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Kerry Kuehl, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.S. is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Director of the Human Performance Laboratory in the Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He has a Master’s in Exercise Physiology, a Doctorate of Public Health in Nutrition, and medical specialty board certification in Internal Medicine. He teaches in the School of Medicine and is a primary care physician specializing in Sports Medicine. He is Research Director of the OHSU Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and Medical Director of Comprehensive Wellness Testing for Portland Fire Bureau. He most recently published a comprehensive review of the effects of sleep deprivation and fatigue among Fire Fighters and Emergency Services Personnel.  In addition, Dr. Kuehl serves on nutrition and sports medicine committees and scientific advisory boards.  He is a frequent speaker at local, regional, and national occupational, nutrition and medical conferences having published over 70 scientific and 200 lay articles.  He is currently the principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health and Centers For Disease Control funded SHIELD program to improve the health and safety of law enforcement officers. 


Diane Elliot, M.D., F.A.C.S.M., is a Professor of Medicine and along with Dr. Goldberg, a founding member of the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine. She is a native Oregonian and attended medical school in St. Louis at Washington University, joining the faculty after internal medicine training at the University of California Hospitals and Clinics in San Francisco. Dr. Elliot was principal investigator for the National Institute on Drug Abuse ATHENA (Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise & Nutrition Alternatives) study of sport team-centered health promotion program for young women high school athletes, which successfully reduced drug use and promoted life long healthy behaviors. She is science director for the Division’s Center for Health Promotion Research (CHPR), which has focused on translating science-based health promotion programs into public health practice. For the last nine years, Dr. Elliot has received National Institute of Health funding to promote the health of career fire fighters, through development and now dissemination of the PHLAME (Promoting Health Lifestyles: Assessing More Effects) program. The leading cause of death fighting fires in heart attacks, and PHLAME has been proven to improve the nutrition and exercise habits of first responders. She has worked with the International Association of Fire Fighters, U.S. Fire Administration and more recently law enforcement agencies to improve the health of those who protect use. Dr. Elliot has been a doping control officer for the U.S. Anti-doping Association, and she has testified before Congress on women and drug use in sports. She has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters and texts. She maintains a primary care internal medicine practice and supervises trainees in the clinic and hospital wards. She helps direct two medical school courses, and she is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American College of Physicians.


Linn Goldberg, M.D., F.A.C.S.M., is a graduate of the George Washington School of Medicine (with Distinction), Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University and the Director of the Human Performance Laboratory. He is a practicing physician, teacher and research scientist. His team-centered drug prevention and health promotion intervention, the ATLAS Program, has won national awards from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Education, the United States Juvenile Justice System and Sports Illustrated. He was Co-Investigator of the ATHENA (Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise & Nutrition Alternatives) study, an NIH sponsored program proven to reduce disordered eating practices and drug use among adolescent female athletes. In addition, he is a Co-Investigator of the PHLAME study, which produced behavioral strategies to enhance exercise and nutrition in the workplace. His research-based curricula are listed as the only models for preventing anabolic steroid use by the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 2004, passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and signed into law by the president. In addition Dr. Goldberg was Principal investigator of the SATURN study, a NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) funded project assessing whether drug testing reduces drug and alcohol use among adolescent athletes. In addition, Dr. Goldberg is one of seven Principal Investigators involved in a national study to prevent type 2 diabetes mellitus in children and adolescents, sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a member of the Endocrine Society’s Hormone Foundation, former Doping Control Officer for the United States Anti-Doping Agency and Expert Panelist for the Department of Education’s Safe and Drug Free Schools Program. Dr. Goldberg has co-authored three books including the textbook, Exercise for Prevention and Treatment of Illness, F.A. Davis, 1994, and the popular book, The Healing Power of Exercise, John Wiley & Sons, 2000. He has over 200 publications and has received more than 30 research grant awards. His work has been highlighted in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA-Today, the LA Times, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, CNN, ESPN, PBS, National Public Radio and other news outlets


Wendy McGinnis, MA, is the data manager for the Division of Sports Medicine and Health Promotion.




Carol DeFrancesco, MALS, RD is a Senior Research Associate and Registered Dietitian in the division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She received her Bachelor of Science in nutrition from Oregon State University and her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Reed College. She graduated with honors from both institutions. Carol has conducted research studying omega-3 fatty acids, eating disorder prevention, heart disease prevention, health coaching and now health promotion in law enforcement with the SHIELD study.  She teaches sports nutrition, yoga and motivational interviewing at Oregon Health & Science University.


Adriana Sleigh, BS, is a Senior Research Assistant in the division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU).  She received her Bachelor of Science in General Science from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.  While studying at Linfield, she worked for the Office of Admission, Department of Chemistry, and Linfield College Libraries.  Post graduation, Ms. Sleigh was hired as the Acquisitions Coordinator for Linfield College Libraries.  She also taught as an instructor of anatomy & physiology labs in the Linfield Department of Health, Human Performance, and Athletics.  She transitioned into teaching full-time and ran the anatomy & physiology lab and cadaver lab for the department.  In 2006, she joined the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine to work with the HEALTHY Study (A Middle School Program for Diabetes Prevention).  She is currently an exercise physiologist in the Division’s Human Performance Lab and she coordinates many studies for the Division.

Hannah Kuehl, B.A, is an Research Assistant in the Division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.  She has special research interests in understanding the health risks of emergency medical responders having worked with firefighters and law enforcement the past 2 years.  She will begin graduate studies for her PhD in the fall.

Jennifer Smith, MPH is a Research Assistant in the division of Health Promotion and Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. She received her Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from Western Oregon University and her Master of Public Health in Health Promotion from Portland State University. Prior to joining the staff at OHSU she worked in higher education at the University of Oregon and served in the AmeriCorps in rural Oregon.