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CPHHS welcomes new faculty

Memorial Union

The College of Public Health and Human Sciences is pleased to announce the recent addition of three new faculty members and the upcoming appointment of another early next year.

Jenny Jackson

Assistant Professor Jenny Jackson

Jenny Jackson is a new clinical assistant professor in Nutrition. She completed her postdoctoral training at Oregon State, where she conducted community-based and epidemiological research based on promoting healthy eating and physical activity in rural children in the family-home environment. Jenny received her PhD in Public Health from OSU. She is also a Registered Dietitian and holds an MS in Nutrition and Food Management from OSU. Jennifer’s research focuses on promoting nutrition and weight-healthy behaviors in young children.



William Massey

Assistant Professor William Massey

William Massey is an assistant professor in Kinesiology. William comes to OSU from Concordia University in Wisconsin, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy in the School of Health Professions. He received his PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MS in Kinesiology from Southern Illinois University. His current research addresses the social, psychological and environmental factors that help promote physical activity among young children and youth in under-resourced communities.

Sarah Rothenberg

Assistant Professor Sarah Rothenberg



Sarah Rothenberg is an assistant professor in Environmental and Occupational Health. Sara comes to OSU from University of South Carolina, where she was an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Arnold School of Public Health. She received her D.Env. in Environmental Science and Engineering and MS in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Sarah is currently a principal investigator on studies funded by National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, on maternal methylmercury exposure through rice ingestion and the neurodevelopment impacts of children in rural China.

Denise Hynes will begin her appointment as associate director for health data and informatics for OSU’s Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing and a professor in CPHHS’ School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences in February 2018. Denise will come to OSU from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she is a professor in the Division of Academic Internal Medicine and Geriatrics in the UIC College of Medicine and a research scientist in the Division of Health Policy Administration of the School of Public Health. Denise also holds a joint appointment as a research career scientist in the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital, and she plans to maintain a joint appointment with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Portland. She received her PhD in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her MPH in Health Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Her research interests include comparative effectiveness, economic burden of illness, healthy policy, quality of care for chronic disease management and informatics approaches.