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 emotions at work. 

Our current projects are focused on the following themes:
Attitudes and Emotions in Organizations

We are investigating the experience of moral emotions toward organizational members and entities.  Specific areas of interest include:
  • How do moral emotions such as anger, gratitude, and admiration toward one's organization influence well-being and behavior?
  • What events and conditions contribute the most to anger, gratitude, and admiration at work?  
  • How do individuals recover from anger or other negative emotional reactions to work? 
  • How do individuals form holistic views of group entities, and what are the implications for assigning responsibility?  
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.
Leadership and Employee Well-being

We have started looking into how leader behaviors influence employee well-being.  Specific areas of interest include
  • What leader behaviors and KSAOs are important for subordinate well-being?
  • Can these be assessed or trained?  
  • Multilevel approaches to occupational health that account for between-group differences in occupational stress
Research Methods in Occupational Health Psychology

We have started investigating various issues related to how work stress is studied.  Some topics of interest include
  • Longitudinal designs and analysis, and the substantive inferences we draw from these studies
  • "Big data" methods to analyze worker attitudes and well-being
  • Synthesizing and accumulating research findings on moderators in stressor-strain relations, with attention to publication bias
  • Practical implications of OHP research