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Jeanne M. Sears

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Research Associate Professor, Health Services
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences


PhD   University of Washington, 2007   (Health Services)
MS   University of California (San Francisco), 2001   (Nursing)
BA   University of California (Santa Cruz), 1980   (Biology)

Contact Info


campus box:   357660
voice:   206-543-1360


Dr. Sears specializes in occupational health services research, and in program and policy evaluation. She is Co-Director of the Occupational Health Services Research training program, which is part of the Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC). She has evaluated the impact of legislation expanding the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the workers' compensation system, as well as policy changes to the vocational rehabilitation system for injured workers. Her current research is focused on investigating the potential for expanded use of existing data resources that have been underutilized for occupational injury surveillance and outcomes research, such as the Washington State Trauma Registry. She is studying methodological issues such as approaches to measuring injury severity in administrative data sets, and the relationship between injury severity and occupational injury trend estimates. She is also involved in assessing the health and cost-related outcomes of interventions related to substance abuse and harm reduction.

Occupational injury surveillance; occupational health services; workers' compensation systems; policy and program evaluation; disparities in health and health care access
  • HSERV 590
    Methodological Issues in Occupational Health Services

Fraade-Blanar LA, Ebel BE, Larson EB, Sears JM, Thompson HJ, Chan KCG, Crane PK. Cognitive Decline and Older Driver Crash Risk. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Apr 17. doi: 10.1111/jgs.15378. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29667168

Fraade-Blanar LA, Hansen RN, Chan KCG, Sears JM, Thompson HJ, Crane PK, Ebel BE. Diagnosed dementia and the risk of motor vehicle crash among older drivers. Accid Anal Prev. 2018 Jan 25;113:47-53. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2017.12.021. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29407668    PMCID: PMC5869102
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Banta-Green CJ, Coffin PO, Merrill JO, Sears JM, Dunn C, Floyd AS, Whiteside LK, Yanez ND, Donovan DM. Impacts of an opioid overdose prevention intervention delivered subsequent to acute care. Inj Prev. 2018 Feb 7. pii: injuryprev-2017-042676. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042676. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 29436397

Sears JM, Bowman SM, Blanar L, Hogg-Johnson S. Industrial Injury Hospitalizations Billed to Payers Other Than Workers' Compensation: Characteristics and Trends by State. Health Serv Res. 2017 Apr;52(2):763-785. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12500. Epub 2016 May 3.  PMID: 27140591    PMCID: PMC5346499
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Fraade-Blanar LA, Sears JM, Chan KC, Thompson HJ, Crane PK, Ebel BE. Relating Older Workers' Injuries to the Mismatch Between Physical Ability and Job Demands. J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Feb;59(2):212-221. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000941.  PMID: 28166127    PMCID: PMC5302493
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Member, thesis committee for Lane Shish
Health Care Practitioners' Perceptions of a North Seattle Free Health Care Clinic

Member, dissertation committee for Laura Fraade-Blanar
Older adult injury risk assessment in the driving and occupational environments

Access to Workers Compensation: CLAS and Latinos
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Morales           Dates:    5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019

Catastrophic Care Project 2018 Amendment
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    4/2/2018 - 9/30/2020

Mathematica Opiates
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    3/1/2018 - 9/30/2018

Catastrophic Care Project
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    9/1/2016 - 6/30/2017

WA State Innovation Initiative- Medication Assisted Treatment Upon Release from Prison
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
PI:   Banta-Green           Dates:    8/1/2016 - 7/31/2018

Mathematica WSWC SSD
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    6/1/2016 - 9/30/2017

DLI Opioid Scorecard Contract
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    2/1/2016 - 1/31/2017

Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Contract
Washington State Department of Health (DOH)
PI:   Fulton-Kehoe           Dates:    9/15/2015 - 9/14/2019

Eval of WA State Occupational Health Services Quality Improvements
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    8/1/2015 - 6/30/2017