September 13, 2018

Research Focus

Research Focus


In keeping with the goal of practical application, the Occupational Health Psychology in Practice (OHPIP) Lab tends to perform research studies that relate to the following topics:

Interventions in Occupational Health Psychology
Interventions refer to any systematic effort to improve employee health, safety, or well-being at the employee or organizational level. Interventions are underutilized tools in OHP research and practice. The OHPIP Lab believes that not only is more research needed on interventions, but that it is imperative that more research be conducted that tell us how to intervene well. Research conducted by the OHPIP Lab aims to identify design, implementation, and evaluation tactics that increase intervention efficacy and effectiveness.

Occupational Health Psychology in High-Risk Occupations
A tailored understanding of the work environments of high-risk occupations is imperative for the effective practical application of Occupational Health Psychology. High-risk occupations often face unique stressors, or their work environment may feature contextual factors that influence intervention implementation. The OHPIP Lab performs both descriptive and intervention research within several high-risk occupations such as healthcare workers and hospitality employees.

The Relationship between Health Behaviors and Work
Improving employee safety, health, and well-being is dependent upon building a solid foundation of research that adequately captures the complexities of the relationship between a person’s work life and their health. Interest is growing in research on participation in behaviors that promote health (e.g. participating in exercise, consuming a nutritious diet, getting a good night’s sleep, and managing stress), and how these behaviors may influence a person’s work life. The OHPIP Lab aims to perform research on each of these health behaviors within the context promoting health, safety, and well-being among employees and organizations.