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Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Training Program

The Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) concentration, which has been developed with the support of a training program grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, represents an exciting opportunity for graduate students interested in the relationships between work and health.

Students who are interested in developing a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) can participate in OHP graduate training that has been developed with the support of a training program grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training with an emphasis on research. Students who concentrate in occupational health psychology complete an introductory OHP proseminar, a field research methods or epidemiology course, supervised field or lab research in occupational safety and health, plus elective courses in occupational safety and health such as ergonomics and organizational stress.  Course requirements for this concentration can be found here.

Students who choose to concentrate in OHP are studying full-time to receive a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and are able to continue their studies over summer with fellowship support from our training grant. Graduate students from other academic degree programs throughout the university are also welcome to participate in the graduate seminars and interdisciplinary research projects that form the basis of the OHP concentration.

The faculty are enthusiastic about conducting multidisciplinary research with students and each other, including the macroergonomics of hazard management and interventions to reduce musculoskeletal injuries, maintaining health and well-being of an aging workforce, design of rest break schedules during computer-mediated work, gender discrimination and workplace incivility, workplace climates that contribute to worker safety, work schedules and worker well-being, and the psychophysiology of work teams engaged in human-computer interaction. Our program also enjoys a close working relationship with the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW), and students have many opportunities to participate in the research and application projects supported by CPH-NEW.

Faculty coordinating this program include Vicki Magley (I/O Psychology), Rob Henning (I/O Psychology), Jennifer Cavallari (Community Medicine and Health Care, UConn Health), Janet Barnes-Farrell (I/O Psychology), and  Nick Warren (Emeritus, Ergonomics Technology Center, UConn Health Center).

For more information about this program, visit the departmental graduate certificate page or contact Vicki Magley by email.