Robert Sinclair

Robert Sinclair is a professor in Clemson’s psychology department and the first editor-in-chief of Occupational Health Science.
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Robert Sinclair, a professor in Clemson’s psychology department, has been tapped to serve as the first editor-in-chief of Occupational Health Science, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing scholarship on behavioral, social and psychological aspects of occupational health. Sinclair and a group of scholars in the Society of Occupational Health Psychology have worked since 2012 to get the journal off the ground.

Sinclair said the journal will allow the dissemination of more science in the area of occupational health, an area that has been the focal point of his own research for more than 20 years. Considering work makes up a large part of so many people’s lives, Sinclair said the importance of studying the daily grind should be obvious.

“Other than sleeping, people spend most of their adult lives working, so there’s real social value in creating safe, happy, healthy work experiences and environments,” Sinclair said. “It is my hope that the research this journal aims to publish will make many great contributions to this field of study.”

The journal will publish papers that represent important empirical or theoretical contributions to the understanding of phenomena related to worker safety, health and well-being. Sinclair said that occupational health research can be extremely useful to businesses that seek to understand workers’ psychological processes and make positive changes in the lives of employees. The contents of the journal will include articles of interest to academics as well as practitioners in fields ranging from nursing to economics.

With the casting of such a wide net, the journal’s research will obviously touch on areas that other journals may be concerned with, but Sinclair said he feels there is too much good science related to occupational health and not enough journals to publish it. He sees Occupational Health Science as part of a solution to that problem in addition to being a delivery device for fresh perspectives.

“As a new journal, we have the opportunity to be creative in our approach, and we hope to encourage new perspectives and multi-disciplinary approaches to problems,” Sinclair said. “I think it’s important to occasionally raise questions about traditional views of an issue in order to gain a new perspective, so I’d like to accomplish some of that with this journal.”

Sinclair has been a faculty member at Clemson since 2008. He serves as graduate program coordinator for the psychology department’s Ph.D. and master’s programs. He is a founding member and past-president of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology and a fellow of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology and American Psychological Association. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology and an editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology.

Sinclair’s most recent research focuses on economic stressors and health; building organizational climates that enhance worker safety, health and well-being; and occupational health risks in special populations such as nurses. Sinclair earned both a Ph.D. and master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Wayne State University. He earned a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington.