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MAP ERC Occupational Health Psychology Program



The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP 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, Colorado, 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​.


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 Dr. John Rosecrance (Ergonomics), Dr. Kimberly Henry (Prevention and Statistics), Jeanette (Jan) Cleveland, Dan Ganster, and Dan Graham. Dr. Tori Crain is new to the faculty as of 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. 



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 M.S.-Ph.D. program in psychology through one of the five psychology doctoral programs:

  • Applied Social and Health

  • Industrial/Organization

  • Cognitive

  • Counseling

  • Cognitive Neuroscience


Click here to apply.

For more information about the CSU Occupational Health Psychology training program, click he​re​.

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