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In our research group, we study factors that affect workers' health, safety, and well-being. We also study special populations of workers, including health care workers and workers who are aging and have disabilities, chronic health issues and/or chronic pain. We illuminate challenges that workers face and design and implement solutions.
What is Occupational Health Psychology?
Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) is an inter-disciplinary field that focuses on individual psychological 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.
Selected Current Projects
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) Associate Professor of Psychological Science and Organizational Science at the University of North Carolina 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
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) T'onna Kizzie, UNC Charlotte Channing Jones, UNC Charlotte
Selected Recent Publications
McGonagle, A. K., Schmidt, S. R., & Speights, S. Work-health interference for workers with chronic health conditions: Construct and scale development. Accepted for publication at Occupational Health Science. (preprint pdf)
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