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
Chief, Disability & Health Research Group, Institute on Development & Disability, School of Medicine.
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

  • Horner-Johnson W, Krahn G, Andresen EM, Hall T.  Developing summary scores of health-related quality of life for a population-based survey. Public Health Rep 2009; 124(1): 103-110. 
  • Boslaugh SE, Andresen EM, Recktenwald A, Gillespie K.  Evidence for a potential bias in the Health & Activity Limitation Index as a health preference measure for persons with disability. Disability Health J 2009; 2(1): 20-26.
  • Miller DK, Malmstrom TK, Andresen EM, et al.  Development & validation of a short portable sarcopenia measure in the AAH Project.  J Gerontol: MS 2009; 64(3): 388-394.
  • DeFries (Bouldin) EL, McGuire LC, Andresen EM, et al.  Caregivers of older adults with cognitive impairment.  Prev Chron Dis 2009; 6(2): 
  • Winter KH, Bouldin ED, Andresen EM.  Lack of choice in caregiving increases the carer’s risk of stress: findings from the North Carolina BRFSS. Prev Chronic Dis 2010; 7(2):   
  • McGuire LC, Bouldin EL, Andresen EM, Anderson LA. Examining modifiable health behaviors, body weight, & use of preventive services among caregivers & non-caregivers aged 65 years & older, Hawaii, Kansas, & Washington using BRFSS, 2007. J Nutr Health Aging 2010; 14(5): 373-379.  
  • Schootman M, Andresen EM, Wolinsky FD, et al. Adverse housing & neighborhood conditions, & inflammatory markers among middle-aged African Americans. J Urban Health 2010; 87: 199-210.
  • Schootman M, Andresen EM, Wolinsky FD, et al. Neighborhood conditions, diabetes, & risk of lower-body functional limitations among middle-aged African Americans: A cohort study. BMC Public Health 2010;10: 283 
  • Brumback BA, Bouldin ED, Zheng HW, Cannell BD, Andresen EM. Testing & estimating model-adjusted effect-measure modification using marginal structural models & complex survey data. Am J Epidemiol 2010; 172(9): 1085-1091.
  • Horner-Johnson W, Suzuki R, Krahn G, Andresen EM, Drum C. The structure of health-related quality of life in US populations: people with & without functional limitations. Qual Life Res 2010; 19: 977-984. 
  • Malmstrom T, Andresen EM, Wolinsky FD, et al.  Predictors & correlates of urinary & fecal incontinence in middle-aged African Americans. J Am Geriatr Soc 2010; 58(10):1941-1945.
  • Hayes J, Wakefield B, Andresen EM, et al. Identification of domains & measures for assessment battery to examine well‐being of spouses of OIF/OEF veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder J Rehabil Res Devel  2010 47(9):825-840.
  • Cannell MB, Brumback BA, Bouldin ED, Hess J, Wood DL, Sloyer PJ, Reiss JG, Andresen EM. Age group differences in health care access for people with disabilities: Are young adults at increased risk? Results from the 2007 Florida Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. J Adolesc Health 2011; 49(2): 219-221. 
  • Kusano C, Bouldin ED, Anderson LA, McGuire LC, Salvail FR, Simmons KW, Andresen EM. Adult informal caregivers reporting financial burden in Hawaii, Kansas, & Washington: Results from the 2007 BRFSS. Dis Health J 2011; 4(4): 229-237.
  •  Buckley DI, Davis MM, Andresen EM.  Does a standard measure of physical disability correlate with clinician perception of impairment related to cancer screening? Cancer 2012; 118(5):1345-1352.
  • López EDS, Vasudevan V,  Egensteiner E, Lanzone M, Andresen E, Hannold L, Graff S. Florida mammographer disability training vs needs.  Radiol Technol 2012; 83(4):337-348. 
  • Hall AG, Bouldin ED, Andresen EM, Ali AK.  Maintaining employment among caregivers of individuals on a Medicaid waitlist for services. J Dis Policy Studies 2012: 23(2):121-128.
  • Thompson WW, Zack MM, Krahn G, Andresen EM, Barile J. Health-related quality of life among older adults with & without functional limitations. Am J Public Health 2012; 102(3): 496-502.
  •  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 2012: in press.
  • Schootman M, Andresen EM, Wolinsky FD, Miller JP, Miller DK. Effect of street connectivity on incidence of lower-body functional limitations among middle-aged African Americans. Ann Epidemiol 2012: in press. 
  • Bouldin ED, Andresen EM, Dunton NE, Simon M, Waters TM, Liu M, Daniels MJ, Mion LC, Shorr RI.  Falls among hospitalized patients in the US: a national prevalence study. J Patient Safety 2012: in press. 


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Elena Andresen, PhD
Division of Health Services Research  

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