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2014 Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute: Advancing Theory and Practice in the Context of Total Worker Health
July 16-18, 2014

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

This 3-day institute features regional, national, and international researchers and practitioners in occupational health psychology, total worker health, and safety research and practice.

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Institute Program

Day 1: Occupational Health Psychology - Scholarly Work Advancing Theory

Welcome and Introduction of OHP Summer Institute

Leslie Hammer, Ph.D., Director,  Occupational Health Psychology Program, Portland State University; Co-Director, Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC)*

Featured Speaker:

OHP in the Aging Workforce: Theoretical and Empirical Advancements

Mo Wang, Ph.D., University of Florida, National Science Foundation
President, Society for Occupational Health Psychology

This talk aims to provide an overview of the interdisciplinary research that studies Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) in the aging workforce.  The talk will lay out several important theoretical frameworks for developing research in this area.  The talk will also offer a summary of empirical development on related research phenomena.  Throughout the talk, inconsistent theoretical predictions and empirical findings will be highlighted to inspire future research.  Further, recommendations related to research methods will be discussed to improve research rigor in this area.

What Should we Actually DO for Older Workers? Identifying the research gaps in organizational practice and interventions

Donald Truxillo, Ph.D., Portland State University

The aging of the industrialized workforce is an issue of growing importance, as more people will work well into their 60s and beyond. There is thus a need to support an aging workforce in terms of health and wellbeing. And although there has been a growing research interest in the aging workforce, few studies have examined empirically what workplace practices and interventions actually lead to better outcomes for older workers. This presentation will identify a number of gaps that need to be filled in the current organizational research to address this looming challenge for workers, organizations, and society.

Economic Stress: A Primer for Occupational Health Researchers

Robert Sinclair, Ph.D., Clemson University

Events of the last several years have heightened awareness of the general importance of economic issues for peoples’ health and well-being. Although OHP research has long addressed some aspects of economic stress, others require more research attention. The general purpose of my talk is to provide attendees with an overview of economic stress research as well as several specific economic stress constructs.  My goals for the presentation are to (1) provide a general orientation to economic stress concerns, (2) describe some recent research findings from my own and others’ research on economic stressors, (3) discuss theoretical issues that help explain how economic stress affects health outcomes, and (4) highlight some of the challenges and opportunities in economic stress research.

Work-Life Boundary Control and Identify Management: A New Frontier for Occupational Health

Ellen E. Kossek, Ph.D., Purdue University

Although schedule control and job autonomy have been linked to occupational health, less work has been done on the concept of boundary control and its linkages to work and non work identities and well-being. In this session, I will share research on the construct of boundary control and review its linkages to work-family, identity management strategies and   well-being outcomes.  I will also discuss how this construct may vary in enactment across cultures and occupations.

Letting Go: Research on Recovery from Work Stress and Employee Well-being
Charlotte Fritz, Ph.D., Portland State University

This presentation will focus on recent research around recovery and unwinding from work stress. Specifically, it will describe to what extend work stressors are related to employee experiences outside of work. It will further point to specific experiences during non-work time that can impact employee health and well-being.

Day 2: Intersection of Theory & Practice: Total Worker Health

Objective: Provide steps/competencies to:
• develop a Total Worker Health (TWH) program in an organization
• teach other organizations to develop TWH programs

Institute Keynote Speaker:
TWH in the Context of Occupational Health Psychology: Integration of Health Protection and Health Promotion
Laura Punnett, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW) *

So you want to improve TWH?  Critical principles and tactics for creating organizational and behavior change
Ryan Olson, Ph.D., Project Principal Investigator, OHWC*

PHLAME: An example of a complete TWH intervention program from conception to ROI
Kerry Kuehl, MD or Diane Elliot, MD - Project Principal Investigator/ISC Chair, OHWC*

Panel Discussion: Building a TWH Center: From Nuts and Bolts to Politics
Jim Merchant, Ph.D. (chair) - Director, University of Iowa Healthier Workforce Center for Excellence (HWCE)*
Laura Punnett, Ph.D., Director, CPH-NEW*
Kent Anger, Ph.D., Director, OHWC*
Jack Dennerlein, Ph.D., Associate Director, Harvard School of Public Health Center for Work, Health and Wellbeing *

When a Complete Program is Too Much: Creating a Climate of Health Protection and Health Promotion
Dede Montgomery, MS, CIH, Education co-PI, OHWC*

Evidence-Based TWH Programs: What Does the Evidence Tell Us?
Kent Anger, Ph.D., Director, OHWC*

*NIOSH-Funded Total Worker Health Center of Excellence (COE)

Day 3: Practical Interventions in the Workplace

Featured Speaker:
Disseminating and Implementing Evidence-based Prevention in the Workplace
Jeffrey Harris, Ph.D., University of Washington

Mental Health Awareness Intervention
Kevin Kelloway, Ph.D., Saint Mary's University

Self Monitoring and Self Management
Olson Lab, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU *

Work, Life & Stress - Reflections of an Occupational Medicine Physician
Carol Gunn, MD, CIH, Occupational Medicine, Portland, Oregon

The Aging Workforce: An Ideal Application of TWH. So Why is it so Difficult?
Steven Hecker, MSPH, Co-Director Education Core, OHWC*

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Registration Fees:

$200 1 day
$300 2 days
$400 3 days
$100/day for educational institutions, labor unions, and Oregon government agencies.

Space is limited!

Conference Lodging

University Place Hotel and Conference Center
310 Lincoln Street, Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 221-0140 or 1.866.845.4647 - ask for "Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute Group Rate."
Conference rate: $89 deluxe room (limited room block, book by mid-May)

Hotel Modera
515 SW Clay Street, Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (877) 484-1084 - ask for Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute Group Rate or
reserve on www.hotelmodera.com using the group code "OHPSI2014"
Conference rate: $209 (limited room block, book by mid-May)


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Previous OHP Summer Institute

The first annual Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute, held July 16 - 19, 2012 was a terrific success. The 2012 Summer Institute was on Improving Worker Safety, Health and Well-Being and was presented by the Occupational Psychology Program at Portland State University, CROET, the Oregon Healthy WorkForce Center, and the Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety at St. Mary’s University.

The institute was attended by a mix of academic researchers and practitioners from around the world with topics ranging from safety climate, work organization, and stress, to employee health and the work family balance. It was particularly beneficial to share the differing perspectives found between researchers and practitioners.

Speakers included:

  • Joseph Hurrell, PhD, NIOSH (ret.), Editor, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
  • Dr. Yueng-hsiang (Emily) Huang, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
  • Nanette Yragui, PhD, Occupational Health Research Psychologist
  • David Cadiz, MBA, PhD, Research Associate, Oregon Nurses Foundation
  • Arla Day, PhD, Saint Mary’s University
  • Deborah Fell-Carlson, SAIF Corporation, Dede Montgomery, CROET
  • Bing Lin, M.S., Doctoral Student Industrial/Organizational and Occupational Health Psychology Training Program, Portland State University
  • Leslie Hammer, PhD, Portland State University, Occupational Health Psychology
  • Dov Zohar, PhD, Technion, Haifa, Israel
  • Natalie Schwatka, M.S., AEP, Doctoral Student, Ergonomics & Human Factors Training Program, Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Services, Colorado State University
  • Krista Hoffmeister, M.S., Doctoral Student Industrial/Organizational Psychology Training Program, Colorado State University
  • Tony Barsotti, Safety Manager, Temp Control Mechanical, Portland