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

Dr. Davis is an 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 (ORPRN). She 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.


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 the Evaluation Director for the Relational Leadership Institute (RLI), a unique learning collaborative of participants from a range of primary care-related professions and career stages, learning essential competencies of Relational Leadership to improve individual leadership practice, teamwork, wellness, and clinical innovation efforts. She also serves as the Co-Principal Investigator for the Length of Training Pilot (2013-2022), 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 with extensive experience studying care delivery to vulnerable populations. She is currently PI and co-I on several federally-funded studies assessing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on healthcare access, utilization, expenditures, and health outcomes in vulnerable populations. 


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Shuling Liu, Ph.D.

Dr. Liu joined the Department of Family Medicine in 2021. Her current work focuses on developing new statistical tools in healthcare research, and her interests include causal inference, advanced statistical modeling, clinical trials, missing data, and health care equity. She has been collaborating with health care services researchers and contributing in publications and grant applications.


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 relational and inclusive health system for patients and communities by bringing diverse communities together to create systems and social change. He founded and oversees a community-organizing program in which patients, health care providers and community partners come together to create solutions for local health equity issues. He also directs a leadership program in which health care students and professionals develop relational leadership skills to better partner with one another to create systems and social change.


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 the Co-Director for Research at RELATE Lab. She is a sociologist and social change facilitator with experience in health care evaluation and research, participatory systems redesign, and relational leadership/organizing.


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.