Research

Research Areas

The Oregon institute of Occupational Health Sciences, has 5 main research themes or directions that respond to our mission. They are listed below.

Total Worker Health

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) faculty and other Occupational Health Sciences faculty are developing, testing, and disseminating programs that integrate occupational safety, health, and well-being by addressing organizational factors like work safety practices, effective supervision, and employee lifestyles.

Click on these links to learn about our research on Total Worker Health:

WK Anger, Total Worker Health  Ryan Olson, PhD: Total Worker Health; Strategies and Solutions for Vulnerable Workers; Injury: Treatment, Recovery and Prevention  Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH   Leslie B. Hammer, PhD David Hurtado, ScDSteven A Shea, PhD: Sleep and Shiftwork: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity

Exposure: Consequences and Prevention

Our researchers are using cutting edge science to characterize the adverse effects of occupational exposures, determine the mechanisms by which these exposures produce adverse effects, and apply that information to develop specific worker training and other innovative strategies to help prevent the exposures in the first place and to reduce the adverse consequences if exposures do occur.

 

Click on these links to learn about our research on Exposure:

Kretzschmar_Doris  Lloyd_Stephen  McCullough_Amanda  Turker-Mitch2 Kent_Anger

Strategies and Solutions for Vulnerable Workers

Vulnerable workers, including young workers, agriculture workers and solitary workers, have special problems that may contribute disproportionately to Workers' Compensation costs. Institute scientists are developing unique programs to address their needs and prevent adverse consequences. 

Click on these links to learn about our research on Vulnerable Workers: 

Olson_Ryan Kent_Anger  Dede Montgomery  Leslie B. Hammer  David A. Hurtado

 

Sleep and Shiftwork: Impact on Health and Safety

 Adequate sleep is not only essential for our safety and productivity but also for our overall well-being and health. At the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, we are developing a research program to study common sleep problems and to implement solutions, ranging from screening for and treating sleep disorders, educating communities and workforces about 'sleep health', to implementing interventions designed to improve sleep, safety, productivity and overall health in the workplace. 

Click on these links to learn about our research on Sleep and Shiftwork: 

Steveen A. Shea  Charles Allen Matthew P. Butler  Kretzschmar_Doris

Injury, Treatment, Recovery and Prevention

Physical injury is the largest contributor to workers' compensation costs in Oregon. To reduce this burden on worker wellness and productivity, Center scientists are conducting innovative research on the causes, treatment, recovery and prevention of workplace injuries. 

Click on these links to learn about our research on Injury: 

Olson_Ryan  Richard A. Deyo, M.D., M.P.H. 

Faculty Laboratories

Charles Allen, PhD: Sleep and Shiftwork: Impact on Health Safety and Productivity WK Anger, PhD: Total Worker Health Matthew Butler, PhD: Sleep and Shiftwork: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity Leslie B. Hammer, PhD: Total Worker Health, Strategies and Solutions for Vulnerable Workers David Hurtado, ScD: Total Worker Health, Strategies and Solutions for Vulnerable Workers Doris Kretzschmar, PhD: Exposure: Consequences and Prevention, Sleep and shiftwork: Impact on health, safety and productivity R Stephen Lloyd, PhD: Exposure, Consequences and Prevention Amanda K McCullough, PhD: Exposure: Consequences and Prevention Ryan Olson, PhD: Total Worker Health; Strategies and Solutions for Vulnerable Workers; Injury: Treatment, Recovery and Prevention Steven A Shea, PhD: Sleep and Shiftwork: Impact on Health, Safety and Productivity Mitchell Turker, PhD, JD: Exposure Consequences and Prevention