The Psychologically Healthy Workplace: Promoting Employee Well-Being and Organizational Performance


This workshop is jointly sponsored by the APA Center for Organizational Excellence and the APA Continuing Education Committee.

This intermediate workshop explores the research foundation and practical application of APA’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace (PHW) model as a comprehensive framework for creating work environments in which both employees and organizations thrive. Through didactic components, interactive discussion and examples from award-winning organizations, participants learn more about the types of practices that contribute to a healthy, high-performing organization and how the model can inform interventions. This program is designed to prepare consultants, researchers and employers to think more deeply about the design, implementation and evaluation of workplace programs and policies related to the PHW model.

Learning Objective 1
Describe the link between healthy workplace practices, employee well-being and organizational performance.

Learning Objective 2
Identify the five types of workplace practices that foster a healthy workplace and examples of each.

Learning Objective 3
Recognize key factors that can increase the likelihood of positive outcomes and strategies for addressing barriers to successful implementation.

Learning Objective 4
Apply APA’s PHW model to workplace issues involving the design, implementation and evaluation of workplace programs and policies.


David W. Ballard

David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, currently serves as assistant executive director for organizational excellence at the American Psychological Association (APA), where he oversees all activities related to APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence, which works to enhance the functioning of individuals, groups, organizations and communities through the application of psychology to a broad range of workplace issues. Dr. Ballard has provided research and consultation services to government agencies, medical schools and universities in the areas of workplace health and productivity, public health, prevention and health care finance and has experience in management, marketing and consumer research. He is currently on the Boards of Directors of the Health Enhancement Research Organization and The Health Project / C. Everett Koop National Health Awards and is a member of the external advisory board for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media. Dr. Ballard received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology and his MBA in Health and Medical Services Administration from Widener University, where he completed concentrations in organizational and forensic psychology.

Matthew J. Grawitch

Dr. Matt Grawitch is an Associate Professor at Saint Louis University’s School for Professional Studies, where he currently serves as the Interim Dean. He has taught courses in the areas of occupational health, organizational theory, leadership, and psychology, many of them online.

Dr. Grawitch also conducts research in the areas of stress, the work-life interface, and the healthy workplace. He currently serves as the primary research consultant to the American Psychological Association (APA) for its Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. Dr. Grawitchhas received several awards for research excellence and is dedicated to bridging the gap between scientists and practitioners as it relates to developing, implementing, and evaluating programs related to workplace health and stress.

Continuing Education

4.0 CE
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Price: $100.00

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