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 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

Graves JM, Pless B, Moore L, Nathens AB, Hunte G, Rivara FP. Public Bicycle Share Programs and Head Injuries. Am J Public Health. 2014 Jun 12:e1-e6. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24922150


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


Evans WD, Holtz K, White T, Snider J. Effects of the Above the Influence Brand on Adolescent Drug Use Prevention Normative Beliefs. J Health Commun. 2014 Feb 5. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24499473


Baker MG, Simpson CD, Sheppard L, Stover B, Morton J, Cocker J, Seixas N. Variance components of short-term biomarkers of manganese exposure in an inception cohort of welding trainees. J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2014 May 23. pii: S0946-672X(14)00070-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jtemb.2014.05.004. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24916793


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


Shepherd-Banigan M, Hohl SD, Vaughan C, Ibarra G, Carosso E, Thompson B. "The Promotora Explained Everything": Participant Experiences During a Household-Level Diabetes Education Program. Diabetes Educ. 2014 May 2. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24793637


Shepherd-Banigan M, Ulrich A, Thompson B. Macro-activity patterns of farmworker and non-farmworker children living in an agricultural community. Environ Res. 2014 Apr 30;132C:176-181. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2014.04.001. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24792414


Graves JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Jarvik JG, Franklin GM. Health Care Utilization and Costs Associated with Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines for Early Magnetic Resonance Imaging among Workers with Acute Occupational Low Back Pain. Health Serv Res. 2013 Aug 1. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.12098. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 23910019    PMCID: PMC3864604


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


Baker MG, Simpson CD, Stover B, Sheppard L, Checkoway H, Racette BA, Seixas NS. Blood manganese as an exposure biomarker: state of the evidence. J Occup Environ Hyg. 2014 Apr;11(4):210-7. doi: 10.1080/15459624.2013.852280.  PMID: 24579750    PMCID: PMC3965573


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


Graves JM, Kanal KM, Rivara FP, Jarvik JG, Vavilala MS. Dose reduction efforts for pediatric head CT imaging in Washington State trauma centers: follow-up survey results. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014 Feb;11(2):161-168.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2013.07.004. Epub 2013 Dec 20.  PMID: 24360905    PMCID: PMC3942088


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


Weeks DL, Polello JM, Hansen DT, Keeney BJ, Conrad DA. Measuring primary care organizational capacity for diabetes care coordination: the Diabetes Care Coordination Readiness Assessment. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Jan;29(1):98-103. doi: 10.1007/s11606-013-2566-2. Epub 2013 Jul 30.  PMID: 23897130    PMCID: PMC3889951


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. 2013 Apr 13. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 23584928    PMCID: PMC3840152