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W. Kent Anger, PhD

Professor and Associate Director for Applied Research, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience and OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center
Admin Unit: Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Phone: 503-494-2512
Fax: 503-494-4278
Office: RJH 0584
Mail Code: L606
Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests:
behavior; training; intervention; TWH; BARS; cTRAIN; neurotox; human; Total Worker Health » Click here for more about Dr. Anger's research » PubMed Listing
Preceptor Rotations
Academic Term Available Summer 2016 No Fall 2016 No Winter 2016 No Spring 2016 No Summer 2017 No Fall 2017 No Winter 2017 No Spring 2017 No
Faculty Mentorship
Dr. Anger is not available as a mentor for 2016-2017.

Current Research 

The primary focus of my research is on: 

(a) computer-based training to prevent health and safety hazards in the workplace;

(b) computer-based training to improve work-family balance and reduce the impact of domestic violence on the workplace;

(c) the development and validation of behavioral methods to study human neurotoxic disorders produced by chemicals; and

(d) the use of those tests to identify and characterize such effects following exposures to chemicals in occupational and environmental settings.

Work focuses on evaluating the effectiveness of computer-based training methods in vineyard workers, pesticide applicators, in-home care nurses, retail  grocery managers and supervisors, and county managers throughout Oregon, and on neurotoxic effects in pesticide applicators and support staff, and in children exposed to solvents or pesticides at work. 

Dr. Anger is the Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), a NIOSH Center of Excellence, a collaboration of Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Portland State University's (PSU) Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) program, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research (CHR), and the University of Oregon's Labor Education Research Center (LERC). Research, education, and outreach addresses total worker health, that is workplace health and safety combined with personal wellness.

The OHWC's theme is Intervention Effectiveness, focused on:

  • team-based and technology-based interventions to promote and protect health, all crafted with attention to translating research to practice

  • improved social support and reduced job stress -- that will turn produce improved lifestyle choices, safer work practices, and better psychological and physical health.

Our lab has also developed cTRAIN, computer-based training for all people (typically employees) from those with no education at all to those with college degrees.


  • B.A. (1964) Stephen F. Austin State University
  • M.A. (1965) University of Wyoming
  • Ph.D. (1974) University of Maine

Previous Positions

  • Research Psychologist, Environmental Protection Agency; Cincinnati, OH
  • Scientist Director and Chief, Neurobehavioral Research Section (APEB/DBBS), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Cincinnati, OH