Faculty and Staff

The program director is Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H., professor and vice chair, medical informatics and clinical epidemiology.  Courses are taught by clinical and translational scientists from the OHSU faculty to give students exposure to a diverse group of instructors with many perspectives and talents.  The course director for each course was selected for his or her expertise in clinical and translational research and excellence as a teacher.


Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Director

Karen McCracken, B.A., B.S.N. - Program Coordinator

Savannah McNichol - Instructional Assistant

Course directors

Mohammad (Adib) Adibuzzaman, Ph.D. - Co-Director, OCTRI Informatics
  • Data Science for Clinical and Translational Research
Barbara Brumbach, Ph.D.- Senior Biostatistician, Biostatistics and Design Program
  • Clinical Research Design
David Buckley, M.D., M.P.H., - Associate Professor, Family Medicine and Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology
  • Systematic Reviews

Ryan Cook, Ph.D., M.S.P.H. - Assistant Professor, Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

  • Clinical Research Design

Patty Carney, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Family Medicine

  • Scientific Writing and Data Presentation 
Deborah Cohen, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Family Medicine 
  • Introduction to Implementation Science
Jennifer DeVoe, M.D. - Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine 
  • Introduction to Implementation Science

Rachel Dresbeck, Ph.D. - Senior Director, OHSU Research Development

  • Scientific Writing and Data Presentation 
William Hersh, M.D. - Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology 
  • Medical Informatics
Peter Mayinger, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension
  • Molecular and Cellular Approaches to Disease
Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Professor in Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology 
  • Clinical Research Design
  • Proposal Development
  • Fundamentals of Randomized Clinical Trials
  • Health Disparities Research

Barry Oken, M.D., Ph.D. - Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine

  • Biomarkers of Psychological Stress
Jeff Oltmann, M.Eng., P.M.P. - Adjunct Faculty, Division of Management 
  • Best Practices in Project Management 

Moira Ray, M.D., M.P.H - Associate Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine

  • Evidence-based Medicine Seminar
Dora Raymaker, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor, Regional Research Institute, PSU School of Social Work
  • Community-Based Research

Kathryn Schuff, M.D., M.C.R. - Professor, Endocrinology; Chair, OHSU Institutional Review Board

  • Protection of Human Subjects
M.E. Beth Smith, D.O., F.A.C.P. - Associate Professor in Medicine and Health Promotion and Sports Medicine
  • Clinical Research Design
Nicole Steckler, Ph.D. - Associate Professor in  Division of Management 
  • Leadership Skills for Team Science 
  • Organizational Mindsets for Effective Research Careers