OCTRI People and Programs

Executive leadership

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David H. Ellison, M.D., F.A.S.N., F.A.H.A.
Director & PI

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Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.H.A.
Senior Associate Director & co-PI

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Chris Larsen, M.S. 
Associate Director 

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Jackie Shannon, Ph.D., R.D.
Associate Director 

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Adrienne Zell, Ph.D. 
Assistant Director 

OCTRI programs and services

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.  Review a diagram of OCTRI programs here.  

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. 

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Jodi Lapidus, Ph.D. 
Director, OCTRI BERD 
Director, OHSU Biostatistics & Design Program 

For more information, visit the BERD program web page or email: bdp@ohsu.edu 

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. 

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Mary Samuels, M.D. 
Director, Clinical and Translational Research Center 

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Sue Downs, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A. 
Nursing Services Manager 

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Amber Gordon, M.H.A., M.L.S. (ASCP) CM, CCRP 
Study Coordinator Unit Manager 

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Julia Jordan, M.S., RD, LD 
Bionutrition Unit Manager 

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Clive Woffendin, Ph.D. 
CTRC Lab Manager 

For more information on services and contact personnel, visit the CTRC web page.

The OCTRI Community Research Hub is a centralized office, located in Bend Oregon, through which researchers, community members and organizations can be connected and supported in order to facilitate, grow and strengthen community-engaged research.

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Jackie Shannon, Ph.D., RD 
Director, OCTRI Community Research Hub 

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Kim Brown, M.B.A. 
Community Research Program Manager and Strategist 

For more information about services and contact personnel, visit the OCTRI Community Research Hub website

The OHSU Evaluation Core assists OHSU researchers and community organizations with planning and implementing effective program evaluation. 

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Adrienne Zell, Ph.D. 
Director, Evaluation Core and Office of Research Impact 
Assistant Professor, OHSU/PSU School of Public Health 

For more information about the Evaluation Core team and services, visit the Evaluation Core web page.

The HERN team uses evidence-based methodology to amplify patient and caregiver voices in order to improve understanding of patient experiences, illuminate patient preferences, and contribute to the design and conduct of patient-centered research.

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Erika Cottrell, Ph.D., M.P.P. 
Director, Health Experiences Research Network

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Vivian Christensen, Ph.D.

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Lauren Tarlow, M.S.
Research Associate

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Kellee Parker, D.O.
Research Fellow

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Kim Chan
Student Worker

For more information on HERN goals and methodology, visit the HERN national website.

The OCTRI Informatics program accelerates translational research by providing informatics tools to leverage clinical data, developing state-of-the-art clinical research data collection and management software, and resolving research bottlenecks to enable new research modalities.

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Robert Schuff, M.S. 
Co-Director, OCTRI Informatics, Lead for Clinical Research Informatics 

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Shannon McWeeney, Ph.D. 
Co-Director, OCTRI Informatics, Lead for Translational Bioinformatics 

For more information on services and capabilities, visit the OCTRI Informatics or REDCap web pages.

The IPA team provides direct support for novel translational research through pilot project funding, support for strategic initiatives, career development awards, scholarships, education and networking opportunities for Portland's growing entrepreneurial community.

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Aditi Martin, Ph.D. 
Director, Innovation Programs and Awards 
Senior Director, Collaborations and Entrepreneurship

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Jonathan Jubera, M.B.A. 
Biomedical Innovation Program (BIP) Project Manager 

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Melissa Mudd, M.P.H.
Research Associate

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Sarah Biber, Ph.D.
Innovation Manager, Department of Surgery & OCTRI

For more information, visit the Pilot Awards, Biomedical Innovation Program, or Surgical Innovation Program web pages.

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.

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Elizabeth Eckstrom, M.D., M.P.H. 
Director, Integrating Special Populations 

For more information, visit the Recruitment web page.

OCTRI Navigator

The OCTRI Navigator team is your one-stop shop for questions about clinical and translational research at OHSU.

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Kitt Swartz, M.P.H. 
Navigator Manager 

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Madeline Cresswell
Assistant Navigator

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Alina Dunbar
Assistant Navigator

For more information on accessing OCTRI services, visit the Navigator web page.


The OCTRI Recruitment team connects with research teams to ensure they have the tools and support they need for successful recruitment and retention throughout their studies. 

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Meredith Zauflik, M.P.A., ICDVP 
Recruitment Specialist 

For more information on OCTRI recruitment support services, visit the Recruitment web page.

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.

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Bridget Adams, M.S.H.S., CCRA
Regulatory Knowledge and Support Manager 

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Ashley Price
Senior Research Assistant

For more information, visit the OCTRI Clinical Research Development and Consultation and the OCTRI Research Forum web pages. 

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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Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Program Director, Translational Workforce Development
Co-Director, KL2 Program 
Co-Director, TL1 Program 

KL2 Program

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David Jacoby, M.D.
KL2 Program Director

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Melissa Mudd, M.P.H.
Research Associate

OSLER TL1 Program

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Allison Fryer, Ph.D. 
TL1 Program Director 

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Karen McCracken, B.A., B.S.N.
Education Program Coordinator 

CTSA program partner

OCTRI has been a key partner in establishing and leading the multi-institution CTSA program, the National Center for Data to Health (CD2H). The CD2H accelerates advancements in informatics by promoting data reuse and interoperability, tool sharing, informatics fluency, and collaboration across the entire CTSA network. 

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Melissa Haendel, Ph.D. 
Director, Center for Data to Health
Director, Translational and Integrative Sciences Lab

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Anita Walden 
Assistant Director, Center for Data to Health

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Andréa Volz
Engagement Manager, Center for Data to Health

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Connor Cook, M.A.
Program Manager, Center for Data to Health

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Racquel Dietz
Administrative Assistant, Center for Data to Health

For more information about the Center for Data to Health, please visit the CD2H webpage.  For more information on Dr. Haendel's work and team at the Translational and Integrative Science Lab, please visit the TIS Lab website.

Administrative teams

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Trish Pruis, Ph.D. 
Manager, Strategic Planning

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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Christine R. Larsen, M.S. 
Director, Finance and Operations 


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Margaret Wade
Operations Manager

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Denise Duncan, M.Ed.
Project Manager
Executive Coordinator to David Ellison, M.D.

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Leticia Lares
Administrative Coordinator


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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