© 2012

Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness

  • Robert J. Gatchel
  • Izabela Z. Schultz

Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction and Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Robert J. Gatchel, Nancy D. Kishino
      Pages 3-21
    3. Philip J. Dewe, Michael P. O’Driscoll, Cary L. Cooper
      Pages 23-38
    4. Heather Graham, Krista J. Howard, Angela Liegey Dougall
      Pages 39-59
  3. Major Symptoms and Disorders in the Workplace

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Ann Marie Hernandez, Alan L. Peterson
      Pages 63-85
    3. Alexandra L. Terrill, John P. Garofalo
      Pages 87-103
    4. Carolyn S. Dewa, Marc Corbière, Marie-José Durand, Jennifer Hensel
      Pages 105-129
    5. Michal C. Moskowitz, Briana L. Todd, Michael Feuerstein
      Pages 131-150
    6. Krista J. Howard, Jeffrey T. Howard, Alessa F. Smyth
      Pages 151-179
    7. Cindy A. McGeary, Donald D. McGeary
      Pages 181-200
    8. Fong Chan, Ebonee Johnson, Emma K. Hiatt, Chih Chin Chou, Elizabeth da Silva Cardoso
      Pages 201-218
    9. Madeline Rex-Lear, Jennifer M. Knack, Lauri A. Jensen-Campbell
      Pages 219-240
  4. Evaluation of Occupational Causes and Risks to Workers’ Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 241-241
    2. Bonnie Kirsh, Rebecca Gewurtz
      Pages 243-265
    3. Jeanne M. Geiger-Brown, Clark J. Lee, Alison M. Trinkoff
      Pages 297-322
    4. Rosalind B. King, Georgia Karuntzos, Lynne M. Casper, Phyllis Moen, Kelly D. Davis, Lisa Berkman et al.
      Pages 323-339

About this book


From its early focus on worker safety and job satisfaction, occupational health has expanded to encompass many disciplines, in keeping with the central place of work in people’s lives and the multiple issues it entails. Today the field encompasses such disparate areas as work-related stress, social and economic costs of illness and injury, and wellness concepts.

In keeping with this diversity, the Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness analyzes and synthesizes the current research base in its theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions. This comprehensive volume begins with an insightful overview of the field and conceptual models shaping current research and practice, then moves on to major symptoms and disorders in the workplace (e.g., pain syndromes, cancer) and risk factors for illness and injury. Chapters examine in depth epidemiology and assessment issues, gender and cultural considerations, health promotion, and illness prevention, and feature an evolving study of academic nursing program directors as they address occupational health challenges. Best-practice guidelines for preventing and intervening with workplace health and mental health problems are included as well. 

 The Handbook of Occupational Health and Wellness possesses a breadth and depth of knowledge of great importance to a variety of professionals, including health policymakers, health psychologists, physicians, occupational therapists, vocational rehabilitation specialists, disability case managers, insurance/managed care/compensation professionals, human resource and employment personnel, and lawyers.


Absenteeism Bullying and work Cancer in workplace Cost of illness in workplace Drug use in workplace Employee assistance programs Job burnout Job stress reduction programs Mental health Musculoskeletal pain Occupational Health Occupational rehabilitation Occupational risk Occupational stress Primary prevention Secondary prevention Violence and work Work disability Work-leave policy Workplace safety

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert J. Gatchel
    • 1
  • Izabela Z. Schultz
    • 2
  1. 1., Department of PsychologyUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  2. 2., Dept of Educational and Counseling PsychUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

About the editors

Dr. Robert Gatchel is the Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, and the Chairman of Psychology, College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds two other positions: clinical research director at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the University of Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and director of biopsychosocial research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He is the author 23 books, 106 book chapters, and 318 scientific research articles. His clinical research, most of it in the areas of the etiology, assessment, and treatment of pain and disability, has been continuously funded over the past 30 years from grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also received a prestigious Research Scientist Award from NIH, and has been honored with awards from various organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Pain Management, the International Association for Dental Research, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the North American Spine Society, to name a few.

Dr. Izabela Z. Schultz is Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology and Director of Graduate Program in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling in the Department of Educational and Counselling and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Schultz is doubly board certified as diplomate in clinical psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and as diplomate of the American Board of Vocational Experts. She has received international awards for her innovative research on prediction of occupational disability and professional leadership awards for major contributions to medico-legal aspects of rehabilitation psychology. She has published several books and numerous seminal papers and book chapters in the field of occupational disability and rehabilitation. She is an editor of the Work and Disability Section of Springer’s Psychological Injury and the Law and a founding member of this international journal. Recently, she completed, with Dr. Sally Rogers, the pioneering Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health (Springer). Dr. Schultz is also a co-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Assessment and Treatment of Persons with Disabilities. She has been leading development of best-evidence-informed practice guidelines in early musculoskeletal pain interventions, in work accommodation and retention in mental health, and in assessment and treatment of persons with disabilities.

Bibliographic information


The purpose is to present a comprehensive review of the literature on occupational health and wellness that includes historical and contemporary foci. This is an excellent source of information in this field. The intended audience is students, educators, practitioners, and researchers in occupational health and wellness.” (Yvonne M. Randall, Doody’s Book Reviews, October, 2015)

“The intended audience includes ‘physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, vocational rehabilitators, labor relations and human resource professionals, employee and family assistance counselors, disability case managers, supervisors/employers, as well as researchers and academicians.’ … It is full of research findings and provides practical solutions to occupational health issues. Most importantly, there is an emphasis on wellness, which can result in increased productivity and employee satisfaction. The book should be in the libraries of organizational administrators, researchers, and clinicians … .” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody’s Book Reviews, April, 2013)