Anjali Rameshbabu, Ph.D.

  • Manager, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC) , Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
  • Lead, OHWC Outreach Core, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
  • Senior Research Project Manager, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences


Anjali's background is in the field of Health & Social Psychology. Her work is driven by a passion for empowering people to live a healthy lifestyle and ensure a healthful future. Her focus lies in designing scientifically grounded, evidence-based, and practical interventions for sustainable health behavior change.

Her research has involved designing and testing a self-regulation intervention for custodial workers in the United States, examining shift work and sleep concerns among call center employees in India, exploring HPV and cervical cancer prevention among women in Malawi, and evaluating education-based interventions to increase HPV vaccine uptake in low-income populations in the United States. She also enjoys writing and effectively communicating to a variety of audiences, which she views as a crucial component of health behavior change efforts.

At the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, Anjali manages the administrative functioning of the Center. She provides research support to individual projects including intervention planning and data collection while also ensuring co-ordination between multiple projects to facilitate cohesiveness within the overall Center. Additionally, Anjali works closely with key members of the Center's Outreach and Education group to maintain a strong social presence with the goal of communicating the importance of "Total Worker Health" and to connect with work populations, safety professionals, and stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest through our Symposia, conferences and other events, to best understand their needs so we can respond with informed and effective interventions. A key focus of her work at the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center is also helping to disseminate or enable the transfer and sharing of our intervention research with the larger occupational community who will benefit from our evidence-based work, ranging from quick and easy-to-use health and safety guides to our more in-depth organization-level intervention programs.

Education and training

    • B.A., 2004, Bangalore University
    • M.Sc., 2006, Bangalore University
    • M.S., 2010, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    • Ph.D., 2013, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Memberships and associations:

  • American Psychological Association, Div. 38

Areas of interest

  • Health Promotion
  • Health Behavior Change Interventions
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Total Worker Health
  • Workplace Safety, Health, & Well-being


Selected publications

  • Rameshbabu, A., Reddy, D., & Ports, K. (2018). Learning to Health Yourself: A Randomized, Tailored Self-Regulation Intervention Among Custodial Employees. Health Education Research. DOI: 10.1093/her/cyy027. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Anger, K., Rameshbabu, A., Parker, K., Wan, W., Hurtado, D., Olson, R., Rohlman, D., Wipfli, B., Bodner, T. (2018). Effectiveness of Total Worker Health Interventions: A Systematic Review, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (book chapter in-press). NIOSH's pioneer book on Total Worker Health.
  • Ports, K.A., Haffejee, F., Mosavel, M., Rameshbabu, A. (2015). Integrating Cervical Cancer Prevention Initiatives with HIV Care in Resource-Constrained Settings: A Formative Study on Durban, South Africa. Global Public Health: An International Journal for Research, Policy, and Practice. DOI:10.1080/17441692.2015.1008021
  • Ports, K.A., Reddy, D., Rameshbabu, A. (2015). Cervical Cancer Prevention in Malawi: A Qualitative Study of Women's Perspectives. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, 20(1), 97-104. Published online Aug 2014.
  • Rameshbabu, A., Reddy, D., Fleming, R. (2013). Correlates of Negative Physical Health among Call Center Shift Workers. Applied Ergonomics, 44, 350-354.
  • Ports, K.A., Reddy, D., Rameshbabu, A. (2013). Barriers and Facilitators to HPV Vaccination: Perspectives from Malawian Women. Women & Health, 53, 630-645.


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