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:
Emotions in organizational life

We are investigating how workers develop emotions that are directed toward groups and organizations.  These emotions can be important for organizational attitudes and employee well-being.  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?
  • What are the intrinsic dynamics of work-related emotions?  How do these emotions fluctuate over time and interact with well-being?

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 Factors in
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?  How might other "big data" sources be useful for answering questions about well-being? 
College Student Success in STEM Fields

We have started looking at the effectiveness of supplemental instruction in improving student success in STEM fields, particularly chemistry and pre-med courses of study.  Some of our work is looking at:

  • The unique challenges facing students who transfer from community college
  • The conflicts and interactions across work, school, and personal life among working and/or "nontraditional" students in the STEM fields