Deanna Linville, College of Education
Deanna Linville is an academic expert in eating disorder prevention and treatment, family wellness, strategies for reducing health disparities and integrated healthcare/medical family therapy. At the University of Oregon, she is an associate professor and research scientist at the College of Education’s Center for Equity Promotion. Her research, instruction, service, and clinical supervision are grounded in her fascination for helping to remove the barriers that impede the capacity to make and sustain healthy changes and growth. She pursues the study of both if things change (behavioral and physical health outcomes) and how changes are made (change process research) and employs mixed methods to investigate these inquiries. Deanna is passionate about developing and testing interventions that help families to come together to create sustainable changes to their health behaviors, promote body acceptance and a sense of connectedness, in order to prevent and cope with mental health conditions at the individual, family and system level. Central to all of her work is a focus on reducing health disparities for underserved and often marginalized populations such as Latinx immigrant families or those that have lived experience in the foster care system.
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What former foster children went through when the COVID-19 pandemic closed college campuses (The Conversation, April 15, 2021)