Social Determinants of Health Initiative Members
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Dr. Adler has taught at PSU since 1982, during which time he taught Health Policy for a dozen years, created the Healthy People/Healthy Places upper division cluster within University Studies, and co-authored published papers about mid-twentieth century global discourse among planners, designers, public health leaders and others that led to the creation of the UN's Healthy Cities program. This program was about the incorporation of active living by design principles into an urban growth boundary expansion-related planning process in the Portland metropolitan area. In regards to the social determinants of health, he teaches Healthy Communities, and is interested in the relationships between urban planning and public health, and between the built and natural environments and health.
Dr. Allen's areas of research encompass environmental and natural resource policy and administration and sustainable economic development, with particular focus on green buildings and rural-urban market connections. Prior to September 2009, she served as interim director of the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices where she supported the development of sustainability-related research and curricula across campus, as well as fostering partnerships between PSU and other institutions in the region and internationally. Dr. Allen is interested in understanding how ISS can support efforts in social determinants of health.
Tina Anctil’s research and scholarship focus is on career development for children and adolescents from underrepresented groups, including children in foster care, persons with disabilities, and racially and ethnically diverse populations. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Anctil is interested in the delivery and access to career development and counseling services to K-12 students with lower SES; and their post high school career and employment opportunities.
Elena Anderson - Chief, Disability & Health Research Group; Director, Oregon Office on Disability & Health Institute on Development & Disability; Professor, Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at OHSU
Elena Andresen received her doctorate in epidemiology at the University of Washington in 1991. She trained dually in the health services research doctoral opportunities program at the University, and completed a predoctoral fellowship at the Seattle VA medical center in health services research. She was a faculty member at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Public Health, and the University of Florida School of Public Health and Health Professions before joining OHSU in July of 2011. Professor Andresen’s research has been primarily in the areas of health outcomes, especially health related quality of life (HRQoL), and aging and disability population-based research. One of her areas of emphasis is the influence of neighborhood context on health and HRQoL outcomes. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on “The Future of Disability in America” (reports 2006, 2007). Professor Andresen’s graduate teaching experience includes epidemiologic methods; epidemiologic analysis using the BRFSS; disability epidemiology; and measurement and field methods. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, and contributed as an editor and coauthor to three books.
Robin Baker is a Ph.D. candidate and an Adjunct Instructor in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. She recently finished a summer internship with the Oregon Patient Safety Commission collecting information about state based adverse events reporting programs in the United States. She received her B.S. in Sociology at Portland State University in 2006. She also received her M.A. in Sociology at Portland State University in 2009; her thesis focus was formerly incarcerated women and their post-prison experiences. Prior to beginning the Ph.D. program, she worked with Dr. Johanna Brenner on the development and implementation of a research project to assess the various reasons that crime survivors do not report crimes. She also worked with Dr. Matt Carlson as a research assistant on the Oregon Health Care Lottery Study. Her interests include: The relationship between serious mental illness and the social determinants of health, the integration of behavioral and primary health care, and the organizational and cultural factors that impact the implementation of integrated services.
Dr. Bank has joint appointments as research professor at the School of Social Work's RRI, and as a senior scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center. He is principal investigator for two RCTs: Motivational Parent Training for Corrections – Involved Men and Men (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH), and Evaluation of Intervention for Siblings in Foster Care (National Institute of Mental Health, NIH). Dr. Bank is an expert in the areas of child, adolescent, adult development, community dissemination, and statistical analysis and methodology. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Bank is interested in child, adolescent and adult mental health, substance use, corrections involvement, and school and employment success.
David Barnard - Miles J. Edwards Chair in Professionalism and Comfort Care, OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care
Talya N. Bauer earned her Ph.D. degree in Business with a special emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from Purdue University. She is an award winning teacher and was awarded the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology Distinguished Teacher Career Achievement Award. She conducts research about relationships at work. More specifically, she works in the areas of recruitment and selection and new employee onboarding which have resulted in dozens of research grants, journal publications, and book chapters. She has been studying the onboarding process for over 20 years and she has acted as a consultant for dozens of government, Fortune 1,000, and start-up organizations. Her work has been covered in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, USA Today, the Oregonian, Portland Business Journal, and Business Week as well as appearing on NPR and KGW News. She has been a Visiting Professor in France, Spain, and most recently at Google, Inc. where she consulted on aspects of onboarding “Nooglers” as new Google employees are called.
Dr. Becker is a medical epidemiologist with interests in both infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, with focused interests in viral carcinogenesis as related to cancers in special populations. He has published extensively on American Indian and Hispanic health issues, and is currently funded to carry out etiologic studies of cervical neoplasia in American Indian and Alaska Native populations. In addition to his training in medicine and public health, Dr. Becker also has a PhD in Anthropology, and his research has been designed to combine his experience in all of these disciplines. At OHSU, he teaches courses in epidemiologic methods and in infectious disease epidemiology.
Ryan Bender - PhD Graduate Student, School of Social Work, Portland State University
Ms. Bender has a long history working with community based organizations in Portland that address educational, housing, and health care inequalities. Primarily, her role has been as a qualitative and quantitative researcher, gathering information about community members’ experiences of social and health disparities. Her research interests include social determinants of health; community based participatory approaches that focus on community leadership and self-efficacy; and cultural responsiveness within the special education service delivery system.
Rebecca G. Block - Assistant Professor; AYA Psychosocial Research Leader, OHSU OHSU School of Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology; Knight Cancer Institute Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Dr. Boise holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Social Policy from Portland State University. The Director of the Education Core, Linda has carried out research on family caregiver stress and service needs and has developed and evaluated education programs for family caregivers. Dr. Boise has also studied how primary care physicians address symptoms of cognitive impairment and dementia and the barriers to dementia diagnosis in primary care. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Oregon Roybal Center for Aging, Technology, & Community Health (ORCATECH). Currently, with colleagues at the Layton Center and Intel, she is studying the perspectives of older adults, family members of older adults, and providers on the use of technology in monitoring physical and cognitive change in the elderly.
Jane Boone-Heinonen’s research investigates individual and environmental determinants of physical activity, diet, and obesity, with particular interest in neighborhood health research. She uses interdisciplinary cross-sectional and longitudinal statistical methods applied to population-based cohort studies to address methodological challenges of causal inference in obesity epidemiology. Her research includes examination of socioeconomic and race/ethnic disparities in neighborhood environments, behaviors, and health outcomes, with recent focus on identifying social and environmental factors that may underlie disparities in maternal and neonatal outcomes that predict chronic disease throughout the life cycle.
Dr. Borgmeier works with teachers, school staff and administrators to improve behavior management and discipline practices in schools. He is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Northwest PBIS Network, a not-for-profit that promotes the implementation of SW-PBIS throughout the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Borgmeier has partnered with school districts and Education Service Districts throughout the Portland metropolitan area to provide support to over 200 schools implementing SW-PBIS. He has also provided training and technical assistance to school district throughout the United States and Canada, and helped to develop regional and state technical assistance centers in Oregon, California and Arizona. Dr. Borgmeier has published on the continuum of PBIS supports ranging from school-wide implementation of PBIS to supporting individual students with the most challenging behavior.
Dr. Brennan's practice experience involves program evaluation, mental health consultation, and workforce development. Her research interests include the following: work-life integration, mental health of children and youth, social sustainability, social support, and health equity. In regards to the social determinants of health, she is primarily interested in health equity as it relates to social sustainability. In particular, Dr. Brennan has an interest in developing healthy habits in children and adolescents from underserved communities, and an interest in social determinants of mental health. She co-chairs the Social Sustainability Network, which is planning a community-driven research project investigating the problems and priorities of young people in neighborhoods affected by health inequities.
Melissa Cannon is a doctoral candidate in Urban Studies and a graduate research assistant at the Institute on Aging at Portland State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community development, and she recently completed her graduate certificate in gerontology. Her field areas are community development and gerontology, and her research focuses on strategies for creating inclusive, age-friendly cities and communities by fostering physical and social environments that support people of all ages and abilities.
Dr. Carder's interests involve the following: institutional and socio-cultural attitudes about aging, frailty, and dementia; long-term care policies and practices; consumer demand and responses to long-term care; categories of senior housing; and qualitative methods for studying institutional and organizational practices. Current and recent projects include an evaluation of Oregon's long-term care systems, an ethnographic study of medication management practices in dementia care facilities, and a pilot study of barriers and opportunities for sustainable practices in senior housing.
Dr. Carlson’s focus is on injury epidemiology, prevention and control, traumatic brain injury rehabilitation outcomes, and veterans’ post-deployment health. She is a core investigator at the VAMC Portland Center for the Study of Chronic, Comorbid Mental and Physical Disorders.
Professor Carlson’s research focuses on the health care experiences of low income populations including health care access, quality, and satisfaction with care. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Carlson's more recent work addresses the impact of social determinants of health on health and health care among vulnerable populations. Specifically, he is participating in studies of the effects of gentrification on the health of African Americans, and of neighborhood effects on health.
Christopher Carey, (PhD, The Arizona State University, 2008; JD, Southern Illinois University, 1995), is a former Deputy District Attorney and currently an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Academic Coordinator of the First Year Experience Program at Portland State University. His doctorate is from Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication where his focus was intercultural communication. His expertise extends to the application of international law with an emphasis on human trafficking and working with groups to improve collaboration within the field of human rights. He served as the Executive Director of a US based 501c(3) international human rights organization that addresses human trafficking, safe migration, and gender-based violence through culturally grounded, rights-based solutions. During his tenure as executive director he helped open offices in Kathmandu, Nepal, Kolkata, India, Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Mexico City, Mexico. He is the author of several articles on the subject of human trafficking both in the United States and Mexico. He has been identified as an expert in human trafficking and intercultural communication by the California Judicial System where he testified as an expert witness.
Karen Cellarius - Senior Reseach Associate, PSU School of Social Work Regional Research Institute
Professor Coleman’s principal areas of inquiry focus on the social construction of science in mainstream discourse. She has held fellowships with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Coleman studies message and narrative framing of science, health, risk and environmental information and the effects of framing on bio-political decisions and public opinion related to American Indians.
Erika Cottrell - Research Assistant Professor, OHSU Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Community health professor Carlos Crespo studies the connection between physical activity and health and health disparities among minorities, where ailments like hypertension and diabetes are more common than in the general population. His particular focus is the sedentary lifestyle. He also directs the NIH-funded Portland Bridges to Baccalaureate Program, in which experienced research scientists mentor underrepresented students of color transferring from community college to PSU to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral sciences
Adolfo Cuevas - Doctoral Student, Applied Social and Community Psychology, Portland State University
Mr. Cuevas is interested in the social psychological aspects of minority health and healthcare disparities, exploring patient perspectives on health and treatment. He also has an interest in the association between perceived discrimination and health outcomes and both quantitative and qualitative research methods. He is currently working on Project EQUALED (Exploring the Quality of African American and Latino/Latina Experiences with Doctors) and developing a study that examines the effects of discrimination from a multi-level perspective on the well-being of African Americans in Portland, OR.
Ann Curry-Stevens - Associate Professor, PSU School of Social Work
Ann Curry-Stevens research interests include community-based participatory research, qualitative research, and demographic dataset analysis related to anti-oppressive organizational change, social and political determinants of health, and income inequality. She is the lead researcher in a research partnership with the Coalition of Communities of Color. Her work has led to the release of a report, “Communities of Color in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile” that details deep racial disparities between Whites and communities of color across 28 institutions and systems. The work frames the wellbeing of communities of color as being damaged by institutional racism that manifests in disparities and inequities across multiple systems.
Blair G. Darney - Post-Doc, OHSU Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology
Jennifer Dill is a professor of Urban Studies and Planning and directs the campus-wide Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium at PSU. Her research focuses on individual and institutional decision-making involving everyday travel (walking, bicycling, driving, transit), including the influence of the built environment and social factors. She explores the outcomes of these decisions on health (particularly physical activity) and the environment. Dr. Dill uses a variety of methods, including surveys and GPS data collection on travel behavior.
Dr. Dobscha is Research Director in the Mental Health and Clinical Neurosciences Division at the Portland VA Medical Center and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. He also directs the VA Health Sevices Research and Development Center of Innovation "Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC)" at the Portland VA, and is PI on several ongoing projects related to suicide prevention and chronic pain.
Ted Donlan - Associate Professor, PSU School of Social Work
Dr. Donlan's research Interests involve the development, implementation, and evaluation of culturally-specific and consumer directed services for Mexican and Central American migrants/immigrants in the U.S., in the contexts of education, health and mental health, with a special focus on indigenous groups/cultures from these regions. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Donlan's latest research was focused on the factors affecting the health of indigenous Mexican and Central American migrants and immigrants in Oregon. He is especially interested in migrant and seasonal farmworkers, and in learning how these communities can build organizational capacity.
Martin Donohoe - Adjunct Associate Professor, PSU Dept. of Community Health
Martin Donohoe, MD, FACP is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health at Portland State University and senior physician at Kaiser Permanente Sunnyside Hospital. He serves on the Social Justice Committee of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and the Board of Advisors of Oregon PSR, and was Chief Scientific Advisor to Oregon PSR’s Campaign for Safe Food from 2003-2011. He received his BS and MD from UCLA, completed internship and residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Stanford University. His career has included clinical practice in academic medical centers, community hospitals, and clinics for homeless and un/underinsured patients. Martin has taught courses in public health, medical humanities, social justice ethics, women’s health, and the history of medicine at UCLA, UCSF, Stanford, OHSU, Clark College, and Portland State. He has published articles and frequently lectures on public health and social justice, activism, and the medical humanities.
Catherine Drinan - Project Manager, Systems of Care Institute, School of Social Work Portland State University
Dr. Dujon's interests include the following: 1) environmental sociology; 2) sociology of globalization; 3) women in the global economy; and 4) tensions between national development strategies and forces of globalization. She has studied water rights in the Klamath Basin, eco-tourism as a development strategy, and government distrust and alienation among gillnetters and trollers in Oregon. She co-chairs the Social Sustainability Network, which is planning a community-driven research project investigating the problems and priorities of young people in neighborhoods affected by health inequities.
Cara is a nutrition epidemiologist. Before joining the PSU faculty, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington DC, where her work focused on the overlap of obesity and micronutrient malnutrition in women from countries undergoing the nutrition transition. Dr. Eckhardt also completed a pre-doctoral traineeship at the Carolina Population Center at UNC-Chapel Hill, which included additional training in demography and a focus on interdisciplinary collaborations to address population-based research. Dr. Eckhardt’s publications include articles addressing infant feeding and growth, growth patterns in children from less-developed countries, obesity, and the nutrition transition occurring in middle-income countries. Dr. Eckhardt teaches courses in Global Health and Epidemiology
Sara Epstein - Graduate Research, PSU School of Community Health
Margaret Everett - Professor of Sociology and International Studies at PSU
Margaret’s interests include health and migration, diabetes, nutrition, medical Anthropology, Latin American studies, health policy, and the social and cultural implications of new genetics. Her recent projects have involved community-based participatory research with the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) coalition in north Portland; research on the role of healing in women’s conversion to Pentecostalism in Oaxaca, Mexico; and research on the social determinants of diabetes in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the relationship between local beliefs and practices around diabetes management and the biomedical model.
Erin Fairchild - Defending Childhood Initiative Coordinator, Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office
Dr. Farquhar draws from the principles of community-based participatory research to address issues of social and environmental equity as it relates to health. She is currently a researcher on a National Institute of Health project that seeks to reduce pesticides exposure and occupational stressors among indigenous farmworkers in Oregon, and she is the co-investigator of a National Institute on Drug Abuse project to examine the social, environmental and medical interventions among the homeless and recovering population.
David Feeny - Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta
David received his PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. He has published widely on the assessment of health-related quality of life, health technology assessment, and the economic evaluation of healthcare services. He has also published extensively on the methods for assessing population health and the determinants of population health. David Feeny is one of the developers of a widely used measure of health status and health-related quality of life, the Health Utilities Index Mark 3. HUI3 has been used extensively in population health surveys in Canada and the United States. David Feeny has held appointments at McMaster University, the University of Alberta, the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest, and is currently an Affiliated Faculty member, School of Community Health, College of Urban and Public Affairs, Portland State University. David has served on the editorial boards of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, Medical Decision Making, and PharmacoEconomics and currently serves on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care and Health Reports. He was also as an Associate Editor of Quality of Life Research. David served as the President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) and was the recipient of the 2010 President’s Award from ISOQOL.
Dr. Feyerherm has published extensively on topics such as race and its impact on processing in the justice system. His recent research is in the areas of detention reform and over-representation of minorities in juvenile justice. He currently serves as a member of the Oregon Law Enforcement Contacts Policy and State Review Committee and he is a consultant to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention on disproportionate minority contact issues. In 2002 Dr. Feyerherm received the W.E.B. DuBois Award from the Western Society of Criminology for his contributions to racial and ethnic, and he previously served as PSU’s Vice-Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies.
Lauren Frank - Assistant Professor, PSU Department of Communication
Dr. Frank’s research involves health, organizational, and mass communication. She is particularly interested in how public health organizations produce and disseminate their messages and what the potential impacts of such messages are. Dr. Frank enjoys using a combination of methods in her research, with a particular emphasis on advanced statistical techniques. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Frank is particularly interested in the influence of social norms and interpersonal discussion on how people make health decisions.
Dr. Garcia-Alexander received her doctorate from Texas A&M University in 2008. Her interests are in social demography, health disparities, migration and inequality, quantitative research methods, and spatial methods (GIS). She has recently begun research with the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) that will examine variations in health outcomes on the basis of enrollment in Oregon’s Medicaid Program, the effects of the social and physical environment on severe obesity, and the relationship between bodyweight and mental health. Other projects include studies of obese patients who have sought out and/or completed a bariatric procedure and examine behavioral and attitudinal factors associated with severe obesity in both teens and adults. An additional line of research is based on the influence of religion and considers its role in disparate health outcomes such as infant mortality rates, the use of tobacco, and binge drinking.
Sarah Geenen - Research Associate Professor, PSU School of Social Work Regional Research Institute for Human Services
Sarah’s research interests include foster care, disability, mental health, self-determination, trauma, and positive youth development. She currently leads three randomized trials testing the efficacy of self-determination enhancement and near peer support on the mental health and transition to adulthood outcomes of youth in foster care, including youth with disabilities and mental health issues.
Dr. Gelmon is Professor of Public Health in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. Her primary teaching is in the MPH:HMP and MPA:HA programs; she is also a member of the faculty of the Public Administration and Policy doctoral program. Her research interests include the application of continuous improvement in health services delivery and higher education, and higher education policy, with specific applications to institutionalization of community engagement and related teaching strategies and institutional policies.
Eleanor Gil-Kashiwabara - Research Assistant Professor, PSU School of Social Work, Regional Research Institute for Human Services
Dr. Gil-Kashiwabara's research interests include American Indian/Alaskan Native and Latino/a children’s mental health, transition to adulthood, perceived discrimination, intersection of gender, culture, and disability among Latina youth; and culturally appropriate psychological assessment with culturally and linguistically diverse children and youth. Dr. Gil-Kashiwabara is currently the PSU PI for the evaluation of the Nak-Nu-Wit System of Care Project and for the Circles of Care evaluation for the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center.
Kelly Gonzales - Assistant Professor, PSU School of Community Health, Center for Public Health Studies
Kelly Gonzales is an assistant professor of Public Health Studies in the School of Community Health. Prior to joining PSU, she was with the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Boards’ (NPAIHB) Tribal Epidemiology Center. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Gonzales is interested in American Indian and Alaskan Native health. Her professional goals are to direct health research with American Indian & Alaska Native populations and to mentor Native youth interested in education and public health.
Dr.Carla Green is a health services researcher with an emphasis on mental health and substance abuse services. She is a senior investigator at the Center for Health Research and a clinical associate professor of public health and preventive medicine, and of psychiatry, at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Green’s current research projects include studies that test the efficacy of a weight loss program for patients taking antipsychotic agents (STRIDE), examine the effect of a tamper-resistant formulation of OxyContin on overdose rates, and identify factors affecting preventive service among patients with serious mental illnesses. Among her previous projects were an exploratory study of recovery among individuals with serious mental illnesses (STARs), and a study of the role of gender and alcohol consumption and their effect on willingness to use health services (Gender, Drinking Patterns, and Health & Service Seeking).
Dr. Hammer is the Director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health, funded by grants from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This center is one of six centers that make up the national Work, Family, and Health Network (WFHN). Dr. Hammer is also the Director of the Occupational Health Psychology graduate training program at Portland State University that is funded through a training program grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She is the Associate Director of the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), one of four centers of excellence in Total Worker Health. Most recently Dr. Hammer was awarded a grant from the Department of Defense to study ways to increase supervisor support and enhance employment retention for veterans reintegrating into the workforce. Her research focuses on ways in which organizations can help reduce work and family stress and improve positive spillover among employees by facilitating both formal and informal workplace supports.
Megan Hoopes - Project Director, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board NW Tribal Epidemiology Center
Willi Horner-Johnson - Research Assistant Professor, Public Health and Preventative Medicine, OHSU School of Medicine
Dr. Horner-Johnson is also a researcher with the Disability and Health Research Group in OHSU's Institute on Development and Disability. Her research interests include disability-related disparities in health and access to health care, health promotion for people with disabilities, including ethnic and racial minority populations with disabilities, and measurement of health in the context of disability.
Sandra Joos - Research Health Scientist, Portland VA Medical Center
Tom Keller studies a wide array of mentoring programs and relationships, from those geared toward youth, to college students, to adults in the workplace. His research interests include youth mentoring, relationship development, child and adolescent development, attachment theory and research, community-based youth programs, child welfare, child mental health services, youth aging out of foster care. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Keller is interested in social networks and health.
Dr. Kilo, MD, MPH is the Chief Medical Officer, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) where his responsibilities include performance improvement, clinical risk management, infection prevention and control, regulatory and medical affairs, and clinical informatics. Prior to joining OHSU, Chuck started and ran GreenField Health, a primary care medical group that also provides consulting in quality and performance improvement. He was previously a vice president at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) where he ran the Idealized Design of Clinical Office Practices initiative which sparked a national focus on medical practice improvement and redesign. Chuck works regularly with the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians and others on issues of healthcare performance improvement and health system reform. He is on the Board of Directors for Kryptiq Corporation, The Foundation for Medical Excellence and TransforMED, LLC - a subsidiary of the AAFP formed to drive practice performance improvement. In 2005, along with Dr. Mark Leavitt, he edited the book Medical Practice Redesign with Information Technology. Chuck is a general internist with subspecialty training in infectious diseases. He attended Washington University School of Medicine where he also completed his internal medicine training. He subsequently completed an infectious diseases fellowship and Master of Public Health at Harvard University.
Dr. Kohles is currently the Director of the Regenerative Bioengineering Lab at PSU where he and his colleagues have published nearly 200 journal articles, conference papers, and book chapters describing their research in cell, tissue, joint, and biomaterials engineering including various perspectives of biomechanics as applied to living systems. In regards to the social determinants of health, he is interested in bioengineering approaches primarily characterizing musculoskeletal disease/injury/therapy including Biomechanics, Biomaterials/Tissue Engineering, Cellular/Biomolecular Engineering, Biophysics, Biological Transport Phenomena, Biomedical Engineering Design, Medical Device Technology, Biostatistics, Analytical Modeling, and Forensic Epidemiology.
Prior to becoming Interim Dean, Dr. Koroloff was the Co-Director of the Research and Training Center (RTC) for Pathways to Positive Futures. She continues, however, to be a principal investigator within the RTC, which is focused on supporting successful transitions to adult life for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. Dr. Koroloff’s research focuses on policy issues and service delivery barriers for young people with serious mental health issues. Dr. Koroloff's related research interests include family support and children's mental health services and consumer involvement in policy development.
Yves Labissière - Associate Professor of Community Health, PSU
Yves Labissière teaches undergraduate and graduate level classes and conducts research on the psychology of oppression and empowerment, diversity, and inter and intra-group relations and conflict. He is a core member of the general education program, University Studies. His research on intra/intergroup relations focuses on Blackness, black identity and racial and ethnic identities among groups categorized as Black in the US. Other areas of research include hate crimes, popular culture, and pedagogy. He designs and facilitates workshops on managing diversity in the workplace, and on minimizing the influence of “group think” of highly diverse work teams.
Gregory Lee - Associate Professor of Public Administration, Urban and Public Affairs at PSU
Gregory directs the collaborative Oregon MPH program that includes OHSU, OSU, and PSU. The program offers specialization in various tracks, from epidemiology to management. As an associate professor he also teaches strategic planning, health administration, and health systems.
Junghee Lee - Associate Professor of Social Work, PSU
Dr. Lee's interests are in American Indian students’ retention in higher education, political economy and health care for the poor, health disparities, community-based practice, program evaluation, child welfare, and increasing retention in higher education, and research with Asian, Mexican and American Indian communities. In regards to the social determinants of health, she is interested in educational inequity and mental health disparities.
Jessica Leston - Program Manager, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board Epidemiology
For 20 years, Don Lollar was a psychologist in practice working with children, and adolescents living with disabling conditions, and their families. Don was then recruited to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he led the Office on Disability and Health in the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities or several years, and then became Director of Extramural Research. Dr. Lollar has been in his current position as Associate Director in the OHSU Institute on Development & Disability, and PI for the OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Social determinants concepts are not adequately addressing disability. The original WHO report rarely mentioned disability, and then only as a negative outcome. Disability needs to be viewed conceptually and scientifically as itself a social determinant.
Robert Lowe, MD, MPH, is a Professor in the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and the Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU); he is also the founder of the OHSU Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM). He is residency trained and board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. Before coming to OHSU, he served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics from 1993 through 2001. Dr. Lowe has performed extensive health services and epidemiologic research, with funding from the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the National Institutes of Health (NINDS, NHLBI, and NIDA), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, William Penn Foundation, and other sources. His major research focus is access to care for vulnerable populations. Within this broad topic, he has studied the role of emergency departments in access to care and – most recently – leads a community-based participatory research project in partnership with Central City Concern and Portland State University collaborators, looking at the relationship between housing, employment, recovery from addiction, and health.
Amy Lubitow - Professor of Sociology, PSU
In regards to the social determinants of health, as an environmental sociologist, Dr. Lubitow is very interested in ongoing research in Portland. She is a new faculty member who would like to meet other researchers in the area. Her research is focused on environmental justice, sustainability, women’s health, and health social movements in the U.S.
Dr. Lynch is a health economist whose research interests focus on the organization and financing of care for people with mental health and substance abuse problems. She joined the CHR as an investigator in July 1996. Dr. Lynch has been the principal investigator and co-investigator of several grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Lynch is interested in health economics, economic evaluation of complex behavioral interventions, economic evaluations and observational studies for high risk populations, such as children in foster care, and children with mental health and developmental problems.
Julie Maher - Director of Program Design and Evaluation Services, Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Public Health Division
Eric Mankowski is a community and social psychologist who teaches courses and conducts research on the psychology of men and masculinities, domestic violence, and group dynamics. He has evaluated numerous programs in schools, communities, and prisons across the country that are intended to support male youth and adults to develop nonviolent, healthy relationships. He is a member of the Oregon Batterer Intervention Program Standards Advisory Committee and the Oregon Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. His interests in the social determinants of health focus on the socialization of masculinity and masculinity ideologies and their relationship to negative social and health outcomes.
Dennis McCary collaborates with policy makers and with community based programs to translate research into practice for treatment of alcohol and drug use disorders. He is the co-Principal Investigator for the Western States Node of the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network. Dr. McCarty continues to be active with investigators at the University of Wisconsin in extensions of the Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment (NIATx) and Advancing Recovery. NIDA awards support studies of the implementation of medication-assisted treatment in clinics contracting with a commercial health plan, an assessment of organizational change in Ohio. Currently, he collaborates with Wayne Wakeland at PSU on a systems dynamic model of opioid misuse and abuse.
K. John McConnell Ph.D. - Director, OHSU Center for Health Systems Effectiveness; Associate Professor, OHSU Departments of Emergency Medicine and Public Health & Preventive Medicine
John McConnell directs the Center for Health System Effectiveness at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU. His academic research has investigated health economics, insurance benefit structures, behavioral health services, and management practices and their relationship to the quality of care. His current work includes a study of the uptake and effectiveness of Lean and related management practices in more than 600 hospitals, as well as projects that assess the economics of Oregon’s transformation to Coordinated Care Organizations. Dr. McConnell's work has been noteworthy for his close collaboration with key stakeholders, frequently working with provider groups and associations or serving as an advisor to the Legislature and state policy makers.
Bentson McFarland - Professor, OHSU Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Bentson McFarland, MD PhD is Professor of Psychiatry, Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University and Affiliate Investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon. Dr. McFarland received his M.D. degree and his Ph.D. in Biostatistics from the University of Washington in Seattle. Board certified in general psychiatry, Dr. McFarland’s research focuses on quality of care for people with behavioral health problems, epidemiology pertinent to the prevention and treatment of behavioral health disorders, and financing for behavioral health care. His work has been supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Food and Drug Administration, and the pharmaceutical industry. In addition to his research, Dr. McFarland maintains a clinical practice focused on psychopharmacology.
Marjorie McGee - Adjunct Faculty, Doctoral Candidate, PSU School of Social Work, Regional Research Institute for Human Services
Marjorie McGee is a former director of the Women with Disabilities Health Equity Coalition, which sought to address health disparities among women with disabilities by bringing attention to factors outside of the provider’s office, such as the social determinants of health (e.g., poverty). Her current research interests primarily focused upon examining the connections between disability status and health, with a focus on the effects of disablism and violence. She is also very interested in doing this research through an intersectional lens, examining the effects of disability status along with other social statuses, such as race/ethnicity and sexual orientation, on social inequities in health, education and employment.
Julia Meier - Director, Coalition of Communities of Color
Dr. Messer is an assistant professor in Community Health. She joined PSU from the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at the Duke Global Health Institute. She received her doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in 2005. Her dissertation focused on neighborhood crime, deprivation and preterm birth. Her work focuses on race, class and other social determinants of health, health disparities and health status, environmental and socioeconomic factors in health disparities, and stigma.
Dr. Cynthia Mohr's research concerns psychosocial influences on subjective well-being and physical health and, in particular, the processes by which positive and negative facets of interpersonal relationships and emotions exert effects on health. To examine these processes, many of Dr. Mohr’s research studies draw on daily process methodology, which are time-intensive investigations where people record experiences, thoughts, moods, and behaviors daily or multiple times a day, for periods ranging from a week to a month. Dr. Mohr has also drawn on dyadic designs and cross-cultural collaborations to examine the nature of interpersonal influence in her research work. In regards to the social determinants of health, she studies the influence of interpersonal relationships and social influence on health behavior, including alcohol consumption and transportation use. I am also interested in factors contributing to psychological well-being.
Daniel Morris - Epidemiologist, Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division Center for Health protection
Makalapu Motuapuaka - Research Assistant, OHSU
Annie Neal - Program Manager, Multnomah County Domestic Violence Coordination Office
Dr. Newsom has served as a principal or co-investigator for studies funded by National Institutes of Health Research that focus on social relationships, health behavior, and caregiving. Current and recent projects include an investigation of changes in health behaviors in mid to late life among those with chronic disease as well as a national longitudinal study of the mental and physical health consequences of negative social exchanges. He is currently editing (with Richard N. Jones and Scott M. Hofer) a book on data analysis of longitudinal studies on aging. Dr. Newsom is interested in social relationships and health.
Christina Nicolaidis - Professor and Scholar in Social Determinants of Health, PSU School of Social Work; Associate Professor in Internal Medicine and Public Health and Preventative Medicine, OHSU
Christina Nicolaidis focuses most of her work on improving the health and healthcare of populations that have traditionally not been well-served in the healthcare system, including domestic violence survivors, African-Americans and Latinos, adults on the autism spectrum, people with developmental disabilities, and people with chronic pain or mental illness. She has led numerous community-engaged research projects to promote health equity. Current and recent projects include the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (to improve the health of people on the autism spectrum), the Interconnections Project (to develop a community-based depression care intervention for African-American and Latina violence survivors), the Partnering Project (to understand the relationship between violence and health in people with developmental disabilities), and the Creating African-American Wellness Project (to develop a health promotion intervention for African Americans with depression.) Dr. Nicolaidis is leading the Social Determinants of Health Initiative at PSU, where she also teaches about research methods in SDH. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and continues to practice and teach Internal Medicine at OHSU.
Dr. Nissen is interested in culturally relevant and specific adaptations of evidence based practice in adolescent substance abuse programming (and other youth-centered services), the social determinants of adolescent substance abuse, drug policy, juvenile justice response, and the intersection of juvenile justice and adolescent substance abuse treatment. Organizational change dynamics relevant to disparities reduction are another interest, as well as professional identity/leadership development of those working on social determinants of health, and the development of impact measures for effective change strategies.
Kerth O'Brien is a social psychologist collaborating to conduct research in community or health services settings, on questions related to social issues. She has conducted quite a bit of work on social psychological aspects of HIV prevention and care. She has collaborated to investigate ethnic group differences in patient views of patient-provider relationships and has incorporated some aspects of CBPR approaches. She has used both qualitative methods (for example, focus groups, one-on-one interviews) and quantitative methods (for example, survey research designs; Delphi approaches; a randomized trial of behavioral interventions) in her work.
Ryan Olson - Scientist, OHSU Center for Research on Occupational & Environmental Toxicology with secondary appointments in Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, and PSU Occupational Health Psychology Program
Dr. Olson's research is focused on safety and health interventions for lone workers, and on behavioral self-management methods. The overreaching goal of this research is to understand how organizations can best protect and promote health among workers who are physically isolated from peers. Dr. Olson has extensive experience conducting injury prevention and health promotion research in transportation industries (aviation, bus, trucking), but also has current projects in home health care and long-term care industries.
Roberto Orellana - Assistant Professor, School of Social Work at PSU
Dr. Orellana's research focuses on health and health disparities associated with HIV, substance abuse and interpersonal violence among racial and ethnic minority, indigenous, and other underserved populations in the United States and Central America. His interests include global health/mental health, prevention research, intervention research, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, family violence, and substance abuse. He has conducted street outreach for persons with chronic psychiatric disorders and co-occurring substance abuse. Dr. Orellana also worked as a therapist in an HIV prevention clinical trial that sought to reduce high risk behaviors among men who have sex with men (MSM) at risk for HIV infection.
Dr. Padín studies the effects of racist cultural norms (implicit or explicit) on the distribution of educational opportunities, and the social barriers to assimilation faced by new immigrants. He is one of the anchor faculty members for the Inequality section of the Sociology PhD program at PSU and has a keen interest in the effect of social inequality on a wide variety of outcomes, including health.
Caroline Pappajohn - Strategic Initiatives Director, New Avenues for Youth
Jana Peterson-Besse - Assistant Professor, Pacific University Department of Publich Health
Laurie studies the effects of self-determination promotion on health and wellness, transition to adulthood, and interpersonal violence and safety, particularly among youth and adults with disabilities, including people of color with disabilities. Her current research focuses on youth led mental health treatment planning; transition to adulthood of youth in foster care, interpersonal violence against men and women with disabilities, and consumer-directed services. She has experience utilizing various research approaches, most intensively mixed-methods, computer-assisted and accessible survey design, and application of CBPR principles.
Ana Quiñones is Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU, and Core Investigator for the Portland VA Medical Center’s Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP). She has expertise in the areas of age-related changes in chronic illness burden and racial/ethnic differences in health outcomes and utilization. This work involves elucidating factors that contribute to differences in outcomes and improving prevention and management efforts for racial/ethnic minority older adults with increasingly complex comorbid conditions. She has experience using methodologies to conduct systematic reviews, and is most experienced with analytic methods for large population-based longitudinal and administrative data sets.
Basmah Rahman - Senior Research Assistant, OHSU Evidence-Based Practice Center
Julie Reeder - Senior Research Analyst, Oregon Health Authority WIC Program
Dr. Richardson joined PSU’s School of Community Health from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, where she was a Kellogg Health Scholar. She was awarded her doctorate in 2010 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Richardson’s interests are in the social, economic, and policy level determinants of urban health and youth health disparities, community-based participatory research, meaningful youth engagement, and mixed methods. She has particular interest in community-engaged intervention research aimed at improving the health or youth and young adults and at reducing health disparities
Traci Rieckmann - Research Assistant Professor, Public Health and Preventative Medicine at OHSU
Traci’s interests include implementation, adaptation and clinical evaluation of evidence-based practice in substance abuse and mental health treatment. Her emphasis is on diverse populations, translational research and improving the quality of care through increased access, effectiveness, retention and systems-wide change designed to improve services.
Dr. Robinson focuses on observed (i.e., videotaped and coded) communication behaviors between patients and clinicians and the effects of these behaviors on patients' psychosocial health outcomes. Dr. Robinson's current NCI grant focuses on pre-surgical consultations between newly diagnosed women with breast cancer and surgeons, and the effects of communication on patients' mental adjustment to cancer (e.g., hope).
Anna Rockhill - Senior Research Associate, PSU School of Social Work Regional Research Institute
Jamie P. Ross - Assistant Professor, PSU Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and University Studies
Dr. Ross' research is spurred by behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to women's health and disabilities disparities in the US population i.e., women’s racial and ethnic populations, women’s lower socioeconomic classes, and rural women residents. Her areas of speciality are feminist philosophy of science & technology's social, political and ethical dimensions. She is Outreach Program director of PATH(Policy Advisory Towards Health) for women, a partnership between OSHU's Center for Women's Health and PSU's Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality, a program that fosters successes in women’s health legislative outcomes.
Wael Sabbah - Associate Professor, OHSU School of Dentistry
Dr Sabbah is Associate Professor of Dental Public Health in the School of Dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He completed his PhD and started his research career at one of the top centers of research on the social determinants of health at University College London. His main research interest is in the social gradients in health and the pathways explaining the gradients. Dr Sabbah has more than 10 years of global experience in research related to the social determinants of oral and general health, the common risk factors and their relation to the contextual determinants of health. He has several publications examining inequality in oral health and the parallel with inequality in general health. He is currently involved in a number of research projects on inequality in oral health with academics from distinguished institutions in USA, Australia, Brazil and the UK.
Jeanette Sager - Graduate Research Assistant, PSU School of Community Health Institute on Aging
Karen Seccombe - Professor, PSU School of Community Health
Dr. Seccombe's primary research interests focus on poverty, welfare use, and social inequality and the structure of the U.S. health care system. Her work includes attention to the antecedents and consequences of health insurance coverage for individuals and families, gendered experiences within the family and health care systems, the use of health services among the poor, and the social construction of illness. Dr. Seccombe's teaching interests include families, health systems, and poverty, inequality, and social welfare policy. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Seccombe is interested in families, poverty, and access to health care.
Dr. Stone specialize in interpersonal health communication. Her recent research focuses on the role of communication in improving experiences for persons with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. Specifically, she examines the ways in which communicating social support manages experiences of uncertainty in health contexts.
Melissa’s interests include criminology, gender, sociology of mental illness, sociology of law, and illegal substance use. Her current projects focus on the gendered relationship between mental illness, substance use, and crime; the effect of gender on illegal substance use; the effect of childhood ADHD symptoms and labeling on adult outcomes; and the effects of prison and post-prison treatment for mental illness and drug abuse on rates of recidivism.
Annette Totten - Assistant Research Professor, OHSU DMICE
Greg Townley - Assistant Professor, PSU Department of Psychology
Greg Townley, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. His research interests include community inclusion of individuals with psychiatric disabilities, homelessness and housing, sense of community theory and measurement, and social-environmental research methods, including neighborhood assessments and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Current research includes 1) a participatory mapping project with homeless youth at p:ear; 2) an evaluation of HEAL, Luke-Dorf, Inc.’s physical wellness program for individuals with psychiatric disabilities; and 3) a supported housing and community inclusion project with Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare. He is also involved in research and applied work with peer-delivered mental health services and acts as the incoming co-chair of the SCRA Self-Help/Mutual Support interest group.
Alma’s interests include sociopolitical development among youth and young adults; critical pedagogies of place and social justice work; indigenization of social movements; health and mental health promotion among Asian Pacific Islanders and other marginalized populations; determinants/disparities of health and mental health with specific attention to socio-economic, cultural, and historical contexts, and the dynamics between agent (individual) and structure (resources both informal and formal); culturally responsive health interventions and services that enhance positive pathways to healthy adulthood, empowerment and resiliency; and culturally responsive research methodologies.
Stéphanie Wahab’s interests tend to revolve around four distinct and frequently intersecting substantive areas of focus including intimate partner violence, commercial sex work, motivational interviewing, and much more broadly-social justice. Feminisms, postmodernism, critical and post-colonial theories inform her work, and she has a particular passion for interpretive research methodologies. Her scholarly projects typically revolve around the intersections of privilege, oppression, gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and violence (individual and structural).
Wayne Wakeland - Associate Professor of Systems Science PSU
Wayne’s background includes engineering and systems science also spent much of his career in industry working in materials, manufacturing, and information technology; teaching evening classes at PSU. His primary focus shifted to academia with a focus on computer modeling & simulation methods and applications. His current research projects are focused on reducing risks associated with opioid pain medications, applied data mining, and food sustainability. Wayne has also studied the dynamics fisheries, criminal justice systems, primate populations, elevated intracranial pressure, and autoimmune system disorders. He also teaches systems thinking and sustainable operations at the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. In regards to the social determinants of health, Wayne is interested in drug diversion and abuse.
Janet Walker - Research Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Regional Research Institute for Human Services
Dr. Walker is co-director of the Pathways to Positive Futures Research and Training Center and the National Wrap-Around Initiative. Her expertise is in program design and evaluation, fidelity assessment, workforce development, training and evaluation. Dr. Walker's research interests include implementation of effective practices, empowerment-oriented interventions in human services; youth and young adults. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Walker is interested in the impact of social hierarchies and social comparisons on health and mental health.
Dr. Wallack's primary interest is in the role of framing and social values in shaping public health issues. He is principal author of Media Advocacy and Public Health: Power for Prevention (Sage Publications, 1993) and News for a Change: An Advocate's Guide to Working with the Media (Sage Publications, 1999). He is also co-editor of Mass Communications and Public Health: Complexities and Conflicts (Sage, 1990). He has published extensively on topics related to prevention, health promotion, communication, and community interventions. Specific content areas of his research and intervention work have included alcohol, tobacco, violence, handguns, sexually transmitted diseases, cervical and breast cancer, affirmative action, role of government, suicide, and childhood lead poisoning.
Lisa Weasel - Associate Professor of Biology at PSU
Dr. Weasel is an advisory board member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Epigenetics, Science and Society (ICESS) at OHSU, which is funded through NIH's ELSI program. Epigenetics has a number of implications for rethinking social determinants of health, at both the basic science as well as the policy levels. ICESS promotes projects that draw on epigenetics to address the social determinants of health, through both community outreach and basic and applied research. Her own longstanding work has focused on the intersections of race, gender, class and other socially-determined categories in biological and social understandings of health disparities. Dr. Weasel is interested in forming collaborations within and across PSU and OHSU that involve interdisciplinary approaches to understanding social determinants of health and health disparities.
Melissa Weimer - Assistant Professor, OHSU Division of Internal Medicine
Dr. White’s research interests include workforce development in areas of nursing, direct care workers, and options counseling. Education, training, work environment, and earnings all affect worker well-being. Dr. White has also been involved in research related to person-directed care in long-term care settings and intergenerational family relationships.
Noelle Wiggins - Adjunct Assistant Professor of Community Health at PSU Manager, Community Capacitation Center, Multnomah County Health Department
Dr. Wiggins' practice experience includes recruiting, training and supporting Community Health Workers (CHWs); developing CHW programs; using popular education for health promotion; and conducting community-based participatory research. Her research interests encompass comparative effectiveness of popular and conventional education; role of popular education in reducing health inequities; and role of CHWs as community organizers. She teaches health education and promotion, community organizing for health, research paradigms and methods, and popular and adult education. Dr. Wiggins is particularly interested in the potential of popular education, the CHW model, and CBPR to build capacity in communities to address the social determinants of health.
In much of her policy work as an elected member on the Portland School Board (2003-2011), Dilafruz Williams has championed the cause of equity in our public schools. As a professor and administrator at PSU, where she has been since 1990, she co-founded Sunnyside Environmental School in PPS and Leadership for Sustainability Education (Master's program) at PSU, and built strategic partnerships to engage her students with the community in meaningful ways. Her latest scholarly passion is in the area of Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education where food, social justice, and academics intersect.
Dr. Winett’s research uses qualitative and quantitative content analysis methods to explore portrayals of public health and health policy in popular discourse, and in particular, the news media. Her work has included focus on interpersonal violence; breast, cervical and prostate cancers; childhood lead poisoning; 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. In regards to the social determinants of health, Dr. Winett is interested in research and instructional implications of public policy and discourse for population health.
Willie Wolf - Research Associate, PSU Regional Research Institute for Human Services, Director of Center for Native Education
William Wolf is the director for the Center for Native Education (CNE). He work with a number of tribal communities which have major health issues on suicide, diabetes, eating disorders, substance abuse, and cancer to name a few. He would like to know what prevention and treatment resources are available for this population.
Dr. Woo's research is centered on the topics of health and well-being, family behaviors, and race/ethnicity to better understand how social relations create and shape health inequalities. More specifically, she is currently working on several projects about: 1) the impacts of transitions to adulthood on health and well-being; 2) race and ethnic variations in family behaviors and their associations to health outcomes; and 3) changes in individual health and well-being consequences by social factors over the life course.
Dagan Wright - Affiliate Assistant Professor, OHSU Department of Public Helath and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Liu-Qin Yang is an assistant professor of industrial and organizational psychology at Portland State University. She has expertise in occupational health psychology and quantitative methodology. Her current research is focused on the health benefits of workplace relationships including workplace aggression, team-member relationships and social support processes. Dr. Yang’s work has been published in various respected journals in the fields of psychology, management, international business, and nursing, such as the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of International Business Studies, and the International Journal of Nursing Studies.
Dr. Yatchmenoff is currently the director of the Trauma Informed Care and Recovery Services Project at PSU, with research interests focusing on the role of complex prolonged trauma in the lives of vulnerable children, adults, and families. These include chronic homelessness or housing instability, as well as mental, physical and behavioral health challenges. Findings from the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) study reinforce the importance of trauma as a public health issue.
Suzanne Zane - Maternal and Child Health Epidemiologist, Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board Northwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
Amly Zlot - Epidemiologist, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority Oregon Genetics Program
Dr. Zuckerman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at OHSU. She is a general pediatrician and health services researcher whose research focuses on racial/ethnic disparities in early childhood developmental and mental health conditions. A major current research focus is barriers to autism care in the U.S. Latino population and other minority groups. She has additional research interests in access to specialty care in for underserved children with chronic conditions. Her research uses qualitative, survey research, and secondary data analysis techniques. Dr. Zuckerman’s research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Oregon Medical Research Foundation.