Melinda M. Davis, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Associate Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Director of Research, OR.Oregon Rural Practice Research Network


Melinda Davis, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and Director of Research for the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network. Dr. Davis is a participatory implementation scientist who collaborates with patient, community, and health system partners to identify and address health disparities in rural and underserved settings. Dr. Davis spent four years working in as an ORPRN practice facilitator prior to the completion of her PhD in Social-Developmental Psychology from the University of Vermont in May 2010. Dr. Davis leads a portfolio of research and technical assistance contracts funded by the National Cancer Institute, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American Cancer Society, and National Institute of Minority Health & Health Disparities to implement evidence-based interventions into practice. Dr. Davis conducts her work in ORPRN, often in partnership with the Community Health Advocacy and Research Alliance (CHARA), Oregon's Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs), and other state and national partners. Dr. Davis brings topical (cancer prevention & control) and methodologic expertise (qualitative, mixed-methods, participatory research, implementation science) to these interdisciplinary collaborations. Dr. Davis grew up in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge (Stevenson, WA). She also enjoys rock climbing, trail running, and practicing yoga. Link to NIH Biosketch. Please contact Dr. Davis directly to explore internships in her lab.


  • M.A., 2006, University of Vermont
  • Ph.D., 2010, University of Vermont
  • M.C.R., 2018, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Fellowship:

    • Fellow, Grant Generating Project, Department of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Fellow, NIH Funded Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC), Washington University in St. Louis
  • Certifications:

    • Certificate, Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Summer Institute, University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University
    • Certificate, Human Investigation Program, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon

Memberships and associations

  • Co-Lead, Community Health Advocacy & Research Alliance (CHARA)
  • Member, Central Oregon Research Coalition
  • Member, North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG)
  • Member, American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member, Academy Health
  • Founding member, Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC)
  • Co-Chair, International Conference on Practice Facilitation (ICPF)

Areas of interest

  • Improving health and health care delivery in rural and vulnerable populations through dissemination and implementation research
  • Use of participatory research, qualitative methods, and practice-facilitation to improve cancer prevention and control and to facilitate clinic-community linkages



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