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Work_StressThe Occupational Health & Stress (OHS) laboratory uses both laboratory and field studies to explore the role of self-regulation and sleep in occupational health. Primary lines of inquiry explore:

(1) how workers manage the work-life interface (boundary management, work-life conflict, work-life balance)

(2) the role of sleep in reducing stress and improving self-regulation,

(3) individual differences and organizational factors affecting counterproductive workplace behaviors

The OHS lab also examines how technology use, social influences, and individual differences may contribute to work-life balance issues, burnout, reduced work engagement, and unhealthy sleep behaviors. The OHS lab has many projects that can provide both undergraduate and graduate students with rewarding research experiences in occupational health that help build methodological, analytical, and professional skills relevant to the pursuit of academic and career goals.   

Location: Psychology Computer Science Building (PM) 139   Email: ohsl.niu@gmail.com

OHS Lab Press

Stressed at Work? Blame Your Email (Wall Street Journal)

The Career Hazard You Never Expected: Your Email (Forbes)

Answering Emails After Work is Bad for Your Health (TIME)

Science Says You Shouldn't Answer Work Emails This Weekend (Refinery29)

Taking Psychology to Work (Good Company Newsletter)

Sleep and Graduate School (Psychology Today)

Memo to Self: I'm Swamped Might be a Self-Imposed Condition (Minding the Workplace Blog)

Lack of Sleep and Stress--A Vicious Cycle You Can Escape (Huffington Post Healthy Living Blog)

12 Keys to Achieving Work-Life Balance (Life by Daily Burn)

Congratulations to Maria Senf for winning 1st place for her poster presentation at NIU's URAD Conference!