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.

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 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?