, the program has expanded to the University of North Carolina and University of Utah.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, 2006
M.D./M.P.H., University of Minnesota Medical School, 2014

Park, Byung - MS, PhD

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Associate Professor Biostatistics Office OHSU – HRC 14D58 Phone: (503) 418-0127
Biography

Byung Park is an associate professor of biostatistics in the School of Public Health and associate director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource at OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute. His research as a collaborative Biostatistician has concentrated on design of clinical trials and statistical analysis methodologies on the fields of immunology including vaccine development and immunesenescence. He serves as a member of OHSU faculty senate representing the School of Public Health. He also is a member of the clinical research review committee (CRRC) at the Knight Cancer Institute. He is serving as faculty member for the AACR/ASCO Educational Workshop: Methods in Clinical Cancer Research.

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., Statistics, Oregon State University, 2002
M.S., Economics, Sung Kyun Kwan University, 1992
B.A., Economics, Sung Kyun Kwan University, 1990

Awards and Honors
  • 2002, Jerome Lee Award, Oregon State University
  • 2008, AACR Cancer Biostatistics Workshop Scholarship – Developing Targeted Agents
Notes
  • 5P30 CA69533-18 (Druker) 7/20/2011–6/30/2017  NIH/NCI GCNCR0356C38   OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Role: Biostatistician
  • 5R01AI104229-02 (Lewinsohn) 7/5/2013 – 6/30/2017  NIH/NIAID GPEDI0773A   The innate capacity of human T cells to respond to Mycobacterium tuberculosis Role: Biostatistician
  • 2P51OD011092-56 (Carbone) 5/01/2016 – 4/30/2017  NIH/OD GPRC55122 last year’s Direct cost Support for the Oregon National Primate Research Center  Role: Biostatistician
  • 1 R01 HD082208 01A1 (Xu) 8/13/2015-5/31/2020,  NIH,  Anti-Mullerian Hormone Actions to Control Primate Folliculogenesis Role: Co-Investigator
  • 1 U01 HD087182-01 (Frias), 9/1/2015 – 8/31/2019,  NIH/DHHS, $4,323,956 Functional imaging of human placental structure, blood flow, and oxygenation Role: Biostatistician
  • 1 R01 HL29060 01 (Spindel / McEvoy), 8/15/2015 – 5/31/2020, NIH/NHLBI, CPAP Drives Lung Growth and Pulmonary Function in Moderately Preterm Primates Role: Co-I

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  • 1 R01 AI117802 01 (Sacha), 03/1/15 – 02/28/19,  NIH/NIAID, A Universal MHC-E-restricted T Cell Vaccine for HIV Role: Co-Investigator
  • R01 AA024757 (Ford),  04/01/16-03/31/19, NIH/NIAAA, GDNF Therapy to Block Relapse of Heavy Alcohol Use in Monkeys Role: Co-Investigator

Peters, Dawn - MS, PhD

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Adjunct Associate Professor Biostatistics Phone: (503) 544-7165
Biography

Dawn Peters areas of interest include clinical trial methodology and observational methods. Prior to joining OHSU in 2003, Peters was awarded a National Institutes of Health K-25 Career Development Award, which allowed her to work at Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research for two years. She collaborated with investigators on a variety of projects and conducted research in randomization for clinical trials.

Before the NIH award, she was an associate professor of statistics at Oregon State University, where she conducted methodological research and taught undergraduate and graduate statistics courses.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Pscyhology, University of Florida, 1979
M.S., Statistics, University of Florida, 1988
Ph.D., Statistics, University of Florida, 1988

Peterson, Jaime - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Public Health Practice
Biography

Dr. Jaime Peterson has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Practice programs. In this role, Professor Peterson’s work includes teaching Public Health Practice classes, collaborating on research with primary SPH faculty, and mentoring or supervising PHP students.

Dr. Peterson will be joining the OHSU School of Medicine faculty as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in December 2018. She is a former middle school teacher with a research focus on bridging the education and health systems to improve the health of low-income children. Her current research explores the role of pediatricians and child health systems in promoting school readiness for low-income, Latino children. Using survey techniques, qualitative methods and educational data she is exploring the effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of clinic based school readiness interventions such as parent coaching in the clinic setting to address disparities in school readiness.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2005
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 2018
M.D., University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, 2012

Awards and Honors
  • 2017 MedEd Portal, Editor’s Choice and Featured Resource Recognition
  • 2012-2015 Stanford Medical School Honor Roll for Teaching
  • 2012 UCSD Gold Humanism Honor Society Member
  • 2010 AAMC Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship Award

Peterson, Tawnya - PhD

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Assistant Professor, Program Director of Environmental Systems & Human Health Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – HRC 316 Phone: (503) 346-3423
Biography
Education, Degrees

B.Sc., Mount Allison University, 1997
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 2005

Awards and Honors

2017, OHSU Faculty Senate Teaching Award

Notes
  • Distribution and degradation of the antidiabetic drug, metformin, in the Columbia River, Feb 1, 2016 – Jan 31, 2018; Role: Principal Investigator
  • Habitat Monitoring for the Estuary Partnership Ecosystem Monitoring program; Oct 1, 2016 – Sep 15, 2017; Role: Principal Investigator

Petteway, Ryan - MPH, DrPH

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Assistant Professor Office PSU – URBN 470N Phone: 503-725-3985
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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
Notes
  • 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

Pierce, Donald -

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Professor Emeritus Biostatistics Office OHSU Gaines Hall #153 Phone: 503-494-0492
Biography

Donald Pierce has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Emeritus Professor in the Biostatistics programs.

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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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Richardson, Dawn - MPH, DrPH

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Assistant Professor Health Studies, Health Promotion, Community Health, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 470D Phone: (503) 725-2051
Biography

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. 

Education, Degrees

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
Notes
  • 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.

Rissi, Jill - MPA, PhD

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Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 670R OHSU – GH 230 Phone: 503-725-8217 (PSU) or 503-494-9330 (OHSU)
Biography
Education, Degrees

B.S./B.S.N., Arizona State University, 1982-86
M.P.A., Arizona State University, 1990
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008

Notes
  • 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

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Savitz, Lucy - PhD, MBA

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Affiliated Professor Health Systems & Policy
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

B.S.B.A., University of Denver
M.B.A., University of Denver
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Schwanke Khilji, Sara - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Public Health Practice
Biography

Dr. Sara Schwanke Khilji has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH) as an Assistant Professor in the online Public Health Practice programs. In this role her work includes teaching courses, mentoring students, and collaborating on research with primary faculty. She has taught graduate level courses since 2017, serving as primary instructor for the online elective “Global Perspectives and Program Development” and as guest lecturer for other courses.

A native of Oregon, Dr. Schwanke Khilji’s interests in community health, research, and education have given her the opportunity to serve in a variety of international settings. She has worked largely in Asia, including in Thailand, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and completed her residency training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital with a focus on Primary Care. Sara’s scholarly interests include women’s health, health policy, and the growing burden of non-communicable disease globally.

In addition to her contributions to SPH, Dr. Schwanke Khilji also has a faculty appointment in the OHSU School of Medicine. She is also actively involved in medical education at OHSU, and was previously responsible for developing and implementing the first clinical sub-internship program in Malaysia. When not working on the wards at the University hospital as a member of the Clinical Hospitalist Service, she is based in Bangkok, Thailand coordinating educational collaborations with OHSU Global’s partners in Southeast Asia.

Education, Degrees

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

Notes
Publications
  • 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.

Schwarz, Eli - DDS, MPH, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology Office South Waterfront – MDYCOMM Suite 135 Phone: (503) 494-7603
Biography

Dr. Eli Schwarz has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role his work includes mentoring students and collaborating on research with primary faculty.

In addition to his work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Schwarz is Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Community Dentistry at the School of Dentistry (SoD) at OHSU. His present focus is on building Dental Public Health capacity in OR through collaborative efforts between the SoD and community organizations, Oregon Oral Health Coalition and local coalitions, the State Oral Health Program, The Primary Care Organization and by assisting in evaluation of public dental health activity outcomes. He is a member of the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Advisory Board; and Dental Director of the Board of directors, Healthshare of Oregon.

Dr. Schwarz is a Founding Fellow of the HK Academy of Medicine and a Fellow in the specialty of Community Dentistry in the HK College of Dental Surgeons. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Dentists and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons. Previously, he has held professional positions in Australia (Professor and Dean, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Sydney); in the USA (Executive Director of the American and International Associations for Dental Research (AADR/IADR)); in Hong Kong (Professor of Public Health Dentistry and Dean of Dentistry, University of Hong Kong), and in Denmark (Chief Dental Officer, National Board of Health, and Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen).  Professor Schwarz has a D.D.S. and a Ph.D. from University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and an M.P.H. (Cum Laude) from Hadassah Medical School, University of Jerusalem. In 1987, he was conferred the Royal Order, Knight of the Order of Dannebrog, by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Research interests: Oral Health Services Research, Epidemiology, and Preventive Dentistry. More than 100 articles, reports and book chapters, and more than 100 published abstracts and invited presentations.

Education, Degrees

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
Notes

HRSA (Schwarz, Eli) Increasing Oregon’s Oral Health Care Workforce through Innovative Education Models and Prevention Programs 2015-2018

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