Katherine Bradley, R.N., Ph.D.

Catherine Bradly
Clinical Associate Professor
Oregon Health & Science University
School of Nursing Portland Campus
3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Road, SN-5N
Portland, Ore. 97239


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I have always been drawn to understanding how systems work and policies influence our environment, our health, our families and our clients/patients. My work and interests throughout my career have focused on nursing leadership roles in health policy, health care systems and in public health. Most recently I was responsible for the State Maternal and Child Health programs, a broad range of programs focused on improving the population health outcomes across the life course. Our work involved systems building, cross agency collaboration, health education, community partnerships, performance management, data system development, assessment and evaluation. It was nursing at the population level with very real implications: done well our programs made it easier for a mom to breast feed, a child to get immunized, a teen to access contraception, a woman to get screened for breast cancer, and a family to engage in healthy choices around food and exercise. Effective program management and strong evaluation systems in the community, a clinic, or at the bedside, are powerful tools for all nurses.


PhD - Nursing, Concentration: Health Care Outcomes Management & Research, University of Kansas

MN - Nursing Administration, University of Washington

BSN - Nursing, Seattle University


MPH and DNP programs

Practice Activities

Evaluator, Interprofessional Care Access Network; HRSA, Bureau of Health Professions, Nursing Education, Practice, Quality, and Retention Grant (current)

Administrator, Office of Family Health, Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority (2004-2012)

Service activities

Board, Oregon Public Health Association, 2012 – 2015

Board, Association of Maternal Child Health Programs, 2009-2013

Member & Chair, AMA Relative Value Update Committee on Practice Expense, 2002-2010.


Grason, H., Kavanagh, L., Dooley, S., Partelow, J., Sharkey, A., Bradley, K.J., & Handler, A. (2012). Findings from an assessment of state title v workforce development needs. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16(1):7-20.

Lasater, K.L., Ray, L.N., Driever, M.J., Rosenfeld, A.G., & Bradley, K.J. (October, 2008). Creating international submission and review processes to facilitate transnational dialogue. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 39, 473-479.

Taunton, R.L., Bott, M.J., Koehn, M.L., Miller, P., Rindner, E., Pace, K., Elliot, C., Bradley, K.J., Boyle, D., & Dunton, N. (Fall, 2004). The NDNQI adapted index of work satisfaction. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 101-122.