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Jeanne M. Sears
Research Associate Professor

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.

Research Interests:
Occupational injury surveillance; occupational health services; policy and program evaluation; disparities in health and health care access

Contact Information

email:   jeannes@uw.edu

campus box:   357660
voice:   206-543-1360

Education

PhD   University of Washington, 2007   (Health Services)
MS   University of California (San Francisco), 2001   (Nursing)

Recent Publications



Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Schulman BA. Improving vocational rehabilitation services for injured workers in Washington State. Eval Program Plann. 2014 Jan 3;44C:26-35. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2013.12.006. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24509051


Sears JM, Bowman SM, Hogg-Johnson S. Using injury severity to improve occupational injury trend estimates. Am J Ind Med. 2014 May 8. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22329. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24811970


Sears JM, Rolle LR, Schulman BA, Wickizer TM. Vocational Rehabilitation Program Evaluation: Comparison Group Challenges and the Role of Unmeasured Return-to-Work Expectations. J Occup Rehabil. 2014 Mar 30. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24682775


Sears JM, Blanar L, Bowman SM. Predicting work-related disability and medical cost outcomes: A comparison of injury severity scoring methods. Injury. 2013 Jan 21. doi:pii: S0020-1383(13)00006-5. 10.1016/j.injury.2012.12.024. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 23347762


Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Schulman BA. Injured Workers' Assessment of Vocational Rehabilitation Services Before and After Retraining. J Occup Rehabil. 2013 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24065344


External Funding (sampling of recent awards from UW SAGE data)

A Trial to Prevent Opioid Overdose: E.D. Based Intervention & Take-home Naloxone
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
PI:   Banta-Green           Dates:    5/1/2014 - 4/30/2015

Using Injury Severity to Improve Occupational Traumatic Injury Trend Estimates
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    9/1/2013 - 8/31/2014

Eval of WA State Occupational Health Services Quality Improvements
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Franklin           Dates:    7/1/2013 - 6/30/2015

A Trial to Prevent Opioid Overdose: E.D. Based Intervention & Take-home Naloxone
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
PI:   Banta-Green           Dates:    5/1/2013 - 4/30/2014

Using Injury Severity to Improve Occupational Traumatic Injury Trend Estimates
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Conrad           Dates:    9/1/2012 - 8/31/2014

Use of the Washington State Trauma Registry for Occupational Injury Surveillance
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Martin           Dates:    9/1/2011 - 8/31/2012

A Trial to Prevent Opioid Overdose: E.D. Based Intervention & Take-home Naloxone
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
PI:   Banta-Green           Dates:    7/1/2011 - 6/30/2016

Use of the Washington State Trauma Registry for Occupational Injury Surveillance
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
PI:   Martin           Dates:    7/1/2010 - 6/30/2012

L&I Vocational Rehabilitation Pilot Program
Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
PI:   Wickizer           Dates:    7/1/2008 - 6/30/2013