Deborah H John, Ph.D., M.S.

Deborah H John, Ph.D., M.S.

Professor and Extension Specialist

Office: 541-737-1405

Ballard Extension Hall

Ballard Extension Hall 105F

2591 SW Campus Way

2591 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Curriculum Vitae: 

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Academic interests: 

My research integrates psychosocial and behavioral with environmental public health sciences, particularly studying healthy lifestyle behaviors and health equity in diverse populations in relationship to place-based sociocultural and environmental contexts. My academic and scholarly efforts have focused on healthful eating and physical activity, active aging, and active living communities to promote social/emotional wellbeing and prevent non-communicable disease and injury. I employ a community-engaged participatory research (PR) approach and develop PR tools to examine how attributes of people interact with attributes of place across social ecological levels to influence lifestyle behaviors, health outcomes, and health equity differences.

Beyond OSU
Personal Interests: 

Coach and Trainer: Aerial yoga; personal growth, transition and life coaching.

Personal Interests: Collecting visual arts and artisan crafts; reading, writing and illustrating; participating in circus arts - aerial and pole; hiking, climbing, and biking trails; listening to live music and zydeco dancing; and enjoying time with friends, family and animals.


Deborah has a majority appointment in Public Health Extension and is a member of the Kinesiology program faculty. She serves as the statewide Extension specialist for Health Equity and Place, and as senior personnel leading the internal evaluation for Oregon State ADVANCE.  Her participatory research engages communities and focuses on the interplay of attributes of people with attributes of place to influence lifestyle behaviors, health outcomes, and health equity. She has directed these efforts toward rural populations/subpopulations, such as children, low-income families, women, racial/ethnic groups, and older adults, and household, school, worksite, rural, Native American/American Indian tribal and reservation community contexts.

Deborah served as the principal investigator (with Kathy Gunter) on a USDA NIFA funded, multiyear, multistate integrated research, education and Extension project to understand the effects of rural community and school contexts on family and child dietary and physical activity behaviors and behavioral patterns, and environmental factors that contribute obesity risk in rural children.



Journal Article

D. H. John, McMahn, B., and Gaulocher, S., Partnering to enable active rural living: PEARL project, Journal of Rural Social Sciences, vol. 27, pp. 74-101, 2012.


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