Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) and Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health

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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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White, Diana - PhD

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Senior Research Associate II PSUCommunity Health

Wiggins, Noelle - MS, PhD

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Adjunct Assistant Professor Health Promotion Phone: (503) 956-8658
Biography

Noelle Wiggins is an adjunct assistant professor of Community Health at PSU, where she teaches Community Organizing for Health, conducts reading and conference courses with master’s and doctoral level students, and mentors Master of Public Health field experience students. Wiggins is also founder and director of the Community Capacitation Center at the Multnomah County Health Department.

Wiggins has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and presented widely at national and international conferences on topics including community health workers, popular education and participatory evaluation. She is a co-founder of the Oregon Community Health Worker Association and a past president of the Oregon Public Health Association. She has consulted on multiple community health worker-related initiatives, including the Community Health Worker-Health Disparities Initiative of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. She also is an appointed member of the Traditional Health Worker Commission of the Oregon Health Authority.

Education, Degrees

B.A., History, Yale University, 1983
Elementary Teaching Certificate with Bilingual/ESL Certification, Western Oregon University, 1986
M.S., Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 1997
Ph.D., Educational Leadership, Curriculum and Instruction, PSU, 2010

Notes
  • Principal Investigator, Youth Violence-Teen Dating Violence, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, $2,061,435, Period of support: 2016-2021.
  • Principal Investigator, Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,125,000, Period of support: 2011-2016.
  • Initiator, Manager, and Co-Grant Writer, Poder es Salud/Power for Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, $1,500,000, Period of support: 2002-2006.
  • Co-Investigator, National Community Health Advisor Study, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Period of support: 1995-1997.

Winett, Liana - DrPH, MPH, MCHES

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Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement Dean’s Office, Health Promotion Phone: 503-725 8262
Biography

Liana Winett is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Student Affairs & Community Engagement at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, where she teaches graduate level courses in media advocacy and mass communication for public health. Dr. Winett has served on faculty and as an administrator since 2000. Prior to joining PSU, she was Research Coordinator for the Berkeley Media Studies Group.

Her research includes focus on how science, advocates, and the media talk about developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), childhood obesity, childhood lead poisoning, interpersonal violence, breast, cervical and prostate cancers, California’s Three Strikes incarceration initiative, the anthrax/bioterrorism scares of 2001, Oregon’s Measure 7, major causes of death in Oregon, and H1N1 influenza.

Education, Degrees

Dr.PH., University of California, Berkeley
M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles
M.C.H.E.S. – Master Certified Health Education Specialist

Winthrop, Kevin - MD, MPH

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Professor Epidemiology & Epidemiology and Medicine Office OHSU – Gaines Hall 135 Phone: (503) 494-5496
Biography

Kevin L. Winthrop is a professor of public health and associate professor of infectious diseases and ophthalmology at the School of Public Health and School of Medicine at OHSU.

A former infectious disease epidemiologist in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Winthrop has co-authored over 150 publications, many regarding the epidemiologic and clinical aspects of opportunistic infections associated with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, particularly those related to biologic immunosuppressive therapies. Winthrop has served as a primary or senior investigator in many clinical or epidemiologic studies and has collaborated closely with the rheumatology community in the evaluation and prevention of opportunistic infections in that setting.

He is also a member of the graduate faculty at OHSU, where he mentors public health students, medical students, and physicians in post-graduate training.

Education, Degrees

M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California at Berkeley, 2003
M.D., Oregon Health & Science University, 1998
B.A., Biology, Yale University, 1993

Awards and Honors
  • 2012, Gary D. Friedman Outstanding Paper Award, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program Division of Research
  • 2010, Richard T. Jones New Investigator Award, Medical Research Foundation of Oregon
  • 2004, Outstanding Unit Citation Award, United States Public Health Service, given for investigation of hepatotoxicity associated with a new tuberculosis treatment. Investigation resulted in new recommendations for the treatment of tuberculosis infection.
  • 2003, Commendation Medal, United States Public Health Service, given for national leadership in the surveillance, prevention and treatment of mycobacterial skin infections in the United States.
  • 2002, Outstanding Unit Citation Award, United States Public Health Service
Notes
  • RO1 FD005401 (Winthrop)   09/01/16 – 07/31/20
  • UM1 AR065705 (Curtis/Winthrop)09/01/14 – 08/01/19
  • ATS Junior Faculty (Henkle/Winthrop) 12/15/16 – 12/14/18
  • HHSN272201200005C (Topham) 12/13/11-12/12/18
  • 1013-OHSU (Winthrop) 05/01/15-04/30/16
  • Arikace TR02-112 4/12/12-11/20/15

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  • CST001_USA4 (Winthrop) 07/15/14 – 06/30/15
  • S-SRA   (Curtis/Winthrop)  7/1/2013 – 6/30/2015

Wipfli, Brad - PhD

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Assistant Professor Health Studies, Applied Health & Fitness, Health Promotion, Community Health Office PSU – URBN 450F Phone: (503) 725-5121
Biography

Brad Wipfli’s research concentrates on health promotion and health behavior change. He is interested in identifying effective behavioral and environmental change strategies that impact physical and mental health. He also investigates the ways in which changes in health behaviors impact physiological processes and clinical indicators of illness and disease.

Wipfli won the 2009 Dissertation of the Year award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education for his work discovering that post-exercise improvements in depressive symptoms are mediated by reductions in serum serotonin. He has also been a part of several pioneering Total Worker Health interventions, including the groundbreaking Safety and Health Involvement for Truckers study, which is the largest health and safety intervention with truck drivers in U.S. history. He is currently leading an intervention aimed at improving health, safety, and well-being of workers in sedentary occupations (see here).

Education, Degrees

B.A., Carthage College, 2002
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008

Awards and Honors
  • 2009, First Place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition (Olson, R., Anger, K., Elliot, D.L., Wipfli, B., Schmidt, S., & Gray, M.) APA/NIOSH Work, Stress and Health Conference
  • 2009, Dissertation of the Year, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
  • 2007, Douglas L. Conley Memorial Scholarship Award, Arizona State University Department of Kinesiology
Notes
  • NIOSH Center of Excellence (Anger, Center PI)  Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence Research Project: Multilevel Intervention to Improve Safety and Health in Sedentary Occupations Description: This project is a research project within the overall Center application. The study is designed to substantially improve health, safety, and well-being in sedentary workers, including physiological outcomes that contribute to chronic diseases. The project tests whether a multilevel intervention is more effective than single level interventions for increasing the utilization of existing health and safety resources.  Role: PI of Research Project
  • USAMRAA W81XWH-13-2-0020 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 2/08/13 – 2/07/18  Development and Evaluation of Veteran Supportive Supervisor Training (VSST): Improving Reintegration of the Oregon National Guard and Reserves into the Workplace Description: The major goal of this project is to develop and evaluate a veteran supportive supervisor training program for the civilian workforce to impact veteran and family health and well-being. Role: Co-Investigator
  • TREC – NITC (Liu-Qin Yang, PI) 4/01/16 to 10/01/17 How Do Stressed Workers Make Travel Choices that are Good for their Health, Safety, and Productivity? Description: This study will analyze two existing datasets to determine the psychological factors that impact commute choices, and examine how commute choices impact psychological and physiological stress responses to daily stressors. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NHLBI R01 HL105495 (Ryan Olson, PI) 4/01/11 to 3/31/16 Social Support During a Randomized Trial of a Trucker Weight Loss Intervention Description: Cluster randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a competition-based weight loss intervention for truck drivers that is supported with computer-based training and motivational interviewing. The study will also evaluate how social support factors in both home and work environments moderate intervention effectiveness. Role: Co-Investigator
  • NIOSH U19 OH010154 (Kent Anger, PI) 9/01/11 to 8/31/16 Oregon Healthy Workforce Center of Excellence  Description: Development and evaluation of a scripted peer-led curriculum to organize home care workers into neighborhood-based Workforce teams that provide education and social support for improving lifestyle (e.g., diet, exercise) and safety behaviors. Role: Collaborator
  • NIOSH 2U01 HD059773-05 (Leslie Hammer, PI)  9/01/08 to 7/31/14  Portland Center: Work Family and Health Network Phase II Description: Randomized multi-worksite evaluation of a multi-component intervention (including behavioral self-monitoring) to increase family-supportive supervisory behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator

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  • NICHD U01 HD059773-05S1 (Leslie Hammer, PI) 9/30/09 to 9/29/11 Administrative Supplement, Work-Life Network Phase II Description: Administrative supplement award to enhance intervention effectiveness through the development of employee self-monitoring activities that are designed to increase co-worker supportive behaviors and employee temporal control over job tasks. Role: Investigator

Wyman, Andrew - BS

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Program Coordinator Applied Health & Fitness, Community Health, Health Management & Policy, Health Promotion, Health Studies, Health Systems & Policy Office PSU – URBN 450 Phone: 503-725-4401
Biography

Andrew is an administrator in the School of Public Health. He is currently the program support for the undergraduate programs and 4 of the graduate programs. He is housed on the PSU campus in the Urban Center on the 4th Floor.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Health Studies, Portland State University

Wyse, Jessica - PhD

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Research Assistant Professor Health Systems & Policy, and Health Management & Policy Office Marquam Hill CSB 669 Phone: 734-276-0677
Biography

Dr. Wyse has a primary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Research Assistant Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Wyse’s work includes collaborating with other faculty members in Health Systems & Policy, mentoring or advising PhD students in HSP, serving as preceptor, and participating in the School at large.

Dr. Wyse’s research addresses the treatment of substance use disorders among vulnerable populations. She is interested both in the system-level changes needed to promote effective care delivery and access, as well as patients’ experiences of this care-knowledge that can be leveraged to better engage and retain patients in treatment, and ultimately enhance public health more broadly.

Education, Degrees

B.A., American Studies, Wesleyan University, 2000
M.P.P., Public Policy, University of Michigan, 2005
M.A., Sociology, University of Michigan, 2009
Ph.D., Sociology and Public Policy, University of Michigan, 2011

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Yanez, David - MS, PhD

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Professor Biostatistics Office
Biography

David Yanez has an affiliate faculty appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as a Professor in the Biostatistics programs. In this role Professor Yanez collaborates on research with SPH faculty.

In addition to his contributions to the SPH, Dr. Yanez is a Professor of Biostatistics at the Yale’s School of Medicine and Yale School of Public Health. His statistical research interests include robust or distribution-free methods in applied statistical analysis, measurement error models, generalized linear and quasi-likelihood models, longitudinal data analysis; his clinical research interests include anesthesia and perioperative medicine, emergency medicine, cardiovascular disease and biostatistical consulting.

Prior to joining Yale, Dr. Yanez served on the faculty of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health (2014-2019) and the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Washington (1993-2014). He was also Visiting Professor at King Saud University (2013-2014) and Research Scientist at Seattle Children’s Research Institute (2011-2012).

Education, Degrees

B.S., Arizona State University, 1987
M.S., Arizona State University, 1989
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 1993

Publications
  • Newgard CD, Lin A, Yanez ND, Bulger E, Malveau S, Caughey A, McConnell KJ, Zive D, Griffiths D, Mirlohi R, Eckstrom E. Long-term outcomes among injured older adults transported by emergency medical services. Injury. 2019 Jun;50(6):1175-1185. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2019.04.028. Epub 2019 May 2. PMID: 31101411.
  • Togioka BM, Seligman KM, Werntz MK, Yanez ND, Noles LM, Treggiari MM. Education Program Regarding Labor Epidurals Increases Utilization by Hispanic Medicaid Beneficiaries: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Anesthesiology. 2019 Jul 9. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002868. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 31299658.
  • Enomoto TM, Treggiari MM, Yanez ND, Merkel MJ. Inhaled Iloprost Versus Epoprostenol in Heart Transplant Recipients. Respiratory Care. 2019 Jul;64(7):743-751. doi: 10.4187/respcare.06426. Epub 2019 Apr 9. PMID: 30967439.
  • Newgard CD, Lin A, Yanez ND, Bulger E, Malveau S, Caughey A, McConnell KJ, Zive D, Griffiths D, Mirlohi R, Eckstrom E. Long-term outcomes among injured older adults transported by emergency medical services. Injury. 2019 Jun;50(6):1175-1185. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2019.04.028. Epub 2019 May 2. PMID: 31101411.
  • Irimata KE, Yanez ND, Aljasser IA, Wilson JR. Modeling with the Power Variance form of the Gamma Distribution. Journal of Advances in Mathematics and Computer Science. 30(1): 1-13, 2019. doi: 10.9734/JAMCS/2019/45962.
  • Methner C, Mishra A, Golgotiu K, Li Y, Wei W, Yanez ND, Zlokovic B, Wang RK, Alkayed NJ, Kaul S, Iliff JJ. Pericyte constriction underlies capillary derecruitment during hyperemia in the setting of arterial stenosis. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2019 Aug 1;317(2):H255-H263. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00097.2019. Epub 2019 May 24. PMID: 31125259.
  • Fink RJ, Young A, Yanez ND, Hom M, Mai J, Treggiari MM, Merkel MJ.  Cohort Study of Albumin versus Lactated Ringer’s for Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Fluid Resuscitation in the Intensive Care Unit. Pharmacotherapy. 2018 Nov 7. doi: 10.1002/phar.2195. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30403299.
  • Schulman PM, Treggiari MM, Yanez ND, Henrikson CA, Jessel PM, Dewland TA, Merkel MJ, Sera V, Harukuni I, Anderson RB, Kahl E, Bingham A, Alkayed N, Stecker EC.  Risk of Electromagnetic Interference with Protocolized Electrosurgery Dispersive Electrode Positioning in Patients with Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillators. Anesthesiology. 2018 Dec 28. doi: 10.1097/ALN.0000000000002571. [Epub ahead of print]. PMID: 30601218.
  • Hansen ML, Lin A, Eriksson C, Daya M, McNally B, Fu R, Yanez D, Zive D, Newgard C; CARES surveillance group. A comparison of pediatric airway management techniques during out-of-hospital cardiac arrest using the CARES database. Resuscitation. 2017 Nov;120: 51-56. Epub 2017. Aug 22. PMID: 28838781.
  • Yanez ND, Aljasser IA, Andre M, Hu C, Juraska M, Lumley T. Assessing the impact of measurement error in modeling change in the absence of auxiliary data. Communications in Statistics, 46(6):2667-2680, 2016.

Young, Jennifer - MPH

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Professor Health Studies, Applied Health & Fitness, Environmental Systems & Human Health, Epidemiology, Health Promotion, Health Promotion & Urban Planning Office PSU – URBN 780A Phone: (503) 789-3005
Biography

Jennifer Young’s expertise lies in public health nutrition with maternal, child and adolescent populations. Her areas of focus include: food insecurity; school health; unhealthy food marketing; obesity stigma; and healthy weight and development. She has worked on nutrition programs, projects and policy at the state and local level.

Young enjoys bringing her work experiences into the classroom as students explore the latest data, research, policy and legislation in action. She also has served as a preceptor for nearly thirty interns, and now works alongside many of them as colleagues in the field.

Young is currently working in a joint position among the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Public Health Division and the Oregon Department of Education to improve nutrition and physical activity in Oregon schools. She is completing a doctoral degree in education at PSU.

Education, Degrees

B.S., University of California, Davis, 1982
M.P.H., Loma Linda University, 1986
Ed.D. candidate, Portland State University

Awards and Honors

OHSU, Dietetic Intern Preceptor Service Award

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Zeidler, Belinda - MST

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Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director, & Academic Advisor Health Studies & Applied Health and Fitness Office PSU – URBN 450N Phone: (503) 725-4401 or (503) 725-5119
Biography

Belinda Zeidler has been a faculty member at PSU for over 30 years. As director of undergraduate programs at the School of Public Health, she is the undergraduate curriculum chair and is responsible for overseeing the curricular changes to courses and programs at the undergraduate level. She also works as an academic advisor and internship co-coordinator.

Early in her career, as a graduate student at PSU, Zeidler was assigned to teach the Health and Fitness for Life course required of all PSU students. She developed a strong interest in enhancing health by applying successful behavior change theory. Upon graduation, she was hired to coordinate the Health and Fitness program.

Also early in her career, aside from teaching, she worked with an Oregon health insurance company as a health educator, implementing health promotion programs around the state. Her focus was health behavior change for lower socioeconomic populations.

Education, Degrees

B.S., Anthropology, PSU, 1982
M.S.T., Exercise Science, PSU, 1986

Awards and Honors

2016, Outstanding Teacher Award, PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs, School of Community Health

Zhu, Jane - MD, MPP, MSc

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Assistant Professor
Biography

Dr. Zhu has a secondary appointment in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in the Health Systems Management and Policy programs, primarily Health Systems & Policy. In this role, Professor Zhu’s work includes collaborating on research with SPH primary faculty members, mentoring and supervising students, and participates in the School at large. Professor Zhu’s primary faculty appointment is in the OHSU School of Medicine.

Education, Degrees
BSc, Duke University, 2007
MD, Harvard Medical School, 2013
MPP, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2013
MSc, University of Pennsylvania, 2018

Meet our Faculty

David Bangsberg

Founding Dean

Dr. Ryan Petteway – A People’s Social Epidemiologist

Assistant Professor
Office: PSU – URBN 470N