Kari-Lyn Sakuma

Academic interests

Research focuses on race/ethnic disparities, particularly as it relates to tobacco use, including new and emerging products and other substances. Other areas of interest and experience are in co-parenting, sibling, obesity prevention, and substance use prevention interventions.


PhD in Preventive Medicine with an emphasis in health behavior
MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Southern California

Prior to coming to Oregon State, she was a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Community and Global Health at Claremont Graduate University; she also was a lecturer at the Keck School of Medicine–Preventive Medicine at USC. Previous positions included Research Associate at the Prevention Research Center at Pennsylvania State University.


A Public Health Crisis: Factors That Impact Your Health Outcomes

Kari-Lyn Sakuma, Ph.D., MPH

There are several factors that affect our ability to live a healthy life. But have you considered your ZIP code as a factor for life expectancy and an indicator of systemic health inequities? Kari-Lyn Sakuma helps us discover these “social determinants of health,” how your ZIP code may be a more important predictor of your health than your genetic code and how we can work together to dismantle systemic health disparity.

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