We study factors at work that affect workers' health, safety, and job-related attitudes and behaviors. We also study special populations of workers, including health care workers and workers who are aging and have chronic health issues and/or chronic pain. Our goals are to illuminate challenges that these workers face on the job and to design and implement solutions to help improve workers' well-being.
What is Occupational Health Psychology?
Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) is an inter-disciplinary field that focuses on individual and social factors at work that affect worker health, safety, and well-being. OHP includes research and industry professionals in the fields of Psychology, Public Health, Medicine, Organizational Sciences, and more. We have a common goal of creating healthier and safer working environments and promoting worker safety, health, and well-being.
Creating a measure of work-health conflict for workers with chronic illnesses and chronic pain Examining implications of continued work for the well-being of workers with low levels of work ability Examining relations between pain interference at work and burnout in workers with chronic pain Designing interventions to promote well-being and work ability in workers with chronic illness and chronic pain
Faculty Mentor Alyssa McGonagle, Ph.D. (University of Connecticut, 2011) Assistant Professor of Psychology and Organizational Science University of North Carolina at Charlotte cv (pdf)
Affiliated Students Niambi Childress, M.A., Wayne State University and Ford Motor Company Zachary Fragoso, M.A., Wayne State University Mengqiao Liu, M.A., Wayne State University and DDI Allison McMillan, M.A., University of North Carolina at Charlotte Daniel Wiegert, M.A., Wayne State University
Graduates Lydia Hamblin, Ph.D. Wayne State University (2016), National Center for State Courts Sarah Schmidt, Ph.D., Wayne State University (2016), Ford Motor Company
Bauerle, T., McGonagle, A. K., & Magley, V. J. (2016). Mere overrepresentation? Using cross-occupational injury and job analysis data to explain men’s risk for workplace fatalities. Safety Science, 83, 102-113. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2015.11.006