SNEWS Lab

The Sleep and Nature for Employee Well-Being and Success (SNEWS) Lab

SNEWS Lab


The Sleep and Nature for Employee Well-Being and Success (SNEWS) Lab is a research team in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology area at Louisiana State University and will be moving to the Department of Psychological Sciences at Rice University in the Summer of 2024.  
Humans need sufficient sleep, contact with nature, and social connections, yet these needs are not adequately being met in society. Our research explores how organizations can foster the basic human needs of healthy sleep, contact with nature, and social connection/support. 
The ultimate goals of the SNEWS Lab are to benefit workers, their families and communities, the organizations they work for, and the environments surrounding them.
 
To achieve these goals, we conduct industrial-organizational psychology and occupational health psychology research to understand and improve the health, safety, and well-being of working populations. Specifically, we study employee sleep (What are the consequences of poor employee sleep? How can workplaces support employee sleep? What are the best methods for measuring sleep in applied settings?), nature (How does contact with nature impact employees?), and the work-life interface (How can organizational policies, leaders, and supervisors support employees' lives at and outside of work?). 
We use interdisciplinary approaches to connect ideas from sleep science and environmental psychology with industrial-organizational psychology and occupational health psychology. Our work has an emphasis on the experiences of working populations that are disproportionately vulnerable to issues related to sleep, health, workplace safety, and work-related stressors. 

Contact


Rebecca M. Brossoit, PhD

Assistant Professor



Department of Psychological Sciences

Rice University


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