Role: Professor and Senior Scholar in Social Determinants of Health
Degrees/Credentials: M.D., Columbia University; Internal Medicine Residency, Oregon Health & Science University; M.P.H. and Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington.
Teaching Areas: Applied research methods in social determinants of health
Interests: Community Based Participatory Research; improving the health and healthcare of marginalized populations, including racial/ethnic minorities, violence survivors, and adults on the autism spectrum or people with other developmental disabilities; depression, PTSD, and chronic pain; primary healthcare services, mental health services, and chronic illness management; mixed-methods research.
Experience: I have focused my career on improving the health and healthcare of marginalized communities. I mostly use community-partnered approaches to include community members as equal partners in all phases of the research project. Examples include the Voices of Survivors Project (where survivors of domestic violence created an educational documentary for healthcare providers), the Interconnections Project (where our academic-community partnership developed a community-based depression care program for African-American and Latina intimate partner violence survivors), the Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education www.aaspire.org (which is developing tools to improve the primary healthcare of adults on the autism spectrum), and the Partnering Project (which assessed the relationship between violence and health in people with developmental disabilities). I am currently leading PSU's Social Determinants of Health Initiative. I also continue to practice and teach Internal Medicine at OHSU.