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Completed Research Projects


The Long-Term Educational Attainment of Same-Sex Attracted Students, Sponsored by American Educational Research Association (AERA), Lindsey Wilkinson, co-PI with Jennifer Pearson, PI (Wichita State University).


Student Mentors Inspiring Latino Excellence/Somos Mentores Impulsando Latinos al Exito (SMILE) , José Padin PI with the Portland Public Schools District including the following high schools: Roosevelt, Jefferson, Madison, and Marshall; and middle schools including George, Ockley Green, Clarendon at Portsmouth, Madison, 8th Grade Academy, Roseway Heights, Rigler, Lane, Clark at Binsmeade, Harvey Scot, and Lent. 


Examining the Role of Heteronormative School Contexts in Sexual Identity Development and Disclosure in Young Adulthood sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the American Sociological Association Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline: Lindsey Wilkinson, PI


Students First: Improving First-Generation Student Retention in Higher Education: Peter Collier PI with consultants, David Morgan and Amy Driscoll


Asian Wellness Connection sponsored by the United Way through the Asian Health and Wellness Center, Matthew Carlson, PI


  Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) sponsored by the Northwest Health Foundation and U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services  through the Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD):  Margaret Everett PI with Sonja Manhas (MCHD), Project Manager; Meg Merrick, Geography Coordinator (PSU’s Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies); and consultants including Carlos Crespo and Suzanne Briggs (Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR)


Healthy Kids Studysponsored by the Oregon Health and Policy Research (OHPR), Matthew Carlson, PI, Heidi Allen and Bill Wright, co-PIs with the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) at Providence Health Systems


Impact of Oregon Health Plan Changes on Health Care Access and Quality: Matthew Carlson, Principal Investigator (PI) and Bill Wright, Co-Investigator (co-PI) with Providence Center for Health Outcomes Research Education (CORE)


Integrative Model to Alleviate Health Inequality across Social Strata in Korea sponsored by the National Research Foundation of Korea: Jinyoung Kim PI (Korea University) with Hyeyong Woo, co-PI

The Social and Economic Impact of Eliminating Medicaid Dental Benefits: Evidence from the Oregon Health Plan for Oregon, Matthew Carlson PI with co-PIs:David Mosen, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research; John McConnell,  Department of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU); Bill Wright, CORE; and Neal Wallace, School of Community Health at Portland State University (PSU)


Oregon Community Health Integrated Data Systems Project (ORCHIDS), through the Oregon Community Information Network (OCHIN), Matthew Carlson co-PI, and Olivia Thomas, co-PI; with OCHIN’s Mike Leahy PI in collaboration with the Office for Oregon Health Policy and Research, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research and the Oregon Division of Medical Assistance Programs


Racial Disparity in Mortality After Injury: Melanie Arthur, PI in collaboration with OHSU (Richard Mullins, co-PI and Jerris Hedges, Consultant) and Johns Hopkins University (Thomas LaVeist, Consultant)


Assessment of the Spanish Translation of the Oregon Medicaid Health Risk/Health Status Survey for the Oregon Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP): Sharon Lee PI and Matthew Carlson co-PI


Language Barriers and Patient Safety: A Study of Asthma Patients: Sharon Lee PI and Matthew Carlson co-PI with Charles Gallia with the Oregon Office of Medical Assistance Programs (OMAP)


Economic Development and the Need for Foresight in the Incorporation of Immigrant Workers sponsored by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through Oregon Sea Grant, José Padin PI with numerous community partners such as the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce, Newport Chamber of Commerce, Astoria Chamber of Commerce, Lincoln County School District and Clatsop County School District


Invasion-Succession or Welcome Mat:  Examining Race and Ownership Status in Low-Income Neighborhoods and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) sponsored by NSF, Daniel Sullivan PI

Social and Criminal Justice 

Gender Differences in Drug Use and Crime: Patterns of Continuity and Change Melissa Thompson PI with co-PI Christopher Uggen, University of Minnesota, and consultant Brent Fuller, OHSU


Gender, Mental Illness & Criminal Justice, Melissa Thompson PI


Surveys of the Legal Needs of the Poor in Utah: Grant Farr PI


Domestic Violence Intervention Services Evaluation for the Hillsboro Police Department: Melissa Thompson PI

Social and Environmental Sustainability

Community Food Projects: Promoting Participation of Latino Farmers in Local Sustainable Food Systems sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture and the NW Health Foundation through Adelante Mujeres: Betty Izumi (School of Community Health, PSU) and Margaret Everett, co-PIs


Social Sustainability Planning Grant sponsored by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation: Veronica Dujon and Eileen Brennan (PSU’s School of Social Work) with campus wide collaborators


Socioeconomic assessment of Coral Reef Resource Use and Management in the Comoros; Veronica Dujon, co-PI with Elis Granek PI with PSU's Environmental Science and Management Programs


Contested Water Rights in the Klamath Basin: Veronica Dujon PI

The Contested Terrain of Water Rights on the Oregon Coast: A Sociological Analysis of the Competition over Scarce Public Resources and the Institutions that Guide their Allocation: Veronica Dujon PI