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Christina Nicolaidis
Christina Nicolaidis

  • Professor
  • Senior Scholar in Social Determinants of Health
  • Fellowship: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, University of Washington
  • Residency/Chief Residency: Internal Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
  • MD, Medicine, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of Washington
  • BA, Cognitive Science, Brown University
Academic/Research Focus
  • Community-engaged research approaches to improve the health and healthcare of marginalized populations.
  • Research topics/areas: autism in adulthood, health equity, social determinants of health, family violence, depression, chronic pain, substance use disorders, patient-centered care, and health system transformation.
  • Methodologic expertise: community based participatory research, mixed-methods research, instrument development and adaptation, intervention development and evaluation.
Personal Interests

I love traveling and exploring other parts of the world whenever possible. Here in the Pacific NW, I try to spend most of my free time sharing experiences with my husband, children, and close friends - which translates into hanging out at home, watching movies, skiing, playing games, and attending alternative theater or dance performances.


As a general internist and health services researcher, Dr. Nicolaidis uses participatory research to improve the health and healthcare of marginalized populations. Many of her current projects focus on autism in adulthood. She is the co-founder and co-director of the Academic Autism Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), an international academic-community partnership that uses community-based participatory research to address the priorities of autistic adults. AASPIRE has conducted a series of National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded studies on health care and employment for autistic adults and has created the AASPIRE Healthcare Toolkit for use in primary care settings. Dr. Nicolaidis is currently leading a large NIH-funded R01 project, in partnership with AASPIRE, to develop and test the AutPROM Toolbox, a set of accessible patient-reported outcome measures that can be used to evaluate services interventions for autistic adults. She also is the founding Editor-in-Chief of a new peer-reviewed journal, Autism in Adulthood.

More broadly, Dr. Nicolaidis works to improve health equity and address social determinants of health. She has led or collaborated on multiple externally-funded projects on intimate partner violence and other trauma, racial and ethnic health equity, chronic pain, substance use disorders, depression, patient-provider communication, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and health system transformation. She directs the Social Determinants of Health Initiative, which brings together individuals from Portland State University, Oregon Health & Science University, community organizations, governmental agencies, and local health systems to improve health equity. Dr. Nicolaidis brings expertise in community-based participatory research, survey development and adaptation, qualitative and mixed-methods research, and intervention development and evaluation. Dr. Nicolaidis teaches research methods in the School of Social Work at Portland State University (PSU) and teaches and practices general internal medicine at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). 

Curriculum Vitae