Health Experts

The University of Oregon approaches human health from all angles, from how our brains work to how microbes in buildings can make us sick or get us better. We know about childhood obesity, autism spectrum disorder, concussions, and recuperating from trauma. Below find the full list of experts in health. To refine, click on one of the sub-topics listed in the menu at the left.

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Elliot Berkman, expert in motivation, self-control, and addiction and assistant professor of psychology

Elliot Berkman, Department of Psychology

Elliot Berkman is an expert in motivation and self-control, and studies how people pursue their goals, including eating habits, exercise, smoking, and addiction.

Tiffany Brown, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Tiffany Brown is an expert in addiction, recovery and self-harm. A licensed marriage and family therapist, Tiffany’s expertise includes self-harm education and educating college students about addiction and recovery issues. 

Anita Christie, Department of Human Physiology

Anita Christie is an expert on healthy aging and how brain injuries, like concussions, impact motor functions. Anita studies the function of the neuromuscular system in healthy individuals and in individuals under situations of dysfunction, like aging and mild traumatic brain injury.

Bill Cresko

Bill Cresko, Department of Biology

Bill Cresko is an expert in evolution, development, genomics and molecular biology. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of biology and the associate vice president for research. Bill is interested in how the evolution of genes and developmental processes produces to the amazing diversity of life on earth.

Jessica Cronce, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Jessica Cronce is an expert in the prevention of harm related to risky behaviors, including substance use, in college students. At the University of Oregon, she is an assistant professor of counseling psychology and human services. Jessica works with the UO’s Office of Student Life to design research-based risk prevention programs for first year students.

Hans Dreyer, Department of Human Physiology

Hans Dreyer is an expert in muscle physiology, metabolism and physical rehabilitation. At the University of Oregon, he is an associate professor of human physiology. His current research, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), looks at the effects of total knee replacements on muscle physiology and metabolism. 

Ihab Elzeyadi, Department of Architecture

Ihab Elzeyadi is an expert in architecture, sustainable design, high performance building design and evaluation, adaptive reuse and design for productivity. At the University of Oregon, he is an associate professor of architecture and the director of the High Performance Environments Lab (HiPE), where he develops tools and technologies for the design and assessment of High Performance Environments and the Green Building industry.

Phil Fisher, expert in child development, especially in cases of abuse and neglect

Phil Fisher, Department of Psychology

Phil Fisher is an expert in child development, specifically related to the effects of early stressful experiences, including child abuse and neglect. Through his work, Phil develops programs for improving abused and neglected children's ability to attach to caregivers, build relationships with peers, and function in school.

Kerry Frazee, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education

Kerry Frazee is an expert in sexual violence prevention, specifically among college students. At the University of Oregon, she is the director of Sexual Violence Prevention and Education. She leads the team that develops educational programs, such as Get Explicit, designed to engage students in creating a healthier campus community.

Jessica Green, Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Jessica Green is an expert in biology, ecology, engineering and sustainability of the "built environment," (i.e., buildings, homes, apartment complexes, offices, subways, etc.). She studies ways we can improve our health by improving how and what we build. Jessica also speaks about women in STEM careers and encouraging advancement in STEM.

Karen Guillemin

Karen Guillemin, Department of Biology

Karen Guillemin is an expert in microbiology, cell and developmental biology and host-microbe systems. At the University of Oregon, she is a professor of biology in the Institute of Molecular Biology.

Ben Hansen, University of Oregon Department of Economics

Benjamin Hansen, Department of Economics

Ben Hansen is an expert in risky behaviors, like drug and alcohol abuse, and policies to reduce risk. His research has explored policies related to marijuana, school bullying, DUIs, and law enforcement, and he is a fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor.

Ellen Herman

Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Ellen Herman is an expert in psychology, family, adoption, and gender studies, and how each has developed throughout American history. Ellen's work explores topics like the policy and practices surrounding open and closed adoptions, and how we have diagnosed and treated (or avoided), autism spectrum disorder in the U.S.

Leslie Leve, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Leslie Leve is an expert in adoption, foster care, child abuse, interventions and outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system, child development and teen girls. She can also speak to the problem of child sex trafficking, “re-homing” of adopted children, and topics related to foster children and maltreatment.

Laura Lee McIntyre, Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director of the Child and Family Center at the Prevention Science Institute

Laura Lee McIntyre, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Laura Lee McIntyre is an expert in youth mental health, especially related to autism spectrum disorder, eating disorders, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She explores intervention and education strategies to best reach children, youth, and teens whose mental and behaviorial health are compromised.

Andrew Lovering, Department of Human Physiology

Andrew Lovering is an expert in cardiopulmonary and respiratory physiology. He studies the heart, lungs and breathing and the impact of environmental conditions such as high-altitude and heat/cold on the human body. His lab, the Cardiopulmonary & Respiratory Physiology Laboratory, has been funded by the Department of Defense, NASA, the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association in Oregon.

Ulrich Mayr, Department of Psychology

Ulrich Mayr is an expert in multitasking, brain training, effects of aging on cognitive functioning, eye-witness memory, concussions, ADHD, gender differences in competitiveness and altruism. At the University of Oregon, he is the head of the psychology department. Ulrich’s research examines neuro-cognitive functioning across the entire life span with a particular focus on executive control and memory. He uses neuroimaging and behavioral methods to better understand complex social phenomena, such as altruism or competitive behavior. Media frequently comes to him on issues of brain training (does it work?) and altruism. 

Benedict McWhirter, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Benedict McWhirter is an expert in adolescent risky behavior, prevention and interventions. At the University of Oregon, he is the head of counseling psychology and human services. Benedict investigates the factors that contribute to adolescent risky behaviors. He is especially interested in developing effective preventive interventions.

Chris Minson, Department of Human Physiology

Chris Minson is an expert in exercise physiology, women’s health, heart health and thermoregulation. Chris investigates the impact of estrogen and progesterone on heart health in women. He also studies the effects of aging and heat on athletic performance.  

Cris Niell, Department of Biology

Cris Niell is an expert in neuroscience, interested in understanding how the brain interprets sensory information and drives our actions. His lab has developed methods to study the activity of neurons and brain regions during perception and cognition, with applications that range from childhood development and education to understanding autism and schizophrenia.

C.J. Pascoe

C.J. Pascoe, Department of Sociology

C.J. Pascoe is an expert on sexuality, gender, masculinity, transgender issues, and body image, especially related to youth. C.J. also studies the use of social media by LGBT and straight youth to police gender roles and body image.

Patrick Phillips

Patrick Phillips, Department of Biology

Patrick Phillips is an expert in ecology and evolution, the biology of aging, molecular biology and the genetics of complex traits.

Ken Prehoda, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ken Prehoda is an expert in molecular biology and molecular evolution. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. Ken studies how cells evolve over time and how cellular evolution can help find clues to diseases. He is particularly interested in how proteins work inside cells. Ken and his team identified an ancient mutation that contributed to evolution of multicellular animals.

Elizabeth Skowron, Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department

Elizabeth Skowron is an expert in counseling psychology and prevention science, early childhood adversity, and family-based interventions. Her research examines at the neurobiology of parenting at risk, developing self-regulation, and family interventions that are effective for supporting positive, healthy parenting and reducing child maltreatment.

Paul Slovic, Department of Psychology

Paul Slovic is an expert in human judgment, decision making, and risk perception. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of psychology and president of Decision Research. Paul studies the psychology of risk and perceptions of risks. His most recent research examines psychological factors contributing to apathy toward genocide.

McKay Sohlberg, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences

McKay Sohlberg is an expert in special education, early intervention, communication disorders, and brain injury recovery, especially related to concussion. She also collaborates with the Department of Computer and Information Sciences to design technologies to help people with brain injuries.

Merle Weiner, School of Law

Merle Weiner is an expert in domestic abuse law, family law, international and comparative family law, family law policy and the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. At the University of Oregon, she is a Philip H. Knight Professor and faculty director of the Domestic Violence Clinic.

Kristin Yarris, Department of International Studies

Kristin Yarris is an expert in health care and the barriers to obtaining medical and mental health services faced by immigrant families from Central America. She focuses on the experiences of children, grandmothers and family caregivers in transnational families, especially.