Debbie sees her role in our undergraduate program as challenging students to critically examine the status quo and create innovative solutions to public health problems. She has been teaching Drug Education and related courses for over a decade, and developed and teaches Marketing Public Health, which is based on her work in public health advocacy prior to coming to academia. Most recently, Debbie has turned her research and critical lens on the impact of weight bias and stigma on the public’s health, and integrating body size diversity into our work on equity, intersectionality and inclusiveness.
Prior to coming to PSU and the School of Public Health, Debbie worked for 17 years in the non-profit community in Portland, including five years in statewide tobacco control advocacy efforts. She also managed the implementation of a Kellogg Foundation grant in support of school-based health care in Oregon. In 2014, she was a Multnomah County Public Health Hero nominee.
B.A., University of Oregon, 1981
M.A., Portland State University, 1996
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¹ CEPH Primary Instructional Faculty
² CEPH Non-Primary Instructional Faculty
Experienced Faculty With Diverse Backgrounds
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.