Health Promotion and Health Behavior Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Primary faculty

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Joseph Catania, PhD

Joseph Catania, PhD
Professor

Joe has 35 years of research experience, primarily in the field of sexual health, but also in the fields of lifespan development, dissemination and implementation science, intervention development and vaccine uptake. This work has been conducted in sexual and racial-ethnic minority populations among adolescent, young adult and older populations in the United States and Africa.

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Peggy Dolcini, PhD

Peggy Dolcini, PhD
Professor

Peggy's research focuses on infectious diseases, including HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) with an emphasis on addressing health disparities. Her current work addresses dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs and practices. Her research is funded by NIH.

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Karen Elliott, PhD, MS, CHES

Karen Elliott, PhD, MS, CHES
Senior Instructor II
(Public Health Undergraduate Internship Coordinator)

Karen's instructional interest is experiential learning, including internships, practicums and service learning. Undergrad Public Health Internship.

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Jessica R. Gorman, PhD, MPH

Jessica R. Gorman, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Jessica's research focuses on adapting, implementing and evaluating scalable interventions to reduce the negative effects of cancer and cancer treatment on psychosocial, reproductive and sexual health, especially for young adults and LGBTQ+ people. She leads a robust community-engaged research program that integrates qualitative and quantitative methodologies to investigate multi-level factors contributing to healthcare experiences and quality of life outcomes, with a substantial focus on life after cancer.

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Veronica Irvin, PhD, MPH

Veronica Irvin, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor

Veronica’s research focuses on 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.

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Cynthia Mojica, PhD

Cynthia Mojica, PhD
Associate Professor

Cynthia conducts health services research and program evaluation in cancer prevention and control among ethnic minority and underserved populations, particularly Latinos. Her research engages community-based organizations health centers, and community members in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions.

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Kari-Lyn Sakuma, PhD, MPH

Kari-Lyn Sakuma, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor
(HPHB Program Director)

Kari-Lyn's 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, obesity prevention and substance use prevention interventions.

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Ashley Vaughn, MPH

Ashley Vaughn, MPH
Instructor

Ashley’s teaching is guided by inclusive pedagogy, evidence-based teaching practices and a passion for public health. Students engage in a variety of active and collaborative learning approaches such as peer-to-peer instruction, team and problem-based learning, and reflection. Ashley has a particular interest in ensuring that every student has a strong sense of belonging, particularly among first-generation and other underrepresented students.

Associated faculty

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Jonathan Garcia, PhD

Jonathan Garcia, PhD
Associate Professor

Jonathan works both globally and domestically on health disparities that emerge at the intersection of sexuality, gender and race. His work has focused on devising community-led approaches to social inclusion, HIV prevention and Hepatitis C treatment access, especially among Latinos and LGBT populations.

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Marie Harvey, DrPH, MPH

S. Marie Harvey, DrPH, MPH
Professor

Marie's research focuses on the sexual and reproductive health of young adults. She has published widely in the area of risk and prevention of unintended pregnancy and STIs among high-risk women, men and couples and the influence of relationship and contextual factors on protective behaviors and sexual risk-taking.

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Sunil Khanna, PhD

Sunil Khanna, PhD
Professor

Sunil's research interests include the complex interrelations of biology, culture, gender, ethnicity and health in South Asia and the United States.

Recent publications

(This is not an exhaustive list. We are still rebuilding our database of faculty publications. Visit individual faculty profiles for more extensive lists of their publications.)

2024

Taylor, N., Dolcini, M., Catania, J., Harper, G., Cristobal, A., Timmons Tyler, A.  (2024)  Examining Sexual Health Organizational Networks in Urban African American Communities Using Social Network Theory  American Journal of Health Promotion  
Yoon, J., Masoumirad, M., Bui, L.N., Richard, P., Harvey, S.M.  (2024)  Prenatal opioid use as a predictor of postpartum suicide attempts among reproductive-age women enrolled in Oregon Medicaid  BMC Women's Health  24
Irvin, V., Kile, M.L., Lucas-Woodruff, C., Cude, C., Anderson, L., Baylog, K., Hovell, M.F., Choun, S.  (2024)  An overview of the Be Well Home Health Navigator Program to reduce contaminants in well water: Design and methods  Contemporary Clinical Trials  
Larson, A.E., Stange, K.C., Heintzman, J., Nishiike, Y., McGrath, B.M., Davis, M.M., Harvey, S.M.  (2024)  Identifying virtual care modality in electronic health record data  Learning Health Systems  

2023

Rodriguez-Wallberg, K.A., Ahlgren, J., Smedby, K.E., Gorman, J.R., Hellman, K., Henriksson, R., Ståhl, O., Wettergren, L., Lampic, C.  (2023)  Prevalence and predictors for fertility-related distress among 1010 young adults 1.5 years following cancer diagnosis – results from the population-based Fex-Can Cohort study  Acta Oncologica  
Kaplan, R.M., Koong, A.J., Irvin, V.  (2023)  Review of Evidence Supporting 2022 US Food and Drug Administration Drug Approvals  JAMA Network Open  6
Kaplan, R.M., Koong, A.J., Irvin, V.L.  (2023)  Food and Drug Administration novel drug decisions in 2017: transparency and disclosure prior to and 5 years following approval  Health Affairs Scholar  1(2)
Routh, B., Feeney, S., Wiles, B.B., Intagliata, M., Cancel-Tirado, D.I., Contreras, D.A., Pylate, L.B., Sano, Y., Greder, K.  (2023)  Resilient Rural Food Access  Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior  55(7S)
Singh, R.R., Dolcini, M., Catania, J.A., Saldana, L., Mogro-Wilson, C.  (2023)  Investigating Supervision and Leadership Practices to Strengthen EBP Implementation in the Child Welfare System: A Case Study Analysis  Families in Society  104(4)
Escobar-Viera, C.G., Coulter, R.W., Friedman, M.R., Thoma, B.C., Switzer, G.E., Martina, J., Egan, J.E., Primack, B.A.  (2023)  The Influence of Social Media Interactions and Behaviors on Depressive Symptoms Among Sexual and Gender Minority Young Adults in the United States: Protocol for a Mixed Methods Longitudinal Study  JMIR Research Protocols  12