Building a Culture of Health, Safety, and Well-Being

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July 14-16, 2020 (Online Event)

Please note : In light of COVID-19 and after months of closely monitoring state and federal recommendations for safety, we have decided to transition our Summer Institute to an ONLINE format. As much as we value the in-person interaction at our event, we will work hard to ensure that our three-day online event is a productive and exciting one. 

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Registration is open! Click here:

Meet the Director of OHP Summer Institute, Dr. Leslie Hammer

Are you an organizational leader who likes to see employees enjoying their work? Are you a practitioner with a mission to maintain safe and healthy workplaces? Are you a workplace champion who thrives on creating positive work experiences for your colleagues? Or are you an academic who wants to find out how best to do all of the above?  

Join us for the 2020 Summer Institute in Occupational Health Psychology where we'll address questions like these and more. Our event this year is focused on Building a Culture of Health, Safety, and Well-Being. We'll bring together organizational leaders, practitioners in safety and wellness, and researchers in the area of Total Worker Health.

Key goals for event sessions:

  • Think Culture of Health, Safety, and Well-Being: Geared toward helping workplace leaders envision a culture of health, safety, and well-being, these sessions will highlight the evidence behind creating positive workplaces, share why a culture of well-being makes good business sense, and provide meaningful approaches toward growing such a culture. 
  • Do Culture of Health, Safety, and Well-Being: Focused on best practices for building a culture of well-being, these sessions will address how practitioners, workplace champions, and employees can implement strategies for kickstarting and maintaining a culture of health, safety, and well-being. In addition to expert sessions, attendees will benefit from the Total Worker Health 101 curriculum, a practitioner-focused workshop conducted by the Oregon Total Worker Health Alliance.  

WhenTuesday, July 14th to Thursday, July 16th; 8:45am - 3:00pm

Where: Online (Web link will be provided to attendees closer to the event).

Register here

Fees: $30 for one day; $60 for two days; $90 for three days

Note: Days 1 and 3 will focus on the practice and research behind Building a Culture of Health, Safety, and Well-Being and Day 2 will serve to highlight corporate-level lessons and strategies. 

Credits: Will will be offering Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for this event. Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is recognized by SHRM to offer PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. This program is valid for 16.75 PDCs for all 3 days  or you can obtain credit for each day (5.5  PDCs for Day 1, 5.75 for Day 2 and 5.5 for Day 3) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about this event's PDCs and to obtain your certificate with Activity ID post-event, please contact us at To learn more about SHRM recertification, visit

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Day 1

  • Paul DeChant, MD, MBA, FAAFP
    Family physician, medical group CEO, consultant to C-level leader
    Beating Burnout while Building the Bottom Line (keynote)
  • Randi Bowers-Payne 
    City of Eugene Employee Resource Center (ERC) Director
    An Organizational Journey to Be Well: How Grassroots Leadership Helped the City of Eugene to Advance Total Worker Health® for a Thriving Community
  • Emily Huang, PhDJin Lee, PhD
    Emily Huang, PhD,
    Associate Professor Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences

    Jin Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor
    Department of Psychological Sciences at the Kansas State University
    A Systematic Review of the Safety Climate Intervention Literature: Past Trends and Future Directions

  • Tori Howes, PhD
    Associate Professor, Oregon State University
    Feel This, Do That: The Impact of Daily Emotional Labor on Health and Well-Being
  • Songqi Liu, PhD
    Associate Professor in the Department of Managerial Sciences Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University
    A High Times or Just a Bunch of Smoke? A Within-Person Study of Cannabis Use as a Resource
  • Jackie Brady, PhD
    Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University
    The Critical Role of Supervisors in Shaping Employee Safety, Health, and Well-being

Day 2

  • Robert Biswas - Diener, PhD
    Managing Director, Positive Acorn, LLC
    Whistle while you work: How to set policy that fosters wellbeing (keynote)
  • Elizabeth McCune, ,PhD
    Director of Employee Listening Systems and Culture Measurement Microsoft
    Ten Things We’ve Learned about Culture: Lessons Learned (So Far) from Microsoft’s Evolution
  • Johanna Glode, PhD
    Vice President of Organization Development, Johnstone Supply
    Building a Culture of Safety at Johnstone Supply
  • Jennifer Hogge, MS & Brad Brougher
    Jennifer Hogge, MS
    Director, Human Resources Business Partner, Lam Research

    Brad Brougher,
    Managing Director of Manufacturing Operations, Lam Research
    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Sheltering Workforce Engagement under Volatile Manufacturing Demand …And a Pandemic

  • Kevin Dunn, ScD, CIH
    Research Mechanical Engineer at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    CDC/NIOSH Tools for and Guidance on Safely Resuming Business in the Age of COVID-19
  • Jennifer Cullen, PhD & Sahra Kaboli-Nejad, MS
    Jennifer Cullen, PhD
    Director of Global Culture, Listening, and Engagement, VISA

    Sahra Kaboli-Nejad, MS
    Senior People Scientist and Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Lead, Culture Amp

  • John Howes, PhD
    Chief Leadership Experience Officer, qCha
    Facilitator, Panel discussion

Day 3

  • Dede Montgomery, MS, CIHLiz Hill, CIH, CSP
    Dede Montgomery, MS CIH
    Outreach Director, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU

    Liz Hill, MPH, CIH, CSP
    Total Worker Health Adviser, SAIF Corporation
    Total Worker Health 101: The Basics (practice-focused workshop)

  • Lacie Barber, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, San Diego State University
    Escaping Inbox Captivity: Managing Technology for Better Employee Well-Being
  • Katia Costa-Black, PhD
    Consultant at BSI EHS Services and Solutions & Adjunct Professor at New York University, Graduate Program in Ergonomics and Biomechanics
    The value of “system-oriented ergonomics” in supporting healthy workplaces
  • Nichole Guilfoy 
    Total Worker Health® Consultant, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU
    Beginner’s Guide to Implementing Total Worker Health® in Your Organization
This is a picture of Dr. Leslie Hammer at the 2018 Summer Institute

The OHP 2019 Summer Institute took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The theme this year was "Where do we go from here? Creating an agenda for safe and healthy work." Visit the St. Mary's University Occupational Health Psychology website for more details. 

Translation of Workplace Interventions: Dissemination and Implementation

How can researchers best share their evidence-based tools with the community? How can practitioners effectively implement these tools within their organization? What are some strategies to making a successful business case for best practices with organizational leaders? Our Summer Institute this year featured experts in academia and industry who helped answer some of these questions. Scroll for links to individual presentations and talk slides.

July 10-12, 2018, Portland State University, Portland, OR


  • Ken Matos, Ph.D., Lead People Scientist, CultureAmp
    From Research to Action: Using Data to Drive Leadership Decisions (keynote)
    View Ken Matos abstract 
    Webinar Recording not available


  • Casey Chosewood, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Office for Total Worker Health®National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    From Good Idea to Great Impact: Exploring the Total Worker Health® Model for Healthier Work (Keynote)
    View Casey Chosewood abstract
    Download handout
    Watch Webinar
  • Helen Schuckers, M.P.H. & Dede Montgomery, M.S., C.I.H., Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU
    How to Promote and Expand Your Reach: Strategies to Effectively Promote Your Resources, Develop Networks, and Reach your Target Audiences
    View presentation abstract
    Download handout
    Watch Webinar
  • Ryan Olson, Ph.D., Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU
    Supportive Groups for Isolated Home Care Workers: A Successful State-University Dissemination Effort 
    View Ryan Olson Abstract
    Download Handout
    Watch Webinar


  • Lisa Brosseau, Sc.D., C.I.H., Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago (retired)
    Lessons Learned about Translation and Dissemination of Workplace Health and Safety Interventions for Small Businesses (Keynote)
    View Lisa Brosseau abstract
    Download handout
    Watch Webinar
  • Anna Meiners, M.A., Director of Account Services at Cascade Centers Inc.
    Focus on Mental Health Bolsters Workplace Wellness 
    View Anna Meiners abstract
    Download handout
    Watch Webinar 
  • Amy Beacom, Ed.D., Center for Parental Leave Leadership
    Implementing the RETAIN Program for Parental Leave Support in the Workplace: Lessons Learned  
    View Amy Beacom abstract 
    Webinar recording  and handout not available
  • Steve Hunt, Ph.D. & Autumn Krauss, Ph.D., SAP Success Factors
    Using Technology to Implement Research-Based Well-Being Strategies at Work: Building Supportive, Inclusive, and Healthy Cultures
    View Steve Hunt abstract
    Download handout
    Watch Webinar
  • Translation to Practice Panel Discussion
    Casey Chosewood, Ken Matos, Lisa Brosseau, Anna Meiners, Amy Beacom, Steve Hunt, Autumn Krauss, Helen Schuckers, Dede Montgomery, Anjali Rameshbabu
    Watch Webinar

The OHP 2017 Summer Institute took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit the St. Mary's University Occupational Health Psychology website for more details. 

2016 Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute: OHP Innovation and Creative Strategies Leading to Total Worker Health

July 12-14, 2016
Portland State University, Portland, OR
Co-sponsored by the Oregon State Association of Occupational Health Nurses. 


  • Arnold Bakker, PhD, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
    Keynote: Creative Approaches to Employee Work Engagement
    View presentation abstract
    Webinar Recording not available


  • Glorian Sorensen, PhD, MPH, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts  
    Keynote: Work and Health: Evidence on the Pathways to Implementing Total Worker Health
    View presentation abstract
    Download handout
    Watch Webinar


The OHP 2015 Summer Institute took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Download the OHP 2015 Announcement. Visit the St. Mary's University Occupational Health Psychology website for more details.

2014 Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute: Advancing Theory and Practice in the Context of Total Worker Health

July 16-18, 2014, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

This 3-day institute featured regional, national, and international researchers and practitioners in occupational health psychology, total worker health, and safety research and practice.
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Institute Program

Day 1: Occupational Health Psychology - Scholarly Work Advancing Theory

Welcome and Introduction of OHP Summer Institute
Leslie Hammer, Ph.D., Director, Occupational Health Psychology Program, Portland State University; Co-Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC)*
Bio & Summary

Featured Speaker:

OHP in the Aging Workforce: Theoretical and Empirical Advancements
Mo Wang, Ph.D., University of Florida, National Science Foundation
President, Society for Occupational Health Psychology
Bio & Summary
Slides Unavailable

What Should we Actually DO for Older Workers? Identifying the research gaps in organizational practice and interventions
Donald Truxillo, Ph.D., Portland State University
Bio & Summary
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Economic Stress: A Primer for Occupational Health Researchers
Robert Sinclair, Ph.D., Clemson University
Bio & Summary
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Work-Life Boundary Control and Identity Management: A New Frontier for Occupational Health
Ellen E. Kossek, Ph.D., Purdue University
Bio & Summary
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Letting Go: Research on Recovery from Work Stress and Employee Well-being
Charlotte Fritz, Ph.D., Portland State University
Bio & Summary
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Day 2: Intersection of Theory & Practice: Total Worker Health

Institute Keynote Speaker:
TWH in the Context of Occupational Health Psychology: Integration of Health Protection and Health Promotion
Laura Punnett, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) *
Bio & Summary
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So you want to improve TWH? Critical principles and tactics for creating organizational and behavior change
Ryan Olson, Ph.D., Project Principal Investigator, OHWC*
Bio & Summary
Slides Unavailable

PHLAME: An example of a complete TWH intervention program from conception to ROI
Kerry Kuehl, MD and Diane Elliot, MD - Project Principal Investigator/ISC Chair, OHWC*
Bio & Summary
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Panel Discussion: Building a TWH Center: From Nuts and Bolts to Politics
Laura Punnett, Ph.D., Director, CPH-NEW*
Kent Anger, Ph.D., Director, OHWC*
Jack Dennerlein, Ph.D., Associate Director, Harvard School of Public Health Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing *
Diane Rohlman, Ph.D., University of Iowa Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence (HWCE)*
Bio & Summary

What TWH Means to Early Adopting Organizations: The Practitioners Perspective
Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH, Education co-PI, OHWC*
Bio & Summary
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Evidence-Based TWH Programs: What Does the Evidence Tell Us?
Kent Anger, Ph.D., Director, OHWC*
Bio & Summary
Slides Unavailable

*NIOSH-Funded Total Worker Health Center of Excellence (COE)

Day 3: Practical Interventions in the Workplace

Day 3 will be available soon below as a recorded webinar.

Featured Speaker:
Disseminating and Implementing Evidence-based Prevention in the Workplace
Jeffrey Harris, MD, MPH, MBA., University of Washington
Bio & Summary
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Mental Health Awareness Intervention
Kevin Kelloway, Ph.D., Saint Mary's University
Bio & Summary
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Self Monitoring and Self Management
Brad Wipfli, Ph.D., Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU *
Bio & Summary
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Work, Life & Stress - Reflections of an Occupational Medicine Physician
Carol Gunn, MD, CIH, Occupational Medicine, Portland, Oregon
Bio & Summary
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The Aging Workforce: An Ideal Application of TWH. So Why is it so Difficult?
Steven Hecker, MSPH, Co-Director Education Core, OHWC*
Bio & Summary
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The OHP 2013 Summer Institute took place in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Visit the St. Mary's University Occupational Health Psychology website for more details. 

The first annual Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute: Improving Worker Safety, Health and Well-being, was held on July 16 - 19, 2012. This event was presented by the Occupational Psychology Program at Portland State UniversityOregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center, and the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety at St. Mary’s University.

Speakers included:

  • Joseph Hurrell, PhD, NIOSH (ret.), Editor, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
  • Dr. Yueng-hsiang (Emily) Huang, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
  • Nanette Yragui, PhD, Occupational Health Research Psychologist
  • David Cadiz, MBA, PhD, Research Associate, Oregon Nurses Foundation
  • Arla Day, PhD, Saint Mary’s University
  • Deborah Fell-Carlson, SAIF Corporation, Dede Montgomery, CROET
  • Bing Lin, M.S., Doctoral Student Industrial/Organizational and Occupational Health Psychology Training Program, Portland State University
  • Leslie Hammer, PhD, Portland State University, Occupational Health Psychology
  • Dov Zohar, PhD, Technion, Haifa, Israel
  • Natalie Schwatka, M.S., AEP, Doctoral Student, Ergonomics & Human Factors Training Program, Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Services, Colorado State University
  • Krista Hoffmeister, M.S., Doctoral Student Industrial/Organizational Psychology Training Program, Colorado State University
  • Tony Barsotti, Safety Manager, Temp Control Mechanical, Portland