Faculty & Staff
W. Kent Anger, PhD
- Senior Scientist and Associate Director for Applied Research (CROET)
- Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience
- Professor, Public Health & Preventive Medicine
- RJH 0584
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 neurotoxic effects in pesticide applicators and support staff, and in children exposed to solvents at work; and in developing and 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.
Dr. Anger is the Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (ORhwc), a NIOSH Center of Excellence, a collaboration of Oregon Health & Science University's (OHSU) Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology (CROET), Portland State University's (PSU) Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) program, the 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 ORhwc'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.
We are developing the next generation of human behavioral tests (Behavioral Assessment and Research System or BARS) for neurotoxicity assessments. The BARS tests incorporate shaping-related instructional principles to teach test performance in a clear manner that incorporates test stimuli with instructions and practice, and requires competency prior to initiating the assessment proper. Written and spoken instructions in English, Spanish, Arabic and Thai are available; written instructions in Portuguese and Korean are also available. We have extended this methodology to children and aging populations, and are currently studying migrant or seasonal workers and their families.
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
- 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