Teaching and Research Area Occupational Health Psychology


Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) is an interdisciplinary field of research that deals with the prevention of work-related stress and work-related illnesses. With its primarily applied research, OHP aims to improve the quality of working life and to protect and promote the safety, health and well-being of employees.

The focus of occupational health psychology is on the primary prevention of organisational risk factors, which are held responsible for the development of work-related stress, as well as illnesses or accidents at the workplace. Intervention measures for the health protection of the employees start in the working environment (structural prevention), in order to minimize the risk exposure. Interventions to promote the health of employees focus on the individual (behavioural prevention), in order to strengthen personal resources and to be able to cope with potential risks better.

Our main research areas are:

  • Research on the relationship between demands and strain
  • Investigation of the effects of job demands as resources or stressors
  • Development and application of instruments for psychosocial risk assessment
  • Development and evaluation of health promotion and preventive measures



Univ.-Prof. Dr. rer. soc. Jessica Lang

Staff Members

Merle Amelung, student assistant

Annika Arnold, PhD candidate

Lisa Auweiler (M.Sc.), PhD candidate

Marie Ellermann, PhD candidate

Richard Ersel, PhD candidate

Dr. rer. medic. Petra Gaum (Postdoc)

Nina Gordon, student assistant

Annika Honings (B.Sc.), project assistant

Roman Pauli (M.A.), PhD candidate

Lucia Rohfleisch, student assistant

Marie Wanders, office

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