Oregon Research Institute

Advancing science.

Enhancing lives.

Oregon Research Institute

Advancing science.

Enhancing lives.

Oregon Research Institute

Advancing science.

Enhancing lives.

Oregon Research Institute is an independent non-profit behavioral sciences research center dedicated to understanding human behavior and improving the quality of human life through the prevention and treatment of health, educational, and social problems.

ABOUT ORI

ORI was founded in 1960 as an independent behavioral research center. Research topics include addiction, depression, aging, physical health, and academic/social supports for children. 

ENHANCING LIVES

ORI develops effective evidence-based programs to promote human health and wellbeing.  Our work goes beyond research to provide practical solutions for societal problems.

JOIN OUR TEAM

ORI provides a dynamic, collegial community and dedicated admin support for post-docs, early career scientists, and seasoned researchers alike. Scientific careers thrive here. 

 

RESEARCH SPOTLIGHTS

Scientist Spotlight: Erika Westling, Ph.D.

In our inaugural edition of the ORI Scientist Spotlight Series, we focus on research scientist Erika Westling, Ph.D. Dr. Westling is known at ORI for her excellent communication skills, her persistence in the field, and as a good collaborator. Dr. Westling came to ORI many years ago and has had a distinctive career trajectory.

Teen Decision Making is the focus of a new book by ORI Senior Scientist Robin Gregory,Ph.D.

Robin GregoryRobin Gregory, Ph.D., ORI Senior Scientist, and co-author Brooke Moore released a new book entitled Sorting it Out: Supporting Teenage Decision Making.  This science-based guide offers stories, examples, and practical tips that show how decisions can transform problems in to opportunities.

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ORI mourns the loss of Daniel Kahneman

ORI mourns the loss of Daniel Kahneman, a renowned scholar who was the ‘grandfather of behavioral economics’. He passed away on March 27 at the age of 90.  Kahneman and his close colleague Amos Tversky spent a memorable sabbatical year at ORI in 1971-1972.

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FEATURED PUBLICATIONS

Proficiency With Number Concepts and Operations: Replicating the Efficacy of a First-Grade Mathematics Intervention

Doabler CT, Clarke B, Turtura JE, Sutherland M, Gersib JA, Lesner T, Cook M, Kimmel GL, Smolkowski K, Kosty D. Proficiency With Number Concepts and Operations: Replicating the Efficacy of a First-Grade Mathematics Intervention. J Learn Disabil. 2023 Nov 28:222194231209017. doi: 10.1177/00222194231209017. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38014809.

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Brief Interventions for Cannabis Using Adolescents

Winters KC, Waldron H, Hops H, Ozechowski T, Montano A. Brief Interventions for Cannabis Using Adolescents. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am. 2023 Jan;32(1):127-140. doi: 10.1016/j.chc.2022.06.004. PMID: 36410899.

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School Discipline Referrals for Substance Use Increased in Oregon Middle Schools after Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Cil, Gulcan, PhD; Winters, Ken C, PhD; Austin, Sean C, PhD; Kittelman, Angus, PhD; Smolkowski, Keith, Ph.D.; Westling, Erika, PhD, and Seeley, John R. (2023). Legalization and Retail Availability of Recreational Marijuana and Adolescent Use in Schools. Health Economics, October 6, 2023; online ahead of print. 

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Virtual Cognitively Enhanced Tai Chi Program Improves Cognition and Executive Function in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment 

Li, Fuzhong, PhD; Harmer, Peter, PhD; MPH; Eckstrom, Elizabeth, MD, MPH; Fitzgerald, Kathleen, MD, and Winters-Stone, Kerri, PhD (2023). Ji Quan Training on Global Cognition and Dual-Task Performance During Walking in Older Adults With Mild Cognitive Impairment or Self-Reported Memory Concerns: A Randomized Control Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, October 31, 2023. 

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