Ryan Olson Lab


Dr. Olson's research is focused on safety and health interventions for lone workers, and on behavioral self-management methods. The overreaching goal of this research is to understand how organizations can best protect and promote health among workers who are physically isolated from peers. Dr. Olson has extensive experience conducting injury prevention and health promotion research in transportation industries (aviation, bus, trucking), but also has current projects in home health care and long-term care industries.

Click here to read about Dr. Olson's current research 


Lab Members

  • Illa Gilbert-Jones – Research Associate

    Illa Gilbert-Jones joined the Institute for Occupational Health Sciences in 2014.  Ms Gilbert-Jones earned her MS from the School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Washington in 1987 and her BS in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University.   She is board certified in the comprehensive practice for both Safety and Industrial Hygiene.   Before joining the Institute she has held safety and health management positions in a variety of industries and is an active member of the Pacific NW Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and Worker Health Without Borders.   Her primary role is as program manager of the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (OR-FACE) program, which is a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-funded research program designed to identify and study fatal occupational injuries. Ms. Gilbert-Jones was selected in 2011 by ASSE Women is Safety Engineering as one of the 100 Women—Making a Difference in Safety.

  • Brad Wipfli - Senior Research Associate

    Dr. Wipfli earned his bachelors degree in Psychology and Marketing at Carthage College and his Ph.D. in Exercise Science at Arizona State University. He joined the Institute for Occupational Health Sciences in August 2008. Dr. Wipfli was the recipient of the 2009 NASPE 'Dissertation of the Year' award for his previous research, which focused on the links between exercise, depression and anxiety. He is currently working on the Safety and Health Intervention for Truck Drivers (SHIFT) with Dr. Ryan Olson, and is also involved in the second phase of research with the Work, Family & Health Network. Click here to view Dr. Wipfli's current VITA.
  • Sharon V. Thompson - Research Associate

    Sharon Thompson joined the Institute for Occupational Health Sciences in September 2011. She currently acts as project manager for the Community Of Practice And Safety Support (COMPASS) project, an Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) study that focuses on promoting the health and safety of home care workers. Ms. Thompson also provides health coaching to research participants using Motivational Interviewing techniques, and assists with the coordination of the SHIFT study. Ms. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Human Nutrition from Arizona State University. She completed a research-focused dietetic internship and obtained her Registered Dietitian credentials in 2011. Previous to her time at OHSU, Ms. Thompson managed clinical feeding trials, survey administration and focus group studies conducted in diverse, often underserved populations. Her interests include health education and the prevention and treatment of chronic disease through the use of functional foods and plant-based diets. 
  • Elliott Hohn - Research Associate

    Elliot Hohn earned bachelor degrees in chemistry, environmental studies, and Spanish from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Science in Nutrition from Tufts University. Mr. Hohn joined the Olson Lab in 2013, and is currently working on the SHIFT program. In addition to his previous work at OHSU with research on the neurobehavioral impacts of organophosphate pesticide exposure among orchard workers in Oregon and Washington, Mr. Hohn has been involved in a variety of public health, nutrition, and agricultural development projects in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
  • Kristy Luther - Research Assistant II

    Kristy Luther obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and International Studies from George Fox University. She completed a child development and wellness internship in rural Uganda with Food for the Hungry, which led to her current interest in health programs. Her background also includes cognition research and behavioral psychology in a psychiatric treatment setting.  She splits her time between the COMPASS and SHIFT studies and joined the Institute for Occupational Health Sciences in May 2013.
  • Louis Moore - Research Assistant II

    Louis Moore began working at the Institute in May 2013 as a Research Assistant 2 with the SHIFT study promoting healthy behaviors and weight loss for truck drivers. Louis graduated from Lewis & Clark College in 2012 majoring in psychology. For his capstone project, he completed an internship working on a suicide and crisis hotline assisting callers as well as directing Spanish speaking callers and veterans to resources in drug and alcohol treatment. During the internship Louis researched effective cognitive therapies in suicide and crisis intervention. After graduating, he worked as an administrative specialist in a substance abuse treatment center while volunteering with the child ADHD study at OHSU. Louis has also worked as a research assistant in labs studying empathy, message agreement, and creativity in children. Louis plans to apply to PhD programs in clinical psychology in order to pursue a career in research. Some of his research interests include cognitive behavioral therapies, crisis intervention, personality, and treatment compliance.
  • Luke Puerini - Research Assistant II

    Luke Puerini started working for the Institute on the SHIFT study in December of 2013 as a Research Assistant 2. Luke graduate from Portland State University with a Bachelors of Science in Management and Human Resources as well as a minor in Biology. In 2010, he completed his EMT certification at Stonehearth College in Conway, New Hampshire and has work as a squad leader and line EMT on his wildland firefighting crew since 2004. On his free time, Luke volunteers as a snowboard instructor for SOS Outreach, a program designed to teach positive morals and values to underprivileged youth through snowboarding. He aspires to apply to doctorate programs and pursue a career in Occupational Therapy.
  • Annie Cannon - Student Worker