Standard Article

Occupational Health Psychology

  1. James Campbell Quick,
  2. Wendy J. Casper

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy2009

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Quick, J. C. and Casper, W. J. 2010. Occupational Health Psychology. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. University of Texas at Arlington

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Occupational health psychology (OHP) is an interdisciplinary specialty at the crossroads of psychology and public health within the organizational context of work environments. The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1974 established that employees in the United States should have a safe and healthy work environment. Similar legislation has been enacted in The Netherlands, Sweden, and the European Union. OHP applies several specialties within psychology to organizational settings for the improvement of the quality of work life, the protection and safety of workers, and promotion of healthy work environments.


  • prevention;
  • stress;
  • at-risk employees;
  • work-family interface;
  • occupational health