See how the Hallie E. Ford Center's dedicated researchers are advocating a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to research and outreach that has far-reaching consequences for Oregon and beyond.


Bobbie Weber | Featured Researcher | Center for Healthy Aging Research

College of Public Health and Human Sciences Faculty Research Associate Bobbie Weber joined Oregon State in 2005 after earning a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies in the CPHHS. She earned a master’s degree in child development from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Bobbie's research focuses on families with young children and most directly with early learning programs and other family supports. Support in the early years is an efficient and effective strategy for improving both child and family outcomes. Today’s families face multiple stressors, and support for them is limited. Learning more about the effectiveness of different strategies for improving the lives of children and families can inform the decisions of policy makers and others.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Bobbie Weber to learn about her current research.

 


Robert Stawski PhD | Featured Researcher | Center for Healthy Aging Research

Associate Professor Robert Stawski joined Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences in 2013 after holding research positions at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research and Pennsylvania State University. In 2014, he took on the role of director of the Population, Social and Individual Health Core in the CPHHS’ Center for Healthy Aging Research. He earned a master’s degree and PhD in Experimental Psychology at Syracuse University.

Dr. Stawski’s research focuses on links between stressful experiences, health, well-being and cognition with three main foci: understanding the psychological and biological pathways linking stressful experiences, health, well-being and cognition; how stressful experiences influence health, well-being, and cognition in the contexts of individual development (aging), family relationships, and the work/family interface; and the use of integrated longitudinal and intensive repeated measures (e.g., measurement burst) designs for examining the proximal, cumulative, and prospective effects of stressful experiences on health, well-being and cognition.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Robert Stawski to learn about his current research.

 


John Geldhof, PhD | Featured Researcher | Hallie E. Ford CenterHuman Development and Family Sciences Assistant Professor John Geldhof came to the College of Public Health and Human Sciences in 2013 after serving as a research assistant professor at the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University. He earned a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Kansas and completed post-doctoral training at Tufts University.

John's current research focus is the development of self-regulation across the life span. He is especially interested in the relationship between intentional self-regulation and positive development. His long-term research goal is to couple a nuanced understanding of self-regulation with applied interventions. He is also interested in quantitative methodology, both as a research domain and as a tool for optimizing empirical research on self-regulation.

Read Inside the mind of researcher John Geldhof to learn more about his current research.


 


Siew Sun Wong, PhD | Featured Researcher | Hallie E. Ford CenterAssistant Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist Siew Sun Wong came to Oregon State in 2011 after previously working as a visiting scholar at the USDA NIFA Division of Family Consumer Science in Washington, D.C. and ARS National Nutrient Data Lab and Food Survey Research Group in Beltsville, Md. She’s also served as an assistant professor, Extension Nutrition Specialist and Utah State Director for the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) at Utah State University.

Siew Sun currently is a researcher in the CPHHS’ Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families as well as the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health. She earned a master’s degree and PhD from Utah State University in Logan, Utah.

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Deborah John, PhD | Featured Researcher | Hallie E. Ford CenterDeborah John works as an assistant professor of Public Health and Exercise and Sport Science in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She also serves as an Extension Family and Community Health faculty member within the CPHHS’ Extension and Public Health Practice, and is a researcher within the Hallie Ford Center as well as the Center for Healthy Aging Research.

She began her career as a graduate assistant and later an instructor in the former Department of Exercise and Sport Science at Oregon State, and has worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida and a PhD in Exercise Science/Psychology from Oregon State.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Deborah John to learn more about her current research.


 


Megan MacDonald, PhD | Featured Researcher | Hallie E. Ford CenterMegan MacDonald is an assistant professor of movement studies in disability in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Before coming to Oregon State, she served as a graduate student research assistant in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan and was a lecturer and director of S.M.I.L.E. (Sensory, Motor, Instructional, Leadership, Experiences) in the School of Recreation Management & Kinesiology at Acadia University in Canada. She also has held positions such as the Youth & Sport Development Officer of the Lesotho National Olympic Committee & Commonwealth Games Association of Canada and the Provincial Athlete Empowerment Coordinator of Special Olympics in Ontario.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Megan MacDonald to learn more about her current research.


 


Kathy Gunter, PhD | Featured Researcher | Hallie E. Ford CenterKathy Gunter is an associate professor of Exercise and Sport Science and Extension specialist with Extension Family & Community Health at Oregon State University. She was recently named the Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention in Children and Families core director in the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. Previously she worked as a faculty research associate and instructor in the former Department of Exercise and Sport Science in the CPHHS, and as an instructor in Public Health. She is a proud Oregon State alum, who received her Ph.D. in Human Performance with a Public Health minor.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Kathy Gunter to learn more about her current research.