Leslie Hammer

Professor of Psychology


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.    

Current 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

Classes Taught
Psy 345 Motivation
Psy 360 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Psy 410 Organizational Psychology
Psy 436/536 Performance Appraisal and Feedback
Psy 467/567 Work and Family
Psy 510/610 Advanced Organizational Psychology
Psy 516/616 AdvancedIndustrial/Organizational Psychology

Selected Publications

Hammer, L. B., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T. Pytlovany, A. C., & Richman, A. (in press). 
Exploration of the impact of organizational context on a workplace safety and health intervention. Work and Stress. 

DePasquale, N., Zarit, S.H., Mogle, J., Moen, P., Hammer, L.B., & Almeida, D.M.  (2018). 
Double- and triple-duty caregiving men: An examination of subjective stress and perceived schedule control. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 37(4), 464-492.  doi: 10.1177/0733464816641391

Yaldiz, L. M., Truxillo, D. M., Bodner, T., & Hammer, L. B. (2018). Do resources matter for 
employee stress? It depends on how old you are. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 107, 182-194. doi: 10.1016/j.jvb.2018.04.005

Crain, T. L., Hammer, L. B., Bodner, T., Olson, R., Kossek, E. E., Moen, P., & Buxton, O. M. 
(in press). Sustaining sleep: Results from the randomized controlled Work, Family, and Health Study. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Perry, M. L., Hammer, L. B., Bodner, T. E., Anger, W. K., & Brockwood, K. (2018). 
Development and validation of a veteran-supportive supervisor behavior measure. Military Behavioral Health. DOI: 10.1080/21635781.2018.1460284

Demsky, C. A., Fritz, C., Hammer, L. B., & Black, A. (in press). Workplace incivility and 
employee sleep: The role of rumination and recovery experiences. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. 

Shepherd, B. R., Fritz, C., Hammer, L. B., Guros, F., & Meier, D. (in press). The impact of 
emotional demands, burnout, and recovery from work on correctional officer alcohol use.  Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Fritz, C., Hammer, L. B., Guros, F., & Shepherd, B. R., & Maier, D. (2018). On Guard: The 
Costs of Work-Related Hypervigilance in the Correctional Setting. Occupational Health Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41542-018-0010-z

Kossek, E. E., Petty, R. A., Bodner, T. E., Perrigino, M. B., Hammer, L. B., Yragui, N. L., & 
Michel, J. S. (2018). Lasting Impression: Transformational Leadership and Family Supportive Supervision as Resources for Well-Being and Performance. Occupational Health Science. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41542-018-0012-x’. 

Kossek, E. E., Thompson, R. J., Lawson, K. M., Bodner, T., Perrigino, M., Hammer, L. 
B., Buxton, O. M., Almeida, D. M., Moen, P., Hurtado, D., Wipfli, B., Berkman, L. F., Bray, J. W. (In press). Caring for the Elderly at Work and Home: Can a Randomized Organizational Intervention Improve Psychological Health? Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

O’Donnell, E., Berkman, L. F., Kelly, E., Hammer, B., Marden, J. & Buxton, O. M.  
(2018) Cardiometabolic risks associated with work-to-family conflict: findings from the Work Family Health Network, Community, Work & Family, DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2018.1440193

Mohr, C.D., McCabe, C.T., Haverly, S.N., Hammer, L.B., & Carlson, K.F. (2018). 
Drinking motives and alcohol use: The SERVe study of U.S. current and former service members. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79, 79-87.

Hammer, L. B., Wan, W. H., Brockwood, K. J., Mohr, C. D., & Carlson, K. F. (2017). 
Military, work, and health characteristics of veterans and reservists from the Study for Employment Retention of Veterans (SERVe). Military Psychology, 29, 491-512.

DePasquale, N., Polenick, C., Davis, K.D., Moen, P., Hammer, L.B., & Almeida, D.M.  (2017).  
The psychosocial implications of managing work and family caregiving roles: Gender differences among information technology professionals.  Journal of Family Issues, 38(11), 1495-1519.  doi: 10.1177/0192513X15584680 

Moen, P., Kelly, E. L., Lee, S., Oakes, M. J., Fan, W., Bray, J., Almeida, D., Hammer, L., 
Hurtado, D., & Buxton, O. (2017). Can a Flexibility/Support Initiative Reduce Turnover Intentions and Exits? Results from the Work, Family, and Health Network. Social Problems, 64, 53–85 doi: 10.1093/socpro/spw033

Lee, S., McHale, S. M., Crouter, A. C., Hammer, L. B., & Almeida, D. M. (2017). Finding time 
over time: Longitudinal links between employed mothers’ work-family conflict and time profiles. The Journal of Family Psychology. Advance access publication. doi: 10.1037/fam0000303

Korabik K., Van Rhijn, T.R., Lero, D.S., Ayman, R., & Hammer, L.B. (2017).  Gender, 
polychronicity and work-family conflict: Is multitasking beneficial? Community, Work and Family, 20, 307-326.

Yragui, N. L., Demsky, C. A., Hammer, L. B., Van Dyck, S., & Neradilek, M. B. (2017). 
Linking workplace aggression to employee work and well-being: The moderating role of family-supportive supervisory behaviors (FSSB). Journal of Business and Psychology, 32, 179–196. doi:10.1007/s10869-016-9443-z

Rineer, J. R., Truxillo, D.M., Bodner, T., Hammer, L.B., & Krainer, M. (2017). The 
Moderating Effects of Perceived Organizational Support on the Relationship between Organizational Justice and Objective Measures of Cardiovascular Health. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 26:3, 399-410, DOI: 10.1080/1359432X.2016.1277207.