Welcome to the Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) Lab at the University at Albany

Thank you for visiting the OHP lab at the University at Albany.  Housed in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Ph.D. and M.A. programs at UAlbany, our OHP lab is devoted to understanding the relationship between organizations and the well-being of workers and society.  Our research has delved into a variety of topics.  These include job stress, work-family issues, coping, culture, workplace safety, intrinsic motivation, and physiological markers of distress and emotion. 

Our current projects are focused on the following themes:
Perception, judgment, and emotions in organizational life

In this research area we are investigating how workers form global judgments and emotions about groups, organizations, and their own work situations.  I am also interested in how these judgments and emotions differ from those focusing on specific events, people, and short time frames.  These judgments can be important for organizational attitudes, work-family conflicts, and employee well-being, among other things.  Some questions we are currently investigating include:
  • How do moral emotions such as anger, gratitude, and admiration toward one's organization influence stress and well-being?  What contributes to these emotions toward organizational groups?
  • Do people view organizational groups (e.g., top management teams, "management", "administration") as single global entities or do they focus on specific individuals within those groups?  
  • How do conflicts between work and family roles differ when considering concrete daily experiences and when considering more abstract, long-term perspectives? 

Our research on emotional and unhealthy reactions to workplace unfairness has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, and the Washington Post.



Economic and Organizational Factors in
Occupational Stress and Well-being

We have recently been exploring how the economy and the way work is organized contributes to disparities in health and well-being across occupations and industries.  Some questions we have looked at or are looking at include:
  • How do economic conditions influence job characteristics (autonomy, demands) and employee well-being?
  • How are stressors similar and distinct across different occupations?
  • How do financial factors influence worker distress?
  • Can internet search and page view behavior be used to track stress and depression in the population?