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    Mid-Valley SHRM April Meeting- Workplace Psychosocial Stressors

    Date: April 13, 2022, 7:30am
    Mid-Valley SHRM
    Virtual Via Zoom
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    Research evidence indicates that psychosocial stressors such as low supervisor support and high work-life stress are negative occupational exposures related to poor psychological and physical health, negative work outcomes, and adverse effects on families. These associations suggest that Occupational Health Psychology and Total Worker Health® interventions such as leadership support trainings may be helpful in mitigating effects of workplace psychosocial stressors on health and well-being. This presentation will review workplace psychosocial stressors and leadership training approaches to reduce stress and improve psychological and physical health, highlighting several examples from randomized controlled trials conducted by our research team that crosses over between OHSU and PSU.

    Presented by Leslie Hammer.

    Dr. Leslie B. Hammer is a Professor in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at Oregon Health & Science University, Co-Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, one of 10 centers of excellence in Total Worker Health® funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. She is also a Professor of Psychology at Portland State University and Associate Director of the Portland State University Occupational Health Psychology graduate training program. She is a leading expert on work and family and occupational stress, more generally, and serves regularly as a consultant on occupational stress and well-being workplace issues. She specializes in the health effects of supportive supervision at work, and the health consequences of occupational stress and work-family conflict, and has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating worksite interventions and supervisor training. She conducts applied research that focuses on workplace interventions aimed at improving supervisor leadership skills and in turn, the impact of such trainings on both supervisor and worker performance, stress, health, safety, and well-being. She has been Principal Investigator of 5 large workplace intervention randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of supervisor support training. Dr. Hammer and her team are currently conducting a randomized controlled trial funded by the Department of Defense, evaluating the Readiness Supportive Leadership Training (RESULT) aimed at training Active Duty platoon leaders about how to support their soldiers’ psychological health and well-being. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology. She is also the Founding President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. She publishes widely in such outlets as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine.

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