Sunshine Education & Research Center


Sunshine Education & Research Center

Education and Research Centers are funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). ERC’s play a key role in providing national and world leadership to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses.  The purpose of the Sunshine Education and Research Center (ERC) is to promote graduate training and research related to occupational health and safety. We provide well-trained graduates to meet the demand for a professional occupational health and safety workforce for federal, state, and local government agencies; not-for-profit agencies; industry; academia; business; healthcare; and labor organizations. Occupational Health and Safety Professionals are a necessary part of programs designed to protect the health and well-being of working men and women, a fundamental purpose of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The Sunshine Education and Research Center is one of only 18 NIOSH funded and research centers nationwide.

2nd Annual Southeast Regional Research Symposium

On April 4 and 5, 2019, the Sunshine ERC, a NIOSH funded Education and Research Center (ERC) organized and co-sponsored the 2nd annual Southeast Regional Research Symposium on the University of South Florida’s campus in Tampa, FL. Thank you to all the faculty, students and other ERC and Agricultural Centers who were a part of this fantastic event.

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Upcoming Events

Psychological & Emotional Wellness in Uncertain Times: A Virtual Experience for Teachers 

Teaching, a profession already marked by stress, finds itself further challenged in the face of COVID-19. Whether adjusting to online education or worrying over in-person education, educators face unprecedented challenges. A webinar delivered by experts in psychology will prepare teachers for a successful and emotionally healthy academic year.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize signs of emotional exhaustion.
  • Identify and practice adaptive emotion regulation strategies.
  • Apply mindfulness to work-related stressors.
  • Identify values related to work that can assist with coping with stress.

Webinar Details

  • Webinar Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
  • Webinar Time: 6 PM to 8 PM (EST)
  • For questions please contact Cathy Batista da Silva: