Ryan Olson Lab

Ryan Olson Lab in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Ryan Olson lab members (L to R): Sean Rice, Stacy Stoffregen, Courtney Donovan, Ryan Olson,
Caitlyn Trullinger-Dwyer, Phuc Nguyen, Alan Rodriguez Tiburcio and Ivanna de Anda. (Jan 2023)

Research interests

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.

Current projects

Success & Health Impacts For Transit operators during Onboarding (SHIFT Onboard)

SHIFT Onboard stands for "Success and Health Impacts For Transit operators during Onboarding." It is enhanced training and support for new bus operators during their first year on the job. The program involves group activities and discussion during operators’ initial training period, followed by collaborative and supportive online challenges. Online challenges include setting health and job success goals, and tracking goal progress and job satisfaction, and completing short training topics on health and job success. New operators’ supervisors also receive training on how to support newcomers’ safety, health, and well-being on the job.

Community of Practice And Safety Support (COMPASS)

COMPASS for Navigating Pain (COMPASS-NP) is a translational study that is evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention for home care workers with chronic pain. Building on an established and successfully disseminated Oregon Healthy Workforce Center intervention named COMPASS (COMmunity of Practice And Safety Support), COMPASS-NP is designed to promote worker well-being and halt the progression of pain and its related problems, including work-related disability and opioid use/misuse. COMPASS-NP aims to achieve these outcomes through a supportive group program completed online over 10 weeks. The original program will be adapted to include strengthened ergonomic protections and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies for pain self-management. 

Lab members

Ryan Olson, PhD
Ryan Olson, Ph.D

Ryan Olson - Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Bio: https://www.ohsu.edu/people/ryan-b-olson-phd

Stacy Stoffregen, Ph.D., Research Associate, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
Stacy Stoffregen, Ph.D.

Stacy Stoffregen, Ph.D. - Research Associate

Stacy Stoffregen joined the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences in June 2022 as a Research Associate working across the SHIFT Onboard (Success & Health Impacts for Transit operators during Onboarding) and COMPASS-NP (Community of Practice and Safety Support for Navigating Pain) projects. Stacy earned her B.S. in Psychology from Minnesota State University, Mankato and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University. She is interested in employee well-being including burnout, work engagement, job satisfaction, and safety practices, as well as how work experiences have an impact beyond the workplace.

Courtney Donovan, MS
Courtney Donovan, MPH, CPH

Courtney Donovan - Research Associate

Courtney Donovan joined the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences in June of 2019 as a Senior Research Assistant working for both SHIFT Onboard and Tech4Rest. Courtney earned her Master’s in Public Health from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in 2019 with a concentration in Health Promotion and Certification in Public Health. She is interested in developing and evaluating effective interventions that address work as a social determinant of health which can be disseminated and implemented broadly to improve population health.

Caitlyn Trullinger-Dwyer, BA
Caitlyn Trullinger-Dwyer, BA

Caitlyn Trullinger-Dwyer - Research Assistant II

Caitlyn Trullinger-Dwyer joined the Oregon Institute for Occupational Health Sciences in November of 2019 as a Research Assistant II for the SHIFT Onboard (Success &Health Impacts for Transit operators during Onboarding) program. Caitlyn earned her BA in Neurobiology from the College of Wooster in 2015. Previously, Caitlyn has worked in both breast cancer research in the Sears Lab and alcohol research in the Ryabinin Lab at OHSU. She plans on pursuing a career in Clinical Psychology. Caitlyn is interested in holistic health (physical and mental) of people in difficult occupations. In her spare time, Caitlyn plays Dungeons and Dragons.

Ivanna de Anda, BA
Ivanna de Anda, BA

Ivanna de Anda - Research Assistant II

Ivanna de Anda joined the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences in June 2021 as a Research Assistant II for the Tech4Rest and SHIFT Onboard (Success & Health Impacts for Transit operators during Onboarding) studies. Ivanna earned her BA in Public Health-Global Health from the University of Washington in 2019. She is highly interested in evaluating and improving population health through sustainable and community-led structural interventions in the built environment. Outside of work, Ivanna enjoys bike riding and exploring new places.

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