School of Public Health

Dilley, Julia

Julia Dilley

Affiliate Instructor, Epidemiology
Affiliate Instructor, Health Services

Senior Research Scientist/Epidemiologist


PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2008
MES Public Health, Evergreen State College, 1996

Contact Info

Washington State Department of Health
Multnomah County & Oregon Dept of Human Services
800 NE Oregon Street
Suite 260
Portland, OR 97232
Tel: 360-402-7877

Julia Dilley is an epidemiologist with Program Design and Evaluation Services, a joint office of the Multnomah County Health Department and Oregon Department of Human Services Division of Public Health. She designed the original evaluation for Washington State's comprehensive tobacco control program and managed the evaluation component of the program for five years. Julia's work currently focuses on public health law research to evaluate the impact of changes in law around alcohol and marijuana use in Washington State. She also works to support chronic disease prevention programs and health disparities research for state health programs in Washington, Alaska and New Mexico. Additionally, she provides direct support for chronic disease prevention and substance abuse prevention programs in Tribes and Tribal organizations.

Research Areas 


Dilley JA, Baer A, Duchin J, Maher JE. Using a Syndromic Surveillance System to Evaluation the Impact of a Change in Alcohol Law. International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), 2014 Conference Proceedings (in press).

Dilley JA, Peterson E, Hiratsuka VY, Rohde K. Discovering unique tobacco use patterns among Alaska Native people. Int J Circumpolar Health 2013, 72: 21208 

Dilley JA, Bekemeier B, Harris JR. A systematic review of the literature describing Quality Improvement Interventions in Public Health Systems: Efforts to connect the dots between improving public health practice and improving health. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2012 May;42(5 Suppl 1):S58-71.

Dilley JA, Harris JR, Boysun MJ, Reid TR. Program, Policy, and Price
Interventions for Tobacco Control: Quantifying the Return on Investment of a State Tobacco Control Program. American Journal of Public Health.2012; 102(2): e22-28.

Boles M, Dilley JA, Dent CW, Elman MR, Duncan SC, Johnson DB. Changes In Local School Policies And Practices In Washington State After An Unfunded Physical Activity And Nutrition Mandate, Preventing Chronic Disease. 2011;8(6):A129.

Dilley JA, Simmons KW, Boysun MJ, Pizacani BA, Stark MJ. Demonstrating the importance and feasibility of including sexual orientation in public health surveys: health disparities in the Pacific Northwest. American Journal of Public Health. 2010; Mar;100(3):460-7. Epub 2009 Aug 20.

Dilley JA, Reuer JR, Colman V, Norman RK. From making pamphlets to making policies: results from a collaborative training to increase knowledge, motivation and self-efficacy for achieving public health policy and systems change. Health Promotion Practice. 2009;10(2S):138-145S. DOI: 10.1177/1524839909332601

Dilley JA, Spigner C, Boysun MJ, Dent CW, Pizacani BA. Does Tobacco Industry Marketing Excessively Impact Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Communities? Tobacco Control. 2008;17:385-90.

Dilley JA, Rohde K, Dent C, Boysun MJ, Stark MJ, Reid T. Effective tobacco control in Washington State: a smart investment for healthy futures. Prev Chronic Dis [serial online] 2007 Jul [last accessed 6-24-07]. Available from: http://www.cdc.pcd/issues/2007/jul/06_0109.htm.