OCTRI People and Programs

OCTRI is comprised of more than 10 teams that provide a wide variety of programs and services designed to support and advance clinical and translational research. 

Executive Leadership Team

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Cynthia Morris, PhD, MPH
Senior Associate Director & co-PI
Director, Workforce Development

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Chris Larsen, MS 
Associate Director, Finance and Operations

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Trish Pruis, PhD 
Assistant Director, Strategy and Communications

Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)

The BERD team provides biostatistics support to basic, clinical, and population science investigators with the goal of improving scientific quality and rigor of translational research.  Visit the OCTRI BERD web page.

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Barbara Brumbach, PhD
Co-Director, BERD

Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC)

The CTRC is OCTRI’s laboratory for human research and provides participant-based services for investigators, including nursing, bionutrition, study coordination and inpatient and outpatient facilities.  Visit the OCTRI CTRC web page.

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Brian Booty, CCRP 
Clinical Research Manager 

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Julia Jordan, MS, RD, LD 
Bionutrition Unit Manager 

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Kelli Frost, BS 
Administrative Manager 

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Clive Woffendin, PhD 
CTRC Lab Manager 

Clinical Research Optimization: Navigator and Recruitment

The OCTRI Navigator is your one-stop shop for questions about clinical and translational research at OHSU. OCTRI Recruitment connects with research teams to ensure they have the tools and support they need for successful recruitment and retention throughout their studies. For more information, visit the Navigator or Recruitment webpages.

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Kitt Swartz, MPH 
Assistant Director, Clinical Research Optimization

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Kim Cook, MS
Assistant Research Navigator

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Heidi Funderburgh
Assistant Research Navigator

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Meredith Zauflik, MPA
Recruitment Manager 

Community Research Hub

The OCTRI Community Research Hub connects and supports researchers, community members, and organizations in order to facilitate, grow, and strengthen community-engaged research. Visit the OCTRI Community Research Hub website.

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Melinda Davis, PhD, MCR
Director, OCTRI Community and Collaboration 

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Laura Campbell, MBA, MPH
Community Research Program Manager

Evaluation Core

The OCTRI Evaluation Core works with OCTRI program leaders to strategize and implement evaluation of OCTRI programs for the purpose of continual improvement. Visit the OCTRI Evaluation Core web page.

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Matt Honoré, MPA
Evaluation Director

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Alexandra Dest, MPH
Qualitative & Mixed Methods Program Manager

Health Experiences Research Network (HERN)

The HERN team uses evidence-based methodology to improve understanding of patient experiences, illuminate patient preferences, and contribute to the design and conduct of patient-centered research.  Visit the OCTRI HERN web page.

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Erika Cottrell, PhD, MPP 
Director, Health Experiences Research Network

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Vivian Christensen, PhD

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Lauren Tarlow, MS
Research Associate


OCTRI Informatics accelerates translational research by providing tools to leverage clinical data, developing state-of-the-art clinical research data collection and management software, and resolving research bottlenecks.  Visit the OCTRI Informatics web page.

Innovation Programs and Pilot Awards (IPA)

The IPA team provides direct support for novel translational research and innovation through pilot project funding, career development awards, project support, and entrepreneur education. Visit the OCTRI Pilot Awards or the OCTRI Innovation and Entrepreneurship webpages.

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Aditi Martin, PhD 
Director, Innovation Programs and Pilot Awards 
Senior Director, OHSU Collaborations and Entrepreneurship

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Jonathan Jubera, MBA 
Senior Project Manager, Biomedical Innovation Program 

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Melissa Mudd, MPH
Alliance Manager, Entrepreneur Education

Integrating Special Populations (ISP)

The ISP team drives access and inclusion for special populations in research by leveraging existing institutional strengths, engaging partners, building collaborations, and employing innovative tools and trainings. For more information, visit the Recruitment web page or read more about NIH policy on inclusion across the lifespan .

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Elizabeth Eckstrom, MD, MPH 
Director, Integrating Special Populations 

Regulatory Knowledge and Support (RKS)

The RKS team provides expertise and support to help researchers successfully and efficiently comply with local and federal regulations required for the initiation and conduct of clinical and translational research. For more information, visit the OCTRI Clinical Research Development and Consultation and the OCTRI Research Forum web pages. 

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Bridget Adams, MSHS, CCRA
Regulatory Knowledge and Support Manager 

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Ashley Price
Senior Research Assistant

Translational Workforce Development

OCTRI offers a wealth of educational and training opportunities for faculty, fellows, students, study coordinators, mentors, and mentees. Learn more at OCTRI's Training & Education web page.

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Katie Mosack, PhD
Associate Director, Workforce Development

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C. Terri Hough, MD, MSc
KL2 Program Director

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Melissa Mudd, MPH
Alliance Manager & KL2 Coordinator

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Allison Fryer, PhD 
TL1 Program Director 

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Jessina McGregor
TL1 Program Director

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Anna Wilson
TL1 Program Director

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Karen McCracken, BA, BSN
Education Program Coordinator 

Finance and Operations

The Finance and Operations Team strives to ensure that your OCTRI experience is smooth and successful, particularly in the areas of finance, human resources, facilities, technology resources and general operations.    


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Margaret Wade
Operations Manager

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Denise Duncan, MEd
Strategic Planning Project Manager

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Chris Sagar
Administrative Coordinator

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Danny Wilmer
Program Technician

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Amy Ciolek
Executive Assistant to David Ellison, M.D.


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James Trotter
Financial Analyst 2

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Jenny Trotter
Financial Analyst 2

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Star Leigh Wall
Financial Analyst 1