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Occupational Health Psychology Program (PhD) 
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The Department of Psychology offers a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) within the Health Psychology doctoral program. Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) involves the interdisciplinary partnerships of psychological and occupational health science professionals seeking to improve the quality of working life, and enhance the safety, health and well-being of workers in all occupations. Because it exists at the intersection of behavioral science and occupational health disciplines, OHP is inclusive of knowledge and methods from psychology, public/occupational health, organizational studies, human factors, and allied fields (such as occupational sociology, industrial engineering, economics, and others).
 
Occupational Health Psychology is concerned with the broad range of exposures and mechanisms that affect the quality of working life and the responses of workers. These include individual psychological attributes, job content and work organization, organizational policies and practices, and the economic and political environments in which organizations function. OHP research and practice explores interventions targeting the work environment as well as the individual, to create healthier workplaces and organizations and to improve the capacity of workers to protect their safety and health and to maximize their overall effectiveness.

For additional information, please use the links on the menu above or contact our program director.

»Milestones in OHP

  • 1966 - U.S. Public Health Service recognizes work organization and stress as developing occupational safety and health concerns.
  • 1970 - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Act of 1970 charges NIOSH with the responsibility for investigating behavioral factors and stress as etiologic agents for occupational disease and injury.
  • 1977 - A report on "Work in America " is commissioned by Elliot Richardson, Secretary of Health Education and Welfare.
  • 1988 - NIOSH recognizes psychological disorders as leading occupational health risk.
  • 1990 - APA and NIOSH begin partnership to promote the new area of occupational health psychology. 1990 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work and Well-Being is held in Washington, DC.
  • 1991 - OHP field is formally acknowledged in the American Psychologist. 1992 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Stress in the '90s is held in Washington, DC.
  • 1993 - APA and NIOSH enter into a cooperative agreement to fund post/doctoral training in OHP.
  • 1994 to 1997 - APA and NIOSH fund seven postdocs in occupational health psychology.
  • 1994 - The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology is founded.
  • 1995 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Washington, DC . 1996 - NIOSH places work organization among its highest research priorities.
  • 1997 - APA and NIOSH enter into a cooperative agreement to fund the development of graduate-level-curricula in OHP.
  • 1998 to 2001 - APA and NIOSH fund 11 universities to develop and implement OHP graduate curricula.
  • 1999 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Baltimore, MD.
  • 2000 - International Coordinating Group for Occupational Health Psychology is established.
  • 2001 - Twenty-eight OHP stakeholders convene to discuss the future of training efforts in OHP.
  • 2003 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Toronto, ONT.
  • 2004 - Society for Occupational Health Psychology formed.
  • 2006 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Miami, FL.
  • 2008 - APA/NIOSH/SOHP international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Washington, DC.
  • 2009 - APA/NIOSH/SOHP international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • 2011 - APA/NIOSH/SOHP international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Orlando, FL.
  • 2012 - First Summer Institute for Occupational Health Psychology is held in Portland, OR.

»Careers in OHP

A professional in occupational health psychology works for private or public organizations, many in consulting positions. They can explore how stress affects individuals and recommend stress reduction practices and coping mechanisms, and they change stressful environments through job reorganization. These psychology professionals also work in public health or for private corporations designing and promoting stress prevention policies. Because they are also trained as I/O Psychologists they often work in organizations doing wage and salary administration, human resource development, personnel management, job analysis, quality assurance, selection and placement, and training and development. Research and teaching positions in both OHP and IO are also available at colleges and universities.

Dr. Mark Bowler

Dr. Mark Bowler
Program Director
Occupational Health Psychology Program
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-328-0013
Fax: 252-328-6283
bowlerm@ecu.edu

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