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

Ryan Olson Lab
 Ryan Olson Lab, July 2015

Brad Wipfli - Staff Scientist

Brad Wipfli
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

Illa Gilbert-Jones

Illa Gilbert-Jones
lla 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 and the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).Her primary role is as program manager of the Oregon Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation, (ORFace) 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.

Kelsey Parker - Postdoctoral Researcher

Kelsey Parker
Dr. Parker earned her bachelors degree in Psychology at the University of Tulsa in Tulsa, OK in May 2010. She continued at the University of Tulsa and completed her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in May 2015. She joined the Institute for Occupational Health Sciences in June 2015 and is currently serving as the project manager for the Community of Practice and Safety Support (COMPASS) program as well as a collaborator on the Safety and Health Intervention for Truck Drivers (SHIFT) study. Dr. Parker's previous research focused on examining the impact of stressors in the workplace and on assessing strategies for stress recovery. She has conducted research studies in the areas of workplace aggression, workday fatigue, work-life conflict, off-work recovery activities, self-concept resources, and job attitudes.  Her current research interests include reduction of work-related strain and interventions to improve resource availability and well-being in vulnerable working populations.

Katrina M. Bettencourt – Senior Research Assistant

Katrina Bettencourt
Katrina joined the Institute of Occupational Health Sciences in July of 2015.  She acts as a Senior Research Assistant splitting her time between the Community of Practice and Safety Support (COMPASS) project and the Safety and Health Intervention for Truck Drivers (SHIFT) project.  Katrina earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2012 from Portland State University in Portland, OR and a Master of Arts in Behavior Analysis at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA.  Her background consists of a wide range of research projects including delay discounting experiments, evaluation of training procedures for pouring standard alcohol servings, monitoring changes in CO levels of cigarette smokers, and conducting systematic replications of infant choice studies.  These various research experiences have contributed to Katrina’s growing interest in applying scientific principles to solve real problems and to enhance the health and well being of workers.