Milestones in the History of Occupational Health Psychology


1966 - U.S. Public Health Service recognizes work organization and stress as developing occupational safety and health concerns.

1970 - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Act of 1970 charges NIOSH with the responsibility for investigating behavioral factors and stress as etiologic agents for occupational disease and injury.

1977 - A report on "Work in America " is commissioned by Elliot Richardson, Secretary of Health Education and Welfare.

1988 - NIOSH recognizes psychological disorders as leading occupational health risk.

1990 - APA and NIOSH begin partnership to promote the new area of occupational health psychology.

1990 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work and Well-Being is held in Washington , DC .

1991 - OHP field is formally acknowledged in the American Psychologist.

1992 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Stress in the '90s is held in Washington , DC .

1993 - APA and NIOSH enter into a cooperative agreement to fund post/doctoral training in OHP.

1994 -1997 APA and NIOSH fund seven postdocs in occupational health psychology.

1994 - The Journal of Occupational Health Psychology is founded.

1995 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Washington , DC .

1996 - NIOSH places work organization among its highest research priorities.

1997 - APA and NIOSH enter into a cooperative agreement to fund the development of graduate-level-curricula in OHP.

1998-2001 - APA and NIOSH fund 11 universities to develop and implement OHP graduate curricula.

1999 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Baltimore, MD.

2000 - International Coordinating Group for Occupational Health Psychology is established.

2001 - Twenty-eight OHP stakeholders convene to discuss the future of training efforts in OHP

Source: Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association. (2002). Psychological Science Agenda, 15 (1), 5.

2003 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Toronto, ONT.

2004 - Society for Occupational Health Psychology formed

2006 - APA/NIOSH international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Miami, FL.

2008 - APA/NIOSH/SOHP international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Washington, DC.

2008 - Occupational Health Psychology Wikipedia entry created (I. Schonfeld)

2009 - APA/NIOSH/SOHP international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

2011 - APA/NIOSH/SOHP international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Orlando, FL

2012 - First Summer Institute for Occupational Health Psychology is held in Portland, OR

2013 - APA/NIOSH/SOHP international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Los Angeles, CA

2014 - Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute is held in Portland, OR

2015 - APA/NIOSH/SOHP international conference on Work, Stress, and Health is held in Atlanta, GA; Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute is held in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

2016 - Occupational Health Psychology Summer Institute is held in Portland, OR