Work, Stress & Health conference addresses changing nature of work, resulting health implications

The 10th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health focused on “promoting and protecting total work health™.”

Job-related and outside factors that impact today’s worker health and safety were the focus of the 10th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, part of the Work, Stress & Health conference series, focused on “Promoting and Protecting Total Worker Health™."

Nearly 800 researchers, business and organizational representatives, labor leaders and medical and social science professionals from 39 countries gathered for the conference May 16-19 in Los Angeles. APA’s Work, Stress and Health Office partners with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP) to present the annual international, interdisciplinary conference series. 

More than 20 national and international organizations were contributors and collaborators for this year’s conference (PDF, 624KB). There were more than 450 accepted research projects, which covered topics such as best practices in creating healthy workplaces; workplace diversity; workplace harassment and violence; changing employment arrangements; human resources management; work scheduling; work, life and family; high risk jobs; and job stress.

Conference plenary keynote speaker Anthony LaMontagne, ScD, MA, MEd, a leading authority on comprehensive approaches to dealing with workplace stress, discussed developing an integrated intervention approach for work and mental health. During the opening session, SOHP President and Conference Co-Chair Vicki J. Magley, PhD, presented conference co-chairs, Gwendolyn P. Keita, PhD, and Steven L. Sauter, PhD, with memory books highlighting the 10 conferences from 1990-2013 to commemorate their belief in and support of the importance of occupational health psychology.