Meet Our Researchers

Heather Angier

Heather Angier, Ph.D., M.P.H. | email

Dr. Angier is an assistant professor and associate director of the BRIDGE-C2 Center, an initiative of the Center for Primary Care Research and Innovation, and one of six NCI-funded implementation science cancer control centers. She is faculty co-lead for the COVID-19 inquiry workgroup, which is collating evidence-based answers for the statewide OHSU COVID Hotline. She has also contributed to more than 18 publications on the positive impacts of the Affordable Care Act on patients seen in community health centers.


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.


Nancy Elder

Nancy Elder, M.D., M.S.P.H. | email

Dr. Elder is a Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN). She values practice based primary care research because assisting practices to improve, studying how best to treat or prevent an illness, and helping connect community resources to primary care offices all contribute to the ultimate goal of helping people be healthier and happier. Through her research and administrative tasks, she strives to make healthcare in Oregon more equitable.


LJ Fagnan

Lyle J. Fagnan, M.D. | email

Dr. Fagnan  founded the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network (ORPRN) in 2002. He is passionate about connecting with primary care practices and their health care teams because it teaches him what is relevant and meaningful to the care they provide to their communities.


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. 


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.


John Muench

John P. Muench, M.D., M.P.H. | email

Dr. Muench has his Masters in public health with a focus on diabetes screening, and studies systems processes for screening in primary care. Currently an associate professor at OHSU, he serves as the director of behavioral medicine for the Department of Family Medicine, director of the SBIRT Oregon Primary Care Residency Initiative (focusing on alcohol and drug screening), and as the OHSU representative to the clinical oversight group at OCHIN, an electronic health record service shared collaboratively with other safety-net clinics.


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.