Health Experts

University of Oregon researchers can provide expertise for health stories. 

To talk to a health expert, email Molly Blancett

Jennifer Ablow, Department of Psychology

Prenatal and Postnatal Stress, Prenatal and Maternal Mental Health, Intergenerational Transmission of Well-Being, Attachment Relationships, Social Determinants of Health, Parent-Infant Prevention and Intervention

Nicholas Allen, Department of Psychology

Adolescent Mental Health, Digital Mental Health, Mood Disorders, Sleep, Developmental Social and Affective Neuroscience, Family Processes, Assessment and Intervention, Prevention Research, Metaverse

Melissa Baese-Berk, Department of Linguistics

Linguistics expert, focusing on speech perception and production, with special attention to non-native speakers and listeners.

Elliot Berkman, Department of Psychology

Mental Health, Addiction, Self-Control, Obesity, Goals, Smoking Cessation

Brendan Bohannan, Department of Biology

Climate Change, Microbiology, Health, Sustainability

Tiffany Brown, College of Education

Marriage and Family Therapy, Addiction, Recovery, Alcoholism, Drug Abuse, Self-harm (Non-Suicidal Self-Injury), Addiction on College Campuses, Grief

Elizabeth Budd, College of Education

Public Health, Chronic Disease Prevention, Health Promotion, Physical Activity, Healthy Eating

Melynda Casement, Department of Psychology

Sleep, Mental Illness, Mental Health, Adolescent Mental Health, Depression, Insomnia

Camille Cioffi, Prevention Science Institute

Parenting, Substance Use Disorders, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Loss, Community-Based Interventions 

Bill Cresko, Department of Biology

Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Cell and Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology

Jessica Cronce, College of Education

Substance Abuse, Substance Abuse Prevention, At-Risk Behaviors Among College Students

Paul Dalton, Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

3D Printing, Micro-3D Printing, Biofabrication, Biomaterials, Melt Electrowriting, Advanced Manufacturing, Scaffold Design, Hybrid Fabrication

Donna Davis, School of Journalism and Communication

Web3, Online Communities, Virtual Environments, Digital Identity, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Health Communication, Media and Disabilities, Strategic Communication, Technology and Media

Hans Dreyer, Department of Human Physiology

Muscle Physiology, Metabolism, Physical Rehabilitation

Judith Eisen, Department of Biology

Nervous System Development, STEM Education, Science Literacy, Science Communication

Ruth Ellingsen, Department of Psychology

Mindfulness, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Mental Illness, Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ihab Elzeyadi, School of Architecture & Environment

Architecture, Design and Health, Sustainable Design, Indoor Environmental Quality, Occupant’s Productivity and Well-Being

Clare Evans, Department of Sociology

Global Health, Social Epidemiology, Medical Sociology, Health Inequalities, Statistical Analysis, Intersectional Inequalities

Caitlin Fausey, Department of Psychology

Early Development, Cognitive Development, Emergence of Language and Vision in Infants

Phil Fisher, Department of Psychology

Child Abuse, Foster Care, Early Childhood Adversity, Stress Neurobiology, Neglect, Attachment Disorder, Child Welfare Policy

Mark Fretz, Institute for Health in the Built Environment

Mass Timber, Built Environment, Healthy and Affordable Housing, Indoor Microbiome

Jennifer Freyd, Department of Psychology

Campus Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Minority Discrimination, Physical and Mental Health, Betrayal Trauma, Institutional Betrayal, DARVO

Nicole Giuliani, College of Education

Self-Regulation, Obesity Prevention, Health Behaviors, Family Dynamics, Emotions, Neuroimaging

Melissa Graboyes, Department of History

Infectious and Epidemic Diseases, Medical History, Global Health, History of Science, Colonial and Postcolonial African History

Ian Greenhouse, Department of Human Physiology

Neuroscience, Neuroimaging Motor Control, Brain Stimulation

Karen Guillemin, Department of Biology

Microbiology, Microbiome Science, Cell and Developmental Biology, Host-Microbe Systems

Wendy Hadley, College of Education

Adolescent Risk Behaviors, Substance Abuse Prevention, Sexual Risk Behaviors, Adolescent Weight Management

Mike Hahn, Department of Human Physiology

Biomechanics, Neuromechanics, Sports Science, Human Locomotion, Stress Fracture Prevention, Fall Prevention, Prosthetics Engineering

John Halliwill, Department of Human Physiology

Exercise and Environmental Physiology, Cardiovascular Physiology

Benjamin Hansen, Department of Economics

Marijuana, Suicide, Law Enforcement, Risky Behavior

Ellen Herman, Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics

Families, Gender, Psychology, Adoption, Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder

Jocelyn Hollander, Department of Sociology

Women’s Self-Defense Training, Prevention of Violence Against Women, Interactional Approaches to Gender, Pedagogy

Andy Karduna, Department of Human Physiology

Biomechanics, Shoulder Injuries, Science Education, Science Communication

Christina Karns, Department of Psychology

Neuroscience, Self-Regulation, Gratitude, Neuroplasticity, Parenting

Nichole Kelly, College of Education

Obesity, Eating Behaviors, Self-Regulation, Clinical Intervention and Prevention

Andrew Kern, Institute of Ecology and Evolution

Population Genetics, Genomics, Evolution, Machine Learning, Computational Biology

Alison Kwok, School of Architecture & Environment

Design, Architecture, Sustainable Design, Building Resilience, Thermal Comfort, Natural Ventilation, Building Performance, Zero Net Energy Strategies, Climate Change

Diana Libuda, Department of Biology

Molecular Biology and Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology

Deanna Linville, College of Education

Eating Disorder Prevention and Recovery, Reduction of Health Disparities, Family Wellness, Integrated Healthcare/Medical Family Therapy

Krystale Littlejohn, Department of Sociology

Fertility, Contraception and Sexual Behavior, Inequality (Race, Gender, Class), Health and Medicine, Mixed-Methods Research

Andrew Lovering, Department of Human Physiology

Cardiopulmonary, Respiratory and Environmental Physiology

Benedict McWhirter, College of Education

Adolescent Risky Behavior, Prevention, Intervention, First-Generation College Students

Jeffrey Measelle, Department of Psychology

Developmental Stress Biology, Caregiving Support for Early Brain Development, Pediatric Global Health

Gwynne Mhuireach, Institute for Health in the Built Environment

Microbiome, Urban Planning, Green Space, Natural Building Materials, Agriculture

Chris Minson, Department of Human Physiology

Exercise Physiology, Women’s Health, Heart Health and Thermoregulation

Nicolae Morar, Department of Philosophy

Bioethics, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Biology, Clinical Ethics

Nicole Ngo, School of Planning, Public Policy and Management

Public Health, Impact of Climate Change on Health, Air Pollution, Environmental Policy, Urban Sustainability

Cris Niell, Department of Biology

Neuroscience, Childhood Development, Autism, Schizophrenia

Alayna Park, Department of Psychology

Youth Mental Behavioral Health, Evidence-Based Psychotherapies, Mental Health Literacy, Mental Health Disparities

CJ Pascoe, Department of Sociology

Gender, Masculinity, Bullying, LGBTQ

Ellen Peters, School of Journalism and Communication

Science Communication, Judgment and Decision-Making, Numeracy, Affect and Emotion, Adult Aging

Jennifer Pfeifer, Department of Psychology

Adolescence, Socioemotional Development, Brain Development, Puberty, Mental Health

Patrick Phillips, Department of Biology

Evolutionary Genetics, Biology of Aging, Molecular Biology, Genetics

Ken Prehoda, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Molecular Biology, Molecular Evolution

Siobhan Rockcastle, School of Architecture & Environment

Lighting, Occupant Health, Space Perception, Environmental Dynamics

John Seeley, College of Education

Mental Health, Behavioral Health Intervention, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Suicide Prevention, Substance Abuse Prevention

Elizabeth Skowron, Department of Psychology

Early Childhood Adversity, Parenting, Child and Family Interventions, Child Abuse Prevention

Paul Slovic, Department of Psychology

Human Judgment, Decision Making, Risk Perception

McKay Sohlberg, College of Education

Concussions, Brain Injury, Communication Disorders, Early Intervention

Beth Stormshak, College of Education

School-Based Mental Health, Child Mental Health, Family-Centered Prevention, Interventions With At-Risk Youth and Families

Emily Tanner-Smith, College of Education

Substance Use and Addiction, Interventions, Statistics, Youth Mental Health, Youth Behavioral Health

Jeffrey Todahl, College of Education

Child Abuse, Neglect, Abuse Prevention, Couples and Family Therapy

Arafaat Valiani, Department of History

Equity in Biomedicine, History, Ethnography, Medical Ethnography

Ashley Walker, Department of Human Physiology

Aging, Artery Health, Alzheimer’s Disease, Healthy Aging, Cardiovascular Health

Zachary Wallmark, School of Music and Dance

Music Perception and Cognition, Popular Music, Music and the Brain, Psychoacoustics, Timbre

Jo Weaver, Department of Global Studies

Medical Anthropology, Global Health, Mental Health, Race, Homelessness, Chronic Diseases, Food Insecurity, Health Disparities, India, Brazil, USA

Janis Weeks, Department of Biology

Infectious and Parasitic Diseases, Neuroplasticity

Merle Weiner, School of Law

Domestic Abuse Law, Family Law, International and Comparative Family Law, Family Law Policy, the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction

Brad Wilkins, Department of Human Physiology

Human Performance, Exercise, Running

Ariel Williamson, The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health

Pediatric Sleep Health Inequities, Behavioral Interventions

Kristin Yarris, Department of Global Studies

Global Health, Global Mental Health, Transnational Migration, Latin America, Transnational Families

Annie Zemper, Department of Biology

Gut-Brain Connection, Gut Diseases, Genetics, Cell Development, Intestinal Stem Cell Biology