Veronica Irvin, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor


College of Public Health and Human Sciences
457 Waldo Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Office phone: 541-737-1074

School, program or other affiliation

  • School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
  • Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Research Interests

Dr. Irvin is an Assistant Professor at OSU and is currently studying the idea that how medical and science information is presented can change someone’s behavior. Her first project assesses health literacy and communication methods in order to better understand how people manage their health. In her second project, she evaluates the content of information on clinical websites and consent forms in terms of accuracy, reading level and sentiment. For both studies, the goal is to understand how people make decisions from this information and how it impacts their health. Lastly, she investigate how scientists present their results to other scientists. In her paper in Plos One 2015, Dr. Irvin and her colleagues suggest that the adoption of new transparent reporting standards may have contributed to a significant reduction in the percentage of studies reporting positive research findings among large-budget clinical trials funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The culture of science is evolving to become more open and transparent and she measure various outcomes affected by these new policies and norms.

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Biography

Dr. Irvin earned a MPH in Epidemiology from San Diego State University and a PhD in Public Health, Health Behavior from the joint program at UC San Diego and San Diego State University. She worked for 10 years at San Diego State University on NIH-funded behavioral epidemiological surveys and behavioral interventions. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research. While at NIH, she conducted comparative effectiveness analyses related to mammography screening, including a meta-analysis of quasi-experiments (Irvin & Kaplan, Plos One, 2014) and population-level estimates of non-normal results, follow-up care and diagnosis following mammography (Irvin, Kaplan et al, Women’s Health Issues, 2015).  She assessed the effects of trial registration on primary outcome reporting among large-budget cardio-vascular interventions (Kaplan & Irvin, Plos One, 2015; Irvin & Kaplan, Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 2015). Dr. Irvin has broad experience in NIH-funded research in tobacco control, nutrition, physical activity, bone health, and cancer screening research. She has a strong interest in community-based research, previously working with the Asian American communities in California.

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