BOONE, N.C. — A four-year pilot study conducted by two professors in Appalachian State University’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology, in collaboration with the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), may lead to new strategies to keep workers safe in the workplace.
The project, titled “Development and Demonstrations of Data Analytics Strategies for Evaluating Organizational Safety Performance,” explores how to keep workers safe by examining the use of Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) data in analytics, which could allow employers to make more informed, evidence-based decisions regarding their employees’ health and safety.
NIOSH awarded psychology professor Dr. Shawn Bergman $37,000 in funding for the study, and Bergman is collaborating with colleague Dr. Tim Ludwig on the project. This funding covers the first year of the study, from Aug. 1, 2018, to July 3.
Bergman and Ludwig are both faculty members in Appalachian’s Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management (IOHRM) program, which is an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree offered by Appalachian’s Department of Psychology and Department of Management, housed in the Walker College of Business, to prepare professionals for work in business, industry and government.
Bergman said this pilot project is the first formal attempt by safety researchers to implement and document a planned and strategic application of data mining and analytics techniques for HSE data at the company level.
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About the Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology
Appalachian’s Dr. Wiley F. Smith Department of Psychology serves more than 1,000 undergraduate majors seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, as well as 80 graduate students in the master’s degree programs in clinical psychology, experimental psychology, school psychology, and industrial-organizational psychology and human resource management. Its new Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program began admitting students in fall 2019. Learn more at https://psych.appstate.edu.
About the College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 16 academic departments, one stand-alone academic program, two centers and one residential college. These units span the humanities and the social, mathematical and natural sciences. The College of Arts and Sciences aims to develop a distinctive identity built upon our university's strengths, traditions and unique location. The college’s values lie not only in service to the university and local community, but through inspiring, training, educating and sustaining the development of its students as global citizens. There are approximately 6,100 student majors in the college. As the college is also largely responsible for implementing Appalachian's general education curriculum, it is heavily involved in the education of all students at the university, including those pursuing majors in other colleges. Learn more at https://cas.appstate.edu.
About the Department of Management
The Department of Management offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to prepare students for managerial responsibilities in today’s dynamic environment. Learn more at https://management.appstate.edu.
About the Walker College of Business
The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University delivers transformational educational experiences that prepare and inspire students to be ethical, innovative and engaged business leaders who positively impact our community, both locally and globally. The college places emphasis on international experiences, sustainable business practices, entrepreneurial programs and real-world applications with industry. Enrolling approximately 3,000 undergraduates in 10 majors and 175 graduate students in three master's programs, the Walker College is accredited by AACSB International – the premier global accrediting body for schools of business. Learn more at https://business.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.