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Advisory Board

The Advisory BOARD for the OIPRT is involved in the ongoing review and evaluation of the current program, and in planning for the future.

Members of this Board include both local and national experts who have experience and more research contributions relevant to the injury epidemiology and control field.

OIPRT Advisory Board Members

Jonathan Chaplin, PhD, PE
Janet Creaser, BSc, MSc
Jean Forster, PhD, MPH
Nichole L. Morris, PhD
Gary Olmstead, PhD
James Picha
Richard A. Pollock
Starr Kelly Sage, PhD, MPH

Ad Hoc Student Representatives

Navneet Baidwan, MPH, PhD Student
Deirdre Green, MPH, PhD Student
Adam Schwartz, MS, PhD Student
Disi Tian, MS, PhD Student

Jonathan Chaplin
Jonathan Chaplin, PhD, PE
Professor, Bioproducts/Biosystems Engineering Department
University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles
Room 224B BioAgEng
St. Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 612-625-8146


"My current research area has focused on the design of sensors and machinery for precision agriculture. Precision farming is a method in which inputs to crops can be controlled so that environmental impacts can be minimized while the farmer optimizes the inputs for the crop. Data is used to make digital maps which are referenced by a machine applying variable rates of material while moving through the field. The inputs may be seed, fertilizer, water, or fuel and labor."

Expertise: engineering safety; machinery design/guarding

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Janet CreaserJanet Creaser, BSc, MSc, PhD
PhD Candidate, Research Fellow
HumanFIRST Laboratory
Mechanical Engineering Department
University of Minnesota
111 Church Street SE, Room L-111 MechE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-0447

Janet Creaser is a research fellow in the HumanFIRST Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a research scholar at the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. Ms. Creaser has 14 years of experience conducting transportation research in Canada and the United States. Her research focuses on examining driver behavior with respect to normal driving conditions and developing methods and technological interventions to support driver safety and mobility. Her research interests include examining driver distraction and impairment, as well as the unique risk factors associated with teen and elderly drivers. Ms. Creaser's work includes designing and developing driver support systems to reduce crashes at rural intersections, examining the influence of low levels of alcohol on motorcycle riding performance, examining older driver performance at rural and urban intersections, examining driver errors in railway grade crossing crashes, and the design and evaluation of a teen driver support system to reduce risky driving behaviors in the first year of licensure. Ms. Creaser is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and WTS Minnesota. She also participates on Minnesota's Safety and Traffic Flow Council and is a member of the Transportation Research Board's Joint Subcommittee on Human Factors in Road Vehicle Automation (AND10(3)).

Expertise: Human Factors and Ergonomics

Biography: View full bio

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Jean ForsterJean Forster, PhD, MPH
Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

School of Public Health

University of Minnesota

1300 South Second St., Suite 300

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Phone: 612-626-8870


Dr. Forster's research interests include public health policy as a prevention strategy, and community-based strategies for chronic disease prevention.

Expertise: intervention research

Biography: View full bio

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Gary OlmsteadNichole L. Morris, PhD

Research Associate, HumanFIRST Laboratory
Roadway Safety Institute
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Phone: 612-624-4614


Nichole Morris is the lead researcher in the HumanFIRST Laboratory in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a research scholar at the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Morris's research focuses on human-computer interactions with technology related to various aspects of transportation. Her research interests include multi-sensory perception, novice and teen drivers, aging, judgment and decision making, usability, and human factors. Her research has examined behavioral adaptations to connected vehicles technology; usability and design of crash report interfaces; the mental processes that prohibit perfect time-sharing of driving and secondary tasks; the usability of smartphone applications with specific regard to distraction; and the usability of voice-recognition, keypad, and handwritten input software suites. Dr. Morris received a Ph.D. in human factors psychology from Wichita State University.

Expertise: Human Factors, Usability, Safety, and At-risk Road Users

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Gary OlmsteadGary Olmstead, PhD, CIH, CSP

President, Olmstead HSE Services
Former Director, Global Safety and Environment, General Mills, Inc.;
Former: MCOHS ERC Advisory Board Chair
119 Travis Drive
Georgetown, Texas 78633
Phone: 612-964-8465

Mr. Olmstead has been actively involved with the School of Public Health for over 25 years. He is adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas, and has served on several SPH advisory committees. He also served as chair of the Midwest Center for Occupational Safety and Health (MCOHS) for many years.

Expertise: Development and Administration of Corporate Health and Safety Programs at the Local, National, and International Levels

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No PhotoJames Picha

J.D.P. Safety Consulting, LLC

Laborers' #563, Carpenters' #322

6645 Upton Avenue South

Richfield, Minnesota 55423

Phone: 612-866-9259, 612-670-9118

Expertise: Construction Industry; Fall Protection; Safety


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Richard PollockRichard A. Pollock, CSP
- OIPRTP Advisory Board Chair

President and Consultant

Comprehensive Loss Management, Inc.

15800 32nd Avenue North, Suite 106

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55447

Phone: 763-551-1022


Expertise: Human Performance and Training Technology

Mr. Pollock has served on the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Center Advisory Board and Program Advisory Board for more than 25 years, providing the insight of an experienced safety professional working with an inter-disciplinary team, and input on issues facing the business community. He is an experienced safety professional, degreed in Safety Education and Management from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where he received the Distinguished Alumni Award. He recently was named 2014 Cabot Executive in Residence at the University of Wisconsin – Stout.

Mr. Pollock's professional experience includes: Corporate Director of Safety, Health and Environment at Medtronic, where he managed a staff of over forty professionals, worldwide, addressing biomedical manufacturing exposures, and Corporate Director of Safety and Risk for Clark Oil and Refining, where his responsibilities included overall risk control and property protection for three refineries and 22 terminals. Other professional experience includes safety management positions in consumer goods processing, heavy manufacturing, and loss control. At CLMI he has created over 500 safety and health related education courses and consults with corporations worldwide.

Mr. Pollock has been a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) for 39 years. He recently served as the Society's 98th President for 2012-2013. Awards include: the Culbertson Award for creating member educational opportunities, the President's Award for sponsorship and funding educational expansion, and the Northwest Chapter Safety Professional of the Year award for significant organizational contributions. At the ASSE Society level he was also the VP - Council on Professional Development, and served on the Board of Directors as Senior Vice President, President Elect, and on the Congress of Councils, the Compensation and Long-Range Planning Committees, the PDC Planning Committee (Chair) and, in 2011, served as the Chair of the 100th Anniversary Task Force.

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Starr Kelly SageStarr Kelly Sage, MPH, PhD
Assistant Professor of Public Health
Department of Health and Human Performance
University of St. Thomas
2215 Summit Avenue, Mail #4004
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-962-5936
Fax: 651-962-5946

Expertise: Injury Epidemiology; Occupational Injury Prevention and Control; Health Disparities; Curriculum Development





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