Dr. Abby Mulcahy (no/all pronouns) is an Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) Health Services Research & Development and AcademyHealth Delivery System Science Fellow.
Abby completed their PhD in Public Health at Oregon State University in 2021 with a graduate minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Abby received the S. Marie Harvey Sexuality and Reproductive Health Fellowship to complete their dissertation.
During their doctoral training, Abby was an instructor of record in public health courses, including Introduction to the US Healthcare System and Introduction to US Health Policy, and on the leadership team for the Human Services Resource Center. In addition, Abby worked as a graduate research assistant under Dr. Megan Cahn at the Legacy Research Institute, as the executive director of the Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center, and founded the Disability Equity Center.
Abby holds a BA in political science (with a minor in music) from the University of Wyoming and an MPH in public health policy and management from Texas A&M University.
Abby’s research interests center around where aspects of identity overlap and resulting healthcare needs, health care use, and resilience. Abby’s goal is to employ a positive deviance framework to identify what tools/strategies/resources make members of multiply-minoritized groups successful and to re-engineer these to improve health equity overall.
Outside of work, Abby can be found on nearby hiking trails with their dog or with their partner at concert venues in the city.