Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissen­schaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Psychologie

Immigrant and low-qualified employees

Research in Occupational Health Psychology (OHP) has made great advances in the last three decades. Yet, immigrant and low qualified employees have received little attention. While research in the field of public health provides burgeoning evidence for ethnic health disparities and the need to reach out to this underserved population, occupational health psychologists have hardly addressed immigrant employees as they are difficult to reach and to survey.


Our research in this area focuses on
(1) developing methodologies that address psychosocial work characteristics and well-being among multiethnic, multilingual, low literacy worker populations,
(2) investigating psychosocial working conditions and their relation to employee health and
(3) developing and evaluating interventions for reducing exposure to occupational risk factors at work.


Selected Key Publications

Hoppe, A., Toker, S., Schachler, V., & Ziegler, M. (2017). The effect of change in supervisor support and job control on change in vigor: Differential relationships for immigrant and native employees in Israel. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 38 (3), 391-414. 

Hoppe, A., Fujishiro, K., & Heaney, C. (2014). Workplace racial/ethnic similarity, job satisfaction and lumbar back health among warehouse workers: Asymmetric reactions across racial/ethnic groups. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35, 172-193. 

Hoppe, A. (2011). Psychosocial working conditions and well-being among immigrant and German low wage workers. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 16 (2), 187-201.