Occupational Health Psychology

Program overview

In this program, students receive a broad education in occupational health psychology, including a practicum or fieldwork as well as interdisciplinary training in epidemiology and ergonomics. Students are required to complete coursework in occupational health, conduct research in occupational health psychology, participate in multidisciplinary applied occupational health projects, and present at workshops and professional conferences. 

The Occupational Health Psychology Program is located at Colorado State University. The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) financially supports qualified students in the program. The MAP ERC is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers in the country. Students supported by the center collaborate with trainees in ergonomics, occupational and environmental medicine, industrial hygiene, and health physics programs on interdisciplinary research, scholarly projects, and in-depth field assessments at local industry sites.

Program director

Gwenith Fisher

Associate Professor, Occupational Health Psychology Program Director (MAP ERC)

Alumni & student spotlights

  • Julia Beckel Headshot

    Student Spotlight: Julia Beckel

    Nov 11, 2022
    One of the many ways we work to protect workers is through educating and training future leaders in occupational safety and health. As part of our Student Spotlight series highlighting our trainees, we interviewed Julia Beckel, MS, a Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center trainee earning a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University.
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    Alumni Spotlight: Kevin WaltersOpens in a new window

    May 19, 2022
    In the newest installment of our Alumni Spotlight series highlighting our graduated trainees, we interviewed Dr. Kevin Walters, an assistant professor of psychology at Fort Lewis College. Walters is a graduate from the MAP ERC's organizational health psychology program and works to empower others to apply psychology to improve their own lives and communities.
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  • Gwen Fisher

    Dr. Gwen Fisher remains hopefulOpens in a new window

    Jan 13, 2021
    COVID-19 has highlighted something Dr. Gwen Fisher has always known to be true; worker health and well-being is important. Gwen has been the program director for the Occupational Health Psychology program at the MAP ERC, housed at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO, for over six years.
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    Student Spotlight: Rebecca Clancy

    Mar 30, 2020
    How did Rebecca find her way to the MAP ERC’s OHP program? From a young age, Rebecca knew she wanted a career where she could help people (although the job titles she considered changed on a weekly basis). “I became interested in the field of OSH as a way to improve employees' experiences at work.”
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Frequently asked questions

Center for Health, Work & Environment

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Suite W3111

Mail Stop B119

Aurora, CO 80045

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