Pacific Northwest Chapter
of MLA

CE Instructors

Diana Nelson Louden, MLib is the Biomedical and Translational Sciences Librarian at the University of Washington Health Sciences Library. Diana provides research and instructional support to students, faculty, and staff in a number of health sciences departments, as well as to people affiliated with the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. She’s been interested in genetics since 9th grade biology class when she learned about Gregor Mendel and his pea experiments. This interest in genetics continued through a bachelor’s degree in biology and a long career as a biomedical research librarian at ZymoGenetics in Seattle.

Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR). Carolyn’s work focuses on raising awareness of National Library of Medicine resources among community organizations and public libraries to improve the health in their communities. Her interest in genetics arises in part from her past experience as a hospital librarian in hearing the patient perspective. Carolyn feels that research is important but it is also important to bring awareness to the consumer the benefits and the concerns regarding genetic medicine.

Cynthia Olney, PhD, is the Assistant Director of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Evaluation Office (NEO), which provides evaluation consultation and training to libraries and organizations that are members of the NN/LM. She joined the NEO staff in 2006 as the evaluation specialist. In the past, Dr. Olney has served as an evaluation consultant for a variety of organizations, including health sciences and public libraries, academic health sciences programs, a health professions high school, and a community-based health coalition.


Keynote Panel 

Sunil Kuman Aggarwal MD, PhD

Dr. Sunil Kumar Aggarwal is a physician-scientist and medical geographer.  He specializes in treating life-threatening illnesses and chronic pain. He is deeply interested in integrative and cross-cultural medicine, in addition to pain and symptom management, advanced care planning, and end-of-life care. He also conducted and later published the first health-related quality of life and symptom relief medical social scientific research with 176 medical cannabis patients and 1 dispenser in Washington State. Dr. Aggarwal is Affiliated Faculty at MultiCare Institute of Research and Innovation, a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Candice Beathard PhD, MA

Dr. Beathard is a research analyst at Washington State University, with an expertise in drug policy and substance use. Prior to joining WSU, she completed a postdoctoral research opportunity as the lead author of Senate Bill 844 Task Force Report: Researching the medical and public health properties of cannabis. Broadly, Dr. Beathard’s research interests include cannabis policy, adolescent attitudes regarding cannabis use, substance use and abuse among the homeless and welfare recipients, and driving while under the influence of cannabis policies. She received her Ph.D. in Public Health Policy from Oregon State University, Corvallis, her M.A. in Medical Anthropology from Texas State University, San Marcos, and her B.S. in Sociology from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City. 

Nicole Corbin LPC


Nicole Corbin, LPC, is in her 25th year in the behavioral health world. She has worn many hats in the treatment, prevention, and policy worlds including: mental health and addictions treatment for children, families and adults; training and supervision of clinicians seeking certification and licensure in mental health, Substance Use Disorder, and Problem Gambling Addiction treatment; Clinical and administrative oversight of behavioral health programs; prevention education and outreach; and Program Manager for Oregon's Addictions and Problem Gambling Services. 

For the past year, she has been the Adult Behavioral Health Services Manager for the Oregon Health Authority.

When she's not at work, she volunteers for her local animal shelter, runs races very slowly, and plays all manner of games.

Please see the Papers and Posters pages for abstracts of papers and posters presented at the meeting.

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