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University of Colorado Denver

Center for Worker Health and Environment
 

Occupational Health Psychology

Program Overview


The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (ERC) is one of only two NIOSH ERCs to support a graduate training program in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP).

Occupational Health Psychologists apply psychological theories and research methods to protect and promote worker safety, health and well-being.  Occupational Health Psychology takes a comprehensive view of the work environment, including the way work is organized (e.g., shift work) as well as the culture of the organization.  Here are some examples of topics that an Occupational Health Psychologist might study:

  • Work-related factors that increase or reduce work-related stress and strains
  • Prevention of occupational accidents and injuries
  • Work-related factors that contribute to the occurrence of workplace violence
  • Ways to encourage employees to participate in workplace wellness programs
  • Individual and workplace factors related to balancing work and non-work roles
  • Effects of job characteristics on employee health and well-being ​​

For more information about the CSU Occupational Health Psychology training program and how to apply, click here​.

Expectations of Trainees in Occupational Health Psychology 

The OHP Training Program is hosted by the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. OHP students are required to complete three OHP seminars (Occupational Health Psychology, Principles of Ergonomics, and Prevention of Occupational Illnesses and Injuries) as well as other courses required by students’ main programs (e.g., Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Applied Social and Health Psychology). In addition to their coursework, OHP trainees conduct research in occupational health psychology, participate in multidiscipliinary applied occuational health projects, and coordinate, deliver, and attend workshops and colloquia. Each student's OHP program of study is discussed with and agreed upon by the student's doctoral committee.​

Faculty Members in Occupational Health Psychology

The OHP Training Program is currently directed by Dr. Lorann Stallones (Occupational Epidemiologist), with significant contributions from Drs. Gwen Fisher (Industrial/Organizational Psychology), John Rosecrance (Ergonomics) and Kimberly Henry (Prevention and Statistics).  Other collaborators include faculty from the Department of Psychology, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, College of Business, Department of Construction Management, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, as well as OHP Advisory Board Members. 

Funding

Graduate research assistantships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students. The number of assistantships may vary from year to year depending on the level of research funding.

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