2009: Global Concerns and Approaches

Join us for the eighth international conference on occupational stress and health. “Work, Stress, and Health 2009: Global Concerns and Approaches” will be held at the Caribe Hilton Hotel, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on November 5-8, 2009, with Preconference Workshops on November 5. This conference is convened by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

The Work, Stress, and Health conference series is designed to address the constantly changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety, and well-being of workers. This year the conference will highlight work, stress, and health as a subject of global concern affecting developed and developing countries alike. Numerous topics of interest to labor, management, practitioners, and researchers are covered in the series, such as work and family issues, workplace violence, long hours of work, the aging workforce, and best practices for preventing stress and improving the health of workers and their organizations. Expert presentations, panel discussions, and informal get-togethers with leading scientists and practitioners will provide an exciting forum for learning about the latest developments on an impressive range of topics (as shown below).

We invite researchers, business and organizational representatives, labor leaders, and medical and social science professionals from all disciplines who are involved in research or practice in areas related to occupational safety and health to submit proposals for poster presentations, papers, symposia, and roundtable discussions that address the major topics listed below. In keeping with our conference theme of global concerns and approaches, we are especially interested in receiving submissions that examine occupational stress, safety, and health research issues and prevention policies and programs from globally diverse perspectives.

Relevant topics include but are not limited to studies of job stress, risk factors, and interventions in developing countries; emergent concerns in developed regions; prevention and educational initiatives by governmental agencies and NGOs around the world; national policies and guidelines affecting work, stress, and health; actions by national and international corporations and labor organizations; and international cooperation and networks to prevent stress. The conference will provide a venue for learning about issues that affect workers worldwide and will present unique opportunities for the exchange of knowledge and network building that could lead to innovative global partnerships.

Conference Topics

The Work, Stress, and Health conference series is designed to address the constantly changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety, and well-being of workers. This year the conference will highlight work, stress, and health as a subject of global concern affecting developed and developing countries alike.

01 – Global Issues and Concerns
02 – Best Practices in Creating Healthy Workplaces
03 – Collaborative and Participatory Approaches
04 – Workplace Diversity, Minority and Immigrant Workers, Health Disparities
05 – Workplace Mistreatment
06 – Changing Employment Arrangements
07 – Human Resource Management and Benefits
08 – Work Schedules
09 – Work and Family
10 – Work Design and Worker Health
11 – Psychological Work Environment
12 – High-Risk Jobs and Populations 
13 – Traumatic Stress and Resilience for Workers in Hazardous Occupations and Disaster Relief Operations
14 – Psychological and Biological Effects of Job Stress
15 – Sleep, Fatigue, and Work
16 – Aging and Work Stress
17 – Health Services and Health and Productivity Management
18 – Building a Business Case for Workplace Safety & Health
19 – Safety Climate, Management, & Training
20 – Professional and Educational Development
21 – Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Job Stress
22 – Research Methodology
23 – Improving Intervention Methods and Processes
24 – National and International Surveillance (Tracking)
25 – Positive Psychology and the Workplace
26 – Emerging Risks, Opportunities, and Issues in Work, Stress, and Health