Training in Occupational Health Psychology: Initial Efforts and Alternative Models

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In 1992, the American Psychological Association and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health collaborated in establishing a pilot program that would select, place, and train postdoctoral-level psychologists in a new specialty, occupational health psychology (OHP), that bridges existing domains both within and external to psychology. This article describes the initial assumptions and prescriptions concerning training in OHP, an early postdoctoral training model, and alternative models that may meet both the stated needs in the workplace and existing training paradigms in psychology. Initial outcomes from the pilot project, along with future directions and alternative models for training psychologists interested in OHP, are considered.

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