Nicole Cranley- Finalist for Best Student Research Award

Published: July 29th, 2013

Category: Student News

Nicole CranleyNicole Cranley, M.S., doctoral student in the BSCH Department, was among only five finalists for the Best Student Research Award at the recent Work, Stress, and Health Conference.

The conference is sponsored by the American Psychological Association, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology and took place in Los Angeles, California.

Cranley had an oral presentation on her paper entitled, “Understanding Time Use, Stress, and Recovery Among Early Career Physicians.” Her presentation stemmed from her master’s thesis work which she has submitted for publication.

Her results showed that early career physicians (ECP’s) report on average longer working hours, less leisure time, and shorter amounts of sleep than average working Americans. She also found that ECP’s do not participate in many resource-replenishing activities while at work, and when out of work, tend to participate in more passive than active forms of recovery. Moreover, she found that resource-draining activities such as “work preparation” were also identified as requiring much of ECP’s non-work time, further limiting their abilities to recover. When asked about the implications of her research she commented,

My hope for the future is that the information from my study can aid in the creation of a more occupation-specific model of workplace stress and recovery practices for residents. Preventing resident burnout and other negative psychological, social, and physical health consequences requires building a culture that supports reglar resource replenishment paired with a curriculum of medical education that teaches residents to recognize the signs of stress and recovery needs, and how to address them effectively.

Cranley is currently finishing her first year in the doctoral program in the BSCH Department. In addition to her interest in stress research, she is also interested in preventative medicine and intervention, patient adherence, chronic illness, and program development. She hopes to one day work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a similar organization to develop hospital-based programs aimed at increasing patient adherence and overall quality of life.