ORI scientists Keith Smolkowski, Ph.D., & Lisa Strycker, M.S., are members of an interdisciplinary team that found that amino acid supplements reduced post-surgical muscle atrophy and weakness....
ORI RESEARCH REPORT -How Personality Traits Predict Health Outcomes - In this 8 minute video Dr. Sarah Hampson discusses how personality traits identified early in life can help predict health outcomes in adults, and how we can use that knowledge to improve human wellbeing.
Oregon Research Institute researchers study human behavior to learn why people behave the way they do and to develop programs to help people lead healthier lives. Learn more about our evidence based programs.
ORI scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., has received a grant to study the cost-effectiveness of his successful fall-prevention program Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance.
Erika Westling, Ph.D., is one of ORI’s “home-grown” scientists. Hired at ORI as a research assistant in 1996, Erika got her Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2007 from UCLA, and in 2012 became an ORI associate scientist. Her research focuses on child development and the factors in health behaviors in children and adolescents, including physical activity, diet, substance use, mood, and timing of pubertal maturation. Her favorite part of working at ORI is the people she gets to work alongside in her teams. Outside of ORI, Erika works with a few non-profit animal rescue agencies in town to address pet overpopulation in Eugene-Springfield. She is the proud mother of one daughter, Emily.