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.

http://blogs.wsj.com/juggle/2011/10/10/is-your-job-making-you-sick/

http://www.foxbusiness.com/personal-finance/2011/11/01/in-unfair-work-situation-it-could-cost-your-health/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/is-your-boss-making-you-sick/2014/10/20/60cd5d44-2953-11e4-8593-da634b334390_story.html
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