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Don't miss the chance to present your work at the 11th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health.

May 6-9, 2015 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza in Atlanta, Georgia.

Sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP).

The Call for Proposals (including online submissions) is available now, and can be found at the official conference website.

Submission deadline: October 6, 2014.


If you are a student interested in healthy workplace issues, consider working with APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence on our 2014 Work & Well-Being event in Washington, DC at the APA Headquarters on May 30. Students from all disciplines, especially industrial-organizational psychology graduate students, psychology undergraduates, students studying business, HR, nursing, medicine and more will find value in working with us on this engaging event.

Our Work & Well-Being student volunteers have come away from our events with new connections, presented their research in front of future employers, published their writing through our communication channels and more. Below is a list of opportunities for students – see which one is right for you…


If you like to network, consider volunteering your time to staff our sessions where you will be responsible for registration, handing out name tags, distributing handouts, answering questions from participants about the schedule and sitting in on sessions to make sure they run smoothly. We will work with you to find hours that fit your schedule.


If you are an experienced writer and interested in covering the event, please consider writing a newsletter article or blog post. We will work with you ahead of time to go over your topic and discuss interviewing our presenters. In general, our articles and blog posts should follow these guidelines:

  • 500-800 words 
  • Tone and style blend psychology and business writing
  • Use headings breaks, short paragraphs and clear/concise language 
  • Provide links, bibliographic information, and primary sources for any and all cited content – we need to be able to access exactly what you’re citing 

Suggested perspectives and other tips:

  • Connect presentations to the categories of psychologically healthy workplace practices (employee recognition, employee involvement, health and safety, employee growth and development, and work-life balance)
  • Discuss sessions as they relate to key issues of employee well-being, productivity, communication, organizational outcomes
  • Comment on related economic trends and workplace conditions
  • Read past issues of the Good Company newsletter
  • Access blog posts

The deadline for submitting articles/blog posts is June 13, 2014.


For those of you who are active on Twitter and interested in tweeting from the event, please send us your Twitter handle so we can determine if it would be mutually beneficial for us to work together this way during the event. Check us out on Twitter, where we post as @APA_excellence. We are also on LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest and more if you are social media savvy – so pitch us your creative ideas soon so we can formulate a plan ahead of time.


In exchange for volunteering for our event, we will waive your registration fee ($299) and you will be able to attend the sessions you are not scheduled to work for free. You will be fully responsible for any travel, hotel stay and miscellaneous costs, like parking, cab fare, although some food and beverages will be provided.


If you are a current student and interested in working with us on our Washington, DC event, please review the opportunities listed above and email us with your name, email address, cell phone number, school name, program/degree expected, date of expected graduation and a commitment to the conference time frame (May 30, 2014) and clearly state which opportunities you are interested in and why you are qualified. Once we receive this information from you, we will forward a registration form that must be returned to us in order for you to volunteer. If at any time your availability changes, please let us know ASAP so we may offer your spot to those on the waiting list. Please note that you must be a student to volunteer with us.

The American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence works to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and communities through the application of psychology to a broad range of workplace issues. To learn more, please visit: apaexcellence.org.

Additional information about the event is available online here. If you have any questions, please call our office at 202.336.5900 or email us. We look forward to hearing from you!

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photophiend / CC BY-NV-ND 2.0

To hear more about people's experiences at work, we hit the streets for a continuation of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program's interview series. This time, we focused on work-life balance.

Do you think you have good work-life balance in your current job? What is your average work day like? Do you use all of your vacation days? What tips do you have for juggling your work and non-work demands?

For more resources on work-life balance, check out our reading list.



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