24 Occupational Health Psychology

Health Psychology


  1. Marilyn Macik-Frey PhD1,
  2. James Campbell Quick PhD2,
  3. Lois E. Tetrick PhD3,
  4. Joyce Adkins PhD, MPH (USAF)4,
  5. Charles Klunder PhD (USAF)5

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop209024

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Macik-Frey, M., Campbell Quick, J., Tetrick, L. E., Adkins, J. and Klunder, C. 2012. Occupational Health Psychology. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 9:IV:24.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Nicholls State University, Department of Management, Marketing and Business Administration, Thibodaux, Louisiana, USA

  2. 2

    University of Texas at Arlington, Goolsby Leadership Academy, Arlington, Texas, USA

  3. 3

    George Mason University, Department of Psychology, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

  4. 4

    Office of the Secretary of Defense, Washington, DC, USA

  5. 5

    Behavioral Analysis Service, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


Occupational health psychology (OHP) has emerged as a growing branch of psychology interested in promoting individual and organizational health and well-being. As the interest and concern over how work affects the health and well-being of workers has increased over the years, the need to address this in our research and practice has grown as well. This chapter overviews what is meant by occupational health and provides a composite of work that is currently being done in the field. The first section of the chapter provides a brief history of OHP. The next section discusses three key ecological dimensions as the basis for action in improving occupational health. The third section provides a framework for preventive health management, and the fourth section presents an organizational health center model, followed by an OHP training model. The chapter concludes with a case study demonstrating key concepts from the chapter and a discussion of future directions for the discipline.


  • occupational health;
  • employee well-being;
  • occupational stress;
  • work safety