Population Health Resource Directory
Rachel Katzenellenbogen, MD, is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Division of Adolescent Medicine, and an associate professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington. She is a member of the Center for Childhood Infections and Prematurity Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute, where her laboratory is physically located. She is also a member of the Pediatric Infectious Disease training program, the Adolescent Medicine training program, and the Global Center for Integrated Health of Women, Adolescents, and Children (Global WACh). Dr. Katzenellenbogen is an affiliate of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Center for AIDS and STD Research. She is an emerging expert on human papillomavirus and studies the host-pathogen interactions that lead to cancer development and progression.
The Center brings together faculty, staff, students and members of the community to research and find solutions to pressing social problems through a variety of research and education projects.
The Center’s research and educational programs in the humanities and social sciences focus on community issues, social justice leadership, labor and civil rights concerns, and multi-cultural education.
The Center collaborates with other projects and centers and helps to support the Community and Social Change degree track of the Masters of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences department at the University of Washington Tacoma.
Research conducted by University of Washington Tacoma scientists at the Center for Urban Waters seeks to understand and quantify the sources, pathways and impacts of chemical pollutants in urban waterways.
Highly sensitive analytical tools to measure contaminant levels are combined with sophisticated computer models to track pollutant sources and transport in the Puget Sound region.
Dr. Christine Stevens is an associate professor in the UW Tacoma Nursing and Healthcare Leadership programs. Her research focuses on social justice and how structural disadvantages affect health especially in low-income residents and people experiencing homelessness. Her current work focuses on food insecurity and homelessness among university student populations in the South Sound region. Christine uses participatory research to develop long-term relationships with communities and partners with residents to develop interventions that are relevant at the local level.
My program of research focuses on early prevention of mental illness. My initial research involved clinical trials of providing psychosocial interventions for vulnerable populations such as patients with schizophrenia. My dissertation research was developing a theoretical framework to describe the prodromal schizophrenia process for patients with schizophrenia in Taiwan.
For the next projects, I am examining this theoretical framework with different race and ethnicity groups, developing questionnaires for early identification of people who are at risk of developing mental health conditions, and designing self-management interventions to halt the progression of mental illness.
Linda’s research focus is on examining the causes of urban neighborhood decline and the ineffectiveness of national and local revitalization policies. Linda is exploring alternative models and theoretical frameworks for neighborhood change and the creation of physically and mentally healthy African American, urban communities. Resident mobilization, economic stimulation, and strategic partnerships with universities are among the specific strategies Linda is exploring. Other interests include examining the relationship between researchers and the communities under study, as well as the academy’s responsibility to ensure mutually beneficial relationships with “subject” communities.
My teaching, scholarship and service reflects a focus on improving population health outcomes by addressing upstream determinants of health and other root causes of social inequity and health disparities. At the core of my practice is using community-based participatory research (CBPR) to engage community residents and stakeholders in identifying and prioritizing relevant community-level issues or opportunities for improvement and community capacity building. My current research is working with South Tacoma community members to address food access and security issues through CBPR. Prior to my academic appointment, I worked in local governmental public applying population health principles and evidenced-based practices in the development, implementation and evaluation of population-level intervention programs and services for diverse underserved and underrepresented populations. This included collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders and health system partners.
On a professional service level, my commitments are, and have been, focused on population health. Currently I am a board member of the Washington State Public Health Association as well as affiliate representative to the American Public Health Association (APHA). I have been a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Public Health Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee, and the Institute of Medicine’s Standing Committee on Family Planning.
I received my Doctor of Nursing Practice (2013), with a focus on public health systems improvement, and Master of Nursing and Master of Public Health degrees (2002) from the University of Washington. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Seattle University (1983), and am board certified in Advanced Public Health Nursing.
Sharon S. Laing is an assistant professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, Nursing and Healthcare Leadership Programs and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Health Services Department, UW Seattle, School of Public Health.
Her research targets patient healthcare decision-making and self-care management; her current scholarship evaluates the effectiveness of health promotive mobile devices to advance patient-centered care and improve clinical outcomes for low-resource communities.
Research interests: maternal and child health, including reducing maternal mortality and improving breastfeeding and child nutrition, infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases of childhood, and parasitic infections.
Projects: vaccination coverage in Lubumbashi, DRC; perinatal outcomes in Lubumbashi and surrounding areas
Dr. Hill has worked at the Social Development Research Group since 1994. He is a social developmental psychologist by training. His work seeks to understand the factors that influence the development of prosocial as well as maladaptive behaviors such as substance use disorder and crime.
He has focused on understanding the mechanisms of continuity and discontinuity in these behaviors across generations, including an examination of genetic and environmental contributions. Once identified, these specific factors can then be targeted through preventive intervention to improve health and well-being and to break intergenerational cycles of problem behavior.
The Social Development Research Group (SDRG) seeks to investigate and promote healthy behaviors and positive social development in youth and adults.
SDRG is a recognized leader in the field of prevention research. Its efforts to understand how risk and protective factors influence development have resulted in hundreds of articles in peer-reviewed journals and led to the development of tested and effective interventions.
Forefront is a place where expertise and partnership come together with a passion to save lives.
Forefront advances innovative approaches to suicide prevention through policy change, professional training, campus- and school-based interventions, media outreach, and support for persons affected by suicide.
The West Coast Poverty Center works to bridge the gaps between antipoverty research, practice, and policy by connecting scholars, policymakers and practitioners; facilitating important social policy research; magnifying the reach of new knowledge; and fostering the next generation of antipoverty scholars.
The Innovative Programs Research Group (IPRG) conducts brief early interventions with youth and adults struggling with behavioral issues, but who have not yet accessed relevant services.
Its projects assess the effectiveness of innovative and accessible means to impact behavior change or reduce barriers to the delivery of effective social and mental health services.
The mission of the Latino Center for Health is to provide leadership to promote the health and well-being of Latinos in Washington State, regionally and nationally, across the lifespan.
The Latino Center will bring about sustainable changes in health through innovative community-engaged research, and mentorship and training opportunities for students and faculty, drawing upon the multidisciplinary scholarship from the tri-campuses of the University of Washington.
My scholarship focuses on strengthening the lives of vulnerable women and families, particularly by identifying modifiable policies and behaviors within medical and legal systems. I situate my scholarship at the theoretical juncture between patterns of risk (particularly for women and children), and the ways in which human service institutions contribute to or ameliorate that risk. I have co-authored two books, 45 peer-reviewed articles, six book chapters and numerous reports addressing these concerns.
Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, PhD, is Professor and Director of Healthy Generations Hartford Center of Excellence at the University of Washington. Specializing in innovations in health equity and aging research across marginalized communities, she is Principal Investigator of Aging with Pride: National Health, Aging, Sexuality and Gender Study, the first ever longitudinal study to address the emerging needs of LGBT midlife and older adults, funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Fredriksen-Goldsen and colleagues developed the Health Equity Promotion Model have worked with several population-based studies including National Health Interview Survey, American Community Survey, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, and Health and Retirement Study. She is the author of more than 85 peer reviewed publications in leading journals and three books, including Families and Work: New Directions in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press). Dr. Fredriksen Goldsen has presented her research findings at the Institute of Medicine, United Nations and U.S. White House conferences, and Congressional Briefings. She has received numerous awards for her pioneering scholarship, teaching and community engagement including Top 50 Influencer in Aging from PBS
The overarching goal of all studies within the Behavioral Medicine Research Group is to improve the lives of children and adults through research designed to explore the etiology and mechanisms of adverse health conditions, and to develop interventions designed to prevent or mitigate the impact of these conditions.
The Indigenous Wellness Research Institute seeks to marshal community, tribal, academic, and governmental resources toward innovative, culture-centered interdisciplinary, collaborative social and behavioral research and education.
Partners for Our Children works to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families in Washington State, especially those touched by the child welfare system. But they can’t do that alone. That’s why they work closely with partners to get the right information into the right hands – those making important decisions about child welfare practice and policy.
Dr. Paula Nurius studies processes and effects of stress and trauma focusing on vulnerable and socially disadvantaged populations, early/preventive intervention and fostering resilience. Her research on life course stress integrates structural, psychosocial and biobehavioral mechanisms, distinguishing direct, cumulative and interactive effects of early and later life stress exposures alongside protective factors. One strand of this work assesses relationships of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) to later stress proliferation and erosion of health protective resources.
A mental health specialist, she is increasingly focusing on comorbid physical, mental, and behavioral health outcomes as well as incorporating effects of the physical environment—such as air pollution and neighborhood characteristics—in multi-level models to explain stress responding and disparities in population health and functioning outcomes. She maintains multiple affiliations on campus including the Center for Studies of Demography and Ecology wherein her research relates to the population health themes of: 1) Children, Adolescents and the Transition to Adulthood and 2) Social and Biological Contexts of Population Health.
Dr. Gavin’s research investigates the pathways linking maternal early life risk exposures to offspring birth outcomes. Her work also explores how cultural, social and structural contexts factor into differing health outcomes, particularly among racial and ethnic groups.
I am currently an Associate Professor in the University of Washington Epidemiology Department and have adjunct appointments in the Departments of Global Health and Health Services. I am also a member of the training faculty of the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Public Health Leadership Training Program and am Associate Director of the Strategic Analysis Research and Training (START) Center, which is housed in the Department of Global Health. I have a number of research areas of interest, including HIV and sexually transmitted infections as they relate to HPV and cervical cancer, both domestically and in sub-Saharan Africa.
For more than a decade I have co-taught an applied Epidemiology course Epi 514, Applications of Epidemiologic Methods, in which graduate Epi students conduct data analysis projects using Washington State birth certificates and linked hospitalization records for mothers and their offspring. I manage the relationship with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) which allows for free access of the data and oversee the probabilistic data linkages and creation of master files for UW research use and distribution back to researchers and health officials at the DOH. In addition, we identify research projects and provide de-identified data subfiles to be used by students in class. Students have often used this course as a springboard for future reproductive, perinatal, and pediatric projects and more than 100 manuscripts from studies initiated in Epi 514 have been published in peer-reviewed journals, adding significantly to the scientific literature.
The University of Washington Nanotoxicology Center (UW Nanotox), in concert with the National Institute of Environmental Health Centers for Nanotechnology Health Implications Research (NCNHIR) consortium, develops standardized techniques, analytical tools, and mathematical models to assess and predict the toxicity and environmental impact of engineered nanomaterials.