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Friday Seminar 2
Health and Safety: Research and Practice Issues

Occupational health psychology (OHP) is a relatively new field that has emerged around the globe to address the well-being of workers. OHP applies psychological theory and research for the purpose of improving the quality of work life of workers and protecting and promoting the safety, health, and well being of workers. Participants will learn the advantages of taking an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the causes of occupational health, preventing ill health, and promoting positive health in the work environment. Taking a primary prevention approach participants will discover how to design and evaluate applied research and interventions in the workplace to promote a safe and healthy work environment, recognizing that individual differences may interact with an individual employee’s specific context to enhance or worsen the individual’s safety, well-being, productivity, and work–family balance.

Following this session, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the general history and objectives of the field of OHP.
2. Describe the content domain of OHP.
3. Summarize the distinctions between OHP and I-O psychology.
4. List the major threats to occupational health and the role of I-O psychology in addressing them.
5. List individual, organizational, and societal antecedents of employee safety, well-being, and work–family balance.
6. List empirically supported interventions to improve employee safety, well-being, and work–family balance.
7. Describe intervention evaluation design pitfalls to establish empirically supported interventions.

Dr. Lois Tetrick received her doctorate in I-O psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently the director of the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Program at George Mason University.  Dr. Tetrick is the editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. She co-edited the Handbook of Occupational Health Psychology with James C. Quick and Health and Safety in Organizations with David Hofmann. Dr. Tetrick is a Fellow of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, APA, SIOP, and the Association for Psychological Science. She has served as the chair of the Human Resources Division of the Academy of Management and is on the American Psychological Association Board of Scientific Affairs. She is currently the president of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.  Dr. Tetrick’s research interests are in the areas of occupational health and safety, occupational stress, and the work–family interface.

Dr. Robert Sinclair is an associate professor of I-O psychology at Clemson University and is the current president of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. He completed his BA in Psychology at the University of Maine at Farmington in 1990 and his MA and PhD in I-O psychology in 1993 and 1995 respectively. His research interests focus on organizational and occupational health psychology, including topics such as individual and organizational influences on work stress and well-being at work, organizational commitment and retention, and antecedents and outcomes of work status and work schedules.  He has given nearly 100 presentations at academic conferences and published over 30 book chapters and articles in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, and Work & Stress. He also currently is an editorial board member of the Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Dr. Leslie Hammer is a professor of I-O psychology at Portland State University. She is the past president of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP).  She is the director of the Graduate Training Program in Occupational Health Psychology at Portland State University and the director of the Center for Work–Family Stress, Safety, and Health (with Ellen E. Kossek of Michigan State as the co-director), funded by grants from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Hammer is a member of the National Work, Family, and Health Network that is conducting a multisite, two-industry study of workplace interventions that impact health of workers and their families (www.WorkFamilyHealthNetwork.org). She recently completed a book (Working Couples Caring for Children and Aging Parents, Lawrence Erlbaum, 2007) and she serves on the founding editorial board of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network’s On-Line Work and Family Encyclopedia and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management, Psychologist-Manager Journal, and Journal of Managerial Psychology.

Coordinator:  Glenda Fisk, Queen’s University

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