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College welcomes new tenure-track faculty for the 2015-2016 school year


The College of Public Health and Human Sciences welcomes 13 new tenure-track faculty members to the college for 2015-2016 school year.

The faculty, with research interests ranging from HIV prevention to low-income health disparities, are experts in areas of public health, nutrition, kinesiology and human development and family sciences.

Coming to the college from all over the country and receiving their degrees world-wide, these faculty members are charged with enhancing the mission of the college to ensure lifelong health and well-being for every person, every family and every community in Oregon and beyond.

Continue reading to learn more about the college’s new faculty members, their backgrounds and research interests.

School of Biological and Population Health Sciences

Dave-DallasDavid Dallas

Assistant professor, Nutrition

Education – PhD, University of California, Davis.

Research interests – Identification of milk components that control infant digestion, immune response and microbial make-up, with an emphasis on infant and adult health improvement.




Jonathan Garcia

Assistant professor, International Health

Education – PsyD in Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University.

Research interests – Medical interventions for HIV prevention; elements of contextualized social experience, using ethnographic methods, to devise new forms of public health approaches for reaching the most vulnerable populations and communities.


Stephanie-Grutzmacher-300pxStephanie Grutzmacher

Assistant professor, Nutrition

Education – PsyD in Family Sciences, University of Maryland.

Research interests – Food security, nutrition literacy and the development and evaluation of family, school and community-based nutrition education programs for low-income populations.



Jay-KimJeong Ho “Jay” Kim

Assistant professor, Environmental and Occupational Health

Education – PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering, University of Washington.

Research interests – Occupational ergonomics and biomechanics; whole body vibrations on musculoskeletal injuries in truck drivers and off-road vehicles.



Sean-NewsomSean Newsom

Assistant professor, Kinesiology

Education – PhD, University of Michigan.

Research interests – Dose response of low intensity, high frequency physical activity interventions on markers of metabolic syndrome; translation of this work into prevention efforts and chronic disease management.



Matt-RobinsonMatt Robinson

Assistant professor, Kinesiology

Education – PhD, Colorado State University.

Research interests – Mitochondrial protein turnover and respiration during pathophysiology of Type 2 Diabetes and related metabolic disorders.



Yumie-TakataYumie Takata

Assistant professor, Nutrition

Education – PhD in Nutritional Sciences, University of Washington.

Research interests – Etiological roles of nutritional factors in cancer and chronic disease.



Emily-TomaykoEmily Tomayko

Assistant professor, Nutrition

Education – PhD, University of Illinois.

Research interests – Health disparities and community-based early childhood obesity prevention involving the entire family.



School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences


Kelly Davis

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences

Education – PhD, Pennsylvania State University.

Research interests – Work-family interfaces across the lifespan, parenting, family dynamics, occupational health, work stress, and work-family policy and practices.



Jessica-GormanJessica Gorman

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Education – PhD in Public Health, University of California, San Diego; MPH, University of North Carolina.

Research interests – Reproductive concerns and health among young cancer survivors, health communication around risk factors, health-related medical information and needs of young cancer patients.


Tao-LiTao Li

Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy

Education – PhD in Health Services Research and Administration, University of Nebraska Medical Center; MD, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

Research interests – Health disparities for low-income individuals, patient-centered medical home, health care financing and quality.


Cynthia-MojicaCynthia Mojica

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion and Health Behavior

Education –PhD in Health Services (now Health Policy & Management), Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles; MPH in Community Health Sciences, Population and Family Health, UCLA.

Research interests – Outreach and interventions for health promotion and prevention among under-represented populations.

David-RothwellDavid Rothwell

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences

Education –PhD in Social Welfare, University of Hawai’i at Manoa; MSW, Tulane University.

Research interests – Poverty, asset/wealth inequality and matched savings programs, family stress, and comparative social welfare policy.