Leaders in the growing field of occupational health psychology met in Dublin, Ireland, late last year during the seventh conference of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EA-OHP). Representing EA-OHP were the chair Tom Cox, PhD, Philip Dewe, PhD, Amanda Griffiths, PhD, Jonathan Houdmont, PhD, Peter Kelly, Stavroula Leka, PhD, and Scott McIntyre, PhD.
Representatives of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology(SOHP), an American group, included Janet Barnes-Farrell, PhD, Carrie Bulger, PhD, Peter Chen, PhD, Bob Sinclair, PhD, and Christiane Spitzmueller, PhD. Steven Sauter, PhD, attended for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), andGwendolyn Puryear Keita, PhD, represented APA.
Meeting participants focused on determining ways to accomplish greater collaboration between EA-OHP and SOHP. Toward this goal, it was agreed that the groups' respective conferences, the March 6-8, 2008, "Work, Stress, and Health" conference-recently adopted as the official conference of SOHP and sponsored by APA, SOHP and NIOSH-and the EA-OHP meeting would henceforth be held in November of alternate years, beginning in 2009.
Meeting participants also agreed on a critical need to reinvigorate the International Coordinating Group for Occupational Health Psychology, beginning with holding annual meetings of the group. The original members of this international group, formed in 2000, consisted of representatives from NIOSH, APA, EA-OHP, the journal, Work & Stress, and the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.
Other issues discussed included professional recognition for occupational health psychologists; building a core curriculum for graduate training in occupational health psychology; and sharing member benefits.
For more information on the next Work, Stress, and Health conference, visit Work, Stress and Health. For more information on EA-OHP, visit www.ea-ohp.org. And for more information on SOHP, visit http://sohp.psy.uconn.edu/index.html.