From the Public Interest Directorate

Today’s workplace is being shaped by an integrated and global economy and the organization of work and the composition of the labor force are changing rapidly.

Work, Stress, and Health: New Challenges in a Changing Workplace, The Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference on Occupational Stress & Health

Convened by: American Psychological Association
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
School of Business, Queen’s University, Canada

March 20-22, 2003

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sheraton Hotel

Continuing Education Workshops on March 19, 2003
Workshop Proposal Deadline: April 30, 2002
Proposal Deadline for Symposia, Papers, and Interactive Posters: May 31, 2002

Today’s workplace is being shaped by an integrated and global economy. The organization of work and the composition of the labor force are changing rapidly. These changes have an impact on workers in every segment of the economy. Forms of work organization, such as lean production, continuous improvement, process reengineering, and downsizing have taken the world by storm, but with little understanding of their impact on worker health and well-being.

The workforce of the future will be markedly older, more racially diverse, and will include larger numbers of women. In addition, the workforce is being reshaped by new forms of contingent work, contract labor, and employment practices. Yet, little research attention has been paid to these developments. What do these changes in the organization of work mean for the health and safety of workers? What can be done to protect worker health and safety in today’s changing workplace? How can our research instruments and methods be improved to address these fundamental changes in the work experience?

To address these and other emerging workplace issues, The American Psychological Association (APA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the School of Business, Queen’s University, will convene the fifth interdisciplinary conference on occupational stress and health. The conference, Work, Stress, and Health: New Challenges in a Changing Workplace, will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, Toronto, Ontario, on March 20-22, 2003, with Continuing Education Workshops on March 19, 2003.

We invite researchers, medical and psychological health practitioners from all disciplines who are involved in research and/or practice in occupational health psychology to submit proposals for interactive poster presentations, papers, symposia, and workshops on new research findings, policy, and prevention/intervention programs, and policy that address 16 major themes.

The themes and special emphasis areas are:

  1. New Work Contracts - contingent work, temporary work, part-time work, and underemployment.

  2. Organizational Policies and Work Redesign - lean production, downsizing, continuous improvement, business process reengineering, new technologies, and telecommuting.

  3. Hours of Work - work overload, overtime, shift work, flexible work hours, compressed work schedules, and underload.

  4. Psychosocial Factors and Health - psychosocial risk factors, high-risk occupations, health outcomes (musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, psychological disorders, substance abuse), and social and economic costs of job stress.

  5. Work, Family, and Community - child/elder care, multiple jobs, work-family conflict, work at home, EAPs, and Managed care.

  6. Physical Safety at Work - workplace violence, occupational safety, and repetitive strain injury.

  7. Flexible Work Processes - lean production, and just-in-time production.

  8. Advances in Research Methodologies - measurement issues, research designs, cross-national comparisons, participatory action research, and longitudinal research.

  9. Bridging from Research to Practice - applications of research findings, communicating research findings, and collaboration between researchers and knowledge users.

  10. Best Practices: Celebrating Successful Preventive Strategies - healthy work organizations, labor-management initiatives, and innovative work-family programs.

  11. Special Populations in the Workforce - young workers, older workers, issues of ethnicity, and disability.

  12. Prevention and Intervention - injury prevention, enhancing well being, psychosocial predictors and organizational interventions, and program evaluation.

  13. Disability and Disability Management - return to work, barriers to return to work, and risk management.

  14. Mass Disaster and Terrorism - health consequences, post traumatic stress disorder, critical incident stress debriefing, and job performance and productivity consequences.

  15. Legal Issues - workers’ compensation, ADA, repetitive strain injury, temporary employment, disability and disability management, and telecommuting.

  16. Training in Occupational Health Psychology - innovative graduate courses, and web-based programs.

For more information, and to request the Call for Papers, please contact Wesley B. Baker, Conference Coordinator at the APA address; telephone 202-336-6124, fax 202-336-6117. Official website: www.apa.org/pi/work/.

Call for Nominations to the Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology

APA’s Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) is seeking nominations for two new members to begin three-year terms on January 1.

CDIP serves as a catalyst in the APA governance structure that recommends, influences, develops and advocates on issues, activities and policies related to the equitable treatment of psychologists and others with disabilities.

Its mission is to promote the:

  • psychological well-being of people with disabilities;

  • inclusion of knowledge about disabilities and disability issues in education, training programs, policies, and professional development of psychologists;

  • development and implementation of psychological service delivery modes responsive to the needs of people with disabilities; and

  • awareness of disability in psychological research as well as specific research activity in disability areas.

CDIP actively seeks psychologists with disability-related academic, clinical or research experience, and with knowledge of APA governance. A strong priority will be given to applicants who have a disability (visible, invisible, or due to a chronic health condition or injury) and/or personal experience with disability. The Committee welcomes applications from individuals who identify themselves as members of multiple minority groups. Nominations are open to APA members who are retired or employed less than full time.

Selected candidates will be required to attend two committee meetings a year in Washington, DC, with expenses reimbursed by APA. In 2003, the Committee will meet March 28-30 and September 19-21. Members are expected to work on projects between meetings and encouraged to attend APA’s Annual Convention to which attendance is not subsidized.

Nomination materials, including a current curriculum vita and a letter indicating a willingness to serve and a description of your personal and/or professional experience with disability, must be received by August 16, 2002. Please forward materials to Anju Khubchandani at the APA address or via email.