Christina Nicolaidis, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, School of Medicine


Dr. Nicolaidis practices and teaches hospital-based internal medicine at Oregon Health and Science University and serves as a Professor in the School of Social Work at Portland State University.  Most of her research uses participatory approaches to improve the health and healthcare of marginalized populations, including autistic adults, people with other disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, people with substance use disorders or chronic pain, and trauma survivors. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), an international academic-community partnership that uses community based participatory research to address the priorities of autistic adults. She has led a series of National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded AASPIRE studies on healthcare for autistic adults and has created the AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit for use in primary care settings. She is currently leading a large NIH-funded AASPIRE R01 project to develop the AutPROM Toolbox, a set of patient-reported outcome measures to evaluate services for autistic adults.  She also is the founding Editor-in-Chief of a new peer-reviewed journal, Autism in Adulthood and directs the Social Determinants of Health Initiative at Portland State University.

Dr. Nicolaidis' publications are available here.

Education and training

    • B.A., 1984, Brown University
    • M.D., 1993, Columbia University
    • M.P.H., 1999, University of Washington
  • Residency

    • Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 1993 - 1996
    • Chief Residency , Internal Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 1996 - 1997
  • Fellowship

    • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington, 1997-1999
  • Certifications

    • Internal Medicine, 1996



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