Elena Andresen, PhD




BA (1977) University of Washington, Interdisciplinary (Spanish/History)
MA (1979) University of Washington, History
PhD (1991) University of Washington, Epidemiology



Oregon Health & Science University, Portland: 7/2011-present
Interim Dean, Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health Initiative
Director, Oregon Office on Disability & Health


  • University of Western Australia, Perth: 1989. Lecturer; epidemiology.                                     
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine: 1991-1996. Asst. Professor, Dept. Community & Preventive Medicine.
  • Saint Louis University School of Public Health:1996-2004. Assoc. to Professor (tenured 1999).  Division Director, Epidemiology.
  • Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center, VAMC: 2004-2007. Research Health Scientist, Gainesville Florida.
  • University of Florida College of Public Health & Health Professions, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics: 2004 – 7-2011. Professor & Founding Chair (7/2006-3/2010).  Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Colleges of Medicine; and Public Health & Health Professions (3/2010-7/2011).
  • National University of Singapore: 9/2011-10/2011. Visiting Professor; Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.


Research Interests

Aging, disability across the lifespan, health related quality of life methods and measures, and rehabilitation outcomes.

Recent Publications

  • Ayyagari P, Ulrich F, Malmstrom TK, Andresen EM, et al. Self-rated health trajectories in the African American Health Cohort. PLOS ONE 2012; 7(12): e53278. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0053278. PMID: 23300906
  • Ahktar W, Andresen EM, Cannell MB, Xu XH.  Association of blood cotinine level with cognitive & physical performance in older adults. Environ Res 2013; 121: 64-70. PMID: 23199696.
  • Zheng HW, Brumback BA, Lu X, Bouldin ED, Cannell MB, Andresen EM.  Doubly robust testing & estimation of model-adjusted effect-measure modification with complex survey data. Stat Med 2013;32(4): 673-684. PubMed PMID: 22833449.
  • Schootman M, Andresen EM, Wolinsky FD, et al. Effect of street connectivity on incidence of lower-body functional limitations among middle-aged African Americans. Ann Epidemiol 2012:22(8):568-574. PMID: 22658823
  • Khoury AJ, Hall A, Andresen EM, et al. The association between chronic disease & physical disability among female Medicaid beneficiaries 18-64 years of age. Dis Health J, 2013;6(2): 141-148. PubMed PMID: 23507165.
  • Bouldin ED, Andresen EM, Dunton NE, et al. Falls among hospitalized patients in the US: a national prevalence study. J Patient Safety 2013; 9(1):13-17. PMID: 23143749.
  • Andresen EM, Peterson JJ, Krahn GL, et al. Pap, Mammography, & clinical breast exam screening among women with disabilities: a systematic review. Womens Health Issues 2013;23(4):  e205–e214. PMID: 23816150
  • Anderson LA, Edwards VJ, Pearson WS, Talley RC, McGuire LC, Andresen EM. Adult caregivers in the United States: characteristics and differences in well-being, by caregiver age and caregiving status. Prev Chronic Dis 2013;15;10:E135. PMID: 23948336
  • Horner-Johnson W, Dobbertin K, Lee JC, Andresen EM & the Expert Panel on Disability and Health Disparities (in press). Disparities in chronic conditions and health status by type of disability. Disability Health J 2013;6: 280-286. PMID: 24060250
  • Wolinsky FD, Malmstrom TK, Miller JP, Andresen EM, et al. Association between childhood school segregation & changes in adult sense of control in the African American Health Cohort. J Gerontol B: Psychol Sci Soc Sci 2014: on line at  doi:10.1093/geronb/gbt089.  PMID: 24056692
  • Andresen EM, Malmstrom TK, Schootman M, et al.  Observer ratings of neighborhoods: comparison of two methods.  BMC Public Health 2013;13:1024. http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2458/13/1024.  PMID: 24168373
  • Andresen EM, Byers K, Kosloski K, Friary J, Montgomery R. Performance of the ten-item Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale. Sage Open Med 2013;1: DOI http://smo.sagepub.com/content/1/2050312113514576.
  • Elnitsky C, Andresen EM, Clark ME, et al. Access to the US Department of Veterans Affairs health system: self-reported barriers to care among returnees of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. BMC Health Serv Res 2013;13: 498. doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-498.
  • Wolinsky FD, Ayyagari P, Malmstrom TK, Miller JP, Andresen EM, et al.  Lower extremity function trajectories in the African American Health Cohort. J Gerontol: Med Sci 2013; doi:10.1093/gerona/glt197.  PMID: 24336800
  • Krahn GL, Horner-Johnson W, Hall TA, Roid GH, Andresen EM, et al. Development & psychometric assessment of the function-neutral health-related quality of life measure. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2014;93(1):56-74. PMID: 24355997
  • Horner-Johnson W, Dobbertin K, Andresen EM, Lezzoni LI.  Breast & cervical cancer screening disparities associated with disability severity. Womens Health Issues 2014;24(1): e147-e153. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.whi.2013.10.009. PMID: 2443994.
  • Cannell MB, Manini T, Spence-Almaguer E, Maldonado-Molina M, Andresen EM. U.S. population estimates & correlates of sexual abuse of community-dwelling older adults. J Elder Abuse Neglect 2014;26:398-413.  PMID: 24410194. DOI:10.1080/08946566.2013.879845
  • Horner-Johnson W, Dobbertin K, Lee JC, Andresen EM.  Rural disparities in receipt of colorectal cancer screening among adults aged 50-64 with disabilities. Disabil Health J 2014;7:394-401.
  • Dobbertin K, Horner-Johnson W, Lee JC, Andresen EM. Subgroup differences in having a usual source of health care among working-age adults with and without disabilities. Disabil Health J 2014 doi: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2014.08.012. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25294564.
  • Horner-Johnson W, Dobbertin K, Lee JC, Andresen EM. Disparities in health care access and receipt of preventive services by disability type: analysis of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. Health Serv Res, Online ahead of print. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-6773.12195.
  • Bouldin ED, Andresen EM, Bauer SE, et al. Visitability surveillance, prevalence, and correlates in Florida. Disabil Health J 2014: DOI: 10.1016/j.dhjo.2014.07.006. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25190052