Scientists

Since its founding in 1960, ORI has attracted top-notch researchers from around the world. The scientists enjoy ORI’s dynamic and collegial work environment, share in ORI’s commitment to scientific excellence and scientific freedom, and uphold ORI’s high ethical and scientific standards.

The scientists and their interests drive ORI’s research program. They study human behavior to learn why people behave the way they do and to develop programs to help people lead healthier lives. In 2021, ORI has 43 scientists working on 45 research grants.

Scientists at ORI

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Laura Akers, Ph.D.

For more than 30 years, Laura Akers has been studying the psychology and rhetoric of both social movements and individual behavior. Her focus on cognitive framing (different ways to organize our understanding) emphasizes the roles of narrative, metaphor, and cognitive style.    Psychology of social movements: Dr. Akers is an expert on meta-narratives, the background "stories" that function as key cultural beliefs about societies and ...

Ross Anderson, Ph.D.

I work in education research with a focus on enhancing educators’ beliefs and practices about the creative development of adolescents in school. The driving motive in my work is to create greater equity in access and opportunities for students marginalized due to their identities related to race, ethnicity, language, sexuality, ability, and family socioeconomic privilege. During the past five years I have partnered with teaching artists to ...

Judy A. Andrews, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Judy Andrews' areas of interest include the etiology and prevention of substance use in childhood through emerging adulthood, and the evaluation of tobacco cessation interventions. She is principal investigator on an ongoing longitudinal study, which began in 1998, the Oregon Youth Substance Use Project (OYSUP), investigating the risk and protective factors associated with development of substance use, beginning when the participants were in ...

Andrew Bergen, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Dr. Bergen's research spans aging, psychiatric and substance use disorders. Dr. Bergen is a principal investigator of translational projects focused on developing biomarkers and models for treatment of tobacco use disorder and opioid use disorder. Dr. Bergen serves as a member of scientific consortia, and committee member of and consultant to non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Anthony Biglan, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Anthony Biglan, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and the Co-Director of the Promise Neighborhood Research Consortium. He has been conducting research on the development and prevention of child and adolescent problem behavior for the past 30 years. Dr. Biglan's work has included studies of the risk and protective factors associated with tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use; high-risk sexual behavior; and antisocial ...

Shawn M. Boles, Ph.D., Associate Scientist (Ret.)

Shawn Boles was an Associate Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute and Emeritus Senior Research Associate in the Center on Human Development at the University of Oregon. He received his A.B. degree in Psychology from Oglethorpe University in 1965, followed by two years teaching general science as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines. He returned from that endeavor to attend Georgia State University, receiving his Ph.D. (1971) in ...

Marie Boman-Davis, Ph.D., Associate Scientist

Marie Boman-Davis is an Associate Scientist at ORI. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health - Health Behavior. Boman-Davis also received training through the Cornelius Hopper Diversity Award from the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program and received a Predoctoral Behavioral Scientists Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Her research interests include public health, health behavior, and tobacco control.

Janet L. Brody, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Janet Brody is an ORI Research Scientist, a licensed clinical psychologist in New Mexico and Co-investigator of three NIDA funded clinical trials evaluating behavioral treatments for adolescent substance-use and depressive disorders. Dr. Brody recently completed as Principal Investigator for two NIH-funded grants (original and competing continuation) investigating ethical issues and family decision-making related to the participation of children ...

B Grace Bullock, Ph.D., Associate Scientist

B Grace Bullock, Ph.D., is a researcher, visionary systems thinker and Founding Director and Principal Consultant of Internal Science & Education Alliance. She is a scientist-practitioner, educator, program evaluator, speaker and author who integrates evidence-based intervention with contemplative practices in her research, teaching and clinical work. Dr. Bullock's mission is to facilitate partnerships to support authentic inclusivity and ...

Vincent Chirimwami, Ph.D., Associate Scientist

Vincent Chirimwami is an Associate Scientist at ORI. His background is in public policy and administration, with a focus on public management and leadership. His doctoral dissertation at Walden University evaluated the influence of educational equity policies on graduation rates for Black students. One of Chirimwami's research interests focuses on evaluating how social and educational policies improve or perpetuate disparities in communities of ...

Gulcan Cil, Ph.D., Associate Scientist

Associate Scientist Gulcan Cil, Ph,.D.,  is a health economist with a particular focus on policy impact evaluation and identification of the effects of behavioral and environmental factors on health and other socio-economic outcomes. Her research expertise is in analyses of large data sets from administrative records using modern statistical techniques for improved causal inference. She has extensive experience in large-scale policy ...

Jeanne Dalen, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Specializing in behavioral medicine, Jeanne Dalen has over 12 years’ experience conducting both research and clinical work with chronic illness populations including obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Dalen has over nine years’ experience working in both a clinical and research capacity with family-based adolescent treatment programs for depression and substance and over ten years’ experience investigating ...

Brian G. Danaher, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Brian G. Danaher, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and Research Professor at the University of Oregon. A research clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Danaher’s early academic research focused on behavioral approaches to encourage self-management across a broad array of topics. Since he joined ORI in 2004, Dr. Danaher has helped to lead more than a dozen NIH grant-funded research projects that have ...

Betsy Davis, Ph.D., Associate Scientist

Betsy Davis is an Associate Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/Research Methodology and Statistics from the University of Oregon in 1992. She has been at ORI since 1991. Her primary research interest focuses on how to establish successful community-research relationships and build respectful cross-cultural bridges between non-majority cultures and mainstream evidence-based programs. ...

Christopher Desjardins, Ph.D., Associate Scientist

Dr. Christopher Desjardins is currently an Associate Scientist at Oregon Research Institute and an Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at Saint Michael’s College. Dr. Desjardins received a PhD in Quantitative Methods in Education from the Department of Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2013 and a MS in Statistics from the University of Minnesota in 2012. He completed a post-doc at the University of ...

Thomas J. Dishion, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

In Memoriam: In June, 2018, ORI mourned the passing of ORI Senior Scientist Tom Dishion, Ph.D., a highly respected and influential scientist in the fields of child development, prevention science, family process, and peer relations. His research work spanned the domains of developmental psychopathology, theoretical models of child and adolescent socialization, family and peer interaction methodology, child and adolescent substance use and problem ...

Susan C. Duncan, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Since joining ORI in 1991, Sue Duncan’s research has focused on substantive, statistical, and methodological issues related to youth social and health risk behaviors (e.g., substance use) and health promoting behaviors (predominantly physical activity). Dr. Duncan has been the Principal Investigator on 5 NIH grants (NICHD and NIAAA) and a Co-Investigator on 14 NIH grants (NIDA, NCI, NIA, NHLBI), successfully collaborating with numerous ...

Grant W. Edmonds, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Grant Edmonds' research interests are focused on understanding the mechanisms linking personality to physical health across the lifespan. His work is predicated by two ideas: (1) personality is an established predictor of mortality and, (2) personality changes in developmentally important ways across the lifespan. Within this framework, Dr. Edmonds is committed to developing and testing models relating consequential change in personality to ...

Richard Farmer, Ph.D., Research Scientist

Richard Farmer's research and clinical interests have been primarily centered on persons who display impulsive or disinhibited tendencies or who express difficulties in self-regulation. In experimental research, he has evaluated various theoretical models of impulsivity and reward sensitivity with diverse clinical groups, including inmates and those with eating disorders and personality disorders. Since 1990, Dr. Farmer's research has also ...

Edward G. Feil, Ph.D., Senior Scientist

Edward Feil, an educational psychologist and ORI Senior Research Scientist, has been a member of the ORI research community since 1993. Dr. Feil has authored papers on early intervention assessment methodology, interactive Internet interventions, and early child psychopathology. His research has focused on early childhood and incorporating Internet technology into the delivery of evidence-based interventions to hard to reach populations. Full ...

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