The text addresses key psychosocial work issues that are often related to mental and physical health problems, including psychological distress, burnout,depression, accidental injury, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. It examines leadership styles as they impact organizational culture and providesspecific recommendations for reducing employee-related stress through improved leader practices. Also addressed is the relationship between adversepsychosocial working conditions and harmful health behaviors, along with interventions aimed at improving the work environment and maximizingeffectiveness. Additionally, the book discusses how scientists and practitioners in OHP conduct research and other important concerns such as workplaceviolence, work/life balance, and safety. The book reinforces learning with chapter objectives, highlight boxes containing intriguing examples of researchand current controversies, and chapter summaries.
Irvin Sam Schonfeld, PhD, MPH, is a professor of psychology at the City College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and is a professor of educational psychology and psychology at the Graduate Center of CUNY. He earned a BS at Brooklyn College, an MA at the New School for Social Research, a PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center, and a postdoctoral degree at Columbia University. He is on the editorial board of, and is a reviewer for, a number of journals. He has published in Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Clinical Psychology, Archives of General Psychiatry, Developmental Psychology, British Journal of Developmental Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Clinical Psychology Review, Psychological Medicine, International Journal of Stress Management, Organizational Research Methods, Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, Personality and Individual Differences, Pediatrics, Journal of Research in Science Teaching, and elsewhere. He is also the founding editor of the Newsletter of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. Among other subjects, Professor Schonfeld teaches courses on occupational health psychology, experimental psychology, and the epidemiology of mental disorders. When he is not working, he enjoys hiking and backpacking, and won an award from the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) for ascending the 48 highest peaks in New Hampshire. As an amateur photographer, he has had two of his photographs selected by the AMC for awards.
Chu-Hsiang (Daisy) Chang, PhD, is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology of Michigan State University. She received her PhD in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Akron. Her research interests focus on occupational health and safety, leadership, and motivation. Specifically, she studies issues related to occupational stress, workplace violence, and the intersection of employee motivation and organizational leadership particularly with reference to employee health and well-being. Her work has been published in Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Bulletin, and Work & Stress. She has served as an associate editor at Applied Psychology: An International Review and Journal of Organizational Behavior, and is currently serving as an associate editor at Journal of Applied Psychology.
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