The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (ERC) is one of only two NIOSH ERCs across the U.S. that supports a graduate training program in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP). The Occupational Health Psychology Program is one of the five graduate training programs in the ERC, and it's located in Fort Collins at Colorado State University.
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 Occupational Health
Psychology training program and how to apply, click here.
Expectations of Trainees in Occupational Health Psychology
students are required to complete three OHP seminars (Occupational
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 multidisciplinary applied occupational 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
Faculty Members in Occupational Health Psychology
The OHP Training Program is currently directed by Dr. Gwen Fisher (Industrial/Organizational Psychology), with Dr. Lorann Stallones (Occupational Epidemiologist) serving as the Assistant Director. Other faculty with significant contributions include John Rosecrance (Ergonomics), Kimberly Henry (Prevention and Statistics), Jeanette (Jan) Cleveland, Dan Ganster, and Dan Graham. Tori Crain will be joining the faculty in August, 2015. 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.
Links to the other faculty (Jeanette Cleveland, Dan Graham) can be found here: http://psy.psych.colostate.edu/psylist/, except for Dan Ganster, whose info is located here: http://biz.colostate.edu/directory/Pages/DanG.aspx
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.
How to Apply
All OHP trainees must first be admitted to the MS-PhD program in psychology through one of the five psychology doctoral programs:
Click here to apply.
For more information about the CSU Occupational Health Psychology training program, click here.