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.  Currently projects are focused on the following themes:
Perception and Judgment of
Organizational Groups

In this research program we are investigating how people form judgments about groups, organizations, and institutions.  In the past we have examined fair treatment, morality, and supportiveness in organizations.  Some questions we are currently investigating include:
  • How do moral emotions toward one's organization (anger, gratitude, contempt, admiration) influence stress and well-being?  What contributes to these emotions?
  • Why do people vary so much in the trust they place in organizations and institutions and how does this influence their behavior?  
  • Do people view organizational groups (e.g., top management teams, project teams, occupational groups) as single entities and how does this attributions about those groups' collective actions and decisions?  
  • How can entitativity, the extent to which a group is perceived as a single unit or entity, be conceptualized and measured in organizational settings?

Our past 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?