Willi Horner-Johnson, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Associate Professor, Institute on Development and Disability, School of Medicine


Willi Horner-Johnson is an Associate Professor in the collaborative OHSU-Portland State University School of Public Health and in OHSU’s Institute on Development and Disability. She attended graduate school at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she received a Ph.D. in Community Psychology with a minor in Statistics, Methods, and Measurement. Her research interests include disability-related disparities in health and access to care; pregnancy, contraception use, and other aspects of reproductive health of women with disabilities; and measurement of health-related quality of life among adults with disabilities. Willi has served as Epidemiologist for the Oregon Office on Disability and Health (OODH) since 2002 and is now PI of OODH. From 2014-2017, she was a Patient Centered Outcomes K12 Scholar and PI of an NICHD-funded project on pregnancy prevalence and outcomes among women with disabilities. Previously, she directed a multi-study project on health disparities at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and disability. She is a co-founder and former chair of the Disability Section of the Oregon Public Health Association and Immediate Past-Chair of the American Public Health Association’s Disability Section.


  • Ph.D., 2002, University of Illinois

Memberships and associations

  • American Public Health Association
  • Oregon Public Health Association
  • American Association on Health and Disability
  • American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Editorial Board, Disability and Health Journal

Areas of interest

  • Reproductive health of women with disabilities
  • Disparities in health and access to health care among people with disabilities
  • Health-related quality of life among people with disabilities.
  • Abuse/maltreatment of people with disabilities


Selected publications

  • Horner-Johnson W, Kulkarni-Rajasekhara S, Darney BG, Dissanayake M, Caughey AB. Live birth, miscarriage, and abortion among U.S. women with and without disabilities. Disability and Health Journal 2017;10(3):382-386.
  • Horner-Johnson W, Biel FM, Darney BG, Caughey AB. Time trends in births and cesarean deliveries among women with disabilities. Disability and Health Journal 2017;10(3):376-381.
  • Darney BG, Biel FM, Quigley BP, Caughey AB, Horner-Johnson W. Primary cesarean delivery patterns among women with physical, sensory, or intellectual disabilities. Women’s Health Issues 2017;27(3):336-344.
  • Barile JP, Horner-Johnson W, Krahn G, Zack M, Miranda D, DeMichele K, Ford D, Thompson WW. Measurement characteristics for two health-related quality of life measures in older adults: The SF-36 and the CDC Healthy Days items. Disability and Health Journal 2016;9:567-574. 
  • Horner-Johnson W, Darney BG, Kulkarni-Rajasekhara S, Quigley B, Caughey A. Pregnancy among U.S. women: Differences by presence, type, and complexity of disability. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology 2016;214:529.e1-9. 
  • Horner-Johnson W, Dobbertin K, Beilstein-Wedel E. Disparities in dental care associated with disability and race and ethnicity.Journal of the American Dental Association. 2015;146(6):366-374. 
  • Horner-Johnson W, Dobbertin K. Usual source of care and unmet health care needs: Interaction of disability with race and ethnicity. Medical Care. 2014;52(Suppl 3):S40-S50.
  • Horner-Johnson W, Dobbertin K, Andresen EM, Iezzoni LI. Breast and cervical cancer screening disparities associated with disability severity. Women’s Health Issues. 2014;24(1):e147-e153. 
  • Krahn GL, Horner-Johnson W, Hall T, Roid GH, Andresen E, Fujiura G, Nosek MA, Cardinal B, Drum CE, Suzuki R, Peterson JJ. Development and psychometric assessment of the Function-Neutral Health-Related Quality of Life measure. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014;93(1):56-74. 
  • Andresen EM, Peterson-Besse JJ, Krahn GL, Walsh ES, Horner-Johnson W, Iezzoni LI. Pap, mammography, and clinical breast exam screening among women with disabilities: A systematic review. Women’s Health Issues. 2013;23(4):e205-e214. 


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