About ORI

Founded in 1960, Oregon Research Institute (ORI) has developed an international reputation in the behavioral sciences and continues to be a leader in the conduct of socially relevant research. ORI scientists strive to improve the quality of people’s lives through methodologically rigorous research, making significant contributions to understanding the causes and prevention of a variety of social problems. Please feel free to visit our web site at www.ori.org.

About the Scientists:

Herbert H. Severson is a Senior Research Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. He has been involved with helping smokeless tobacco users for over 25 years. Dr. Severson has received several grants from the National Institutes of Health to conduct studies on smokeless prevention and cessation.

Dr. Severson is the author of Enough Snuff, a book and video program that has proven to be effective in helping hundreds of chewers successfully quit. He has also produced an award-winning video on smokeless entitled Big Dipper and authored three books on smokeless tobacco prevention and cessation. He received the 2006 Research Laureate Award from the American Academy of Health Behavior.

Brian G. Danaher received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and is a Senior Scientist at Oregon Research Institute. A research clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Danaher has authored numerous tobacco cessation publications, book chapters, and a self-help book entitled Become an Ex-Smoker (with Dr. Edward Lichtenstein). Much of his work has focused on using technology to help deliver health behavior change programs. For example, he developed a smoking cessation program which aired during prime-time news in Los Angeles, and he helped design and evaluate several Web-based programs for quitting smoking and smokeless tobacco use.

Nora Van Meter is a research assistant at Oregon Research Institute has been involved in tobacco prevention since 2002. She has helped to develop and implement web and school based interventions to help prevent at risk youth from smoking and chewing tobacco. Mrs. Van Meter has a bachelor's degree in Journalism.

Milagra S. Tyler is a research assistant at Oregon Research Institute and has been involved in tobacco cessation research since 2002. She has previously helped develop and implement several Internet-based behavioral interventions. Ms. Tyler has a bachelor's degree in psychology and an MA in education.

Coleen Yearick is a research assistant at Oregon Research Institute. She has worked in tobacco cessation research since 2005 and has spent many of those years helping young people from starting smoking or quitting their habit early. Ms. Yearick has bachelor degrees in Psychology and English and a master's degree in Psychology.