School of Public Health Dept. of Health Services  Dept. of EOHS NW Center for Occupational Health & Safety

Research Projects

Seattle Waterfront

Doctoral trainees will have the opportunity to become involved in a wide range of occupational health services research projects. In general, two types of research projects will be available to program trainees:

  • Research concerning occupational health care delivered through the workers' compensation system
  • Field-based studies on health and safety topics, including keeping workers healthy to decrease injuries and increase productivity

The research mission of the Occupational Health Services Research training program focuses on questions pertaining to the delivery of occupational health services, health outcomes, and disability prevention.

Selected Recent Publications of Alumni, Students, and Faculty

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 Dec;24(4):777-89. doi: 10.1007/s10926-014-9509-6.  PMID: 24682775


Graves JM, Pless B, Moore L, Nathens AB, Hunte G, Rivara FP. Public bicycle share programs and head injuries. Am J Public Health. 2014 Aug;104(8):e106-11. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302012.  PMID: 24922150    PMCID: PMC4103224


Sears JM, Wickizer TM, Schulman BA. Improving vocational rehabilitation services for injured workers in Washington State. Eval Program Plann. 2014 Jun;44:26-35. doi: 10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2013.12.006.  PMID: 24509051


Graves MA, Harris JR, Hannon PA, Hammerback K, Ahmed F, Zhou C. Workplace-based influenza vaccination promotion practices among large employers in the United States. J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Apr;56(4):397-402. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000115.  PMID: 24492538


Sears JM, Blanar L, Bowman SM. Predicting work-related disability and medical cost outcomes: a comparison of injury severity scoring methods. Injury. 2014 Jan;45(1):16-22. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2012.12.024. Epub 2013 Jan 21.  PMID: 23347762


Shepherd-Banigan M, Bell JF. Paid leave benefits among a national sample of working mothers with infants in the United States. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Jan;18(1):286-95. doi: 10.1007/s10995-013-1264-3.  PMID: 23584928    PMCID: PMC3840152


John DA, de Castro AB, Duran B, Martin DP. Nativity and occupational class disparities in uninsurance and routine preventive care use among asian americans. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Dec;15(6):1011-22. doi: 10.1007/s10903-013-9851-3.  PMID: 23775111


Graves JM, Sears JM, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP. The burden of traumatic brain injury among adolescent and young adult workers in Washington State. J Safety Res. 2013 Jun;45:133-139.  PMID: 23710080    PMCID: PMC3659310


Graves JM, Sears JM, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP. The burden of traumatic brain injury among adolescent and young adult workers in Washington State. J Safety Res. 2013 Jun;45:133-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jsr.2012.11.001. Epub 2012 Dec 11.  PMID: 23708485


Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Turner JA, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. Early predictors of lumbar spine surgery after occupational back injury: results from a prospective study of workers in Washington State. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 May 15;38(11):953-64. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3182814ed5.  PMID: 23238486


Sears JM, Blanar L, Bowman SM, Adams D, Silverstein BA. Predicting work-related disability and medical cost outcomes: estimating injury severity scores from workers' compensation data. J Occup Rehabil. 2013 Mar;23(1):19-31. doi: 10.1007/s10926-012-9377-x.  PMID: 22736281


Keeney BJ, Fulton-Kehoe D, Wickizer TM, Turner JA, Chan KC, Franklin GM. Clinically significant weight gain 1 year after occupational back injury. J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Mar;55(3):318-24. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31827943c6.  PMID: 23247606


Keeney BJ, Turner JA, Fulton-Kehoe D, Wickizer TM, Chan KC, Franklin GM. Early Predictors of Occupational Back Reinjury: Results From a Prospective Study of Workers in Washington State. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2013 Jan 15;38(2):178-187.  PMID: 22772568


Sears JM, Bowman SM, Silverstein BA. Trends in the disproportionate burden of work-related traumatic injuries sustained by Latinos. J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Oct;54(10):1239-45. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31825a34ed.  PMID: 22975666


Sears JM, Bowman SM, Silverstein BA, Adams D. Identification of work-related injuries in a State Trauma Registry. J Occup Environ Med. 2012 Mar;54(3):356-62.  PMID: 22361989


Sears JM, Bowman SM, Adams D, Silverstein BA. Occupational injury surveillance using the Washington State Trauma Registry. J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Nov;53(11):1243-50.  PMID: 22068129


Hughes MC, Patrick DL, Hannon PA, Harris JR, Ghosh DL. Understanding the decision-making process for health promotion programming at small to midsized businesses. Health Promot Pract. 2011 Jul;12(4):512-21. Epub 2009 Oct 20.  PMID: 19843701


Hughes MC, Yette EM, Hannon PA, Harris JR, Tran NM, Reid TR. Promoting tobacco cessation via the workplace: opportunities for improvement. Tob Control. 2011 Jul;20(4):305-8. Epub 2011 Mar 3.  PMID: 21377998


Seixas NS, Neitzel R, Stover B, Sheppard L, Daniell B, Edelson J, Meischke H. A multi-component intervention to promote hearing protector use among construction workers. Int J Audiol. 2011 Mar;50 Suppl 1:S46-56. Epub 2010 Nov 24.  PMID: 21091403


Huang Y, Hannon PA, Williams B, Harris JR. Workers' health risk behaviors by state, demographic characteristics, and health insurance status. Prev Chronic Dis. 2011 Jan;8(1):A12. Epub 2010 Jun 15.  PMID: 21159224    PMCID: PMC3044023


Strong LL, Starks HE, Meischke H, Thompson B. Perspectives of mothers in farmworker households on reducing the take-home pathway of pesticide exposure. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct;36(5):915-29. Epub 2009 Jan 9.  PMID: 19136611


Strong LL, Thompson B, Koepsell TD, Meischke H, Coronado GD. Reducing the take-home pathway of pesticide exposure: behavioral outcomes from the Para NiƱos Saludables study. J Occup Environ Med. 2009 Aug;51(8):922-33.  PMID: 19620892


Edelson J, Neitzel R, Meischke H, Daniell W, Sheppard L, Stover B, Seixas N. Predictors of hearing protection use in construction workers. Ann Occup Hyg. 2009 Aug;53(6):605-15. Epub 2009 Jun 16.  PMID: 19531807    PMCID: PMC2732185


Sears JM, Hogg-Johnson S. Enhancing the policy impact of evaluation research: a case study of nurse practitioner role expansion in a state workers' compensation system. Nurs Outlook. 2009 Mar-Apr;57(2):99-106.  PMID: 19318169


Harris JR, Lichiello PA, Hannon PA. Workplace health promotion in Washington State. Prev Chronic Dis. 2009 Jan;6(1):A29. Epub 2008 Dec 15. Erratum in: Prev Chronic Dis. 2009 Apr;6(2):A80.  PMID: 19080035    PMCID: PMC2644614