Faculty Affiliates



Elizabeth (Liz) Budd
Evergreen Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling Psychology & Human Services


Research: My research interests generally lie in adolescent (particularly girls) physical activity promotion, obesity and chronic disease prevention, dissemination and implementation, school and neighborhood settings. My international research began in 2008 when I was an Intern for Guide for Useful Interventions for Physical Activity in Brazil and Latin America (Project GUIA). I lived in Curitiba, Brazil for a summer and assisted with environmental audits. My more recent international research experience has been coordinating a National Cancer Institute-funded R21 called, A Cross-Country Comparison of Evidence-based Prevention of Cancer. 

Teaching: FHS 492 Current Issues in Public Health

Sites: Project GUIA: http://www.projectguia.org/en/


Alfredo Burlando
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics


Research:  As a development economist working primarily in sub-Saharan Africa, I am interested in how health environments influence human development, how fertility responds to economic shocks, and how households use financial tools (savings, borrowing) to mitigate health risks. My past work analyzed the relationship between malaria risk and schooling choices in the Ethiopia highlands, and described how power outages in Tanzania have had negative impacts on in utero development and increased fertility. Most of my current work involves randomized trials (RCTs) of financial inclusion programs in Uganda and Tanzania. The interventions I work on target rural, extremely poor sub-populations that are particularly vulnerable to health shocks.

Teaching:  Econ 490: International Development

Sites:  pages.uoregon.edu/burlando



Shankha Chakraborty
Professor, Department of Economics


Research:  The health of a population in intrinsically linked to the health of an economy. My research on population health looks at the spread of infectious diseases and their effect on economic behavior, rising microbial resistance in developing countries, the nexus between health and inequality and the relevance of mortality and morbidity for demographic change.

Teaching:  Econ 491/591: Issues in Economic Growth and Development (note: class has Ec 311, 313 and 320 pre-reqs)

Sites:  pages.uoregon.edu/shankhac



Geeta Eick
Laboratory Manager & Research Associate,  Human Biology Research Laboratory, 
Department of Anthopology


Research:  As a trained molecular biologist and biochemist, I am actively engaged in developing and validating novel health related markers that can be assayed from minimally invasive samples, like dried blood spots and saliva, in the Snodgrass Human Biology Research Lab at the UO. In addition to my lab research, I have extensive experience training students and health care professionals both locally and internationally in the collection of dried blood spots and the use of poin-of-care devices to measure health metrics such as blood glucose, lipids, and hemoglobin.

Sites: The Snodgrass Human Biology Research Laboratory , Geeta Eick, PhD




Clare Evans
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology


My research focuses on the social determinants of population health disparities, including social networks, environments (neighborhoods, schools), segregation and stratification, and intersectional social identities.  I am interested in the roles of social determinants across the life course, and in particular have focused on adolescent health and development.  Many of my ongoing research projects entail developing novel quantitative analysis techniques that enable us to better understand how multiple contexts—both physical and social—combine to shape individual health behaviors and population health disparities.

Teaching:  SOC 399 Sociology of Health and Medicine; SOC 613 Multilevel and Panel Data Analysis ; SOC 304 Community, Environment and Society; SOC 480: Crime, Deviance and Social Control (and Health)


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Adria Godon-Bynum
Health Promotion Specialist, University Health Center


Research: My area of emphasis is primarily focused on college health. I have a Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Promotion from Oregon State University. Using a public health framework, I have worked to address the unique and diverse needs of college students for the past four years on myriad of health topics including sexual violence prevention, alcohol and other drug harm reduction, tobacco control and prevention, physical activity, stress tolerance and healthy sleeping. My primary focus at the University of Oregon is on developing an active and vibrant peer health educator program and the implementation of the new wellness center,  the Duck Nest, scheduled to open fall 2016. I am passionate about student wellbeing and community collaboration.

Teaching: FHS 407 Peer Health Methods

Sites: UHC Health Promotion: https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu/About/HealthPromotion.aspx

UO Peer Wellness: https://healthcenter.uoregon.edu/Home/PeerHealthEducators.aspx




Melissa Graboyes
Assistant Professor of History, Clark Honors College 


Research: My research interests are broadly related to the history of medicine, health and disease on the African continent.  My book, The Experiment Must Continue: Medical Research and Ethics in East Africa, 1940-2014 tells the story of human experimentation in the countries of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and helps contextualize and historicize modern ethical debates about human subjects research. I am engaged in a number of other research projects in East Africa that focus on the history of failed malaria elimination attempts in Zanzibar. Another project, in the early stages, traces the creation and growth of the ubiquitous “DHS” (Demographic and Health Survey) and the ethical questions surrounding the use of this tool. I am particularly interested in making research findings accessible to the larger public, and serving as a bridge to translate academic findings to global health and medical practitioners working in the field.

Teaching: HC 231H: Epidemics and Epistemologies in Pre-Modern Europe; HC 232H: Disease, Public Health, and the Making of the Modern World

Sites: melissagraboyes.com




Shoshana D. Kerewsky
Faculty and Director of Family and Human Services; Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services


Research: Shoshana Kerewsky is Director of the Family and Human Services (FHS). She teaches in the undergraduate FHS and SAPP programs and the graduate Counseling Psychology and Couples and Family programs. She is Director of Internships for Counseling Psychology. Her major teaching interests include ethics, professional preparation, diversity, international service, health interventions, and supervision.Dr. Kerewsky has served as president of Northwest Human Services Association, Lane County Psychologists’ Association, and Oregon Psychological Association. She has chaired OPA’s Ethics Committee and co-chaired National Organization for Human Services’s Ethics Committee. She is editor of The Oregon Psychologist and serves on OPA’s Diversity Committee.



Heather McClure
Research Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Center for Equity Promotion


Research: McClure is a cultural anthropologist who, since 1996, has used qualitative and quantitative methods to research stress and sociocultural determinants of physical, mental and behavioral health (e.g., violence and drug abuse) in Central America and within Latino communities in the United States. In her current role, McClure is Associate Director of the Center for Equity Promotion (CEQP) at the University of Oregon (UO). CEQP is dedicated to working with communities to better understand and support the positive development of children and families, particularly those who are underserved by education, health, and social service systems. Our research informs culturally-specific prevention, intervention, and policy efforts that build on community strengths. Since 2007, McClure has directed CEQP’s community partnered research studies to investigate links between stress (biological and psychosocial) and health among Latinos in Oregon.

Site: Center for Equity Promotion: http://ceqp.uoregon.edu/




Jeffery Measelle
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology


Research: I study the neurodevelopmental effects of early adversity, in particular, malnutrition, on the human brain as well as the ways we can actually protect and support the newborn brain – both prenatally and postnatally. We work in close partnership with governments and scientific colleagues in Southeast Asia, in particular, Laos, Viet Nam, Cambodia, and Myanmar.

Teaching: PSY 202 – Mind & Society (Gen Ed); PSY 308 – Developmental Psychology (Gen Ed); PSY 399 – Global Child Health and Development; PSY 480 – Development and Psychopathology in the Global Context

Site: http://dslab.uoregon.edu/


Nicole Ngo

Assistant Professor, Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management


Research: My research is at the intersection of environmental health and urban sustainability, primarily related to issues around air pollution and climate change in the U.S., China and sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).  Examples of previous and ongoing research projects include air quality monitoring in SSA, where urban air quality data are scarce despite a growing urban population, and evaluating the health impacts of environmental policies.

Teaching: PPPM 460/560:  Health policy; PPPM 202:  Healthy communities; PPPM 407/507:  International sustainability

Site: https://pppm.uoregon.edu/nicole-ngo




Elaine Replogle
Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology


Research: My dissertation (2005) was on the mental health and identity of second generation South Asian-Americans.  Since then, I’ve been teaching courses primarily *outside* the area of sociology of health or sociology of mental health, but I would very much like to return to some health-related research. When I was in grad school, I was affiliated with Rutgers University’s Center for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.  I did research during my grad school years on teenage obesity, racial differences in smoking trajectories among youth, and worked on a project on patterns of depression among New Jersey youth.  I worked primarily with Allan Horwitz, but also a bit with Helene Raskin White and with Megan Sweeney (no longer at Rutgers).

Teaching: Sociology of Mental Health (SOC 410); Sociology of Health and Medicine (SOC 399); American Society (SOC 311); Social Inequalities (SOC 207); Sociology of Mass Media (SOC 317)

Site: http://sociology.uoregon.edu




Josh Snodgrass
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology; Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies


Research: Dr. Snodgrass is a biological anthropologist who specializes in global health. His research focuses on the influence of economic and cultural change on health (especially cardiovascular and metabolic diseases among indigenous populations), global aging, the effects of psychosocial stress on health, and the evolution of the human diet. He has active field projects in northeastern Siberia, the Amazon region of Ecuador, six countries as part of the WHO’s SAGE project, and several locations within the United States. He also directs an immunology/endocrinology research laboratory that focuses on the development and application of minimally invasive techniques (e.g., dried blood spots and saliva) for assessing health and physiology in anthropology and epidemiology research.

Teaching: ANTH 175: Evolutionary Medicine; ANTH 362: Human Biological Variation; ANTH 369: Human Growth and Development


http://www.pinniped.net/snodgrass.html (Personal Webpage)

http://www.pinniped.net/snodgrasslab.html (Snodgrass Human Biology Research Laboratory)

http://www.bonesandbehavior.org/siberia.html (Siberia Project Webpage)

http://www.bonesandbehavior.org/shuar/ (Shuar Health & Life History Project Webpage)

http://www.bonesandbehavior.org/sage/ (WHO’s SAGE Eugene Office Webpage)]


Kirstin N. Sterner
Assistant Professor, Anthropology


 Research: I am a molecular anthropologist that uses evolutionary genomics to study human health. My research on the evolution of primate immunity provides an evolutionary framework for understanding why humans are particularly susceptible to certain diseases. In addition, as a member of the World Health Organization’s Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health (SAGE) I use genomics/epigenomics to investigate how environment shapes the pace of biological aging.

Teaching: ANTH 376 Genomics & Anthropology; ANTH 459 Advanced Evolutionary Medicine

Site: http://molecular-anthro.uoregon.edu/Sterner/index.html



Bharat Jayram Venkat
Assistant Professor, Anthropology



Research: I am a cultural anthropologist interested in science, technology & medicine, design and the environment, with a primary geographic focus in South Asia. My current book project, India after Antibiotics: Tuberculosis at the Limits of Cure, rethinks questions of therapeutic efficacy, temporality and ethics by asking what it means to be cured, as well as what it means for a cure to come undone.

Teaching: ANTH 162 Introduction to Medical Anthropology

Site: http://anthropology.uoregon.edu/profile/bvenkat/



Janis Weeks
Professor, Biology



Research: Janis C. Weeks, Ph.D., is Professor of Biology and a member of the Institute of Neuroscience and African Studies Program. Her research, most recently funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, uses microfluidic and electrophysiological technologies to advance drug discovery for parasitic worm infections of humans and animals, and other diseases: http://www.neuro.uoregon.edu/ionmain/htdocs/faculty/weeks.html. This work led to the founding in 2011 of a UO spin-off company, NemaMetrix Inc. (nemametrix.com), where Weeks is Chief Scientific Officer. 

Teaching: BI 309 Tropical Diseases in Africa; HC434 HIV/AIDS in Africa

Sites: Study-abroad program in Ghana, focused on Global Health and Development (https://geo.uoregon.edu/accra/globalhealth)
. She has been involved in research and education capacity building in Africa for two decades and is a student and performer of Zimbabwean music http://www.kutsinhira.org/wiki/index.php/Welcome%21.




Mary Wood
Professor, Department of English



Research: My past work has been on narrative, the history of psychiatry, and representations of mental health and illness in relation to class, race, and gender. I’m currently working on a project that examines novels about health crises in the rural U.S., Nigeria, the Marshall Islands, and other locations where neoliberal global economic policies have fostered an inequitable burden of disease.  Reading these novels in the context of global health, this project explores the crucial role of literature and the arts in communicating to reading and viewing publics the ways that larger societal values, transmitted through policies and practices, play out in local, everyday lives.

Teaching: HUM 240–Medical Humanities; ENG 607–Medical Humanities and Life Writing; ENG 607–Narrative, Medicine, and the Body




Kristin Yarris
Assistant Professor, International Studies


Research: I am currently completing a book manuscript on intergenerational caregiving as a resource for wellbeing in Nicaraguan transnational families. I have two ongoing research projects: the first, funded by the Wenner Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, is a study of the impacts of transit migration through Mexico’s “Ruta Pacifica”, examining the responses of the state, NGOs, and local, informal, humanitarian actors to migration. The second, through my role as a Faculty Mentor for the Latino Mental Health International Research Training Program, is an examination of formal psychiatric care and informal, family care for adults living with major mental illness in Mexico.

 INTL 340 Global Health & Development; INTL 465563 Population Displacement & Global Health; INTL 465565 Global Reproductive Health; INTL 410510 Global Mental Health; INTL 410510 Transnational Migration; CHC 424H Suffering, Violence, and Healing.