Dede Montgomery

  • Senior Research Associate
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist


Dede supports the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Science's Outreach and Education Programs and provides industrial hygiene technical expertise to its research.  She is also the Outreach and Education Director for the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center.  Her key outreach responsibilities include connecting with stakeholders through: state-wide, regional and national conferences, instructing on occupational health, safety and Total Worker Health, creating continuing education opportunities, participating in coalitions and initiatives, managing social media blogs and websites, and supporting the Toxicology and Occupational Health Information Center. Dede also provides industrial hygiene support to Institute and OHWC projects, and to OHSU Global Southeast Asia. Her goal is to make Occupational Health Science's research and resources highly visible, relevant and valuable to employers, workers and health and safety professionals. 

Ms. Montgomery received her MS from the School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Washington and her BA in Biology from the University of Montana. She was certified in the Comprehensive Practice of Industrial Hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene in 1990. Before joining OHSU in 2004 she held positions with a Portland-based industrial hygiene and training consulting firm and as the Regional Health and Safety Manager for EPA Region 10 in Seattle. Ms. Montgomery previously served as External Advisory Committee Chair for the NIOSH- funded ERC at the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. She is frequently requested to present regionally and nationally on topics related to occupational safety and health, Total Worker Health, and young worker safety.

Recent Presentations

Total Worker Health: What OSH Professionals should know” at NOHC (10/18)

Sleep and Fatigue at Pulp, Paper and Forest Products Conference (12/18)

TWH 101 at Pulp, Paper and Forest Products Conference (12/18)

Safety for the young worker for OHSU Science Education, visiting high schools (3 sessions during 3-4/19)

“TWH 101” at GOSH 2019 (3/19)

“TWH Workplace Solutions at GOSH 2019 (3/19)

TWH 101 and Beyond at University of Washington ERC, Seattle (4/19)

Panel: What OSH Professionals should know about TWH at ASSP Safety 2019, New Orleans, LA (7/19)

Total Worker Health 101: The Basics; 1) Pacific NW Chapter of AOHP, Portland, OR, June 2019; 2) Oregon SHARP Alliance, Salem, OR, September 2019; 3) Oregon Workers Compensation Annual Educationa Conference, Jantzen Beach, OR, October 2019.

Sleep and Fatigue: 1) Central Oregon OSHA Conference, Bend, OR, September 2019; 2) Washington Governor's Safety and Health Conference, Tacoma, WA, September 2019.


  • B.A., 1983, University of Montana, School of Biological Sciences
  • M.S., 1986, University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences
  • Certifications:

    • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)

Honors and awards

  • 2010-2011 Safety Professional of the Year by the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.
  • 2018 Distinguished Industrial Hygienist by the Pacific Northwest Section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Memberships and associations

  • American Society of Safety Professionals Council on Professional Affairs (ASSP COPA)
  • American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSP); American Society of Safety Engineers Columbia-Willamette Chapter (ASSE_CWC)
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
  • Board Chair, Oregon Young Employee Safety Coalition (O[yes])
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association Pacific Northwest Chapter (AIHA-PNS)
  • American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Total Worker Health Task Force (2018-20)
  • Vice President, Columbia-Willamette Chapter American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) (2019-2020)

Areas of interest

  • Total Worker Health interventions and dissemination
  • Risk communication
  • Precarious and vulnerable worker protection
  • Young worker safety and health
  • Industrial hygiene
  • Speaking engagements on occupational safety and health and Total Worker Health.


Selected publications

  • Identifying Health and Safety Concerns in Southeast Asian Immigrant Nail Salon Workers. White H, Khan K, Lau C, Leung H, Montgomery D, Rohlman DS.Arch Environ Occup Health. 2015;70(4):196-203. doi: 10.1080/19338244.2013.853644.PMID:25965322
  • Effectiveness of Total Worker Health Interventions.Anger WK, Elliot DL, Bodner T, Olson R, Rohlman DS, Truxillo DM, Kuehl KS, Hammer LB, Montgomery D.J Occup Health Psychol. 2015 Apr;20(2):226-47. doi: 10.1037/a0038340. Epub 2014 Dec 22.PMID:25528687
  • Characterizing the Needs of a Young Working Population: Making the case for Total Worker Health in an emerging workforce.Rohlman DS, Parish M, Elliot DL, Montgomery D, Hanson G.J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Dec;55(12 Suppl):S69-72. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000039.
  • Hair, Formaldehyde, and Industrial Hygiene, NIOSH Science BlogMontgomery, Dede.February 10th, 2012
  • My Music Man, memoir, Bedazzled Ink Press, October 2017, ISBN-10: 1945805412 ISBN-13: 978-1945805417
  • Beyond the Ripples, novel, Bedazzled Ink Press, May 2019, ISBN 978-1-945805-96-7 (pb)
  • The Journey to "Be Well: Implementing Total Worker Health in Eugene, OregonLiz Hill, Dede Montgomery, and Randi Bowers-PayneAmerican Industrial Hygiene Association Synergist, October 2019
  • Oregon's Total Worker Health AllianceDede Montgomery, Michael Wood, and Liz HillAmerican Society of Safety Professionals Professional Safety, November 2019


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