Community & Practice Researchers

OCTRI has assembled a list of researchers who are open to collaboration and partnership opportunities in community and practice research. Browse the list for details about their topics of interest, population groups, and skill sets. Feel free to contact any of the researchers on this list directly.

OCTRI Researchers

The following investigators work with the OCTRI Community & Practice Research (CPR) program.


Christina Bethell, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.P.H.

Patricia Carney, Ph.D.

Health Services Research
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Research skill set: Large complex data sets as well as educational research design, educational intervention development and testing.

Populations: Adults clinical and community-based

Topics: Breast, colorectal and cervical cancer screening and early detection research and improving the clinical provision of these services in diverse community-based primary care settings.

Contact Patricia Carney.

Lyle J. Fagnan, M.D.

Primary Care Physician, Practice-based Research
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Research Skill Set: Practice-based research models, practice redesign, implementation of the chronic care model, dissemination and implementation of evidence-based medicine into practice, quality improvement, and rural health care systems.

Populations: Primary care, children, adults, rural

Topics: Behavioral health interventions, depression management in primary care practices, population-based primary care, and the intersection of public health and primary care

Contact Lyle Fagnan.

Robert A. Lowe, M.D., M.P.H.

Emergency Physician, Health Services Research
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Research Skill Set: Observational studies, analyses of large administrative databases

Populations: Under-served populations, uninsured/under-insured

Topics: Access to medical care, homelessness, substance abuse, emergency medicine, relationship between health care access and use of emergency departments, Medicaid/OHP managed care

Contact Robert Lowe.

Lillian Nail, Ph.D.

Symptom Management Research, Cancer Survivorship Issues, Research on Coping with Illness
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Research Skill Set: Measurement of symptoms, function and quality of life; informational interventions, self-care, fatigue, randomized trials of behavioral interventions, and using research in practice.

Population: Adults at risk of or diagnosed with cancer

Current Topics: Symptom clusters during cancer treatment, proinflammatory cytokine mechanisms of cancer treatment-related fatigue, effects of treatment-related neuropathy on function, effects of exercise on cancer survivors, and the influence of symptom perceptions on patient/family decisions about palliative care.

Contact Lillian Nail.

Jackie Shannon, Ph.D.

Nutritional and Molecular Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Research skill set: Nutritional and molecular epidemiology research methods, including study design, design of dietary questionnaires and other assessment methods. Development of translational research proposals

Populations: Adults clinical and community

Topics: cancer epidemiology and specifically the impact of environmental factors (primarily diet) on the early development and progression of disease.

Contact Jackie Shannon.

Mark Spofford, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychology
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (KPCHR)

Skill Set: Mental Health, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Practice-based Research, Behavioral Health Integration with Primary Care, Chronic Care Model, Health Disparities, Community Engagement

Populations: Mental Health, Primary Care, adult, geriatric

Topics: Primary Care Delivery of Mental Health Services, Primary Care Quality Improvement and Delivery System Design, Community Mental Health

Contact Mark Spofford.

Additional Community & Practice Researchers

The following investigators are are skilled in some or all of the areas in which the Community & Practice Research (CPR) program works. Contact any of these investigators directly to discuss potential collaborations.

John Stull, M.D.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

I am interested in maternal and child health issues with particular expertise in clinical pediatrics and public health. My main focus of activity is education in basic principles - definitions, concepts, and methods - of epidemiology.

Contact John Stull.  

William Lambert, Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Research skill set: epidemiologic research methods, including study design, sampling, recruitment, design of questionnaires and interviews, medical record review, design of quality assurance and quality control programs, data entry and management, community-based participatory research methods, and toxic exposure assessment.

Populations: clinical and community, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Hispanics, and migrant farm workers

Topics: environmental epidemiology, including health effects associated with outdoor and indoor air pollution, pesticides, toxins in fish foods, and workplace hazards

Faculty webpage

Contact William Lambert.

Lynn Marshall, Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Lynne M. Marshall, Sc.D is an epidemiologist appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at OHSU. Dr. Marshall received a Doctor of Science in epidemiology with a minor in biostatistics from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has a strong background in epidemiologic methods, study design, and biostatistical analyses. She has many years of experience in the design and conduct of prospective cohort studies. She is currently co-investigator for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) study. Her current research focuses on body composition (muscle, fat, bone) changes with aging in relation to hormonal, nutritional, and inflammatory factors.

Faculty webpage

Contact Lynn Marshall.  

Yvonne L. Michael, ScD, M.S.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Methods: epidemiologic studies (especially longitudinal cohort studies), qualitative research (focus groups, in-depth interviews), mixed methods research, community-based participatory research, systematic evidence review

Populations: older adults, children, minority and immigrant communities Research focus: healthy aging, health disparities, social and environmental mechanisms of physical activity behavior change, cancer prevention, women's health, geography and health

Faculty webpage

Contact Yvonne Michael.

Willi Horner-Johnson, Ph.D.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Willi Horner-Johnson conducts research to evaluate community-based health promotion interventions for people with disabilities and community engagement efforts to increase access to health care for people with disabilities at the local level. She is experienced in analyzing population-based data, particularly around surveillance of disability prevalence, health risks among adults and youth with disabilities and special health needs, and quality of life. She is also part of a national team working to develop a measure of health that does not penalize based on functional limitations (i.e., people with disabilities are not automatically assumed to be unhealthy).

Faculty webpage

Contact Willi Horner-Johnson.