Workplace Aggression: Preventing relational aggression and bullying - a deeper dive

2020 Spring Symposium

Date: Friday, May 29, 2020
Time: 9 AM - 4 PM
Location: Virtual/Online Webinar (Email us  with questions.)

Presenters and Topics
Agenda and Bios

Sponsored by the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences and the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.

Description: This full day event began with a recap where our Spring 2019 symposia left off, and continued with a deeper dive into specific lessons and tips for effectively addressing and preventing workplace aggression in all industries.

COMPLETED - Handouts and recordings have been posted below.

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcome and Recap from 2019:
Steven Shea, Ph.D., Director, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU
Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH, Senior Research Associate, Outreach and Education, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, OHSU

9:15 - 10:15 AM

Keynote: Adopting a Workplace Bullying Policy and Putting it to Work
Edward Stern
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Edward Stern served the U.S. Department of Labor for 41+ years as an economist and policy/program analyst. He developed regulations and analyzed enforcement. For 27 years in OSHA, he modeled health and safety risks and regulatory feasibility. He innovated compliance assistance, leading teams of scientific, medical, and legal staff to develop online “OSHA Expert Advisors.” DOL adopted this idea for its “elaws Advisors”. EPA appointed Stern to its 2nd Compliance Assistance Advisory Committee for 2002 to 2004.  Later he was OSHA’s technical advisor to the U.S. Surgeon General’s workgroup on Second-Hand Smoke. He presented research on abusive supervision at the LERA annual conference in 2007. He wrote the “Bullying and Psychological Aggression” chapter of “Halt the Violence” (e-book, Amazon). He was on the DOL safety and security workgroup for six years.  He was on the DOL Workplace Violence Committee, 2014-15. Now, he researches, writes, and advises on workplace bullying.

10:15 - 10:30 AM Break

10:30 - 11:15 AM

Changing a Toxic Culture
Gian Lozano, MSW, MBA, Veterans Affairs, Portland, Oregon

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Gian Lozano is the First Vice President for AFGE Local 2157 and has had a passion for developing behavioral solutions for organizations spanning over twenty years.  His MBA and MSW degrees have provided the skillset and knowledge needed to help increase profitability through improved employee engagement.  His work at Eli Lilly and Co. involved improving mental health treatment teams, which directly impacted over 100,000 clients. Recent projects include executive and managerial consulting for organizations affected by toxic work cultures. This has resulted in increases in employee’s morale, reductions in operational costs, as well as, reductions in bullying, incivility, turnover and absenteeism. 

11:15 - 12:00 PM

Strategies for Prevention
Debra Harris, Ph.D., MST, Senior Instructor II, OHSU-PSU  School of Public Health, Portland, Oregon
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Dr. Harris completed her undergraduate degree in Health and Physical Education at Southern Oregon University and received a Masters of Science in Teaching in Physical Education and a Masters of Science in Teaching in Health Education from Portland State University, where she has also completed a Principal Certificate and Endorsement in Educational Administration. Deb earned a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico. Her area of specialization at UNM was Public and School Health Education.  Deb was named the National High School Physical Education Teacher of the Year in 1993 (NASPE), and was named the National K-12 Health Education Professional of the Year in 2002 (AAHE).   Deb has taught in Oregon middle schools, high schools and universities for 43 years.  She lives in Portland, Oregon area, loves traveling the Northwest, the USA and internationally, and spends her free time remodeling her childhood home.    

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM:  Break for lunch (on your own)

12:30  PM - 2:30 PM

Organizational Examples and Tips for prevention and response (including audience-generated questions through WebEx Chat). Facilitated panel.
Facilitator - Anna Meiners, MA, Director of Account Services, Cascade Centers
Anna Meiners holds an MA in Counseling Psychology/Organization Behavior and a BS in Human Development and Family Sciences. She has supported mental health and well-being in the workplace with Cascade Centers in several positions for a decade.
Afternoon Panel Recording


1. Edward Stern (see bio above)
Stern Handout

2. Gian Losano, MSW, MBA (see bio above)

3. Debra Harris, Ph.D., MST, Senior Instructor II, OHSU-PSU  School of Public Health, Portland, Oregon (see bio above)

4. Leslie Hammer, PhD, Faculty, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU, Co-Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center
Hammer Handout
Dr. Leslie Hammer’s research is focused on the well-being of workers through interventions to increase employee-supportive behaviors at all leadership levels

5. Lynda Enos, RN, BSN, M.S., COHN-S, CPE, Ergonomics/Human Factors Consultant, HumanFit LLC
Enos Handout
Lynda Enos was the keynote at our 2019 Spring Symposium addressing workplace aggression. She has more than three decades experience as an ergonomic consultant. She has also been a leader nationally in workplace violence prevention, especially within healthcare.

6. Richard Goerling, Mindful Badge Initiative 
Richard is a certified mindfulness trainer, a retired police officer and military veteran who believes in your innate resilience, humanity and capacity to show up and thrive amidst hard circumstances. Richard specializes in training health, resilience and human performance skills to first responders and other high reliability professionals.

Wrap up by 2:30 PM

Credits: If you require a certificate of completion for continuing education, please email usAlso, we 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 5.75 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about this event's PDCs, please contact us at To learn more about SHRM recertification, visit

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