Project Intersect Staff at OHSU

Current Staff

Willi Horner-Johnson

Willi Horner-Johnson, Principal Investigator -- Willi is a Research Assistant Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at OHSU. She attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received a PhD in Community Psychology with a minor in Statistics, Methods, and Measurement. Her research interests include disability-related disparities in health and access to care, health promotion for people with disabilities, and measurement of health-related quality of life among adults with disabilities. In 2009, Willi received a New Investigator Award from the Disability Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). She currently serves as Treasurer of the APHA Disability Section and she co-founded the Disability Section of the Oregon Public Health Association.

Danielle Bailey

Danielle Bailey, Research Associate -- Danielle has worked in the disability field for over ten years. She received her Master in Public Health in Health Management and Policy from Portland State University. Danielle has worked with a variety of individuals, families, and organizations to promote independence and inclusion of adults with disabilities. In her current position, Danielle contributes to a number of projects including health disparities research, emergency preparedness for people with disabilities, and community engagement focusing on efforts to identify and remove barriers to community participation and health care access for people with disabilities.

Konrad Dobbertin

Konrad Dobbertin, Data Analyst -- Konrad is new to the field of disability research and advocacy. He received his BS in Microbiology at Michigan State University's Lyman Briggs College that focuses on integration of sciences and humanities. Subsequently he moved to Oregon and earned a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from OHSU. His interest in social determinants of health and wellbeing intersects with research that elucidates disparities in healthcare access, utilization and health outcomes among people with disabilities.

Colleen Kidney

Colleen Kidney, Graduate Research Assistant – Colleen is currently pursuing her PhD in Community Psychology with a minor in Research Methodology at Portland State University. Her research interests focus on promoting the inclusion, health, and well-being of individuals with disabilities. She currently contributes to a number of projects investigating ethical aspects of intellectual disability research, health disparities, and community inclusion, as well as a community based participatory research project examining identity, sense of community, and well-being in the online Autistic community.

Amy Sharer & Service Dog Tux

Amy Sharer, Student Assistant – Amy contributes to several projects in the Disability and Health Research Group at OHSU. These include Project Intersect, the DRRP: Health Disparities Project, and the Oregon Office on Disability and Health. Amy is a 2009 recipient of the "Making A Difference in Disability" award in the Youth Achievement Category, awarded by the City of Portland and the Portland Commission on Disability. Everywhere she goes, Tux goes with her.


Former staff

Several people who have now moved on to other positions have contributed to the success of Project Intersect. They include:

Emily S. Walsh, MPH, served as Research Associate and was integrally involved in our literature review study. She is now a Research Associate at the Kaiser Pemanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Oregon.

Genia Taitano, MPH, was a Research Assistant who played a key role in our review of federally funded efforts to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. She is currently a medical student at the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Hawai'i.

Jae Chul Lee, PhD, served as Data Analyst for Project Intersect prior to accepting a fellowship in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Rehabilitation Medicine Department of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

Erin Stack transcribed many of our focus group recordings while working with us as a Graduate Research Assistant.