About ORI


Understanding human behavior is an important key to healthy behavior change. Through building our understanding of the internal and external forces that influence human behavior, we improve our ability to help people make healthier choices.

Founded in 1960, Oregon Research Institute (ORI) is a charitable 501(c) 3 research center, dedicated entirely to understanding human behavior and improving the quality of human life. Funded by research grants from the National Institutes of Health and by the United States Department of Education, ORI scientists study such topics as childhood obesity and behavioral problems, adult chronic physical illness, substance use and abuse, adolescent depression and eating disorders.

ORI began with just a few scientists and staff working out of one small office in Eugene, Oregon. ORI now has satellite offices in Portland, Oregon and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. ORI is consistently one of the top 50 nonprofit institutions receiving federal funds in the country and is the largest independent behavioral research center in Oregon. ORI employs 190 people with 49 research scientists. In 2018, we have 54 research grants and a budget of $12.5 million.



ORI has 2 affiliated organizations:  Oregon Research Behavioral Intervention Strategies (ORBIS) and ORI Community & Evaluation Services (ORI-CES).  

ORBIS is an affiliate of Oregon Research Institute whose mission is to apply the behavioral sciences to the improvement of human well-being through the development and commercialization of evidence-based products and programs directed at health care and education.

ORI-CES operates in close association and cooperation with ORI and is dedicated to improving individual and community health and well-being through providing evaluation and intervention services to the public and private sectors.