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Leslie B. Hammer, Ph.D., Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Director, Occupational Health Psychology Program

Department of Psychology
317 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland,OR 97207-0751
phone (503) 725-3971
fax (503) 725-3904

Note: Dr. Hammer will not be accepting Ph.D. students for the 2018-19 academic year

Selected Publications
Classes Taught
Occupational Health Psychology at PSU

Current Research:

Study for Employment Retention of Veterans:

Occupational Health Psychology at PSU:

Work, Family and Health Network:

WFHN Project:

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center:






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 and 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 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 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 Behaviors (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 on employments 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 American Psychological Association, as well as 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), 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 Resources 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 of Work and Well Being.    



Below are summaries of Dr. Hammer’s research projects:




Work-Family & Health Network: 2005-2014

The WFHN is a multi-site research cooperative providing scientific evidence about how changes in the work environment – specifically around work and family issues - can improve the health of workers and their families while benefiting organizations. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the Network in 2005. For more information on this study, please visit the website for the Center for Work, Family, Stress, Safety & Health.


Oregon Healthy Workforce: 2011-2014

The Oregon Healthy Workforce initiative is a NIOSH Center of Excellence a research collaborative examining workplace interventions that use on team- and technological-based approaches to improve worker safety and health. Click here for more information on this grant.



SERVe (Study for Employment Retention of Veterans): 2013-2018

Last winter, the Department of Defense awarded Dr. Hammer and her interdisciplinary research team funding to launch the "Study for Employment Retention of Veterans." This unique and timely project is based on Dr, Hammer's twenty-plus years of research into work-family issues and evidence based family supportive supervisor training.


"PSU Psychologist wins DoD grant to train supervisors of veterans"

(The Oregonian, 3/15/13)


In partnership with the Oregon National Guard and Oregon Health Science University, SERVe's long- range goal is to improve the health and well-being of veterans and families, as well as to increase retention of veterans and reservist in the workplace by training supervisors to better support their employed service members. This study will be conducted as a randomized control trial with pre-and post-training evaluation. The Veterans-Supportive Supervisor Training will focus on increasing support for veterans and their families in the civilian workforce with positive impacts expected to be found at both home and work. 




Sandwiched Generation: 1996-2001

In 2001, Dr. Hammer and her research team recently concluded a national, longitudinal study of dual-earner couples in the sandwich generation funded by the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. This research examined the various work and family stressors related to such work and well-being indicators as life satisfaction, depression, work-family conflict, positive work-family spillover, absenteeism and turnover intentions.