Recorded at Virtual AIHce EXP 2020
The purpose of this session is to introduce the AIHA community to the study and practice known as occupational health psychology (OHP). This interdisciplinary area of focus within the realm of applied psychology focuses on using psychological principles to manage worker health, safety, and well-being in all work environments. Persons involved in OHP often come from industrial organization, human factors, health, clinical, and/or counseling psychology subfields among others. The focus of work among occupational health psychologists is to promote the notion that wellness is greater than the absence of physical and psychological symptoms. It is possible to positively impact the health, safety, and well-being of workers with prevention (of negative effects of workplace exposures) and promotion efforts (of healthy personal and organizational actions and behaviors), and not solely on responding to the psychological challenges associated with workplace exposures or crises when they occur. To help attendees consider future collaboration with occupational health psychologists, the goal of this presentation is to provide an overview of current topics and areas of emphasis in research and practice pertaining to psychological and social determinants of health, safety, and well-being in work environments.
Upon completion, the participant will be able to:
- Explain how OHP is relevant when addressing issues of worker health, safety, and well-being.
- Describe the ways IH work might be strengthened by partnering with an occupational health psychologist.
- Identify critical psychological, social, and behavioral health, safety, and well-being challenges that affect workers.
Christopher Cunningham, Ph.D.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga / Society for Occupational Health Psychology
Chattanooga, TN United States of America