Research

Research and program areas

The Oregon institute of Occupational Health Sciences, has 4 main research themes or directions that respond to our mission. They are listed below.

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.  This includes 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.

Our researchers working in this area include (Click on their name to read more about their research):

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.

Our researchers working in this area include: Click on their name to learn more about their research.

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.

Our researchers working in this area are (click on their name to learn more about their research):

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.

Our researchers working in this area include: (Click on their name to learn more about their research).

Ryan B. Olson, PhD
David A. Hurtado, DSc
Jennifer Dimoff, PhD

We provide resources and educational opportunities on relevant and emerging workplace safety and health issues.  We're also improving the health, safety, and well-being of workers through effectiveness research, collaboration with partner organizations, and dissemination of evidence-based programs.

Our researchers working in this area include: (Click on their name to learn more about their research).

Nichole Guilfoy, BS
Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH
Anjali Rameshbabu, PhD 
Helen Schuckers, MPH

Faculty lab pages

Charles N. Allen
Charles N. Allen, PhD
Matthew P. Butler, PhD
Matthew P. Butler, PhD
David A. Hurtado, ScD
David A. Hurtado, ScD
Amanda McCullough, PhD
Amanda McCullough, PhD
Xiaoquan Rao, PhD
Xiaoquan Rao, PhD
Mitchell Turker, PhD
Mitchell Turner, PhD
W. Kent Allen, PhD
W. Kent Allen, PhD
Leslie B. Hammer, PhD
Leslie B. Hammer, PhD
Doris Kretzschmar, PhD
Doris Kretzschmar, PhD
Andrew McHill, PhD
Andrew McHill, PhD
Steven A. Shea, PhD
Steven A. Shea, PhD
Carey Weinhouse, PhD
Caren Weinhouse, PhD
Nicole Bowles, PhD
Nicole Bowles, PhD
Emily (Yueng-hsiang) Huang, PhD
Emily (Yueng-hsiang) Huang, PhD
R. Stephen Lloyd, PhD
R. Stephen Lloyd, PhD
Ryan Olson, PhD
Ryan Olson, PhD
Saurabh Thosar, PhD, MS, OTR/L
Saurabh Thosar, PhD, MS, OTR/L