Occupational Health Psychology

Program Description

The Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) concentration, which has been developed with the support of a training program grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, represents an exciting opportunity for graduate students interested in the relationships between work and health.

Students who are interested in developing a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) can participate in OHP graduate training that has been developed with the support of a training program grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training with an emphasis on research. Students who concentrate in occupational health psychology complete an introductory OHP proseminar, a field research methods or epidemiology course, supervised field or lab research in occupational safety and health, plus elective courses in occupational safety and health such as ergonomics and organizational stress.  Course requirements for this concentration can be found here.

Students who choose to concentrate in OHP are studying full-time to receive a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and are able to continue their studies over summer with fellowship support from our training grant. Graduate students from other academic degree programs throughout the university are also welcome to participate in the graduate seminars and interdisciplinary research projects that form the basis of the OHP concentration.

The faculty are enthusiastic about conducting multidisciplinary research with students and each other, including the macroergonomics of hazard management and interventions to reduce musculoskeletal injuries, maintaining health and well-being of an aging workforce, design of rest break schedules during computer-mediated work, gender discrimination and workplace incivility, workplace climates that contribute to worker safety, work schedules and worker well-being, and the psychophysiology of work teams engaged in human-computer interaction. Our program also enjoys a close working relationship with the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW), and students have many opportunities to participate in the research and application projects supported by CPH-NEW.

Faculty coordinating this program include Vicki Magley (I/O Psychology), Rob Henning (I/O Psychology), Jennifer Cavallari (Community Medicine and Health Care, UConn Health), Janet Barnes-Farrell (I/O Psychology), and  Nick Warren (Emeritus, Ergonomics Technology Center, UConn Health Center).

For more information about this program, visit the I/O divisional page or contact Vicki Magley by email.

Application Requirements

Enrollment.  Students MUST be officially admitted to the OHP program by completing an application through the Graduate School online application system (available here).  In order to apply you must currently be enrolled in any UConn graduate program.The application process is managed by the Graduate School, not the Psychology Department, and is similar to the master’s/PhD program application process; however, the fee can be waived (by submitting an email to gradadmissions@uconn.edu to request a fee waiver number) and there is no need for new reference letters or scores to be submitted. The application may not let you submit until you have attached a personal statement, there is no need for a new one, however in place of it please attach a document that states, “see personal essay from application to UConn (name of department) in (year applied). Unofficial copies of transcripts should be uploaded to the online system. Applicants will be notified of the decision via the online application system. (An email will be sent through the online system requesting that the applicant log in to the system to view the decision). If admitted, students MUST reply to the admission offer through the online system in order to be officially matriculated in the program.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a graduate program in the University of Connecticut Psychology Program:

  • Online application (current students can obtain an application fee waiver by emailing gradasmissions@uconn.edu to request a fee waiver number)
  • Unofficial copies of your transcripts
  • Single page CV
  • Brief personal statement regarding interest in the certificate (1 page)
  • Short letter signed by major advisor assenting to the application
  • All documents must be uploaded to the online application system

Applicants who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Connecticut in a department other than Psychology:

  • Online application (current students can obtain an application fee waiver by emailing gradasmissions@uconn.edu to request a fee waiver number)
  • Unofficial copies of your transcripts
  • Single page CV
  • Brief personal statement regarding interest in the certificate (1 page)
  • Short letter signed by major advisor assenting to the application
  • Short letter signed by home department head or director of graduate program supporting the application
  • All documents must be uploaded to the online application system

Applicants who are NOT currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Connecticut:

  • Online application and $75 application fee
  • Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts; if admitted official transcripts must be mailed to Graduate School at time of admission
  • Single page CV
  • Brief personal statement regarding interest in certificate (1 page)
  • Two recommendations (preferred that recommendation be submitted using online application system)
  • Residence affidavit
  • TOEFL or IELTS score for international applicants who are not English speakers
  • All documents must be uploaded to the online application system