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

Selected Publications
Classes Taught
Occupational Health Psychology at PSU

Current Research:

Study for Employment Retention of Veterans: www.servestudy.org

Occupational Health Psychology at PSU: www.pdx.edu/occupational-health-psychology

Work, Family and Health Network:   http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/wfhn/home

WFHN Project: www.pdx.edu/work-family-support/

Oregon Healthy Workforce Center: www.ohsu.edu/ohwc






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:




Oregon MESH (Military Employee Sleep and Health) Study
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. https://blogs.ohsu.edu/occupational-health-sciences/2016/10/24/oregon-military-employee-sleep-and-health-mesh-study/


Oregon Healthy Workforce: 2011-2021

Dr. Hammer is the Associate Director of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, a NIOSH Center of Excellence in Total Worker Health®. Research at the OHWC focuses on effective interventions that aim to improve the health, safety and wellness of workers.  Read more about the Oregon Healthy Workforce here  


SERVe (Study for Employment Retention of Veterans): 2013-2018
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 in order to foster a supportive workplace environment.  Read more about the SERVe program here