Work Environment Safety Stress Health

What is Occupational Health Psychology?

     The National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health has warned that occupational stress is emerging as a principal social and occupational health concern.  Job stress exerts a profound toll in terms of employee health and business economics.  Occupational stress has broad health effects on the cardiovascular, biochemical, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems.  In the context of increasing concern about occupational stress, health promotion in the workplace is among the most promising new developments in health care.  During the 1990's, the American Psychological Association and the National Institute on Occupational Safety and Health joined forces to convene four international conferences on occupational stress and health and fostered the emergence of a new journal.  Through these innovative efforts a new interdisciplinary field of study was born—Occupational Health Psychology

     The field of Occupational health psychology (OHP) is an emerging specialty area within psychology. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) proposed the following definition of OHP: OHP concerns the application of psychology to improving the quality of work life, and to protecting and promoting the safety, health and well-being of workers. In other words OHP involves the application of psychology to prevent occupational stress, illness, and injury. Areas of research vary widely and may include the study of how changing organizational structures and processes are influencing the health and well-being of workers and their families, how work related stress affects workers physical and mental health, or how to optimize work performance without sacrificing the well-being of employees.

What is happening at University of Texas at Austin ? 

Occupational Health Psychology at UT Austin

*The program

Faculty involved with OHP

Course Work


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Related areas within Psychology

(Use the links below to visit the corresponding websites)

Health Psychology

Clinical Psychology

Social Psychology

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Related areas outside of Psychology (Use the links below to visit the corresponding websites)

   School of Nursing

   Kinesiology and Health Education


Follow the links below to visit other websites and learn more about OHP:

   American Psychological Association (APA)

   National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

   Center for Disease Control OHP site

*   Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

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