Applied Research

Work, Family & Health Network Meets at Portland State University

The Work, Family & Health Network met in Portland last week to discuss their research progress. The Network is a group of scientists conducting the largest Randomized Controlled Trial of a work-family balance intervention in the workplace.  It has been conducted with supervisors working in information technology and health care settings. The intervention involves job restructuring, computer-based training on family-supportive supervisory behaviors and behavior tracking or self-monitoring to support behavior change. Shown in the picture … Read More

Highlighting 2013 CROET Intern Research

    Summer Student Research Awards are three-month paid summer internships designed to introduce college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors to various fields of biomedical research. Selected interns are Oregon residents or attend colleges and universities in Oregon. Learn more about the CROET Summer Intern Program. See more photos from the poster session on CROET’s Facebook page.

2013 CROET Summer Intern Poster Session

CROET faculty accepted 12 interns into the Center’s 2013 summer intern class.  This year over 150 college undergraduates (who are going to school in Oregon or whose family resides in Oregon) applied to the program. Each intern carries out a basic or applied science research project under the direction of the faculty member who selected them, and they report the research project in a poster presentation in mid-August. The 2013 poster session was held yesterday … Read More

CROET Welcomes New Faculty Member

We are pleased to announce that Matthew Butler, Ph.D., will be joining CROET faculty in September. Dr. Butler joins us as an Assistant Professor from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School where he was a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Medical Chronobiology Program, Division of Sleep Medicine. He and his family will be re-locating to Portland in just a few weeks. Dr. Butler has a broad interest in how endogenous clocks are synchronized, and … Read More

Workplaces and Eldercare

It’s been about a year since I was immersed in decisions and responsibilities related to my parents’ care. Filling up medication boxes, following up with physicians and hospitals, advocating in rental agreements. I wouldn’t give up any of it, given the choice. In living this – and sharing my experiences with friends and co-workers – I’ve found it to be more common than not, that those around me are facing the same daily phone calls, … Read More

Homecare Workers at Risk

Why the risk? Homecare provides the consumer employer, often the elderly and disabled, in our community with autonomy and independence. But this care may also increase Homecare Worker’s (HCW’s) risk for workplace violence and sexual harassment due to their unique work setting in which: The workplace is the consumer employer’s home – open to their family and friends, and, It is limited and difficult to enforce workplace safety policies in this employer’s home. What are … Read More

CROET’s Dr. Steven Shea Honored at Sleep 2013 Meeting

CROET Director, Dr. Steven Shea, was recently honored at the International Sleep 2013 meeting. Dr. Shea has served three years as president of the American Sleep Medicine Foundation, and was presented a plaque in appreciation for this dedication and service. Dr. Shea presented details from the 2012 annual report for the foundation, which includes details about grant programs and highlights the work of several grant recipients. Some of the grant awards include physician scientist training … Read More

Sleep Loss Costs US Workers … and Industry’s Bottom Line

The Sleep and Shift Work: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity Symposium (learn more on Twitter at hashtag #CROETSleep), reported that insomnia costs US industry an estimated $63 billion per year based on a loss of 8 days of productivity per year determined in a survey of nearly 8000 people (published in Sleep, 2011, by Kessler).  Turning to an example of impact on working people, shift workers (who have disturbed sleep) have a 5-fold increased … Read More

OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness Talks Urgency

The health of the US population has gotten dramatically worse during the last 4-5 decades and reversing that is a matter of the highest priority at a population and personal level. At the top of the list is the health of pregnant women because the entire life of their unborn children is affected by their nutrition while pregnant.  This was the message of Dr. Kent Thornburg, Interim Director of the OHSU’s Moore Institute for Nutrition … Read More

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center speaks at Work Stress Health in LA

The Principal Investigators of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center research and translation projects spoke at the Work Stress and Health conference in Los Angeles (CA) in a symposium devoted to their solutions intervention projects on Total Worker Health (TWH). The PIs are shown in the picture answering audience questions after describing their pilot research now largely completed.  They are now conducting their randomized controlled trial studies to evaluate the effectiveness of their solutions interventions. Those … Read More

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