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Kathleen Conte¹

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Assistant Professor Health Management & Policy, Health Systems & Policy
Office Office 523V


Dr. Kathleen Conte is an Assistant Professor in the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in the Health Systems Management & Policy programs. In this SPH role her work includes mentoring students, teaching classes, and collaborating on research with primary faculty members.

Her research approach is based in co-production and emancipatory models and focuses on employing systems thinking tools. She is currently working in homelessness research, collaborating closely with the Homelessness Research and Action Collaborative at PSU. She also has a strong background in Indigenous health in Oregon and Australia. Her current projects focus on elevating practice-based knowledge to strengthen quality improvement and implementation focused on eliminating health disparities. She holds an adjunct position at the University of Sydney where she is an Investigator and co-lead for Center for Research Excellence aimed at strengthening primary healthcare in Indigenous health.

Education, Degrees

Ph.D., Public Health, Oregon State University, 2015
M.A., Bioethics and Medical Humanities, University of Louisville, 2009

¹ CEPH Primary Instructional Faculty
² CEPH Non-Primary Instructional Faculty

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