Ryan B. Olson, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
  • Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
  • Co-Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences
  • Multiple Principle Investigator, Oregon Occupational Public Health Program


Dr. Olson earned his bachelors degree in Psychology at Utah State University and advanced degrees in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis at Western Michigan University. Dr. Olson was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Santa Clara University prior to joining the CROET/OHSU faculty in July of 2005.   His research program has specialized in occupational fatality surveillance and prevention, and safety, health, and well-being interventions for isolated (lone) workers in demanding occupations (e.g., commercial drivers, home care workers). His areas of contribution to science include: effective Total Worker Health® interventions for isolated populations; behavioral self-monitoring applied to workplace behavior change and transfer of training; self-assessment of ergonomic and safety exposures; and environmental and social motivational variables. Dr. Olson is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and a charter member of the Society of Occupational Health Psychology and past-president of the Organizational Behavior Management Network. 

Education and training

    • M.A., 1999, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Western Michigan University
    • Ph.D., 2002, AppliedBehavior Analysis, Western Michigan University

Areas of interest

  • Occupational safety and health interventions
  • Total Worker Health®
  • Lone workers
  • Obesity
  • Sleep and shift work
  • Diet
  • Exercise



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