Current Projects


Family, Work, & Well-Being Lab

Active Projects

Characterizing the Well-Being of Oregon Commercial Fishermen

Characterizing the Well-Being of Oregon Commercial Fishermen

Funder: Northwest Center for Professional Training Opportunities (PTOP) Program

Investigators: Allen Chan, Graduate Student in Environmental and Occupational Health and Dr. Kelly Chandler (Faculty Mentor)

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently released a worker well-being questionnaire (NIOSH WellBQ), but it has not been tested with commercial fishermen.

Our goal is to test the questionnaire to understand the well-being needs and concerns of Oregon commercial fishermen, including their work-family integration.

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Contextual Influences on Daily Emotion Regulation (CIDER) Study

Funder: This research was supported in part by the Center for Healthy Aging Research LIFE Scholars Summer Research Program.

Investigators: Madi Nichols (Investigator) & Dr. Kelly Chandler (Principal Investigator)

The CIDER Study examines how middle-aged adults regulate their strong positive or negative emotions at work and with family.

Oregon Department of Human Services-OSU Collaborative

Oregon Department of Human Services – OSU Collaborative

Investigators: Drs. Kelly Chandler and Brianne Kothari

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:

  • Investigation of the well-being and retention of Oregon’s child welfare workforce
  • Consultation to support Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) goals
Rural Families Speak about Resilience

Rural Families Speak about Resilience

Funder: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

This is an Agricultural Experiment Station multistate project that has existed for over 20 years and contributed to understanding the individual, family, and community influences on the well-being and resilience of families in rural, low-income households across the U.S.

Current work includes:

  • Investigation of the role of family resilience in mothers’ experiences of work-family conflict and their health across the US

Past Projects

Access to Quality Affordable Child Care study

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.

Kenya project

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. Dr. Chandler served as the qualitative research consultant on this project, from interview guide development through analysis. See Templeton World Charity Foundation for more details.

Examining Family Dynamics in a Core Family Leisure Context

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.

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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 Network

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.