Melinda Davis, PhD

Melinda Davis, PhD, is a social-developmental psychologist that conducts implementation and mixed-methods health services research in community and primary care settings. In 2010 Dr. Davis joined the OHSU Family Medicine Department after earning her PhD from the University of Vermont.Dr. Davis has worked with the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) since 2007, initially serving 22 rural primary care practices as a practice facilitator in northeast Oregon and now as a Research Scientist.

Melinda has a passion for working with rural, underserved populations. She collaborates with investigators across OHSU and nationally to conduct participatory research studies that promote successful aging. Dr. Davis has expertise in practice-facilitation; practice-based research methods; community based participatory research (CBPR); qualitative research; mixed-methods; and implementation science. Dr. Davis has worked on numerous interdisciplinary teams that are conducting transformation research in primary care practice settings. She has been a co-investigator on studies to integrate mental health services in primary care, improve care transitions between hospital and home, transition practices into medical homes, and enhance delivery of clinical preventive services to patients with mobility impairment. Dr. Davis has also worked with clinic and community partners on CBPR projects focused on obesity prevention in rural settings. As a principal investigator, Dr. Davis recently completed a qualitative study and systematic review exploring the use and implementation of remote monitoring technologies in primary care.

Areas of Research Keywords

Qualitative Research, Successful Aging, Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), Practice-based Research, Practice Facilitation, Quality Improvement, Mixed-Methods, Implementation Research

Recent Publications


Findholt N, Davis M, Michael, Y.(in press). Perceived Barriers to Assessment, Treatment and Prevention of Childhood Obesity in Rural Primary Care. Journal of Rural Health.

Davis M, Keller S, DeVoe J, Cohen DJ. (2012). Characteristics and Lessons Learned from Practice-based Research Networks (PBRNs) in the United States. Journal of Health Care Leadership, 4: 107-116. DOI: PMID: 22829294

Davis M, Devoe M, Kansagara D, Nicolaidis C, Englander H. (2012). "Did I do as best as the system would let me?" Healthcare Professional Views on Hospital to Home Care Transitions. Journal of General Internal Medicine. First published online July 25, 2012. DOI:10.1007/s11606-012-2169-3. PMID: 22829294

King V, Davis M, Gorman P, Rugge B, Fagnan L. (2012). Perceptions of Shared Decision Making and Decision Aids Among Rural Primary Care Clinicians. Medical Decision Making, 32(4): 636-644. First published online January 12, 2012. Doi:10.1177/0272989X11431961.

Hartung DM, Guise, JM, Fagnan LJ, Davis MM, Stange KC. (2012). The Role of Practice-based Research Networks in Comparative Effectiveness Research.Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, 1(1):45-55. PMID: 23105964

Buckley D. Davis M, Andresen E. (2012). Does a Standard Measure of Physical Disability Correlate with Clinician Perception of Impairment Related to Cancer Screening? Cancer, 118(5):1345-52.First published online August, 2011.Doi: 10.1002/cncr.26393.

Fagnan LJ, Dorr D, Davis M, Mahler J, Michaels L, & McGinnis P.(2011). Turning on the Care Coordination Switch in Rural Primary Care:Voices from the Practices—Clinician Champions, Clinician Partners, Administrators, and Nurse Care Managers.The Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 34(3): 304-318.

Davis M, Bond L, Howard A, Sarkisian C. (2011). Primary Care Clinician Expectations Regarding Aging.The Gerontologist, 51(6):856-66. First published online March 23, 2011 doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr017.PMID: 21430129.

Findholt N, Michael Y, Davis, M. (2011).Photovoice Engages Rural Youth in Childhood Obesity Prevention.Public Health Nursing, 28(2): 186-192.

Findholt N, Michael Y, Davis M, Brogoitti V. (2010).Environmental Influences on Children's Physical Activity and Diets in Rural Oregon: Results of a Youth Photovoice Project.Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care. 10(2): 11-20.

Fagnan LJ, Davis M, Deyo R, Werner JW, Stange KC. (2010).Linking Practice-Based Research Networks and Clinical and Translational Science Awards: New Opportunities for Community Engagement by Academic Health Centers.Academic Medicine.85(3):476-483.

McGinnis PA, Hunsberger M, Davis M, Smith J, Beamer BA, Hastings DD. (2010).Transitioning from CHIP to CHIRP: Blending Community Health Development with Community-based Participatory Research.Family & Community Health. 33(3): 228-237.

Davis M, Hilton T, Schott J, Benson S, Howard A, McGinnis P, Fagnan LJ. (2010).Unmet Dental Needs in Rural Primary Care: A Clinic, Community, and Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN/PROH) Collaborative.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.23(4):514-522.

Parker GG, Davis MM, Chapotin SM. (2002). Canopy light transmittance in Douglas-fir-western hemlock stands. Tree Physiology, 22, 147-157.

Publications in progress

Rao MK, Morris C, Davis MM, O'Malley JP, Anderson S (in review).Under-documentation of chronic kidney disease in female patients and the role of documentation in chronic kidney disease management in rural primary care.Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Young-Lorion J, Kirks N, Hsu A, Slater JK, Aromaa A; McGinnis P, Davis MM. (in Review) Rural Oregon Community Perspectives: Introducing Community-Based Participatory Research into Community Health Coalitions. Progress in Community Health Partnerships.

Davis MM, Currey JM, Howk S, DeSordi M, Boise L, Fagnan LJ, Vuckovic N (in Review) A Qualitative Study of Rural Primary Care Clinician Views on Remote Monitoring Technologies. Journal of Rural Health.

Davis MM, Aromaa S, McGinnis P, Beamer BA, Smith J, Ramsey K, Rollins N, Buckley DI, Stange KC, Fagnan LJ, on behalf of the Community Research Enhancement and Education Development (CREED) Partners (in Review). Community-based Participatory Research Training Empowers Communities of Solution in Rural Areas. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Davis MM, Freeman M, Kaye J, Vuckovic N, Buckley DI. (in prep). A systematic review of clinician and staff views of the acceptability and feasibility of incorporating remote monitoring technologies into primary care. Journal of Telemedicine and e-Health.

Davis M, Schuster S, Mahler J, Fagnan LJ. (in prep)."It's Certainly Bigger than One Doctor, One Patient, One Exam Room": Treating Childhood Obesity in Rural Primary Care.

Davis M, Gorman P, King V, Rugge B, Fagnan L.(in prep).Relationships and Response Incentives: Using the Structure of Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRNs) to Increase Survey Response Rates.Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.


Fagnan LJ, Davis M, Gorman PN, King V, Rugge B, Michaels L, Goubaud M (2010, Jan).Shared Decision Making in Rural Primary Care: A Preliminary Report to Clinic and Clinician Members of the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN). Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN).

Schuster S, Davis M, Mahler J, Fagnan LJ. (2007, August)."It's Certainly Bigger than One Doc, One Patient, One Exam Room": Clinician Perceptions of the Barriers to Addressing Childhood Obesity in Rural Primary Care. Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN).

Klein H, McRae G, Davis M, Wallace-Brodeur J, Bridges K. (2006, Dec).Growing Older in a Livable City: A Report on Focused Conversations with Burlington Citizens (age 50+).AARP.


Davis M, Goubaud M, Fagnan LJ. (2011).Tips for Small Practices: Lessons Learned from Care Management Implementation.In A. Chun, J. Schwartzberg, & C. Irmiter (Eds.) Geriatric Care by Design: A Clinician's Handbook to Meet the Needs of Older Adults through Environmental and Practice Redesign (book online).Chicago, IL: American Medical Association. pp. 123 – 8.