Willi Horner-Johnson, PhD biography

Dr. Horner-Johnson is a Research Assistant Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Horner-Johnson's research interests include attitudes toward people with disabilities, prevention of maltreatment of people with disabilities, surveillance of disability and health issues, measuring health status and modeling determinants of health, evaluating health promotion programs for people with disabilities including therapeutic horseback riding and other alternative forms of health promotion, and research on community engagement to promote accessible and welcoming environments. She is the Principal Investigator of a study for the RRTC on Health and Wellness that involves detailed analysis of the performance of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) health-related quality of life items among respondents with disabilities. She is also coordinating a population-based survey of access barriers faced by individuals with disabilities in Oregon communities, and oversees collection and analysis of data for the Healthy Lifestyles Evaluation Project.

Dr. Horner-Johnson's activities with Center on Community Accessibility include community-based training around abuse prevention, provision of technical assistance to community members regarding disability data, and mentoring of MPH students and post-Masters fellows. Dr. Horner-Johnson has also worked with LEND students on various research projects. She is an active member of the DisAbility Forum of the American Public Health Association and a co-founder of the Oregon Public Health Association's new Disability Section.