Scientists and Staff

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John Seeley Ph.D.

John Seeley is an ORBIS senior scientist and Chair of the Board of Directors. His areas of special interest include (a) emotional and behavioral disorders in youth, (b) behavioral health intervention, (c) research design and program evaluation, and (d) health-related technology. Since 1986 he has served as a research programmer, data analyst, project manager, co-investigator, and principal investigator on over 45 National Institutes of Health,…More Details

John Seeley is an ORBIS senior scientist and Chair of the Board of Directors. His areas of special interest include (a) emotional and behavioral disorders in youth, (b) behavioral health intervention, (c) research design and program evaluation, and (d) health-related technology. Since 1986 he has served as a research programmer, data analyst, project manager, co-investigator, and principal investigator on over 45 National Institutes of Health, Department of Education, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration research grants regarding the epidemiology, etiology, treatment, and prevention of depression and behavioral disorders. Dr. Seeley has extensive experience developing evidence-based commercial products through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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David R. Smith Ph.D.,PMP

David Smith is President and Chief Strategy & Development Officer at ORBIS. He is a cognitive scientist with interests in digital health, data literacy, and innovation. Dr. Smith has over 20 years experience as a strategist working at the intersection of technology, human behavior, and business innovation at HP, Philips, and several small businesses. At ORBIS,…More Details

David Smith is President and Chief Strategy & Development Officer at ORBIS. He is a cognitive scientist with interests in digital health, data literacy, and innovation. Dr. Smith has over 20 years experience as a strategist working at the intersection of technology, human behavior, and business innovation at HP, Philips, and several small businesses. At ORBIS, one of his goals is to ensure that behavioral health innovations become an integral part of the emerging digital health ecosystem.

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Edward G. Feil Ph.D.

Edward Feil is an educational psychologist with over two decade’s experience in adapting and translating effective evidence-based programs for widespread use in health care clinics, classrooms, and the Internet. His research has focused on universal early school screening for child behavior problems, interactive Internet interventions to teach parenting skills, and early child psychopathology. Dr. Feil has collaborated on Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH).…More Details

Edward Feil is an educational psychologist with over two decade’s experience in adapting and translating effective evidence-based programs for widespread use in health care clinics, classrooms, and the Internet. His research has focused on universal early school screening for child behavior problems, interactive Internet interventions to teach parenting skills, and early child psychopathology. Dr. Feil has collaborated on Phase I and Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Feil serves as Secretary to the ORBIS Board of Directors. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Dr. Feil is also a senior research scientist at Oregon Research Institute where he has been employed since 1993.

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Lisa B. Sheeber Ph.D.

Lisa Sheeber is a senior scientist at ORBIS with extensive expertise in adolescent depression and family processes. Dr. Sheeber has been Principal Investigator on two National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded grants focused on developing and evaluating an Internet-facilitated intervention for depression in low-income mothers. She has also been a Co-Investigator on two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded grants to develop and evaluate an Internet-based intervention for improving parenting in mothers of infants.…More Details

Lisa Sheeber is a senior scientist at ORBIS with extensive expertise in adolescent depression and family processes. Dr. Sheeber has been Principal Investigator on two National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded grants focused on developing and evaluating an Internet-facilitated intervention for depression in low-income mothers. She has also been a Co-Investigator on two National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded grants to develop and evaluate an Internet-based intervention for improving parenting in mothers of infants. She has served as Principal Investigator of NIMH projects focused on adolescent depression as well as Co-Investigator on numerous grants to develop and evaluate parenting interventions for vulnerable populations. Dr. Sheeber is also a senior scientist at Oregon Research Institute where she has been an employee for 19 years.

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Jeff Gau M.S.

Mr. Gau is a Senior Data Analyst at the Oregon Research Institute. In this capacity, he has been involved with the analysis of longitudinal data, randomized trials, and group randomized trials for over 15 years. His analytic contributions to the evaluation of longitudinal studies include examination of main effects for randomized trials (e.g., Rohde, Stice, Shaw,…More Details

Mr. Gau is a Senior Data Analyst at the Oregon Research Institute. In this capacity, he has been involved with the analysis of longitudinal data, randomized trials, and group randomized trials for over 15 years. His analytic contributions to the evaluation of longitudinal studies include examination of main effects for randomized trials (e.g., Rohde, Stice, Shaw, & Gau, 2015) and group randomized trials (e.g., Glang, Koester, James, Gioai, McAvoy, Marshall, & Gau, 2015), mediation (e.g., Stice, Rohde, Seeley, & Gau, 2010; Stice, Presnell, Gau, & Shaw, 2007), moderation (e.g., Stice, Rohde, Gau, & Wade, 2010) and complex modeling involving cohort-sequential design with binary outcomes (Duncan, Gau, Duncan, & Strycker, 2011). Mr. Gau also currently consults and provides program evaluation and other methodological services for both the public (e.g., University of Oregon, University of Washington) and private sectors (e.g., Deschutes Research Institute, Salem Health).

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Milagra S. Tyler M.A.

Milagra S. Tyler, MA has been at Oregon Research Institute (ORI) since 1998 and is a Project Manager at ORBIS. She has experience in the development and delivery of technology-based health behavior change interventions and has co-authored several papers on this work.  Ms. Tyler has particular expertise in the overall information architecture of programs designed to engage participants and encourage behavior change.…More Details

Milagra S. Tyler, MA has been at Oregon Research Institute (ORI) since 1998 and is a Project Manager at ORBIS. She has experience in the development and delivery of technology-based health behavior change interventions and has co-authored several papers on this work.  Ms. Tyler has particular expertise in the overall information architecture of programs designed to engage participants and encourage behavior change. Ms. Tyler has a BA in Psychology from Southern Oregon State College and a MA in Elementary Education from Oregon State University.

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Deborah J. Toobert Ph.D.

Deborah Toobert has conducted research and published numerous articles related to multiple-health-risk behavior self-management, including healthful eating and weight management, physical activity, smoking cessation, problem solving, stress management, and the challenges of assessing, changing, and maintaining improvements in multiple health-risk behaviors. Dr. Toobert is experienced in developing and evaluating interactive health-behavior-change multimedia programs for adults with type 2 diabetes,…More Details

Deborah Toobert has conducted research and published numerous articles related to multiple-health-risk behavior self-management, including healthful eating and weight management, physical activity, smoking cessation, problem solving, stress management, and the challenges of assessing, changing, and maintaining improvements in multiple health-risk behaviors. Dr. Toobert is experienced in developing and evaluating interactive health-behavior-change multimedia programs for adults with type 2 diabetes, and has considerable experience in measurement development.  She has worked with HMOs and health clinics and to successfully integrate intervention products into physicians’ daily practice.  Dr. Toobert is also a senior research scientist at Oregon Research Institute where she has been an employee since 1982.

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Byron Glidden B.A., M.S.

Byron Glidden has worked as the Administrative Director at Oregon Research Institute since 2011. Prior to that he was the Human Resources Manager at ORI. His career in Human Resources has spanned 18 years working in a variety of academic, manufacturing and publishing organizations. He most recently was employed by Reed Business Information, a publisher of business-to-business trade publications.…More Details

Byron Glidden has worked as the Administrative Director at Oregon Research Institute since 2011. Prior to that he was the Human Resources Manager at ORI. His career in Human Resources has spanned 18 years working in a variety of academic, manufacturing and publishing organizations. He most recently was employed by Reed Business Information, a publisher of business-to-business trade publications. At Reed, he served as Vice President of Human Resources with responsibility for offices in Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. He has worked as an HR generalist with experience at all levels and within all functions of human resources, as well as providing organizational development and training services. He attended college at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He subsequently moved to Eugene, where he received a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Oregon.

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Leila Snow MBA

Leila Snow is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at ORBIS. She earned her Bachelors of Sociology at Humboldt State University and her Master of Business Administration at Southern Oregon State University. Leila served as the Fiscal Manager at Oregon Research Institute (ORI) from 1999 to 2015. Before coming to ORI and ORBIS, she had an extensive work history in financial management in the governmental sector.…More Details

Leila Snow is the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer at ORBIS. She earned her Bachelors of Sociology at Humboldt State University and her Master of Business Administration at Southern Oregon State University. Leila served as the Fiscal Manager at Oregon Research Institute (ORI) from 1999 to 2015. Before coming to ORI and ORBIS, she had an extensive work history in financial management in the governmental sector. She held accounting and management positions at the City of Eugene, the Eugene Water and Electric Board, and Gregor and Company C.P.A.s. Over her career she developed extensive experience in budgeting, cost accounting, audit cycles, and software management.

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Amy Prentice

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