Richard A. Deyo MD, MPH
Department of Family Medicine, Department of Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University
Richard Deyo is Professor Emeritus and previously the Kaiser-Permanente Endowed Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine in the Department of Family Medicine and the Department of Internal Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. He is a Deputy Editor of Spine and a member of the Editorial Board of the Back Review Group of the Cochrane Collaboration. In 2004, he received the John M. Eisenberg Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine and in 2015 he received the Wiltse Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. Dr. Deyo has a long-standing research interest in measuring patient function, involving patients in clinical decisions, and managing low back pain. He has recently been studying inappropriate use of medical technology, and the commercial, political, and media forces that affect it. The resulting book, Hope or Hype: The Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises was published in 2005. His second book, Watch Your Back! How the Back Pain Industry Is Costing Us More and Giving Us Less – And What You Can Do to Inform and Empower Yourself in Seeking Treatment, was published in 2014.
Lynn DeBar, PhD MPH
Senior Scientist at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute;
and affiliate professor at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington
Dr. DeBar is a clinical psychologist and behavioral health researcher whose work in recent years has focused primarily on the health care service needs of patients with chronic pain particularly those with complicating comorbid conditions. Her work includes both large scale epidemiological studies examining the impact of health care policies on patient receipt of pain-related behavioral health and complementary and integrative health care services as well as pragmatic trials of multidisciplinary biopsychosocial treatment approaches for patients with pain in primary care settings. Dr. DeBar works closely with physicians at Kaiser Permanente and other health care systems to ensure that her research findings make their way into clinical practice, and to identify real-world clinical practices that have the potential to improve service delivery through large-scale adoption of behavioral and lifestyle interventions. Dr. DeBar serves on the National Advisory Council for the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health and has been the principal investigator of projects funded by NINDS, NIMH, NCCIH, NIDDK, NICHD, and PCORI.
Barbara Neis Ph.D., F.R.S.C, C. M.
Department of Sociology
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Barbara Neis (Ph.D., F.R.S.C, C. M.) is John Paton Lewis Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Based in the Department of Sociology, she is also the Co-Director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, a Member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and past president of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health. Professor Neis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 1988. She has worked for three decades in multi-disciplinary teams carrying out research in marine and coastal contexts including on social and environmental change, occupational health and safety and mobile work. She is currently Project Director on an 8-year SSHRC-funded Partnership grant entitled On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context. Professor Neis is also co-chair of the Newfoundland node of a second SSHRC-funded Partnership grant, the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. She is a co-investigator in two modules in the Canada First Research Excellence-funded, 8-year, Ocean Frontier Institute where she is heading up research on fishing and aquaculture occupational health and safety.