Current Projects



Oregon Department of Human Services – OSU Collaborative

FLOW Lab Members: Dr. Chandler and Kara McElvaine
OSU Collaborator: Dr. Brianne Kothari (OSU-Cascades)

We partner with ODHS’s Office of Reporting, Research, Analytics and Implementation and Office of Equity and Multicultural Services to provide external research support on a variety of projects. Current work includes the following:

  • analysis of data from listening sessions conducted with employees across the state discussing a workplace culture intervention called RiSE
  • investigation into predictors of employee retention
  • how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Oregon’s child welfare workforce


Rural Families Speak about Health/Resilience

FLOW Lab Members: Dr. Chandler (Co-PI for Oregon)
Funder: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

This is an Agricultural Experiment Station Hatch Project focused on the interconnections of individual, family, and community factors of rural, low-income families across the U.S. on their health and well-being. This multistate collaborative project has existed for more than 20 years and has made large contributions to understanding the challenges and resilience of rural, low-income families.


Task Force on Access to Quality Affordable Child Care study – Study C

FLOW Lab Members: Dr. Chandler (Co-I)
Funder: Oregon Department of Education, Early Learning Division
PI: Dr. Megan Pratt

This study is in response to Oregon House Bill 2346, which declares child care is in a state of emergency. The aim of Study C is to investigate barriers to accessing existing childcare subsidies in Oregon. Toward this aim, we are taking a qualitative approach to learn perspectives of three different groups with current and/or past experience with subsidy, including DHS Staff members, child care providers, and families.


Character and Thriving among Kenyan Youth: A Novel Measure for Use with Street children and Youth Enrolled in Schools

FLOW Lab Members: Dr. Chandler (Qualitative consultant)
Funder: Templeton World Foundation (USCERA #135800-19-51436)
PIs: Dr. Kennedy Onyiko (Maasai Mara University) and Dr. John Geldhof (Oregon State University)

The aim of this study is to develop a measure of character for Kenyan youth who live and are educated in a range of contexts, including rural schools, urban schools, and children who are homeless (i.e., “street children”). The study involves an exploratory sequential mixed methods design: (1) semi-structured interviews with Kenyan youth and adults to (2) create a new Swahili-language measure of character strengths to test with 450 youth. With the assistance of Jey Blodgett, Dr. Chandler serves as the qualitative research consultant on this project, from interview guide development through analysis. See Templeton World Charity Foundation for more details.


Exploring Family Dynamics in a Core Family Leisure Context

FLOW Lab Members: Dr. Chandler (Co-I)
Funder: Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), Pennsylvania State University
PIs: Dr. Camilla Hodge (University of Utah) and Dr. Derrick Taff (Penn State)

The aim of this study is to examine family dynamics within a core family leisure experience and how these dynamics influence satisfaction with the leisure experience. This study uses an innovative method for family research: Each family member wore a Sociometric badge to capture data on communication patterns and physical proximity during the leisure activity. The badge data are coupled with video data to code family interaction patterns and surveys.


Validating Ecological Momentary Assessments of Family Time in Working Families

FLOW Lab Members: Dr. Chandler (Co-PI) and Kara McElvaine
Funder: University of Utah, College of Health Research Pilot Grant
PIs: Dr. Camilla Hodge and Dr. Chandler

There is a critical need to better measure family time at a family system level among working families to illuminate what aspects of family time are most critical for promoting adolescent health and well-being. Therefore, the aim of this pilot study is to validate using ecological momentary assessments (EMA) to examine proximal processes (e.g., social, physiological, affective, and cognitive) occurring in families during shared family time and associations with adolescent health and well-being.


Work, Family, & Health Study

FLOW Lab Members: Dr. Chandler (Co-I for daily diary evaluation) and Kara McElvaine
Funders: NIH/NICHD U01 HD051217-04
PIs: Susan McHale and David Almeida (Pennsylvania State University)

The Work, Family, & Health Study (WFHS) was conducted by an interdisciplinary team of researchers known as the Work, Family, & Health Network. The WFHS was a multi-site, randomized, controlled trial of an intervention to change work, reduce work-family conflict, and improve the well-being of organizations, employees, and their families. Dr. Chandler was the Project Manager and a co-investigator for the daily diary evaluation component of the intervention. The goal was to use daily telephone interviews with employees and their adolescent across eight days to investigate whether the intervention affect daily family life and individual well-being.