Occupational Health Psychology Research Group at UNC Charlotte
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.
Some Current Projects
Creating a measure of work-health conflict for workers with chronic health conditions Designing interventions to promote well-being and work ability in workers with chronic health conditions Examining individual and organizational strategies for promoting and maintaining work ability
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) ORCID Profile (ORCID 0000-0003-2063-162X) PubMed Listing of Articles
Currently Affiliated Students Tarya Bardwell, UNC Charlotte Jack Flinchum, UNC Charlotte Katie Kavanaugh, UNC Charlotte Marie Rapoport, UNC Charlotte Lena Etzel, UNC Charlotte Lydia Roos, UNC Charlotte Marviene Fulton, UNC Charlotte T'onna Kizzie, UNC Charlotte Channing Jones, UNC Charlotte
Graduates Niambi Childress-Powell, Ph.D., Wayne State University (2017) Lydia Hamblin, Ph.D., Wayne State University (2016) Mengqiao Liu, Ph.D., Wayne State University (2017) Sarah Schmidt, Ph.D., Wayne State University (2016)
Walsh, B. M., Kabat-Farr, D., McGonagle, A. K., Burrus, A., Call, L., & Shen, F. (in press). Living a calling and perceived work ability in domestic violence services. Accepted at Journal of Counseling Psychology
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