Tammy Bray

Executive Dean, Division of Health Sciences


Dean, College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Tammy Bray is Executive Dean, Division of Health Sciences, Dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Professor of Nutrition and Biochemistry and Principal Investigator with the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. She came to Oregon State University in September 2002 from Ohio State University, where she was professor of nutrition and associate dean for research and international studies. A native of Taiwan, Tammy is a 1967 graduate of Fu Jen University in Taipei. She has a master’s degree in nutrition and a PhD in nutrition, both from Washington State University.

Her research is focused on antioxidants and free radical metabolism in prevention of diabetes and the role of diets in gene expressions that influence the susceptibility to chronic diseases. Tammy has published more than 110 papers in peer reviewed journals, two books, and 100 abstracts and conference proceedings. She is a member of NASA’s External Advisory Council for National Space Biomedical Research Institute and a member of the international editorial board of the Journal of the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine.

Throughout her career, Tammy has received numerous awards and honors recognizing her visionary leadership, her pioneering research linking diet and health, and her teaching and mentoring excellence.

College of Public Health and Human Sciences

As the saying goes, it’s a new day at the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. We changed our name to reflect our vision of caring for the lifelong health and well-being of every person, every family and every community in Oregon and beyond through our journey toward becoming the first CEPH-accredited college of public health in Oregon.

We also integrated disciplines into two schools – the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences and the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences – and we’re working in new ways with our health sciences partners, the colleges of pharmacy and veterinary medicine, to collaborate and find new solutions for the big challenges to population health.

We also launched two new centers – the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families and the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health. They join the Center for Healthy Aging Research in finding solutions to the critical health issues facing our nation and world – health disparities, obesity, chronic disease, healthcare reform, youth development, health policy, physical activity and environmental health.

Our public health model – built on the traditional pillars of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Health Policy and Management, and Environmental Health Sciences – also incorporates our longstanding strengths in the health sciences, including nutrition, exercise science, and human development and family sciences. This model allows us to take a holistic approach to disease prevention and health promotion – from cellular to environmental factors to the biological, physical, social and emotional needs of individuals across the lifespan.

Each and every day, our researchers find answers to complex problems, our dedicated faculty prepare future generations of healthcare leaders, our Extension faculty and staff work with communities to translate research into practice, and our alumni engage in careers that improve the health of people and communities around the globe. Together, we work to achieve our vision of lifelong health and well-being for every person, every family and every community.