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Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health

Primary Goal of CWFSSH

The goal of the CWFSSH is to promote healthier and safer workplaces by effectively managing workplace stressors and reducing work-family conflict. Specifically, the CWFSSH is focusing their current investigations on supervisory behaviors that support employees' efforts to successfully manage their work and family demands, ultimately improving workers' health and well-being.


The Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety and Health (CWFSSH) is a joint effort between Portland State University, where it is housed, and Purdue University, to examine innovative workplace practices that can ultimately improve the health and well-being of employees and their families. Drs. Leslie Hammer (PSU) and Ellen Kossek (Purdue), the Director and Associate Director for the center, respectively, have extensive experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating worksite interventions and supervisor training.

Current Projects

SERVe: Study for Employment Retention of Veterans

In February 2013, CWFSSH launched a five-year project  funded by the Department of Defense to design, implement and evaluate a veteran-supportive supervisory training for returning veterans. This is the first research project of its kind in the United States to focus on supervisors and changing the work culture to imporove the reintegration and retention of veterans in the workplace.

More information will be available at our website under development.

Click here for press release from March 13, 2013. 

Work, Family & Health Network

CWFSSH is part of the Work, Family and Health Network (WFHN) , which has the goal of providing scientific evidence about how workplace changes that are aimed to reduce work-family conflict, thus impacting the health of workers. Launched by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2005, the Network is comprised of interdisciplinary research teams around the United States. Primary funders of CWFSSH include the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

This study is the first to examine specific supervisory behaviors that are supportive of their employees' efforts to manage their work and family demands. It is also the first to explicitly link conflicts between work and family demands to worker safety and the mental and physical health of workers and their families.