Meet Our Researchers


Steffani Bailey

Steffani Bailey, Ph.D. | email

Dr. Bailey's work focuses understanding and eliminating treatment-related disparities for smoking cessation assistance among our most vulnerable populations. Her primary scholarly contributions focus on predictors of smoking cessation treatment success, provision of smoking cessation assistance in health care settings, and the development of smoking cessation interventions.


Erik Brodt

Erik Brodt, M.D. | email

Dr. Brodt is a family physician and the founding director of the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACoE). In addition to caring for patients, he works to improve Native American health outcomes and develop Native American Health professional training programs.


Patty Carney

Patricia A. Carney, Ph.D. | email

Dr. Carney is currently studying how best to improve human papilloma virus vaccines in rural primary care settings. She is also principal investigator or co-investigator of several educational research studies in undergraduate and graduate medical education, including the Length of Training Study in Family Medicine.


Deborah Cohen

Deborah J. Cohen, Ph.D. | email

Dr. Cohen uses her qualitative expertise on mixed methods teams to look at how improvements are implemented in primary care practices, to identify what changes are made, and to compare the effectiveness of observed practice change on process and outcome measures. She has led mixed methods teams to understand and tackle the complicated problems related to implementing and disseminating new innovations and important quality improvements in primary care practice related to prevention and health behavior change, behavioral, mental health and chronic care.


Melinda Davis

Melinda M. Davis, Ph.D. | email

Melinda Davis, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and OHSU-PSU School of Public Health and Director of the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network and the OCTRI Community and Collaboration Core at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Davis is a participatory implementation scientist who collaborates with patient, community, and health system partners to adapt and implement interventions to improve health equity in rural and low resourced settings.


Jennifer DeVoe

Jennifer E. DeVoe, M.D. | email

Dr. DeVoe is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and a health services researcher. She leads the DeVoe Lab, which runs federally-funded grants that study access to health care, disparities in care, social determinants of health, and the impact of practice and policy interventions on vulnerable populations. The DeVoe Lab’s research portfolio spans both OHSU Family Medicine and OCHIN, Inc., a health IT network based in Portland, OR.


Patrice Eiff

Patrice Eiff, M.D. | email

Dr. Eiff is currently senior advisor to RELATE Lab, which brings together healthcare workers, trainees, patients, and community members to develop relational leaders, foster community, and build the evidence to co-create a more humanizing, equitable health system. She also serves as the Co-Principal Investigator for the Length of Training Pilot, a national study of three years versus four years of training in family medicine.


Susan Flocke

Susan Flocke, Ph.D. | email

Dr. Flocke's research is focused on enhancing preventive service delivery in the primary care setting, effective clinician-patient communication of health behavior change, and building linkages to community resources to facilitate behavior change. Current projects focus on tobacco assessment, assistance and cessation support within community health centers, and establishing linkages to quitlines and other community support services. 


Brigit Hatch

Brigit Hatch, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Hatch directs OCHIN's research program in Women and Children's health. Her research focuses on the impacts of policies on care of vulnerable populations, particularly women and children in the primary care safety net.


John Heintzman

John David Heintzman, M.D. | email

Dr. Heintzman is part of a team committed to using new methods to better understand nuanced health disparities in racial and ethnic minorities, and to give providers and policy makers better data to improve the health of all of us.


Nathalie Huguet

Nathalie Huguet, Ph.D. | email

Dr. Huguet is a health services researcher and implementation scientist. Her work focuses on identifying strategies and investigating the effectiveness of strategies targeted at improving access to and delivery of primary care services among patients from socioeconomically disadvantaged background.  She is currently evaluating the impact of state policies in facilitating access to care.


Miguel Marino

Miguel Marino, Ph.D. | email

Dr. Marino maintains a broad statistical research program that focuses on the intersection of primary care and public health studies. His research utilizes novel statistical methodology to address complexities associated with the use of electronic health records (EHRs) for critical community and primary care research questions in health policy, health disparities, preventive service utilization, health insurance monitoring, among others. Dr. Marino currently studies how to validate EHRs as a reliable source for pragmatic trials and observational cohort studies.


Brian Park

Brian J. Park, M.D., M.P.H. | email

Dr. Park is passionate about creating a more human-centered and inclusive health system for both healthcare workers/trainees and patients/communities, and channels these values into his work at the RELATE Lab. He co-founded Health Equity And Leadership (HEAL), a community-organizing program in which patients, health care workers, and community partners come together to co-create solutions for local health equity issues. He also co-founded the Relational Leadership Institute (RLI), a leadership program in which health care workers develop skills that foster team spaces with enhanced psychological safety, narrowed power distances, and increased belonging. 


Ana Quinones

Ana Quiñones, Ph.D. | email

Dr. Quiñones's work aims to understand disparities in health stemming from differential access to resources for disadvantaged populations and consequences for health and wellbeing throughout the life course. Currently, her work focuses on the development of and intersection between multimorbidity and disability and the role that specific multimorbidity combinations play in accelerating poor health outcomes among racially and ethnically diverse groups of older adults.


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Anaïs Tuepker, Ph.D., M.P.H. | email

Dr. Tuepker is a sociologist and health systems researcher whose work focuses on team-based primary care delivery, medical education and ongoing health professions training to improve well-being and sustainability, and the intersections of community and healthcare. She is the Co-Director for Research at RELATE Lab as well as a member of the Research Council for Northwest Native American Center of Excellence (NNACoE). Her work develops the use, exploration, and encouragement of participatory and reflexive methods in health systems research.   


Cirila Estela Vasquez Guzman

Cirila Estela Vasquez Guzman, Ph.D. | email

Dr. Vasquez Guzman has specific interest in social-cultural-structural-humanistic curriculum for medical students and residents as well as investigating inequities in medicine, health, and health delivery among Native American and Latinx communities. As a first generation Latina immigrant indigenous scholar, she aims to bridge the gap between theory and practice from an equity and inclusion perspective because we all win when we have a compassionate, representative, and humanistic healthcare system.