Essentials of Occupational Health Psychology provides a thorough overview of Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) with a focus on empowering readers to take appropriate and reasoned action to address a wide variety of worker health, safety, and well-being challenges that are present in working situations all over the world.
Although relatively new as an area of specialization, OHP research and intervention efforts are already having major impacts on the way work is done around the world. Each of the twelve chapters in Essentials of Occupational Health Psychology addresses an essential aspect of OHP, with a consistent emphasis on putting what is known about that area into practice. Topics include essential background information regarding the history of OHP and major areas of OHP research and practice, such as work-related stress and recovery, psychological and physical demands and resources, interpersonal mistreatment, work and nonwork role dynamics, and safety. Each chapter features a discussion of why these topics are important to workers and organizations, as well as pertinent evaluation and/or intervention recommendations to help readers better understand what they can do to improve worker health, safety, and well-being, and how to convince others of the value of such efforts. Additional supplements within each chapter include a set of targeted learning objectives to help structure student reading and in-class discussion, focused discussion questions, pertinent media resources to provide current examples of these topics, and professional profiles based on interviews conducted by the authors with fourteen well-known and widely respected OHP researchers and practitioners.
Essentials of Occupational Health Psychology is valuable to graduate and advanced undergraduate students as well as working professionals who are interested in learning how to manage work environments that support worker health, safety, and well-being. The chapters in this text could also provide supplemental reading for training and development workshops for professionals in related disciplines who could benefit from a better understanding of the psychology associated with work experiences.
Table of Contents
1. Understanding the Psychology of Occupational Health
2. Designing and Evaluating Occupational Health Psychology Interventions
3. Individual Differences That Matter in OHP
4. Worker Psychological Health
5. Worker Physical Health
6. Work-Related Stress and Recovery
7. Psychological and Social Demands and Resources
8. Interpersonal Mistreatment at Work
9. Work and Nonwork Role Dynamics
10. Physical and Environmental Demands and Resources
11. Safety at Work
12. Broadening OHP Impact Beyond the Workplace
Christopher J. L. Cunningham, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Graduate Program Director at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In addition to his occupational health psychology research and consulting, he is the Chief Science Officer at Logi-Serve, LLC, and the 2020-2022 President of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.
Kristen Jennings Black, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Her current research and consulting work focus on employee health and well-being, with specific interests in high-risk work environments, workplace stress, social support, and employee engagement.
"This book by two experienced researchers and interventionists successfully balances academic research with practical advice about how to best assure the health and safety of employees. It provides comprehensive coverage of the major workplace hazards, their effects on individuals and organizations, and how best to manage them to minimize harm." Paul Spector, University of South Florida, USA
"This book provides a thorough, yet concise introduction to the field of Occupational Health Psychology. The writing is approachable, the twelve chapters are well-organized, and the authors clearly connect OHP research and practice to the real-world complexity of the workplace." Carrie A. Bulger, Quinnipiac University, USA
"Essentials of OHP takes this broadly relevant area of psychology out of its typically-academic confines and makes it accessible to those who work in real-world organizational settings. This well-organized volume will serve as an excellent primer for both students and practitioners interested in promoting worker health, safety, and well-being." David W. Ballard, Independent Consultant, UK; Practice Committee Chair, Society for Occupational Health Psychology