Faculty and Staff

The program director is Cynthia Morris, Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology and Senior Associate Director of OCTRI.  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 their 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. - Education Program Coordinator, 503-494-3095

Savannah McNichol - Instructional Assistant, mcnichos@ohsu.edu

Course directors

Mohammad (Adib) Adibuzzaman, Ph.D. - Co-Director, OCTRI Informatics

  • Data Science for Clinical and Translational Research

Barbara Brumbach, Ph.D. - Co-Director, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Design (BERD)

  • Clinical Research Design
  • Applied Biostatistics I and II

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

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

  • Scientific Writing and Data Presentation 

Sue Flocke, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Family Medicine; Co-leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

  • Introduction to Implementation Science

William Hersh, M.D. - Professor and Chair, Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology 

  • Medical Informatics

Alicia Johnson, M.P.H. - Biostatistian, Biostatistics & Design Program

  • Clinical Research Design

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 

Kat Phillips, M.S.H.A., P.M.P. - Director of Health Equity, 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