Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Ph.D.

Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor (Retired)


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Carolyn A. Mendez-Luck joined Oregon State University (OSU) in September 2011 and holds appointments in the Health Management & Policy (HMP) and Human Development & Family Sciences (HDFS) programs; she is also affiliated with the Health Promotion & Health Behavior (HPHB) program.

As the only “bridge” faculty member in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, her responsibilities are integrated across disciplines and programs in the College. Dr. Mendez-Luck completed her Ph.D. and M.P.H. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Veteran’s Administration HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior in Sepulveda, CA. Additionally, she received specific training in aging and health disparities from a NIH/NIA-funded career development (K01) award.

Currently she is a faculty associate with the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.


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