OccHealthSci Applied Research

The OccHealthSci faculty who conduct applied research are public health scientists grounded in organizational, social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences.  We partner with employers and labor and community-based organizations across many industries to identify hazards and needs, and develop or evaluate workplace programs, policies, and practices that impact occupational health and safety.  Our workplace interventions are among the most effective as shown by significant changes and robust effect sizes.1 

Our work focuses on diverse occupational groups, including those in high-risk industries.  We view work as a critical social determinant of health, and we aim to prevent or reduce workplace health inequities. We commit to taking on a justice lens to examine the knowledge we value, the purpose of our work, our use of language, the ways we engage with our community, and the partners that we pursue and serve. 

 Our two primary themes are: (a) Total Worker Health®  (TWH) approaches to advancing workers’ safety, health and well-being; and (b) workplace hazard prevention (viz., injury treatment, recovery, prevention). 

 We are funded by the Oregon Workers’ Compensation system, and federal and state grants.  We are home to the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), one of only six NIOSH TWH Centers of Excellence. The OHWC was founded in 2011, and our work has been funded by NIOSH ever since. The Center’s theme is TWH intervention effectiveness and translation to advance safe and healthy work design.

1Anger WK, Rameshbabu A, Olson R, Bodner T, Hurtado DA, Parker K, Wan W, Wipfli B, Rohlman DS, Effectiveness of Total Worker Health® Interventions (chapter 4) in Hudson, H.L., Nigam, J.S., Sauter, S.L., Chosewood, L.C., Schill, A.L., & Howard, J. (Eds.) (2019). Total Worker Health®: Integrative Approaches to Safety, Health, and Well-being. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Our Institute faculty and affiliated faculty conducting applied research, and their primary research interests, are:

Applied Science Faculty

W. Kent Anger
W. Kent Anger, PhD, Professor, Assoc. Dir.
  • Total Worker Health (TWH)
  • TWH interventions
  • Human behavioral neurotoxicology
Emily (Yueng-hsiang) Huang, PhD
Emily (Yueng-hsiang) Huang, PhD, Assoc. Prof.
  • Safety Climate,
  • Total Worker Health,
  • Safety Culture
Steven A. Shea, PhD
Steven A. Shea, PhD, Professor, Director
  • Sleep
  • Circadian Rhythms
  • Adverse health effects of shift work
Nicole Bowles, PhD
Nicole Bowles, PhD, Assistant Professor
  • Stress
  • Sleep
  • Cannabinoids
David A. Hurtado, ScD
David A. Hurtado, ScD, Assistant Professor
  • Total Worker Health
  • Social determinant of health
  • Workplace interventions
Saurabh Thosar, PhD, MS, OTR/L
Saurabh S. Thosar, PhD, MS, OTR/L, Asst. Prof.
  • Inactivity and exercise physiology
  • vascular function assessment
  • cardiovascular disease research
Leslie B. Hammer, PhD
Leslie B. Hammer, PhD, Professor
  • Occupational Stress
  • Supervisor Supportive Training
  • Workplace Interventions
Ryan Olson, PhD
Ryan Olson, PhD, Professor
  • TWH interventions for lone workers
  • Occupational fatality surveillance & prevention

Affiliate Faculty

Jennifer Dimoff, PhD
Jennifer Dimoff, PhD, Telfer School of Management, Univ. of Ottawa
  • Leadership, occupational health and safety
  • Mental health in the workplace
Brad Wipfli, PhD
Brad Wipfli, PhD, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Health promotion
  • Health behavior change
Andrew McHill, PhD
Andrew McHill, PhD, Assistant Professor, OHSU School of Nursing
  • Sleep and wakefulness
  • Impact of nutrition on sleep and health
 Suzanne H. Mitchell, Ph.D.,Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, School of Medicine
Suzanne Mitchell, PhD, Professor, Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU Sch. of Med.
  • Decision-making
  • Impulsivity
  • Substance abuse

Affiliate faculty have home units or Departments within OHSU, the OHSU-Portland State University School of Public Health, or other Universities