Chancellor's Award for Research Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence is given annually to a WSU Vancouver faculty member whose research quality and quantity are exemplary, and whose work has had a positive influence on the broader community. It is the university’s highest research honor.

Tahira Probst

Professor of Psychology

Tahira ProbstTahira Probst, professor of psychology and Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts, is the recipient of the 2015 Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence.

As a specialist in occupational health psychology, Tahira studies ways to enhance the health and well-being of workers, including issues of workplace safety and economic stress. She has worked as a research consultant with the International Labor Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, to create a training module on economic stress for human resource managers. She has consulted with the National Academy of Sciences on worksite preventive health programs for NASA employees. She has worked with more than 100 organizations in industries ranging from manufacturing and mining to health care and transportation. She has spoken to venues close to home, such as the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference, and far-flung, such as the Italian Civil Aviation Authority.

Tahira’s publishing credentials include serving as co-editor in chief of Stress & Health and sitting on the editorial boards of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Military Psychology, and Journal of Business and Psychology. She has published more than 80 journal articles and book chapters and has received attention in national news media and trade publications.

Among many academic honors, in 2014 Tahira was named an Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts for WSU systemwide, and received a three-month visiting professor research award to conduct safety and health research in Italy. In 2011, she received the WSU College of Liberal Arts Mid-Career Achievement in Scholarship Award