Resolving stress between work and family
Dr. Leslie B. Hammer is a professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. Dr. Hammer is the Director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health, funded by grants from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This center is one of six centers that make up the national Work, Family, and Health Network (WFHN). Dr. Hammer is also the Director of the Occupational Health Psychology graduate training program at Portland State University that is funded through a training program grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). She is the Associate Director of the NIOSH-funded Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (OHWC), one of four centers of excellence in Total Worker Health. Most recently Dr. Hammer was awarded a grant from the Department of Defense to study ways to increase supervisor support and enhance employment retention for veterans reintegrating into the workforce.
Her research focuses on ways in which organizations can help reduce work and family stress and improve positive spillover among employees by facilitating both formal and informal workplace supports, such as Family Supportive Supervisor Behavior (FSSB) training. She has worked with such employee populations as grocery workers, health care workers (specifically nursing aid workers), construction workers, information technology workers, and is currently working with employment support and retention for our nation’s military veterans. She is a Past Founding President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP) and is a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP). Dr. Hammer is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology (past Associate Editor), Journal of Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, and the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology. She has published numerous articles on work and family in such publications as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Family Issues, Human Resource Planning, and Journal of Marriage and the Family and co-wrote a book with Dr. Margaret Neal entitled Working Couples Caring for Children and Aging Couples: Effects on Work and Well-Being.
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