Brad Wipfli, Ph.D.

Brad Wipfli, PhD



Affiliate Faculty, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences   
Assistant Professor, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health


Brad Wipfli's research concentrates on health promotion and health behavior change. He is interested in identifying effective behavioral and environmental change strategies that impact physical and mental health. He also investigates the ways in which changes in health behaviors impact physiological processes and clinical indicators of illness and disease.

Wipfli won the 2009 Dissertation of the Year award from the National Association of Sport and Physical Education for his work discovering that post-exercise improvements in depressive symptoms are mediated by reductions in serum serotonin. He has also been a part of several pioneering Total Worker Health interventions, including the groundbreaking Safety and Health Involvement for Truckers study, which is the largest health and safety intervention with truck drivers in U.S. history. He is currently leading an intervention aimed at improving health, safety, and well-being of workers in sedentary occupations. 

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B.A., Carthage College, 2002
Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2008

Honors and Awards

  • 2009, First Place, Best Practices Intervention Evaluation Competition (Olson, R., Anger, K., Elliot, D.L., Wipfli, B., Schmidt, S., & Gray, M.) APA/NIOSH Work, Stress and Health Conference
  • 2009, Dissertation of the Year, National Association for Sport and Physical Education
  • 2007, Douglas L. Conley Memorial Scholarship Award, Arizona State University Department of Kinesiology

Recent Publications

  • Dowd, W., Bray, J., Barbosa, C., Brockwood, K., Kaiser, D.J., Mills, M.J, Hurtado, D.,&Wipfli, B. (In Press). Cost and Return on Investment of a Work-Family Intervention in the Extended Care Industry: Evidence from the Work, Family &Health Network. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
  • 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.
  • Kossek, E.E., Wipfli, B., Thompson, R., &Brockwood, K. (2017). The Work, Family&Health Network intervention: Core elements and customization for diverse occupational health contexts. In "Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Formulating Research Needs and Directions,"APA: Washington: D.C.
  • Olson, R., Thompson, S.V., Elliot, D L., Hess, J.A., Luther Rhoten, K., Parker, K.N.,Wright, R.R., Wipfli, B., Bettencourt, K.M., Buckmaster, A., & Marino, M. (2016). Safety and health support for home care workers: the COMPASS randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Public Health, 106(10), 1823-1832. 
  • Olson, R., Wipfli, B., Thompson, S. V., Elliot, D. L., Anger, W. K., Bodner, T.,Hammer, L. B., and Perrin, N. A. (2016). Weight control intervention for truck drivers: The SHIFT randomized controlled trial, United States. American Journal of Public Health, 106(9), 1698-1706.
  • Olson, R., Thompson, S., Wipfli, B., Hanson, G., Elliot, D.L., Anger, W.K., Bodner,T., Hammer, L. B., Hohn, E., & Perrin, N.A. (2016). Sleep, dietary, and exercise behavioral clusters among truck drivers with obesity: Implications for interventions.Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(3), 314-321.
  • Barbosa, C., Bray, J.W., Dowd, W.N., Mills, M.J., Moen, P., Wipfli, B., Olson, R., & Kelly, E.L. (2015). Return on investment of a work-family intervention: Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Network. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 57(9), 943-951.
  • Olson, R., Wright, R. R., Elliot, D., Hess, J., Thompson, S., Buckmaster, A., Luther,K., & Wipfli, B. (2015). The COMPASS Pilot Study: A Total Worker HealthTM Intervention for Home Care Workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(4), 406-416.
  • Olson, R., Elliot, D., Hess, J., Thompson, S., Luther, K., Wipfli, B., Wright, R., & Buckmaster, A. (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, Oct 27 (15), 411.
  • Olson, R., Wipfli, B., Wright, R. R., Garrigues, L., Nguyen, T., & Lopez de Castro, B.(2014). Reliability and validity of the home care STAT (Safety Task Assessment Tool). Applied Ergonomics, 45(4), 1157-1166. PMID: 24629346.
  • Wipfli, B., & Ramirez, E. (2013). Stress reactivity in humans and animals: Two metaanalyses.International Journal of Exercise Science, 6(2), Article 7.