Leslie B. Hammer Lab

Leslie Hammer Lab December 2016
Leslie Hammer Lab (L to R): Jackie Schroeder, Wylie Wan, Janelle Cheung, Leslie Hammer,
Krista Brockwood, Phoenix Rain Bird, Luke Mahoney (Dec. 2016).

Research Interests

Dr. Hammer’s research is focused on improving the physical and mental well-being of workers through interventions designed to increase employee-supportive behaviors at all leadership levels. Her research focuses on ways in which organizations can help reduce work and family stress and improve positive spillover by facilitating both formal and informal workplace supports such as Family Supportive Supervisor Behavior training.

She has studied workplace intervention with such employee populations as grocery and service industry, health care, construction, information technology, and government, as well as many others. Her current work extends this supportive supervisor training in the military domain. 

Got to Dr. Hammer's faculty page here
See Dr. Hammer's publications on Google Scholar here

Current Research Projects


Oregon MESH (Military Employee Sleep and Health) Study (2016-present)
The Oregon MESH Study is another Department of Defense funded intervention study which will tackle the issue of sleep-related health concerns that are increasingly the focus of research in the military domain. The adverse effects of sleep deprivation are known to cause a variety of negative health and family issues. This study will test the effects of an intervention designed to improve the sleep of full-time National Guard members.


Collaborative meeting with Major Matt LoPresti, of the US Army Medical Research
Directorate-West, and his team in Leslie’s lab. http://usamrd-w.amedd.army.mil/


SERVe (Study for Employment Retention of Veterans) (2013-present)
SERVe is a Department of Defense-funded intervention study aimed at improving the health and well-being of service members and their families by targeting the workplace experiences of Veterans and Service Members who are members of the civilian workforce. Conducted as a randomized control trial, SERVe is an ongoing investigation into the effects of an intervention which combines training and behavior tracking to improve the knowledge and skills of supervisors with service members in their employ to foster a supportive workplace environment.

The Research Team

Krista Brockwood, PhD

Krista Brockwood-Senior Research Associate
Dr. Brockwood is a Senior Research Associate at OHSU since 2015, but prior to that was at Portland State University (PSU) overseeing two major federally-funded grants with Dr.LeslieHammer. Dr. Brockwood received her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology & Systems Science from PSU in 2002. She was an Assistant Professor at Pacific University in the School of Professional Psychology from 2003-2008. Dr. Brockwood is a Veteran havingserved inthe U.S. Army from 1988-1992 in Military Intelligence as a Signals Specialist/Cryptologic Linguist

Phoenix Rain Bird

Phoenix Rain Bird-Full Time Research Assistant
Phoenix began working with Dr. Hammer in 2012 as an undergraduate research assistant through the Work-Family Health Network. After graduating with honors from Portland State University in 2013, she joined the SERVe project as a full-time research assistant and will continue her work as an RA on the MESH study. Phoenix is primarily responsible for managing the data collection, tracking, and incentive processes for both projects and development and graphic design of the MESH training program.

Wylie Wan, PhD

Wylie Wan-Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Wan completed her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her master's degree and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She joined the Oregon Institute for Occupational Health Sciences in October 2015 and is the postdoctoral researcher for the Study for Employment Retention of Veterans (SERVe). She is interested in improving the health and relationships of working families. Her current research topics include work-life fit, physical and psychological well-being, contextual influences, and close relationships across the life course.

Janelle Chung, Ph.D.

Janelle Cheung-Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Cheung graduated with her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology with a specialization in Occupational Health Psychology from Clemson University. She joined Dr. Hammer's lab at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences in June 2016 and is currently serving as the post-doctoral researcher for the Oregon Military Employees Sleep and Health (MESH) Study. Dr. Cheung's research broadly focuses on employee health, safety and well-being - specifically examining organizational approaches to workplace health and wellness, as well as employee experiences of economic stress.

Jacquelyn Brady, MS

Jacquelyn Brady-Graduate Research Assistant
Jacquelyn is a graduate student and research assistant studying at Portland State University and working on an Oregon National Guard research grant under Dr. Leslie Hammer. Jacquelyn received her B.A. in Psychology at California State University San Marcos in 2013, and her M.S. is Experimental Psychology at Washington State University in 2016. Her primary research interests include the work-family interface, and the interplay between health, emotions, and social influences on well-being. Her primary goals include promoting positive health and well-being in under-served populations and individuals and their families through healthy workplaces and work-life integration.

Alejandra Garfias

Alejandra Garfias-Undergraduate Research Assistant
Alejandra joined Dr. Hammer's lab as a research assistant in June of 2016. She is currently working on the Safe-Patient Handling Health Care Project and with the United States Forest Service. Ms. Garfias is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at Portland State University, where she is majoring in psychology with a minor in business, and will graduate this spring. Her research experience includes interning with Marriott Hotels in HR, the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, and working as a human developmental research assistant at Portland State University.

Luke Mahoney

Luke Mahoney-Undergraduate Research Assistant
Luke became a member of Dr. Hammer's research team in June 2016. He spent five years in the Marine Corps before beginning his undergraduate studies. He will graduate with a B.S. in Psychology from Portland State University this coming spring. His main tasks include assisting with SERVe data management and analysis and the development of the training for the Oregon MESH Study.