Christina Nicolaidis, M.D., M.P.H.

Christina Nicolaidis, MD, MPHChristina Nicolaidis, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor and Senior Scholar in Social Determinants of Health
PSU, School of Social Work
Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health
OHSU, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Education and Training

A.B., Cognitive Science, Brown University, 1988

Medical Degree:
M.D., Columbia University, 1993

Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 1993-1996
Chief Residency, Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 1996-1997

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington, 1997-1999

Master's Degree:
M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1999


Dr. Nicolaidis has focused most of her career on improving the health and healthcare of populations that have traditionally not been well-served in the healthcare system, including racial and ethnic minorities, domestic violence survivors, adults on the autism spectrum, and people with developmental disabilities. She most often uses a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, where community members serve as equal partner on the research team. She has led research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to address a variety of issues including interpersonal violence, depression, chronic pain, patient-centered communication, health disparities, and primary care services. Dr. Nicolaidis co-directs the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE) and leads the Social Determinants of Health Initiative at Portland State University. She also teaches and practices Internal Medicine, supervising residents and students in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Board Certification

American Board of Internal Medicine, 1996, 2006

Research Interests

  • Content expertise: intimate partner violence, depression, chronic pain, primary care and mental health services, health disparities, women’s health, chronic illness management, autism spectrum disorders.
  • Populations of interest: adults on the autism spectrum, African-Americans, Latinos, people with disabilities, primary care patients, violence survivors.
  • Methodological expertise: Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR), survey development and adaptation, mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative), and evidence based medicine.

Clinical Interests

Inpatient and outpatient internal medicine, chronic pain, depression, intimate partner violence.

Educational Activities

Director, the Voices of Survivors: Domestic Violence Survivors Educate Physicians
This educational documentary uses patient narratives to teach healthcare providers about intimate partner violence from the perspective of their patients. You can view it online or order a free DVD from Futures Without Violence.

Scholarship Activities

Selected Research Projects

  • Partnering with Autistic Adults to Develop Tools to Improve Primary Healthcare.
    Funding Agency:National Institute of Mental Health.1R34MH092503-01. Role: Principal Investigator.
    This project, conducted by the Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education uses a CBPR approach to develop patient-centered care tools to improve the primary healthcare of adults on the autism spectrum
  • Partnering with People with Developmental Disabilities to Address Interpersonal Violence.
    Funding agency:Centers for Disease Control / Association of University Centers on Disabilities.RTOI. PI: Hughes; Role:Co-Principal Investigator.
    This study uses a CBPR approach to assess the association between interpersonal violence, disability, and health in an urban and a rural population of adults with developmental disabilities
  • Community-Based Wellness Program to Reduce Depression in African-Americans.
    Funding Agency: Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (NIH CTSA); Role: Academic Principal Investigator (Community PI: Corliss McKeever).
    This project pilot-tests a community-based psycho-educational intervention, based on the Chronic Illness Management Model, to increase physical activity and reduce depression in African-Americans
  • VISN 20 Patient-Aligned Care Teams Demonstration Lab.
    Funding Agency: Veterans Administration. VA#08-1610
    PI: Hickam. Role: Co-Investigator.
    This demonstration project aims to transform how primary care is delivered in the Veterans Administration clinics in the Pacific Northwest
  • The Interconnections Project.
    Funding agencies:National Institute of Mental Health (R21MH082139-01 and K23MH073008) and Northwest Health Foundation Kaiser Community Fund.
    Role: Principal Investigator.
    This community-based participatory research project developed and evaluated a depression care program for African-American and Latina domestic violence survivors
  • The Voices of Survivors Project.
    Funding agencies:Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Northwest Health Foundation.
    Role:Principal Investigator.
    This community-engaged project used qualitative interviews with domestic violence survivors to create an educational documentary for healthcare providers.  Evaluation of the program in over 30 primary care clinics found significant increases in providers' knowledge, skills, sense of responsibility, and empathy

Selected Research Product

Please contact for permission to use these products in other research studies

Selected Publications

Please see Dr. Nicolaidis' NCBI bibliography

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