TRI Adds Center for Health and Human Services
November 2, 2015
At the beginning of this academic year, The
Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University entered a new phase of
growth and development. Along with its new name (formerly The Teaching Research
Institute), came a new Center. To acknowledge the broad scope of work being
done at TRI, the Center for Health and Human Services has been created.
The perfect person to lead the new Center
“A focus on health and human services has been an integral
part of our work for decades,” says Dr. Ella Taylor, Director of TRI. “It was
time to further acknowledge this work by creating the Center for Health and
Human Services (CHHS). And Pat Ketcham was the perfect person to lead it.”
A return to WOU after 21 years
Dr. Ketcham joined TRI as an Evaluation
Specialist in 2014, with 26 years of experience in the field of Public Health,
beginning by serving as WOU’s first Director of Health Education from 1988 to
1993. Dr. Ketcham received a Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health from Oregon State
University (OSU) in 1998, and spent 7 years at the University of Iowa as the
Coordinator for Health Iowa in the Student Health Service.
Most recently, she was the Associate Director of Health Promotion, at OSU. In 2013-14 Dr. Ketcham served as the President of the American College Health Association.
“It’s exciting to be back to Western, and especially working in TRI,” says Dr. Ketcham. “Being asked to help create and then lead the Center for Health and Human Services is a great honor.”
The CHHS team
Joining Dr. Ketcham in the CHHS are Mary Ellen
Dello Stritto, Ph.D., and Andrea Doyle Hugmeyer, M.A.
Dr. Dello Stritto has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and extensive experience in statistics and research methodology. She also spent 16 years as a professor of psychology and gender studies.
Andrea Doyle Hugmeyer has an MA and a BS from Oregon State University with a concentration in Sociology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Andrea has taught a variety of undergraduate Women's Studies courses at OSU and has served as a Research Project Assistant at Northwest Professional Consortium Research.
Currently, Dello Stritto and Hugmeyer serve as
the Director and Assistant Director of Abby's House, a part of
TRI's WOU CASA project. This Campus Against Sexual Assault project is funded
through a 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence
Through this grant, Abby's House has been able to create products like the Abby's House App, and Sexual Misconduct Education Video Series and Curriculum, and programs like Healthy Masculinity and Campus Athletics Project, bringing WOU national recognition for cutting edge practices that help create a safe and respectful campus environment for all students, faculty and staff, and expand the victim assistance services and resources available to WOU students.
CHHS team includes Affiliated Faculty
The Center for Health and Human Services team reaches beyond TRI staff to include Western Oregon University faculty members. Dr. Stephanie Hoover and Dr. Doris I. Cancel-Tirado have recently joined CHHS as Affiliate Faculty. Each has ongoing research projects that will benefit from the support and expertise of TRI and CHHS.
A passionate group of people
“The CHHS team represents a vast array of experience,” Dr. Ketcham continues, “in such topics as childhood obesity, behavioral problems, substance use and abuse, physical activity, food insecurity, chronic and infectious disease, to name just a few. It’s exciting to work in partnership with a group of people so passionate about what they do.”
CHHS benefits from all TRI experience and knowledge
“Like the other seven Centers within TRI,” Dr. Taylor explains, “projects within CHHS benefit from the experience and knowledge of all TRI staff, including those associated with other Centers and the Grants Management Office. Everyone here contributes where needed to create the best results.”
The Center for Health and Human Services works to support public health initiatives that enhance and strengthen the health of individuals, families and communities. CHHS provides consultation, and program development and evaluation for community organizations, state and national public health efforts.
The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University improves the quality of life for individuals and communities by facilitating positive change in education, health, and human service systems.
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