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Benjamin C. Amick III, Ph.D.

Benjamin C. Amick III, Ph.D.Dr. Ben Amick is the Scientific Director of the Institute for Work & Health. He has been affiliated with the Institute since 1996 as an Adjunct Scientist and 2002 as a member of the Scientific staff. He has served as co-investigator on multiple projects at the Institute. As scientific director, he provides guidance to scientific staff while continuing to perform his own research. He is currently investigating how organizations can change or improve their programs and policies to prevent injury and manage disability. He is also studying successful initiatives to improve health and safety from within organizations.

Dr. Amick is a Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He completed his Ph.D. in social epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in chronic disease epidemiology at Yale University. He specializes in using social science theories and methods to better understand the causes of illness and disease in society. In particular, he is interested in finding ways to create public policy to address social inequalities and public health issues.

Overall, his research focuses on how to build healthy labour markets through an understanding of how to change policy, organizations, work conditions and the design of occupational health services.

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