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Donald Jump PhD | Featured Researcher | Center for Healthy Aging Research

Fall 2014

Joining the College of Public Health and Human Sciences as a Nutrition professor in 2007, Donald Jump also serves as a researcher for the college’s Center for Healthy Aging Research and principal investigator in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State. He previously served as a professor in the Departments of Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and director of the graduate program for Physiology at Michigan State University, among many other professional positions in academia. He earned a master’s degree in Biology from Rutgers University and a PhD in Biochemistry from Georgetown University.

His research has focused on diet and chronic disease, specifically the role of diet in controlling the onset and progression of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD. NAFLD is now the most common cause of chronic liver disease in developed countries and is defined as excessive lipid accumulation in the liver. As such, NAFLD is a major public health concern in the United States. and other developed countries. Our research focuses on prevention of NAFLD and its treatment by using dietary supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, for example, DHA, docosahexaenoic acid, in combination with controlling body weight and dietary levels of sugar, saturated fat and cholesterol.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Donald Jump to learn about his current research.

 


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

Fall 2014

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.

His 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.

 


Urszula Iwaniec PhD | Featured Researcher | Center for Healthy Aging Research

Summer 2014

Associate Professor Urszula Iwaniec came to Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences in 2005 after working as an assistant research scientist in the Department of Physiological Sciences at the University of Florida. She earned a master’s degree in anthropology at Arizona State University and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin.

Her current research foci include:

  • Neuroendocrine regulation of body weight and bone metabolism.
  • Nutrition as a factor in tumor metastasis to bone.
  • Regulation of stromal (stem) cell differentiation into bone cells and fat cells.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Urszula Iwaniec to learn about her current research.

 


Karen Hooker PhD | Featured Researcher | Center for Healthy Aging Research

Summer 2014

School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Co-director, Professor Karen Hooker came to Oregon State in 1994 and has held roles as the director of the Program on Gerontology, Human Development and Family Sciences interim department chair, founding director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research and the Jo Anne Leonard Petersen Endowed Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies. She earned a master’s degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in Pennsylvania.

Her studies all aspects of personality. Personality is a very broad construct that encompasses what a person is like as well as processes that continually shape who and what we are, and importantly how this affects our most important life outcomes such as our relationships, educational and work careers, and mental and physical health.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Karen Hooker to learn about her current research.

 


Carolyn Aldwin | Featured Researcher | Center for Healthy Aging Research

Spring 2014

Human Development and Family Sciences Professor Carolyn Aldwin is the new Jo Anne Leonard endowed director of the CPHHS’ Center for Healthy Aging Research. Carolyn, who also is the director of the college’s Gerontology Program and a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut, has held various academic appointments dating back to 1984. Before coming to Oregon State in 2004, she served as a professor in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of California, Davis. She earned a PhD in the Adult Development and Aging Program at the University of California, San Francisco.

Her current work focuses on three areas: how personality, stress, coping and health changes with age; how psychosocial factors affect health; and stress-related growth and optimal aging.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Carolyn Aldwin to learn more about Carolyn's current research.


 


Mike Pavol | Featured Researcher | Center for Healthy Aging Research

Winter 2014

Exercise and Sport Science Associate Professor Mike Pavol came to Oregon State in 2002 and has held positions as an associate professor, assistant professor and director of the Biomechanics Laboratory. He previously served as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Northwestern University Medical School. He earned a master’s degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD from The Ohio State University.

His research is in two main areas: 1) preventing falls and fractures in older adults and 2) improving the safety of assisted transfers of people with mobility difficulties.

Read Inside the mind of researcher Mike Pavol to learn more about Mike's current research.


 


Deborah John | Featured Researcher | Center for Healthy Aging Research

Fall 2013

Deborah 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 Center for Healthy Aging Research as well as the Hallie Ford Center.

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 Deborah's current research.


 


Summer 2013Gianni Maddalozzo

Gianni Maddalozzo has served as a senior instructor and internship director for Exercise and Sport Science in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences for more than 10 years. He is also a researcher within the Center for Healthy Aging Research. After working as an instructor of Exercise and Sport Science from 1988-1999, Gianni received his post-doctoral training at Oregon State in the Bone Research Laboratory, and since 2010, he took on the role as director of the lab.

Read more about Gianni and his research in Inside the mind of researcher Gianni Maddalozzo.

 

 


Researchers previously featured
2012
Fall Turner Goins Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, and Health Policy and Management
Spring Michelle Odden Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences
2010
Spring Patrick Chiang Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Winter Carmen Steggell Associate Professor of Design and Human Environment
Fall Tory Hagen Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics
2009
Summer Carolyn Aldwin
Spring Kathy Gunter
Winter Jaga Giebultowicz
2008
Fall Ronald Metoyer
Spring Rick Settersten
2007
Spring Urszula Iwaniec
Winter Don Jump
2006
Spring Mike Pavol
Winter Kathy Magnusson