Faculty and Staff

The program director is Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH, Professor and Vice Chair, Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology.  Courses are taught by clinical and translational scientists from the OHSU faculty to give students exposure to a diverse group of instructors with many perspectives and talents.  The course director for each course was selected for his or her expertise in clinical and translational research and excellence as a teacher.


Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH - Director
Karen McCracken, BA, BSN - Program Coordinator
Annette Vu, MPH - Program Assistant

Course Directors

Elizabeth Allen, MD, FACP- Section Chief, General Medicine, Division of Hospital and Specialty Medicine, VAPOR HCS; Professor, Clinical Medicine

  • Evidence-based Medicine Seminar
Patty Carney, PhD - Professor, Family Medicine 
  • Scientific Writing and Data Presentation 
Robert Cloutier, MD, MCR - Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine; Program Director, Emergency Medicine Simulation
  • Clinical Research Design
  • Evidence-based Medicine
Rachel Dresbeck, PhDDirector, Academic & Research Development & Communication; Assistant Professor, Public Health & Preventive Medicine
  • Scientific Writing and Data Presentation 
William Hersh, MD - Professor and Chair, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology 
  • Medical Informatics
Amy Laird, PhD- Senior Research Associate, Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Division of Biostatistics
  • Clinical Research Design
  • Applied Biostatistics 
Miguel Marino, PhDAssistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Division of Biostatistics 
  • Applied Biostatistics
Cheryl Maslen, PhDProfessor, Cardiovascular Medicine and Molecular & Medical Genetics 
  • Molecular Biology for Clinical Research 
Marian McDonaugh, PharmD - Professor, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology 
  • Systematic Reviews
Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH - Professor; Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine 
  • Clinical Research Design
  • Proposal Development
  • Fundamentals of RCTs
Jeff Oltmann, MEng, PMPAdjunct Faculty, Division of Management 
  • Best Practices in Project Management 
Somnath Saha, MD, MPH - Professor, Medicine, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology 
  • Health Disparities Research 
  • Community Based Research
Robert Schuff, MS - Director, Clinical Research Informatics, OCTRI 
  • Computerized Data Management 
M.E. Beth Smith, DO, FACP - Associate Professor, Medicine, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology
  • Evidence-based Medicine
Nicole Steckler, PhD - Associate Professor, Division of Management 
  • Understanding and Managing Academic Organizations
  • Leadership Skills for Team Science 
John Stull, MD, MPH - Assistant Professor, Public Health and Preventive Medicine 
  • Clinical Research Design