This CDC funded project examines the impact of both the implementation of Coordinated Care Organizations (CCOs) and Medicaid expansion on the use of health services and health outcomes among low-income Oregon women of reproductive age (15-44 years) and their infants.
Utilizing Oregon Medicaid claims and eligibility data from 2008-2016, this study will: 1) describe Oregon abortion rates among women of reproductive age enrolled in Medicaid; 2) compare abortion rates in Oregon before and after the implementation of Coordinated Care Organizations; and 3) investigate how abortion rates in Oregon were affected by Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
This international project originally funded by Korea National Health Insurance Service (1) tests the effect of supplementary private health insurance coverage on health care utilization and expenditures; (2) quantifies the demand for private health insurance in Korean national health insurance system; and (3) examines disparities in health and access to care attributable to private health insurance coverage.
The major goals of this project funded by the National Institute of Mental Health are to (1) examine whether improvements in community mental health resources, including the expansion of Federally Qualified Health Centers, reduce racial disparity in children's psychiatric ED visits; and to (2) determine the extent to which the county-level health system affects this racial disparity in repeat psychiatric ED visits for youth.
OSU PI: Jangho Yoon, Ph.D.
UC-Irvine PI: Tim A. Bruckner
UC-Berkeley PI: Lonnie R. Snowden
Examine causes, effects, and solutions of the boarding of psychiatric patients in emergency departments (EDs) in Oregon. This mixed-method research collected and analyzed data from stakeholder interviews; and linked and analyzed several administrative databases such as Oregon Medicaid claims and enrollment data, Emergency Department Information Exchange (EDIE), and hospital discharge records.
The main goals of this project are to examine the extent of within and cross-system impacts of investment in public mental health. Major outcomes include return on investment (ROI) through improved population mental health and criminal justice outcomes.
Researchers in the Optimal Aging Laboratory examine how psychosocial factors affect health, especially in later life. We are particularly interested in risk and resilience factors, including childhood environments; stress, coping, and emotion regulation; and the long-term effects of military service.
Director: Carolyn Aldwin, Ph.D.
The F.L.O.W. (Families, Leisure, Occupations, and Well-being) Research Laboratory focuses on understanding how the daily ebb and flow of families' experiences, including in leisure, at work, and in the home, are related to individual and family health and well-being.
Director: Kelly Chandler, Ph.D.
We are a research laboratory at Oregon State University committed to investigating the elements of responsive, engaging, and effective adult-child interactions. Within these types of interactions, we aim to identify ways in which to support positive behaviors, emotional expression, and stress and frustration coping for parents, teachers, and young children.
This research program seeks to address the multiple pathways by which individual aspects of people - their personality traits, goals, self-regulatory processes, and life histories, contribute to resilient aging. This broad approach includes studies of self-perceptions of aging, social support and life context, within-person variability, and microlongitudinal research designs to understand mechanisms underlying mental and physical health among mid-life and older adults.
Director: Karen Hooker, Ph.D.
The Child Welfare and Child Well-being (2CW) research group seeks to generate knowledge and utilize evidence to better support children, adolescents and their families, especially those facing adversity. The ultimate goal, therefore, is to improve Child Welfare and enhance Child Wellbeing.
We believe that mobility is a fundamental human right and a radical paradigm shift removing the mobility disparity for children with disabilities is imperative. Our mission is to provide children with disabilities with equitable, equal, and inclusive access to mobility and play.
The Kindergarten Readiness Research Program is dedicated towards helping young children enter school ready to learn. As a research lab, our team works to develop ways to measure and improve self-regulation skills in young children.
This study examines asset poverty between and within Canada and the United States.
The study builds an alternative measure of poverty and examines the extent to which child poverty in Oregon is affected by the Oregon Earned Income Credit.
The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC) is a partnership between four of Oregon's largest foundations (The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, and The Collins Foundation) and Oregon State University. With support from OPEC, 15 Parenting Education Hubs have been established, providing access to and coordination of parenting education in 27 counties in Oregon as well as Siskiyou County, California. OPEC supports grantees through research and evaluation, technical assistance, and professional development led by OSU.
Co-Director: Shauna Tominey, Ph.D.
Co-Director: Michaella Sektnan, MS
The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative Website
The Child Care Research Partnership ensures that basic information about child care and early education in Oregon is current, accurate, and available on local, regional, and state levels and is accessible to all decision-makers. The Partnership's work informs state and national early learning policy.
The Spatial Health Laboratory carries out research related to how place (i.e. where we live, work and play) influences our health. Current projects are examining the health impacts of air pollution, built environments, urban green space, and climate change.
The Environmental Exposure and Biomarker Laboratory measures metal concentrations in environmental and biological samples in order to determine personal exposure to contaminants. We also examine molecular biomarkers that may be generated by exposure to environmental contaminants. We collaborate closely with other laboratories and programs at Oregon State University and elsewhere.
We use a variety of bioinstrumentation to characterize work-related physical exposures and investigate their relationships with adverse health outcomes with an ultimate goal of promoting health and well-being at workplaces. We conduct both laboratory and field-based research studies to investigate underlying musculoskeletal injury mechanism in various work environment from computer work to heavy equipment operation.
The Occupational Safety and Health Laboratory conducts a broad range of research into measuring the factors related to disease and injury. Our goal is to develop and test targeted interventions that create healthy communities and workplaces, and to improve worker safety in high risk industries.
Psychosocial and sociocultural scholarship aimed at generating new knowledge and synthesizing existing knowledge to advance inclusive physical activity practices. Communicating physical activity information in a manner that narrows the gap between what people know and what people do. Program ranked 9th in the nation in September of 2016
The overall aim of the Milk Protein Digestion Laboratory's research is to improve the health of premature infants, a population with poor health outcomes (including early mortality, developmental disorders, and high risk of infection) in comparison with term-delivered, breast milk-fed infants. We apply peptidomics, proteomics and enzyme analyses to examine how milk proteins are degraded in infants and functional assays to examine the antimicrobial and immunomodulatory actions of milk peptides.
Undestanding dietary and nutritional determinants in health and disease via genetic and epigenetic control processes. Recent projects include identifying novel mechanisms by which phytochemicals and micronutrients modulate the genome, the epigenome and/or the microbiome and affect development processes, inflammation, cancer and the aging process.
The Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory investigates the efficacy of food sources of dietary nitrate, nitrite and polyphenols to address risk factors for atherosclerotic heart disease and human performance.
Director: Norm Hord, Ph.D., MPH, RD
The Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory investigates the molecular and cellular basis of metabolic disease and lifestyle interventions. We employ sophisticated techniques to evaluate the role of lipids, mitochondria and various cellular processes in the development of skeletal muscle insulin resistance.
Co-Director: Sean Newsom, Ph.D.
Co-Director: Matt Robinson, Ph.D.
Translational Metabolism Research Laboratory (TMRL) website
Research in the Neuromechanics Laboratory focuses on clinical and ergonomic applications of biomechanics and motor control, with an emphasis on injury prevention. Both experimental and modeling approaches are used.
The OSU Human Performance Lab has research interests involving (1) the translation of laboratory tests of human performance to the field, (2) quantitative models of training load to optimize adaptation and minimize illness/injury, and (3) the physiology of pacing strategy in multisport athletes.
The Lab also provides tests of aerobic fitness (maximal oxygen consumption), resting metabolic rate, and body composition (percent body fat) for a fee.
The FORCE Laboratory provides cutting-edge research and intervention strategies for injuries, "especially knees, ankles and hips,“ creating a perfect match with Central Oregon's population of elite and recreational athletes. We seek to optimize musculoskeletal function and performance, prevent injury, and promote general well-being through the study of human movement.
Nearly 100 years after the discovery of vitamin E, we recognize that α-tocopherol is required for human life, functions as a potent fat-soluble antioxidant, and is regulated by the human body. We are seeking to better define the functional role of α-tocopherol by studying vitamin E deficiency in embryonic zebrafish, and using biokinetic modeling of stable-isotope labeled vitamin E in humans.
The Skeletal Biology Laboratory is dedicated to improving bone health and reducing osteoporosis-related fractures. Our current research foci include: 1) neuroendocrine regulation of body weight and bone metabolism with special emphasis on the hormone leptin, 2) the dose, gender and age effects of alcohol consumption on bone, 3) etiology of parathyroid bone disease, 4) regulation of stromal (stem) cell differentiation into bone cells and fat cells, 5) skeletal actions of ionizing radiation, and 6) skeletal effects of weightlessness.
A colloborative team of health promotion and health behavior faculty with expertise working with diverse and underserved populations both locally, regionally and globally to 1) strategize needs and priorities with communities; 2) develop and disseminate behavior change programming; 3) create and adapt program curriculum and health communication materials; 4) design and implement evaluation plans and 5) translate science into meaningful policies.
Director: Peggy Dolcini, Ph.D.
In the Opening the Conversation Study, we are interviewing young adult female cancer survivors and their partners to learn more about how they communicate with each other and with their healthcare providers about fertility, contraception, and sexual concerns after cancer. In the Mindfulness-Based Program for Sexual Health After Cancer Study, we are collaborating with Samaritan Cancer Resource Center to adapt and implement a program to help female cancer survivors manage their sexual health concerns.
To generate, support and disseminate research that improves understanding of diverse factors affecting sexual and reproductive health equity. Our research areas include promoting reproductive and sexual health after cancer; preventing infectious diseases among racial, ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities; and preventing unintended pregnancy and evaluating access to contraceptive and abortion services.
This project assesses the relationship between aging and acculturation in order to document the ethnic differences among various health indicators and health outcomes using large, secondary datasets of the older population in the U.S. and globally.
Director: Veronica Irvin, Ph.D., MPH
Series of mixed-methods studies evaluating the effects of health literacy, health information seeking, and patient navigation with types of services offered or used and patient engagement.
Director: Veronica Irvin, Ph.D., MPH
The Molecular Nutrition and Diabetes Research lab investigates the molecular and metabolic basis of complications associated with obesity and diabetes. Our current focus is on the role diet plays in the onset and progression of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a major global health problem.
The goal of the Cardiovascular Aging in Populations (CAP) Laboratory is to optimize health across the lifespan through the prevention of cardiovascular disease and related morbidity. We research population aging and disease prevention using a variety of epidemiologic and statistical approaches.
Director: Michelle Odden, Ph.D.
We identify the patterns of use and perceptions of new and emerging tobacco products by high risk populations. We are interested in understanding race/ethnic health disparities and designing health communications to reduce the impact of tobacco on those communities.
The goal of this research program is to identify and understand how factors such as discrimination in health care and stigma contribute to health-related behavior, health care utilization, health outcomes, and health disparities, with a focus on disadvantaged populations, using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Dr. Thorburn is currently Principal Investigator on an NCI-funded study designed to characterize the nature and role of stigma in the experience of survivorship, as well as identify modifiable factors that could lessen stigma’s negative impact, from the perspective of survivors of breast, prostate, and lung cancer living in rural areas.
Director: Sheryl Thorburn, Ph.D., MPH