Disability and Health
OHSU Division of General Internal Medicine faculty members are conducting research to understand and eliminate healthcare disparities experienced by people with disabilities.
Selected Research Projects
The AASPIRE Healthcare Studies
PI: Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH
Partnering Organizations: Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Syracuse University, Indiana University, Autism Society of Oregon
Funding Agencies: National Institute of Mental Health (1R34MH092503) and Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute
The Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education is using a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach to investigate healthcare disparities experienced by autistic adults and to develop tools to improve their primary care services. More information, including how to participate, is available at http://www.aaspire.org/healthcare.
Partnering with People with Developmental Disabilities to Address Interpersonal Violence
PI: Rosemary Hughes, PhD; OHSU PI: Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH
Funding agency: Centers for Disease Control / Association of University Centers on Disabilities.
Partnering Organizations: University of Minnesota, Portland State University, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Self Advocates as Leaders, People First, Summit Independent Living Centers
This observational study uses a CBPR approach to assess the association between interpersonal violence, disability, and health in adults with developmental disabilities.
Reducing Barriers to Autism Care for Latino Children
PI: Katherine Zuckerman. OHSU GIM Co-Mentor: Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPH
Funding Agency: NIMH (1K23MH095828)
Nicolaidis, C., Raymaker, D., McDonald, K, Dern, S., Ashkenazy, E., Boisclair, W.C., Robertson, S, Baggs, A. "Collaboration strategies in non-traditional CBPR partnerships: Lessons from an academic-community partnership with autistic self-advocates." Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 2011:5(2);143-150. (PMID:21623016)
Watch Dr. Nicolaidis' talk on Effective Partnering with Autistic Self-Advocates at the NIH Workshop on Ethical Legal and Social Implications of Autism.