Work, Stress and Health 2019

What Does the Future Hold?
WSH 2019 — Philadelphia, PA

The Work, Stress and Health (WSH) Conference addresses the ever-changing nature of work and the implications of these changes for the health, safety and well-being of workers, and is organized biennially by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

The conference covers numerous topics of interest to labor, management, practitioners and researchers. Expert presentations and informal meetings with leading scientists and practitioners provide an exciting forum for learning about the latest developments in occupational health psychology.


Work Stress and Health 2019

The 13th International Conference on Occupational Stress and Health, "Work, Stress and Health 2019: What Does the Future Hold?," will be held at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Nov. 6-9, 2019, with preconference workshops and opening events on Nov. 6. This conference is organized by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology.

"What Does the Future Hold?"

The 2019 conference will give special attention to the workplace of the future. Just what does the future hold for employers and for workers? As the world copes with growing economic, political, environmental and social changes, what can organizations do to sustain the health and productivity of their workers?

How do we design and manage organizations to accommodate the needs and use the skills of a changing workforce? As how we work evolves, technology continues to advance at a rapid pace and gives rise to new forms of work arrangements including gig work, remote teams, and working alongside or in support of automated processes. How will these new work arrangements and other technological developments change our jobs and workplaces?

Healthy work not only helps employees meet their basic need for income, but also provides opportunities for skill development, meaningful experiences and social connections. What are the positive aspects of work that can be leveraged to promote safety, health and well-being for all workers, and how will those aspects of work contribute to organizational effectiveness?

Call for Proposals Now Open 

Share what you know about the future of work and healthy workers with an international, multidisciplinary audience at the WSH conference. 

Paper and presentation proposals are being accepted until Jan. 28, 2019. 

Submit your proposal for an opportunity to present a paper, a poster or to participate in any of the different types of engaging presentation sessions. Download the call for proposals document for details on how to prepare a submission, or see more in the the tab labeled "Call for Proposals." 

Details on preparing a submission


We encourage participation by everyone attending. Attendees with disabilities are encouraged to provide advance notification of any special needs so that we can make accommodations.

Conference Fees and Registration

There are different registration fees and discounts for early registrants, early full-time students, late/on-site registrants and late on-site, full-time students.

The registration fee includes breakfast at the poster sessions and refreshments at the breaks throughout the day, as well as conference sessions, receptions (not including special receptions) and conference materials. Preconference workshop registration is an additional fee.

All presenters, participants and speakers are expected to register and pay the registration fee.

The student rate applies to only full-time degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students and does not apply to full-time working professionals who are seeking additional degrees. Verification of student status is required when registering.

Cancellation/Refund/Substitution Policy

In most cases, registrants who are unable to attend the conference or pre-conference workshops are assessed a cancellation fee that ranges from 20 to 100 percent of the registration or preconference fee, depending on when registration is canceled.

If you are unable to attend the conference or pre-conference workshops, a substitution may be made in writing before the conference without charge. Anyone who does not attend is subject to the full fee.

Hotel and Transportation


Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
201 N. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

The special conference block room rate will be announced closer to the event. A limited number of rooms will be available at a government rate to U.S. federal government employees. Send an email to be added to our list and receive updates when conference registration and hotel reservations are open.

About the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown

Stay where the conference is happening. The hotel hosts all the Work, Stress and Health conference sessions. Situated in Center City and located within walking distance of most of Philadelphia's top attractions, including the Franklin Institute science museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Sheraton is an ideal location seeing all that the historic and lively city has to offer.

The hotel features upgrades to an indoor pool and modern fitness center and several on-site dining options.


Fly into Philadelphia International Airport. The hotel is about a 30-minute drive from the airport. Taxi, limousine, van and shuttle services and car rental companies all operate at the airport. Public transportation is also available through SEPTA's Regional Rail, which reach the hotel's area in approximately 25 minutes. Suburban Station is the train stop closest to the hotel.

Call for Proposals

Submitting a Proposal

The session recommendations below reflect the conference planning committee's commitment for opportunities to engage in discussion. Except by special invitation from the planning committee, any works (e.g., journal articles, book chapters, books) that have been previously published, presented at another conference, or already accepted or contracted for publication should not be submitted.

A conference participant may be the lead author or presenter for no more than three program submissions (poster, paper, paper in a symposium, or paper in an interactive panel). Submission deadline is Jan. 28, 2019.

Please submit proposals for the following types of sessions:

Poster Sessions
Poster sessions provide for the direct interaction of authors or presenters with the audience. Posters will be grouped by topic area. Each author or presenter will have the opportunity to discuss his or her work and to respond to questions. No paper sessions, symposia or interactive panels will be scheduled during the one-hour poster sessions accompanying breakfast each morning. Posters will remain on display throughout the day. Poster presentations will be bound by the same review process as paper sessions. Detailed instructions on preparing a poster will be sent to authors whose proposals are accepted for a poster presentation.

Regular Paper Sessions Papers will be grouped together by topic area into organized paper sessions by members of the conference planning committee. During the paper sessions, each presenter will have approximately 10 minutes to present his or her work. A chair (and possibly a discussant) will be assigned by the conference planning committee. Each session will have no more than four participants and will conclude with a 15-20 minute discussion period. Paper sessions will be 75 minutes long.

Symposia A symposium permits a group of colleagues to present a series of findings from a large project or a series of papers addressing a common theme, issue or question. The papers are submitted together as one proposal. A symposium must consist of a brief introduction to the topic by a chairperson, followed by 3-4 participant presentations of separate papers, and an interchange among the participants and the audience. A discussant may be included but is not required. The quality of individual presentations, as well as their coherence, will be considered when determining the overall quality of the symposium. Symposia will be 75 minutes long. Presentations should not exceed about 10 minutes. This format should preserve 15-20 minutes for discussion.

Interactive Panels The interactive panel facilitates in-depth discussion on conference topics through a series of closely-related, 5-minute presentations. This format provides the audience with a rapid and intensive overview of research while also allowing for more in-depth dialogue among presenters and the audience. During interactive panel sessions, panel presenters will briefly share findings (e.g., research studies, literature, best practices and new approaches) in a series of 5-minute presentations. Presentations by all panel members will be followed by interaction and discussion with the audience and other panel presenters. A discussant may facilitate this interaction. This engaging format has been popular at other meetings and is being offered at WSH to facilitate improved and more substantial interaction among attendees during conference sessions. Interactive panel sessions will be 90 minutes in duration, with 6-8, 5-minute presentations, followed by approximately 45 minutes of interactive discussion. Presenters will be asked to submit discussion questions to be included in the “continuing education” section of the interactive panel proposal. Prior to the conference, the chair for each interactive panel session will identify the most salient and insightful questions relevant to the selected topic; these questions will provide the starting point for the discussion. Interactive panel members are expected to actively participate in the preparation for this venue. Similar to proposing symposia, authors interested in presenting in an interactive panel session should collaborate with their colleagues to organize and propose a complete session with six to eight presenters, plus a chair.

Late-Breaking Research Late-breaking abstract submissions will be considered for presentation as posters. Proposals must be received no later than Monday, July 1, 2019. This late-breaking category of submissions has been created to permit very recent results to be presented at the conference. This is the only exception to the submission deadline of Jan. 28, 2019.

Elements of a Proposal Submission

Proposal and Presenter Information

Type of program. choose your preference for submission type: poster only; paper only; paper or poster; symposium; or an interactive panel session.

  • Title. Titles must not exceed 25 words.
  • Conference topic. Select up to three primary topics from the conference topic list that best fit the proposal. Within each primary topic, select up to three secondary topics that best fit your proposal.
  • Focus of research. Indicate the research category(ies) that best describe(s) your proposed presentation.
  • Occupation/industry. Indicate the occupation/industry category(ies) that best describe(s) the population/sample/study participants.
  • Corresponding author. The individual or author who is responsible for all communication with APA regarding this submission. (This person may or may not be the presenting author). In the case of symposia or interactive panels, the corresponding author is also responsible for the dissemination of information and communications from APA to all session participants.
  • Chair(s) and discussant(s). List the names, highest educational degrees, affiliations, and contact information for all symposium chair(s) and discussant(s), and all interactive panel chair(s) and discussant(s).
  • Presenting author. The individual/author who will deliver the presentation. Symposia and interactive panel sessions will have multiple presenting authors.
  • Coauthor(s). List the names, highest educational degrees, affiliations, and email addresses of all presentation coauthors.
  • Award Competitions. Check if you want to have your proposal considered for the Best Intervention and/or the Best Student Competition(s).


An abstract consists of 600-800 words (not including tables, figures and references) and describes the proposed presentation. Brief abstracts of 200-300 words are insufficient. The text of all abstracts should:

  • include a statement of the problem, procedures, analyses, results, practical implications, and conclusions, as appropriate;
  • cite the relevant literature to establish the research context of the current proposal;
  • clearly indicate whether data have been collected and analyses have been completed. If either data or results are not yet available, please describe how the analyses will be completed.

Empirical studies must have analyses completed for presentation at the conference.

Brief Summary
A summary consists of 3-4 sentences that briefly describe the proposed presentation. It should include a description of the problem and, as appropriate, the procedures, results, and conclusions of your work. The brief summary will be used to assist with the planning of the conference program.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

The Work, Stress and Health Planning Committee is dedicated to improving its educational offerings to practitioners. Workshops, paper sessions, symposia and interactive panels that meet the standards of the APA Continuing Education Committee or other professional accrediting organizations may be eligible for CE credits. Therefore, all paper, symposium, and interactive panel submissions must include completed CE information. Poster-only submissions do not need to complete CE information, as CE credits will not be offered for poster sessions.

Topics of Interest to the Conference

This list of primary and secondary topics overlaps to some degree and is not exhaustive. When you submit an abstract, you will be asked to select up to three primary topics that best characterize your submission. Within each primary topic, you will be asked to select up to three secondary topics (where these choices are possible). Secondary topic descriptors and examples are available below. The topic examples are included to help you choose the most relevant topic(s) for your submission. These examples are intended to be illustrative and are not comprehensive.

What To Submit

Poster only:

  • Proposal and presenter information
  • Abstract
  • Brief summary

Paper only; paper or poster:

  • Proposal and presenter information
  • Abstract
  • Brief summary
  • Continuing Education information


  • Proposal and presenter information
  • Abstract for overall symposium
  • Brief summary for overall symposium
  • Abstract for each presentation
  • Continuing Education information for overall symposium

Interactive panel session:

  • Proposal and presenter information
  • Abstract for overall interactive panel session
  • Brief summary for overall interactive panel session
  • Abstract for each interactive panel presentation
  • Continuing Education information for overall interactive panel session

It is important that each participant's presentation in symposia and interactive panels be described in a separate 600-800 word abstract. It is also important to describe the themes or questions that the symposium and interactive panel session moderators will use to engage the session attendees in a participatory exchange with presenters. The CE form requests that these themes be included with your submission. Proposals for symposia and for interactive panel sessions are encouraged to elaborate on these questions in the overall session abstract.

Publication of Abstracts and Presentations

Abstracts and presentations may be published electronically. (Authors of accepted proposals will have an opportunity to revise their original abstracts prior to publication.) Specific deadlines and detailed instructions will be made available in advance.

Additional Information

•  Scheduling of presentations: People whose proposals have been accepted must participate at the presentation time scheduled, or arrange to have the presentation delivered by an appropriate substitute.

•  Religious or other time constraints : People with time constraints for religious or other reasons must bring this information to the attention of the program committee when submitting presentation proposals.

•  Scientific peer review: All proposals will undergo scientific peer review. In orderto maintain the anonymity of the scientific peer review process, please do not include any author information, affiliations or other personal identifiers within the text of your abstract or brief summary.

•  Notification of proposal status: Corresponding authors will receive notifications regarding all submitted proposals by email in May 2019.

Submit Your Proposal

Conference Contributors and Collaborators

Our strong network of conference contributors and collaborators bring unique professional expertise to the Work, Stress and Health Conference.

  • Brazil Chapter of the International Stress Management Association
  • Center for Social Epidemiology
  • Communications Workers of America
  • Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America
  • National Institute for Child Health and Human Development
  • National Safety Council
  • World Health Organization
  • European Academy for Occupational Health Psychology
  • European Agency for Safety and Health at Work

Planning Committee

The Planning Committee includes APA members and affiliates who have years of experience planning the Work, Stress and Health conferences.

  • Tammy Allen, PhD
    SOHP/University of South Florida
  • Wesley Baker, conference manager
    American Psychological Association
  • David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, conference co-chair 
    American Psychological Association
  • Chia-Chia Chang, MPH, MBA
  • Gwenith G. Fisher, PhD
    SOHP, Colorado State University
  • Tara Hartley, PhD 
  • Jeannie Nigam, MS
  • Rene Pana-Cryan, PhD
  • Angela Sarver, MS, NIOSH coordinator 
  • Steven Sauter, PhD
  • Ted Scharf, PhD
  • Naomi Swanson, PhD, conference co-chair 

International Scientific Committee

The International Scientific Committee is composed of psychologists and professionals in the industrial/occupational psychology field around the world. The diverse committee works to ensure conference planning also reflects global trends.

  • Kirsi Ahola, PhD
    Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

  • Bengt Arnetz, MD, PhD
    Wayne State University

  • David Ballard, PsyD
    American Psychological Association

  • Janet Barnes-Farrell, PhD
    University of Connecticut

  • Jamie Becker
    Laborers' Health and Safety Fund of North America

  • Michael Burke, PhD
    Tulane University

  • Pascale Carayon, PhD
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Peter Chen, PhD
    University of South Australia

  • David DeJoy, PhD
    University of Georgia

  • Maureen Dollard, PhD
    University of South Australia

  • Donald Elisburg, JD
    National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training

  • Rudy Fenwick, PhD
    University of Akron

  • Jane Ferrie, PhD
    University College London

  • Michael Frone, PhD
    State University of New York at Buffalo

  • Daniel Ganster, PhD
    Colorado State University

  • Sharon Glazer, PhD
    University of Baltimore

  • Viviola Gómez-Ortiz, PhD
    University of the Andes, Colombia

  • LuAnn Heinen
    National Business Group on Health

  • Robert Henning, PhD
    University of Connecticut

  • Jonathan Houdmont, PhD
    University of Nottingham

  • Irene Houtman, PhD
    TNO Work & Employment

  • Emily Huang, PhD
    Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
  • Joseph J. Hurrell Jr, PhD
    Editor, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology

  • Sergio Iavicoli, MD, PhD
    Italian National Institute for Occupational Safety and Prevention

  • Jim Johnson
    National Safety Council

  • Irena Iskra-Golec, PhD
    SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities Poznan Faculty, Poland

  • Arturo Juárez-García, PhD
    Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morales, Mexico

  • E. Kevin Kelloway, PhD
    Saint Mary’s University

  • Jennifer Kelly, PhD
    American Psychological Association/Georgia Psychological Association

  • Peter Kelly, MSc
    U.K. Health and Safety Executive

  • Rosalind King, PhD
    National Institute of Child Health & Human Development

  • Evelyn Kortum, MSc
    World Health Organization

  • David LeGrande, MA
    Communications Workers of America

  • Stavroula Leka, PhD
    University of Nottingham

  • Frederick Leong, PhD
    University of Michigan
  • Akinori Nakata, PhD
    University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan

  • Karina Nielsen, PhD
    National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark

  • Yasumasa Otsuka, PhD
    Hiroshima University, Japan

  • Jae Bum Park, PhD
    Ajou University, South Korea

  • Pamela Perrewe, PhD
    Florida State University

  • Tahira Probst, PhD
    Washington State University Vancouver

  • Wilmar Schaufeli, PhD
    University of Utrecht

  • Peter Schnall, MD, MPH
    University of California, Irvine

  • Norbert Semmer, PhD
    University of Bern

  • Sabine Sonnentag, PhD
    University of Mannheim, Germany

  • Jeanne Stellman, PhD
    Columbia University

  • Masaya Takahashi, PhD
    National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, Japan

  • Mark Tausig, PhD
    University of Akron

  • Lois Tetrick, PhD
    George Mason University

  • Horacio Tovalin, DrPH
    Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

  • Akizumi Tsutsumi, MD
    University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan

  • Mina Westman, PhD
    Tel Aviv University

  • Haiou Yang, PhD
    University of California, Irvine

  • Dov Zohar, PhD
    Technion - Israel Institute of Technology



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