Faculty Scholars

Faculty Scholar Thomas W. Britt, Ph.D. at  Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Thomas W. Britt, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences

Contact: 864-656-4979 or twbritt@clemson.edu

Who is Dr. Britt?

Thomas Britt is a Professor of Psychology at Clemson University and the Prisma Health Sciences Research Director for Clemson. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Florida in 1994 before entering active duty as a research psychologist in the U.S. Army. He came to Clemson University in 2000, where he was promoted to Full Professor in 2007. He has published numerous articles on resilience and stress, as well as a book with Steve Jex titled “Thriving Under Stressful Work: Harnessing Work Demands.” His current research interests include meaningful work, burnout, and wellbeing among emergency medicine personnel, and the determinants of mental health treatment seeking among employees in high risk occupations. His research has been funded by the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and NASA.

For more information, see Dr. Britt's Website.

How Dr. Britt's research is transforming health care

Britt has been involved in health-related research for the past 20 years and have recently begun a program of research on meaningful work and burnout among emergency physicians. He was the lead author on a recent publication examining job demands and resources for health care professionals during virus pandemics, specifically focusing on COVID-19 demands as predictors of mental health strain among emergency physicians. Britt plans to continue his research in this area by focusing on interventions to reduce demands and enhance meaningful work for healthcare professionals. He has been actively involved in multiple collaborations with faculty from the Emergency Department at Prisma Health. He and his team have conducted research projects on stress and fatigue across multiple shifts for emergency physicians, stress and fertility concerns among female physicians, the development of a fatigue risk management program for emergency physicians, and tracking the wellbeing of emergency medicine personnel during COVID-19. He hopes to test the effectiveness of different interventions to reduce burnout and improve wellbeing and performance among healthcare providers.

News and media related to Dr. Britt's research

Health Research Expertise Keywords

Burnout, Emergency Medicine, Wellbeing, Meaningful Work, Treatment Seeking