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Research

The Occupational Health Services Research and Policy Doctoral Training Program addresses several research areas identified by the National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOSH) Program Portfolio, including several National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) cross-industry sector programs as listed below.

Please also see examples of Research to Practice conducted by all Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety (MCOHS) faculty and students.

» Cancer
» Economics
» Injuries and Violence
» Research tools and approaches
» Special populations at risk
» Work organization
» Total Worker Health

 

RECENT OHSRP STUDENT DISSERTATIONS
(Student Names Underscored)

Briggs A: [2014] Dissertation: An Evaluation of the Association of Physical Inactivity and Sitting Time on Back Pain and Productivity Loss, University of Minnesota. [PM: PhD Thesis Advisor] [Work Organization and Economics]

Landsteiner A: [2014] Dissertation: Estimating the Burden of Serious Farm-Related Injury in Minnesota, University of Minnesota. [PM: PhD Thesis Advisor]

Schult, Tamara: [2013] The Effects of Job-Related Strains and Stressors on Mental Health Symptoms in National Guard Veterans Returning from Iraq [PhD Thesis Advisor; McGovern, PM and Thesis Co-Advisor, Dowd BE]

Parsons HM: [2011] Dissertation: Cancer and the Medicare Disabled: University of Minnesota, December, 2011. [BV: HMP's PhD Thesis Advisor]

 

SELECTED OHSRP FACULTY, ALUMNI, AND STUDENT PUBLICATIONS
(Student and alumni names are underscored and faculty names bolded)

CANCER

Nachreiner NM, Ghebre RG, Virnig B, Shanley R. [2012] Early work patterns for gynaecological cancer survivors in the USA. Occupational Medicine 62(1):23-28. [Faculty Research]

Nachreiner NM, Shanley R. Ghebre R: [2013] Cancer and treatment effects on job task performance for gynecologic cancer survivors. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation – Special Issue: Cancer and Work. 46:433-438. [Faculty Research]

Parsons HM: [2011] Dissertation: Cancer and the Medicare Disabled: University of Minnesota, December, 2011. [BV: HMP's PhD Thesis Advisor]

Parsons HM, Begun JW, McGovern PM, Tuttle TM, Kuntz KM, Virnig BA: [2012] Hospital Characteristics Associated With Maintenance or Improvement of Guideline-Recommended Lymph Node Evaluation for Colon Cancer. Medical Care 51(1):60-7. [Student/Faculty Research; BAV: PhD thesis advisor]

Parsons HM, Habermann EB, Stain SC, Vickers SM, Al-Refaie WB: [2012] What happens to racial and ethnic minorities after cancer surgery at American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program hospitals? Journal of the American College of Surgeons 214(4):539-47. [Alumni research]

Parsons HM, Harlan LC, Lynch CF, Hamilton AS, Wu XC, Kato I, Schwartz  SM, Smith AW, Keel G, Keegan TH: [2012] The impact of cancer on work and education among adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology 30(19):2393-400. [Alumna research]

Parsons HM, Tuttle TM, Kuntz KM, Begun JW, McGovern PM, Virnig BA: [2012] Quality of care along the cancer continuum: does receiving adequate lymph node evaluation for colon cancer lead to comprehensive post-surgical care? Journal of the American College of Surgeons 215(3):400-11. [BAV: PhD Thesis Advisor for HPM]

Parsons HM, Begun JW, Kuntz KM, Tuttle TM, McGovern PM, Virnig BA: [2013] Lymph Node Evaluation for Colon Cancer in an Era of Quality Guidelines: Who Improves? Journal of Oncology Practice 9(4):e164-71. [Student/Faculty Research; BAV: PhD thesis advisor]

Parsons HM, Schmidt S, Harlan LC, Kent EE, Lynch CF, Smith AW, Keegan TH: [2014] Young and uninsured: Insurance patterns of recently diagnosed adolescent and young adult cancer survivors in the AYA Hope study. Cancer Jun 4.doi:10.1002/cncr.28685. [epub ahead of print; Alumna Research]

 

ECONOMICS

Abraham JM, Nyman JA, Feldman R, Barleen N: [2012] The Effect of Regular Exercise on Medical Care Expenditures in an Employee Population. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54(3): 280-285. [Faculty and Student Research]

Dagher R, McGovern PM, Dowd BE, Gjerdingen DK: [2012] Postpartum depression and health services expenditures among employed women, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54(2) 210-215. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Dowd BE, McGrail M, Lohman WH, Seasby B, O'Connor H, Calasanz M, Gorman R, Parente S: [2010] Economic Analysis of a Disability Prevention Program. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 52(1):15-21. [Faculty Research]

Dowd BE: [2011] Separated at Birth: Statisticians, Social Scientists and Causality. Health Services Research 46(2):397-420. [Faculty Research]

Dowd BE, Greene WH, Norton EC: [2014] Computation of Standard Errors. Health Services Research 49:2: 731-750. [Faculty Research]

Hagan M, Dowd E. [2013] Introduction and Commentary for Special Issue Simulation Techniques in Health Services Research. Health Services Research 48(2):683-685. [Faculty Research]

Jalal H, Dowd B, Sainfort F, Kuntz KM: [2013] Linear Regression Metamodeling as a Tool to Summarize and Present Simulation Model Results. Medical Decision Making 33(7):880-90. [Faculty Research]

Landsteiner A: [2014] Dissertation: Estimating the Burden of Serious Farm-Related Injury in Minnesota, University of Minnesota. [PM: PhD Thesis Advisor]

Karaka-Mandic Pinar, Norton E, Dowd BE: [2012] Interaction terms in non-linear models. Health Services Research 47(1):255-274. [Faculty Research]

Maciejewski M, Curtis LH, Dowd BE: [2013] Study Design Elements for Rigorous Quasi-Experimental Comparative Effectiveness Research. Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research 2(2):159-73. [Faculty Research]

Nyman JA, Barleen NA, Abraham JM: [2010] The Effectiveness of Health Promotion at the University of Minnesota: Expenditures, Absenteeism and Participation in Specific Programs. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine 52(3): 269-280. [Faculty and Student Research]

Nyman JA, Abraham JM, Jeffrey MM, Barleen NA: [2012] The Effectiveness of a Health Promotion Program after Three Years: Evidence from the University of Minnesota. Medical Care 50(9) September 2012:772-778. [Faculty and Student Research]

Nyman JA, Jeffrey MM, Jutkowitz E, Abraham JM, Dowd BE: [2013] The Three Year Disease Management Effect: Understanding the Positive Return on Investment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 55(11): 1356-1365. [Faculty Research]


INJURIES AND WORK-RELATED VIOLENCE

Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Ryan AD, Church TR, McGovern PM, Geisser MS, Watt GD, Feda DM, Pinder E, Sage SK: [2011] Violence against educators: Magnitude and etiology, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 53(3):294-302. [NIOSH-funded research; SGG: PhD Thesis Advisor for DMF, EP, and SKS]

Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Ryan AD, Church TR, McGovern PM, Geisser MS, Watt GD, Feda DM, Pinder E, Sage SK: [2011] Violence against educators: A population-based study. Erratum Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 53(5):585. [NIOSH-funded research; SGG: PhD Thesis Advisor for DMF, EP, and SKS]

Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Ryan AD, Church TR, McGovern PM, Geisser MS, Watt GD, Feda DM, Pinder E, Sage SK: [2014] Case-control study of student-perpetrated physical violence against educators, Annals of Epidemiology (5):325-332. [SGG: PhD Thesis Advisor for DMF, EP, and SKS]

Nachreiner NM, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD, Erkal S, McGovern PM, Church TR, Mongin SJ, Feda DM: [2012] Risk of physical assault against school educators with histories of occupational and other violence: A case-control study, WORK: A Journal for Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation 42:39-46 [SGG: Mentor for SE; PhD Thesis Advisor for DMF; NIOSH-funded research]

Williams QL, Jr., Alexander BH, Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Church TR, Ryan AD: [2010] Bystander injury evaluation of children from Midwestern agricultural operations, Journal of Safety Research 41(1):31-37. [BHA: PhD Thesis Advisor for QLW; SGG: PhD Ad-Hoc Advisor for QLW; NIOSH-funded research]

Williams QL Jr., Alexander BH, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD: [2010] Child bystanding: A risk factor for injury and identifying its determinants on Midwestern agricultural operations, Accident Analysis and Prevention 42(1):10-18. [SGG: Grant PI and Committee Member for QLW; Best Paper Award, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, American Public Health Association; NIOSH-funded research]

Wei C, Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Alexander BH, Ryan AD, Mongin SJ: [2013] Work-related violence against educators in Minnesota: Rates and risks based on hours exposed, Journal of Safety Research. 44:73-85. [SGG: CW PhD Thesis Advisor; NIOSH funded RO1 Research]


SPECIAL POPULATIONS AT RISK: WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Attanasio LB, Kozhimannil KB, McGovern P, Gjerdingen D, Johnson PJ: [2013] The Impact of prenatal employment on breastfeeding intentions and breastfeeding status at 1 week postpartum. Journal of Human Lactation 29(4):620-628. [Faculty and student research]

Grice MM, McGovern PM, Alexander BH, Ukestad L, Hellerstedt W: [2011] Balancing work and family after childbirth: a longitudinal analysis. Women's Health Issues 21:19-27. [PMM: PhD Thesis Advisor for MMG; NIOSH-funded research]

Kozhimannil KB, Attanasio L , McGovern PM, Gjerdingen DK, Johnson PJ: [2013] Re-evaluating the relationship between prenatal employment and birth outcomes: a policy-relevant application of propensity score matching. Women's Health Issues 23(2) e77-e85. [Faculty and Student Research]

Kozhimannil KB, Johnson PJ, Attanasio LB, Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM. [2013] Use of nonmedical methods of labor induction and pain management among U.S. women. Birth. 40(4):227-36 ) [Faculty and Student Research]

Kozhimanil KB, Attanasio LB, Johnson PJ, Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM: [2014] Employment during pregnancy and obstetric intervention without medical reason: labor induction and cesarean delivery. Women's Health Issues 24(5):469-76. [Faculty and Student Research]

Kozhimannil KB, Jou J, Attanasio LB, Joarnt LK, McGovern P:[2014] Medically complex pregnancies and early breastfeeding behaviors: a retrospective analysis.13-9(8) [Faculty and Student Research]

Williams QL, Jr., Alexander BH, Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Church TR, Ryan AD: [2010] Bystander injury evaluation of children from Midwestern agricultural operations, Journal of Safety Research 41(1):31-37. [BHA: PhD Thesis Advisor for QLW; SGG: PhD Ad-Hoc Advisor for QLW; NIOSH-funded research]

Williams QL Jr., Alexander BH, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD: [2010] Child bystanding: A risk factor for injury and identifying its determinants on Midwestern agricultural operations, Accident Analysis and Prevention 42(1):10-18. [SGG: Grant PI/Ad Hoc Advisor and Committee Member for QLW; Best Paper Award, Injury Control and Emergency Health Services, American Public Health Association; NIOSH-funded research]


WORK ORGANIZATION

Dagher R, McGovern PM, Dowd BE, Lundberg U: [2011] Postpartum depressive symptoms and the combined load of paid and unpaid work: A longitudinal analysis. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 84:735-743. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Dagher RK, McGovern PM, Dowd BE: [2014] Maternity Leave duration and postpartum mental and physical health: Implications for leave policies, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 39(2):369-416. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM, Attanasio L , Johnson PJ, Kozhimannil KB: [2014] The relationship between postpartum depressive symptoms, employment, and social support. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 27(1):87-96. [Faculty and student research]

McGovern PM, Dagher RK, Roeber Rice H, Gjerdingen DK, Dowd BE, Ukestad LK, Lundberg U: [2011]. A longitudinal analysis of total workload and women's health after childbirth. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53(5):497-505. [Faculty/Student Research; NIOSH-funded research]


TOTAL WORKER HEALTH

Briggs A: [2014] Dissertation: An Evaluation of the Association of Physical Inactivity and Sitting Time on Back Pain and Productivity Loss, University of Minnesota. [PM: PhD Thesis Advisor]

Dagher R, McGovern PM, Dowd BE, Lundberg U: [2011] Postpartum depressive symptoms and the combined load of paid and unpaid work: A longitudinal analysis. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 84:735-743. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Dagher RK, McGovern PM, Dowd BE: [2014] Maternity Leave duration and postpartum mental and physical health: Implications for leave policies, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 39(2):369-416. [Alumna/Faculty Research; NIOSH-funded research]

McGovern PM, Dagher RK, Roeber Rice H, Gjerdingen DK, Dowd BE, Ukestad LK, Lundberg U: [2011]. A longitudinal analysis of total workload and women's health after childbirth. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53(5):497-505. [Faculty/Student Research; NIOSH-funded research]

Schult TM, Awosika ER, Hodgson MJ, Dyrenforth S: [2011] Disparities in health behaviors and chronic conditions in health care providers in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 53(10):1134-1145. [OHSRP trainee employment-related research]

Schult TM, Awosika ER, Hodgson MJ, Martinello RA: [2011] 2009 influenza pandemic impact on sick leave use in the Veterans Health Administration: framework for a health care provider-based national syndromic surveillance system. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 5(Suppl 2):S235-S241. [Student employment-related research]

Schult TM, Awosika ER, Hodgson MJ, Hirsch PR, Nichol KL, Dyrenforth S, Moore SC: [2012] Innovative approaches for understanding seasonal influenza vaccine declination in healthcare personnel support development of new campaign strategies. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 33:924-931. [Student employment-related research]

Schult TM, Galway AM, Awosika ER, Schmunk SK, Hodgson MJ: [2013] Management support, worksite culture, and local resources for healthier employees: the VA experience. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 55:310-317. [Student employment-related research]

Schult TM, Awosika ER, Schmunk SK, Hodgson MJ, Heymach BL, Dent Parker C: [2013] Sitting on stability ball: Biomechanics evaluation in a workplace setting. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 10:55-63. [Student employment-related research]

Schult,Tamara: [2013] The Effects of Job-Related Strains and Stressors on Mental Health Symptoms in National Guard Veterans Returning from Iraq [PhD Thesis Advisor; McGovern, PM and Thesis Co-Advisor, Dowd BE]

 

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