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Ryan Olson

Ryan Olson, PhD

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments Primary - Family & Preventive Medicine

Academic Office Information

Education History

Doctoral Training Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University
Undergraduate Utah State University

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Olson R, Rice SPM, Bauer TN, Wipfli B, Anger WK, Bodner T, Graven P, Greenspan LS (2022). Primary Prevention of Weight Gain Among New Bus Operators: Results of the "Success & Health Impacts For Transit operators during Onboarding" (SHIFT Onboard) Pilot Study. J Occup Environ Med, 65(2), 128-139. (Read full article)
  2. Rice SPM, Greenspan LS, Bauer TN, Rimby J, Bodner TE, Olson R (2021). The Impact of COVID-19 on Transit Workers: Perceptions of Employer Responses and Associations with Health Factors. Ann Work Expo Health, 66(3), 334-347. (Read full article)
  3. McHill AW, Velasco J, Bodner T, Shea SA, Olson R (2021). Rapid changes in overnight blood pressure after transitioning to early-morning shiftwork. Sleep, 45(3). (Read full article)
  4. Olson R, Rice SPM, Mansfield LR, Wipfli B, Bodner T, Anger WK, Bauer TN (2021). Bus Operators' Body Weight Changes During Their First 2 Years of Work: A Retrospective Survey. J Occup Environ Med, 63(12), 1093-1096. (Read full article)
  5. Hanson GC, Rameshbabu A, Bodner TE, Hammer LB, Rohlman DS, Olson R, Wipfli B, Kuehl K, Perrin NA, Alley L, Schue A, Thompson SV, Parish M (2021). A Comparison of Safety, Health, and Well-Being Risk Factors Across Five Occupational Samples. Front Public Health, 9, 614725. (Read full article)
  6. Greenspan LS, Alley L, Rice SPM, Olson R (2020). Exploring biopsychosocial correlates of pain, pain management strategies, and risk for opioid misuse among home care workers in Washington State. Home Health Care Serv Q, 40(1), 54-74. (Read full article)
  7. Olson R, Johnson P, Shea SA, Marino M, Rimby J, Womak K, Wang F, Springer R, Donovan C, Rice SPM (2020). Advancing the Safety, Health, and Well-Being of Commercial Driving Teams Who Sleep in Moving Semi-Trucks: The Tech4Rest Pilot Study. J Occup Environ Med, 62(12), 1082-1096. (Read full article)
  8. Hurtado D, Greenspan L, Vogt M, Mansfield L, Olson R (2020). Does Experiencing an Injury Claim Impact Small Construction Company Leaders' Participation in a Fall Protection Survey? Ann Work Expo Health, 64(8), 897-902. (Read full article)
  9. Womack KN, Alvord TW, Trullinger-Dwyer CF, Rice SPM, Olson R (2020). Challenging Aggressive Behaviors Experienced by Personal Support Workers in Comparison to Home Care Workers: Relationships between Caregiver Experiences and Psychological Health. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 17(15). (Read full article)
  10. Wipfli B, Hanson G, Anger K, Elliot DL, Bodner T, Stevens V, Olson R (2018). Process Evaluation of a Mobile Weight Loss Intervention for Truck Drivers. Saf Health Work, 10(1), 95-102. (Read full article)
  11. Crain TL, Hammer LB, Bodner T, Olson R, Kossek EE, Moen P, Buxton OM (2018). Sustaining sleep: Results from the randomized controlled work, family, and health study. J Occup Health Psychol, 24(1), 180-197. (Read full article)
  12. Olson R, Hess JA, Parker KN, Thompson SV, Rameshbabu A, Luther Rhoten K, Marino M (2018). From Research-to-Practice: An Adaptation and Dissemination of the COMPASS Program for Home Care Workers. Int J Environ Res Public Health, 15(12). (Read full article)
  13. Gurubhagavatula I, Sullivan S, Meoli A, Patil S, Olson R, Berneking M, Watson NF (2017). Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators: Recommendations of the AASM Sleep and Transportation Safety Awareness Task Force. J Clin Sleep Med, 13(5), 745-758. (Read full article)
  14. Lee S, Almeida DM, Berkman L, Olson R, Moen P, Buxton OM (2017). Age differences in workplace intervention effects on employees' nighttime and daytime sleep. Sleep Health, 2(4), 289-296. (Read full article)
  15. Marino M, Killerby M, Lee S, Klein LC, Moen P, Olson R, Kossek EE, King R, Erickson L, Berkman LF, Buxton OM (2017). The Effects of a Cluster Randomized Controlled Workplace Intervention on Sleep and Work-Family Conflict Outcomes in an Extended Care Setting. Sleep Health, 2(4), 297-308. (Read full article)
  16. Olson R, Thompson SV, Elliot DL, Hess JA, Rhoten KL, Parker KN, Wright RR, Wipfli B, Bettencourt KM, Buckmaster A, Marino M (2016). Safety and Health Support for Home Care Workers: The COMPASS Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Public Health, 106(10), 1823-32. (Read full article)
  17. Olson R, Wipfli B, Thompson SV, Elliot DL, Anger WK, Bodner T, Hammer LB, Perrin NA (2016). Weight Control Intervention for Truck Drivers: The SHIFT Randomized Controlled Trial, United States. Am J Public Health, 106(9), 1698-706. (Read full article)
  18. Olson R, Thompson SV, Wipfli B, Hanson G, Elliot DL, Anger WK, Bodner T, Hammer LB, Hohn E, Perrin NA (2016). Sleep, Dietary, and Exercise Behavioral Clusters Among Truck Drivers With Obesity: Implications for Interventions. J Occup Environ Med, 58(3), 314-21. (Read full article)
  19. Anger WK, Elliot DL, Bodner T, Olson R, Rohlman DS, Truxillo DM, Kuehl KS, Hammer LB, Montgomery D (2014). Effectiveness of total worker health interventions. J Occup Health Psychol, 20(2), 226-47. (Read full article)
  20. Olson R, Wright RR, Elliot DL, Hess JA, Thompson S, Buckmaster A, Luther K, Wipfli B (2015). The COMPASS pilot study: a total worker Health™ intervention for home care workers. J Occup Environ Med, 57(4), 406-16. (Read full article)
  21. Gurubhagavatula I, Patil S, Meoli A, Olson R, Sullivan S, Berneking M, Watson NF, Sleep and Transportation Safety Awareness Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2015). Sleep Apnea Evaluation of Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators. J Clin Sleep Med, 12(3), 285-6. (Read full article)
  22. Olson R, Crain TL, Bodner TE, King R, Hammer LB, Klein LC, Erickson L, Moen P, Berkman LF, Buxton OM (2014). A workplace intervention improves sleep: results from the randomized controlled Work, Family, and Health Study. Sleep Health, 1(1), 55-65. (Read full article)
  23. Olson R, Elliot D, Hess J, Thompson S, Luther K, Wipfli B, Wright R, Buckmaster AM (2014). The COMmunity of Practice And Safety Support (COMPASS) Total Worker Health™ study among home care workers: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 15, 411. (Read full article)
  24. Olson R, Wipfli B, Wright RR, Garrigues L, Nguyen T, Lpez de Castro B (2014). Reliability and validity of the Home Care STAT (Safety Task Assessment Tool). Appl Ergon, 45(4), 1157-66. (Read full article)
  25. Walters JK, Olson R, Karr J, Zoller E, Cain D, Douglas JP (2013). Elevated occupational transportation fatalities among older workers in Oregon: an empirical investigation. Accid Anal Prev, 53, 28-38. (Read full article)
  26. Wipfli B, Olson R, Wright RR, Garrigues L, Lees J (2012). Characterizing hazards and injuries among home care workers. Home Healthc Nurse, 30(7), 387-93. (Read full article)
  27. Olson R, Schmidt S, Winkler C, Wipfli B (2011). The effects of target behavior choice and self-management skills training on compliance with behavioral self-monitoring. Am J Health Promot, 25(5), 319-24. (Read full article)
  28. Olson R, Anger WK, Elliot DL, Wipfli B, Gray M (2009). A new health promotion model for lone workers: results of the Safety & Health Involvement For Truckers (SHIFT) pilot study. J Occup Environ Med, 51(11), 1233-46. (Read full article)
  29. Olson R, Grosshuesch A, Schmidt S, Gray M, Wipfli B (2009). Observational learning and workplace safety: the effects of viewing the collective behavior of multiple social models on the use of personal protective equipment. J Safety Res, 40(5), 383-7. (Read full article)
  30. Olson R, Hahn DI, Buckert A (2009). Predictors of severe trunk postures among short-haul truck drivers during non-driving tasks: an exploratory investigation involving video-assessment and driver behavioural self-monitoring. Ergonomics, 52(6), 707-22. (Read full article)
  31. Manuel JC, Sunseri MA, Olson R, Scolari M (2007). A diagnostic approach to increase reusable dinnerware selection in a cafeteria. J Appl Behav Anal, 40(2), 301-10. (Read full article)

Conference Proceedings

  1. Crain TL, Hammer LB, Bodner T, Olson R, Kossek EE, Moen P, Buxton OM (2018). Sustaining sleep: Results from the randomized controlled work, family, and health study. J Occup Health Psychol, United States, 24(1), 180-197. (Read full article)
  2. Tamers SL, Goetzel R, Kelly KM, Luckhaupt S, Nigam J, Pronk NP, Rohlman DS, Baron S, Brosseau LM, Bushnell T, Campo S, Chang CC, Childress A, Chosewood LC, Cunningham T, Goldenhar LM, Huang TT, Hudson H, Linnan L, Newman LS, Olson R, Ozminkowski RJ, Punnett L, Schill A, Scholl J, Sorensen G (2018). Research Methodologies for Total Worker Health®: Proceedings From a Workshop. J Occup Environ Med, United States, 60(11), 968-978. (Read full article)
  3. Anger WK, Kyler-Yano J, Vaughn K, Wipfli B, Olson R, Blanco M (2018). Total Worker Health® Intervention for Construction Workers Alters Safety, Health, Well-Being Measures. J Occup Environ Med, United States, 60(8), 700-709. (Read full article)
  4. Mabry L, Parker KN, Thompson SV, Bettencourt KM, Haque A, Luther Rhoten K, Wright RR, Hess JA, Olson R (2018). Protecting workers in the home care industry: workers' experienced job demands, resource gaps, and benefits following a socially supportive intervention. Home Health Care Serv Q, England, 37(3), 259-276. (Read full article)


  1. Wipfli B, Olson R, Koren M (2013). Weight-loss maintenance among SHIFT pilot study participants 30-months after intervention. [Letter to the editor]. J Occup Environ Med, 55(1), 1-3. (Read full article)