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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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Shannon, Jackilen - MPH, PhD

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Professor Epidemiology, Health Promotion, & Community Health Office OHSU Central Oregon – Community HUB Phone: (541) 728-0665
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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

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  • 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

Sharp, Tyler - PhD, MSc

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Affiliate Assistant Professor Epidemiology
Biography

Dr. Tyler Sharp has an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Affiliate Associate 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), Commander Tyler M. Sharp, Ph.D., is a Senior Epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dengue Branch in San Juan, Puerto Rico. A native of Bowling Green, Ohio, he attended secondary school in the Chicago area and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Dr. Sharp received additional training at Montana State University – Bozeman and the Medical Research Council Division of Virology in Glasgow, Scotland. He completed his doctorate in Molecular Virology and Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, in the laboratory of Dr. Mary K. Estes where he studied the molecular mechanisms of norovirus pathogenesis. During Dr. Sharp’s graduate study, he received additional training at the National Institute for Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Sharp joined CDC in 2010 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer stationed at CDC Dengue Branch. His current public health and research interests are the epidemiology and pathophysiology of emerging infectious diseases, including dengue, Zika, chikungunya, and leptospirosis. Dr. Sharp enjoys international travel, hiking and camping, scuba diving, and avoiding infection with the pathogens he studies (thus far with limited success).

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, 2010
B.Sc., University of Guelph, 2004

Awards and Honors

2018: Bailey K. Ashford Medal, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, for distinguished work in tropical medicine
2017: Junior Officer of the Year, USPHS, awarded for early career accomplishments and officership

Research Activities
  • Epidemiologic and field investigations of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses in Puerto Rico
  • Sentinel Enhanced Dengue Surveillance System, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Investigation of dengue outbreaks in the United States
  • International investigations of dengue

Shea, Steven -

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Professor
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Steven Shea has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the graduate level Health Management & Policy and the Health Systems & Policy programs.

In addition to his commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Shea is a Professor in and Director of the OHSU’s Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Science (OIOHS) unit.

Snowden, Jonathan - PhD

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

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

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

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

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

Education, Degrees

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

Srikanth, Priya - MPH

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Instructor Biostatistics
Biography

Priya Srikanth has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Instructor in the Biostatistics programs. In her faculty role, she also mentors students.

Srikanth is also a senior biostatistician with our Biostatistics & Design Program (BDP). She has training and expertise in teaching and conducting statistical analyses based on goals provided by the primary investigator. Priya Srikanth’s 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.

Education, Degrees

B.B.A., Marshall University, 1999
M.P.H., in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, OHSU, 2009

Notes
  • R01 DC016680-01A1 for Clinical factors in aminoglycoside-induced ototoxicity. Role: Biostatistician
  • 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

Still, Kenneth - MS, PhD, MBA

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Adjunct Assistant Professor & Lecturer Health Studies, Health Promotion, Health Promotion & Social Work, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 725-4401
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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

 

Strnad, Luke - MD

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Assistant Professor
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Seattle Pacific University, 2005
M.D., Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 2010

 

 

Stull, John - MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor Epidemiology, Epidemiology & Medicine, Preventive Medicine Residency Office OHSU – CSB 668 Phone: (503) 494-6958
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

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

Suhler, Eric - MPH, MD

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Associate Professor Epidemiology Office Casey Eye Institute/VA Portland Phone: (503) 494-5023
Biography

Dr. Eric Suhler has a secondary faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the Epidemiology programs. In this role his work includes mentoring students, collaborating on research with primary faculty, and guest lecturing in courses.

In addition to his work in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Sulher has a faculty appointment in the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology and his primary academic focus is in clinical trials of novel immunotheraputics for inflammatory eye disease.

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.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Southern Methodist University, 1990
M.D., University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, 1995
Residency, Ophthalmology, Oregon Health & Science University, 1996-2000
Fellowship, Uveitis and Clinical Ocular Immunology, National Institutes of Health, 2000-02
M.P.H., Oregon Health & Science University, 2007

Sun, Christina - MS, PhD

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Assistant Professor Community Health, Health Promotion, and Health Studies Office PSU – URBN 450H Phone: (503) 725-3616
Biography

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.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California Davis, 2004
M.S., California State University Fullerton, 2007
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2014

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Todd, Jonathan - PhD

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Todd 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 Todd’s work includes teaching, collaborating other SPH primary faculty members for research, and mentoring or advising SPH students.

Professor Todd is a Senior Research Associate at OCHIN.

Education, Degrees

B.S., The College of William and Mary, 2003
M.P.H., University of North Carolina
Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 2016

Totten, Annette - PhD

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Associate Professor Public Health Practice Office OHSU Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology Biomedical Information Communications Center (BICC) Phone: 503-494-2086
Biography

Dr. Annette Totten has a faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Associate Professor in the graduate level Public Health Practice online programs.

In addition to her commitments to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Totten is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE) unit.

Townsend, Jamie - BS

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Post-Award Grant Manager Dean’s Office Office OHSU – CSB 669 Phone: 503-494-8528
Biography

Education, Degrees

BS Accounting, Portland State University, 2014

Tratnyek, Paul - PhD

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Professor Environmental Systems & Human Health Office OHSU – HRC 356 Phone: (503) 346 – 3431
Biography

Paul G. Tratnyek is a professor in the School of Public Health. He teaches courses for the M.P.H. in Environmental Systems and Human Health program.

Tratnyek’s expertise is in environmental chemistry, especially the fate, effects and remediation of contaminants. Research areas include treatment processes for removing metals and organic contaminants from water, corrosion of iron and other metals, environmental aspects of nanomaterials, and statistical/computational methods for estimating substance properties that are needed for assessments of environmental fate and risk.

He served as a research associate at the Swiss Federal Institute for Water Resources and Water Pollution Control from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, he joined the faculty of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering at the Oregon Graduate Institute, which later became the Department of Environmental and Biomolecular Systems and then the Institute of Environmental Health at OHSU.

Additional information on Tratnyek’s research projects, publications, awards, outreach, etc. are available at the Tratnyek Lab Website, ResearchGate, or Google Scholar.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Williams College, 1980
Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, 1987

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Vines, Jennifer - MD, MPH

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Affiliate Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Jennifer Vines 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 mentoring students and guest lecturing.

In addition to this commitment to the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (SPH), Dr. Vines is currently the Deputy Health Officer for Multnomah County Health Department and serves as the medical lead for the communicable disease programs, including outbreak response, tuberculosis treatment and prevention, and as medical director for the county’s sexually transmitted disease clinic. She also plays an active role in promoting tobacco and nicotine prevention policies at the local and state levels.

Her work history includes several years working as a part-time health officer in Columbia County (Oregon) and Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties (Washington). Prior to working full time in local public health, Dr. Vines practiced primary care in a variety of safety net settings in the Portland metro area. Her particular interests include the intersections of public health and clinical care; public health ethics; and using her physician voice to encourage policymakers to consider their broad role in promoting good health through housing, living wage jobs, neighborhood design, and supporting young families.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Dartmouth College, 1998
M.D., Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine, 2002
M.P.H., Portland State University, 2006

Awards and Honors
  • 2016: Multnomah County Chair’s Excellence Award as part of the Air Quality Responder team
  • 2011: National Public Health Leadership Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 2009: Region IV Public Health Hero Award for work performed in response to the H1N1 influenza pandemic (SW Washington)
Notes

2016 PI, A Comparative Evaluation of the Single-Dose Efficacy of Oral Delafloxacin versus the Single-Dose Efficacy of an Intramuscular Injection of Cetriaxone in Subjects with Uncomplicated Urogenital Gonorrhea, Multnomah County Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic.

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Waddell, Elizabeth Needham - PhD, MA

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Assistant Professor and Program Director for MPH in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities, MPH in Public Health Practice, and Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs Primary Health Care & Health Disparities; Public Health Practice; Graduate Certificate in Public Health Office OHSU – CSB Phone: (503) 494-3732
Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Needham Waddell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Director of the online M.P.H. in Primary Health Care & Health Disparities, the M.P.H. in Public Health Practice, and the Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs.

Dr. Waddell’s research explores the intersection between social determinants of health, access to medical care and community-engaged development of health policy. Her portfolio includes projects aimed at understanding barriers and facilitators to implementation of innovative policies and standards into patient care, including medical home and integrated primary care and behavioral health.

She also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics within the School of Medicine at OHSU. Prior to joining the School of Public Health, Dr. Waddell served as Director of Health Disparities Research at the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network at OHSU, and as a research scientist and unit Director at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.

Education, Degrees

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1995
M.A., Columbia University, 1998
Ph.D., Columbia University, 2003

Awards and Honors
  • 2016, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Award
  • 2004-2009, National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Fellowship, Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • 2001-2003, Graduate Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
  • 1995, Urban Studies Award for Commitment to Social Justice in the City, University of Pennsylvania
Notes
  • Reducing Risk of Overdose after Release from Incarceration (ROAR) (PI: Waddell). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018-2021.
  • Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care (PI: Littenberg/Kessler). Patient Centered Research Outcomes Institute (PCORI), 03/01/16-02/28/20, Role: Cluster Site PI.
  • Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (PI: Sorenson/McCarty), National Institute on Drug Abuse, 09/01/15-08/01/20, Role: Co-I.
  • Behavioral Health Home Learning Collaborative (PI: Waddell). Oregon Health Authority, 06/01/14-12/31/16.
  • Sociomedical Analysis of Chronic Disease and Tobacco Control Initiatives (PI: Thihalolipavan). New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene, 03/01/15-06/30/18, Role: Co-Investigator.
  • Eastern Oregon Care Coordination Project (PI: Wadell). Moda Health/Oregon Employee Benefits Board, 03/01/15-06/30/16, Role: PI.
  • Transforming Outcomes for Patients through Medical home Evaluation & Redesign (PI: Dorr). The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, 06/01/14-11/30/15, Role: CSU.

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  • Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative Regional Learning Communities Practice Support (PI: Medcalf/Dorr). TMF Health Quality Institute, 06/01/14-06/30/15, Role: Faculty.
  • Patient-Centered Primary Care Home (PCPCH) Basics Learning Collaborative (PI: Waddell). Oregon Health Care Quality Corporation, 09/01/14-06/01/15.
  • Columbia Gorge Coordinated Care Organization (CCO) Integrated Behavioral Health and Primary Care Project (PI: Davis and Miller). PacificSource Community Solutions, 06/01/14-05/31/15, Role: Study Director.
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Wallace, Neal - MPP, PhD

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Professor Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 670L Phone: (503) 725-8248
Biography

Neal T. Wallace is a professor of Health Systems Management and Policy in the School of Public Health and director of the M.P.H. in Health Management and Policy program. Wallace is a health economist whose research focuses on quantitative evaluation of large-scale health and mental health policy and system interventions using state-of-the-art research designs. Most of his research focuses on state-level policy related to publicly funded physical health and mental health systems. Recent projects include evaluations of Oregon’s Coordinated Care Organizations, the state’s Patient-Centered Primary Care Home program and implementation costs of integrating primary and behavioral health care in Colorado. He’s also researched Medicaid funding changes in California intended to reduce disparities in children’s receipt of mental health services.

Before his academic career, Wallace worked in the mental health departments of the states of Washington and New York, developing and implementing innovative public mental health interventions and systems of care.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, 1982
M.P.P., Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, State University of New York at Albany, 1987
Ph.D., Health Services and Policy Analysis, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, 1999

Awards and Honors

2011, Faculty Excellence in Research Award, Oregon Master’s of Public Health

Notes
  • Gelmon (PI), 9/2014-9/2016, Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research, “Phase Three Evaluation of PCPCH Implementation” Role: Co-Investigator
  • 1R01MH100001-01, McConnell/Lindrooth (PI), 9/01/12-8/31/16, NIH/NIMH (Common Fund), Evaluating Coordinated Care Organizations, Role: Co-Investigator
  • 70163, Smith/Rissi (PI), 7/2012-6/2014, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/State Health Access Reform Evaluation, “Achieving the Triple Aim in Medicaid: Evaluating the Access, Quality, Health and Cost Impacts of Coordinated Care Organizations in Oregon”, Role: Co-Investigator
  • 5R21DA031361-02, Wakeland (PI), 6/2011-4/2104, NIDA, The System Dynamics of Pharmaceutical Opioid Misuse, Role: Consultant
  • Rissi (PI), 6/2012-8/2013, Oregon Office of Health Policy and Research, “Evaluation of the Patient Centered Primary Care Medical Home Model”, Role: Co-Investigator
  • Cohen (PI), 2/2011-2/2015, Colorado Health Foundation, “Evaluation of Advancing Care Together (ACT) Program” Role: Consultant

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  • T08HP22556-01-00, Wallace(PI), 9/2011-9/2012, HRSA, Scholarships For Disadvantaged Students, Role: PI
  • R01MH083693-01, Snowden(PI), 5/2010-5/2013, NIMH/NIH, “Can Medicaid Benefits Reduce Access Disparities for Minority Children & Youth?” Role: Consultant
  • 1R01DA020832-01A1, McConnell (PI), 9/2007-8/2010, National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH, Oregon’s Parity Law: Comprehensive Parity in Today’s Healthcare Environment, Role: co-PI

Wheeler, Claire - MD, PhD

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Senior Instructor II Community Health & Health Promotion Office PSU – URBN 471B Phone: (503) 725-8468
Biography

Claire Wheeler teaches several courses for undergraduate and graduate students within the School of Public Health, including the core course, Principles of Health Behavior.

In 2001, Wheeler completed a year-long associate fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. Since then, her writing, speaking and scholarly work has been centered on the science and practice of mind-body medicine/psychoneuroimmunology as it informs healthcare at the clinical and community levels.

In addition to teaching, Wheeler has authored two books. The first, “10 Simple Solutions to Stress,” was published in 2007 and the second, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Belly Fat Weight Loss,” was published in 2013.  Wheeler is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop facilitator for continuing educational programs and public events throughout the United States and overseas.

Wheeler joined the faculty at PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs in 2005.

Education, Degrees

B.A., Physiology, University of California at Berkeley, 1985
M.D., Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1989
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1999

Awards and Honors
  • 2013/14, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2011/12, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • 2008, Oregon M.P.H. Program Excellence in Teaching Award

Whetsell, Dixie - MS, IBCLC

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Adjunct Faculty Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Lactation Concentration Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: (503) 309-3204
Biography

Dixie Whetsell is an adjunct faculty member who began teaching lactation education courses in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in January 2016.  She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has almost three decades of experience as a lactation educator and consultant.

After earning her M.S. in Community Health, Whetsell became a health educator for a county health department. After obtaining lactation training, she began providing lactation support through clinic and home visits. She later worked as a  lactation consultant in private practice, then for Legacy Health, providing lactation support in a hospital setting for in-patients and out-patients and for hospital staff and resident physicians. In 2003, she began teaching lactation education courses at Portland Community College and was the primary instructor there for 13 years.

Education, Degrees

M.S., University of Oregon, 1992
I.B.C.L.C., International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, 1998

White, Diana - PhD

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Senior Research Associate II PSUCommunity Health

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