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Selected Publications 1996 - 2006

Work Organization Factors/Job Demands

Hand lacerations and job design characteristics in line-paced assembly
J Occup Environ Med 2003 Aug: 45(8):848-856
This article identified an association between work pattern variability, including job rotation, and rates of hand lacerations among assembly workers.

Psychologic stressors and work organization
In Textbook of Clinical Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2nd ed. Rosenstock L, Cullen M, Brodkin C, Redlich C, eds., Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders, 2005 Jan:931-942
This chapter provides an historical perspective on job stress and an overview of current knowledge of how job stress is related to occupational safety and health.

Occupational stress
In Occupational and Environmental Health: Recognizing and Preventing Disease and Injury, 5th ed. Levy BS, Wegman DH, Baron SL, Sokas RK, eds., Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2005 Nov: 382-396
This chapter reviews the literature on the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker.

Shift work and risk of spontaneous abortion in nurses
Am J Epidemiol 2005 Jun: 161(11)(Suppl):S127
Examines the effects of work schedule, including rotating work and night work, on adverse effect on reproductive outcomes among nurses.

Overtime and extended work shifts: Recent findings on Illnesses, injuries and health Behaviors
NIOSH 2004 Apr:1-38
This report provides an integrative review of 52 recently published research reports that examine the associations between long working hours and illnesses, injuries, health behaviors, and performance.

Discrimination and occupational mental health
J Mental Health 2004 Apr 13(2):129-142
This article explores the degree to which racial and ethnic groups may be subjected to discrimination at work and examines associations between discrimination and mental health indicators, using data collected in 2002 from a national sample of U.S. workers.

Effects of organizational downsizing on worker stress and health in the United States
In Work stress: Studies of the context, content, and outcomes of stress: A book of readings. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., 2003 Sep 53-71
This study reports that the negative effects of downsizing on worker stress, health, coping, and job insecurity can be reduced if organizations make efforts to conduct layoffs fairly and with open and honest communication.

Monitoring the changing organization of work: International practices and new developments in the United States
Soz - Praeventivmed 2003 Dec 48(6):341-348
This article discusses current practices for monitoring the organization of work, noting strengths, limitations, and needs for improvement with particular attention to the status of monitoring practices in the United States, and new initiatives by NIOSH to improve these practices.

The USA perspective: Current issues and trends in the management of work stress
Aust Psychol 2003 June 38(2):1-7
The article describes emergent issues in work stress and current efforts to reduce stress at work in the United States.

Health effects and occupational exposures among office workers near the WORLD TRADE CENTER disaster site
J Occup Environ Med 2002 Jul 44(7):601-605
This study evaluated concerns related to health effects and occupational exposures 3 months after the WTC disaster among a population of employees working in a building close to the disaster site.

The Changing Organization of Work and the Safety and Health of Working People
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2002-116
This report presented a comprehensive research agenda to investigate and reduce occupational safety and health risks associated with the changing organization of work.

Job stress research at NIOSH: 1972-2002
In Historical and Current Perspectives on Stress and Health, 2002 Dec Pamela L. Perrewe and Daniel C. Ganster, Eds., 2:1-55
This chapter presents an overview of job stress research at NIOSH from its inception in 1972 through current and proposed research in 2002.

Stress at Work
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 99-101
This booklet highlights knowledge about the causes of stress at work and outlines steps that can be taken to prevent job stress.

Safety climate dimensions associated with occupational exposure to blood-borne pathogens in nurses
Am J Ind Med 1999 Sep: 36(S1):122-124
This study examined the relationship between hospital safety climate, worker compliance with safe work practices, and incidents of workplace exposure to blood and other body fluids.

Measuring job stressors and strains: Where we have been, where we are, and where we need to go
J Occup Health Psychol 1998 Oct: 3(4):368-389
This article examines assessment approaches and specific measures used by job-stress researchers to characterize aspects of work and the working environment and workers' reactions to these working conditions.

Psychosocial and organizational factors
Encyclopedia of Occupational Health and Safety, 4th ed. JM Stellman ed., Geneva, Switzerland: International Labour Organization, 1998 Jan: 34:2-3.
This book chapter provides an overview of job stress and psychosocial risk factors.


Stress-Related Disorders

Health Hazard Evaluation of Police Officers and Firefighters after Hurricane Katrina New Orleans, Louisiana, October 17-28 and November 30-December 5, 2005
MMWR 2006 April 55(16):456-458
This report determined that upper respiratory and skin rash symptoms were the most common physical symptoms reported by police officers and firefighters and lacerations and sprains were the most common injuries. In addition, approximately one third of the respondents reported either depressive symptoms or symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or both.

The Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) Pilot Study: Methods and participant characteristics
Ann Epidemiol 2006 Feb: 16(2):148-156
This article describes one of the first population-based studies to integrate psychological, physiological, and sub-clinical measures of stress, disease, and mental dysfunction. This study provides a framework for examining how workplace factors, among other factors, can impact the health of police officers.

Sleep-related risk of occupational injuries in Japanese small- and medium-scale enterprises
Ind Health 2005 Jan: 43(1):89-97
This cross-sectional study evaluated the contribution of daily sleep habits to occupational injuries.

Physical Health Status of World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Workers and Volunteers- New York City, July 2002-August 2004
MMWR 2004 Sep: 53(35):807-810, 812
Description of NIOSH involvement in supporting WTC Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, which provides free, standardized medical assessments, clinical referrals, and occupational health education for workers and volunteers exposed to hazards during the WTC rescue and recovery effort.

Mental Health Status of World Trade Center Rescue and Recovery Workers and Volunteers - New York City, July 2002 - August 2004 
MMWR 2004 Sep: 53(35):812-815
Analysis of mental health data from the WTC Worker and Volunteer Medical Screening Program, showing approximately 20% of participants reported symptoms meeting the thresholds for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Job stress and infectious disease risks in an adult development center 
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2003 Aug: 18(8):561-565
Results of a health hazard evaluation from NIOSH to examine job stress and occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.

Job stress among female flight attendants
J Occup Environ Med 2003 Jul: 45(7):703-714
This study evaluated the relationships between job stressors and psychological distress and job dissatisfaction among flight attendants.

Covariation between workplace physical and psychosocial stressors: Evidence and implications for occupational health research and prevention 
Ergonomics 2001 Jun: 44(7):696-718
An investigation to examine exposure covariation between physical and psychosocial stressors among blue- and white-collar workers employed in a mass production manufacturing environment.

Occupational differences in depression and global health: Results from a national sample of U.S. workers
J Occup Environ Med 1998 Feb: 40(2):153-164
Occupational differences on measures of worker well being, depression and global health were examined in a nationally representative sample of more than 9,000 workers.


Physiological Indicators

Aging, stress, and the hippocampus
Ageing Res Rev 2005 May:4(2):123-140
This review discusses how stress, chemicals released during stress, and aging can affect function and structure of brain areas critical for cognition. It also discusses possible preventive strategies.

Brain concentrations of d-MDMA are increased after stress
Psychopharmacol 2004 May: 173(3-4):278-286
This work shows stress can alter the systemic distribution and metabolism of a toxic substance that causes brain Damage.

Effect of aging and stress on hippocampal structure and function
Metabolism 2003 Oct: 52(10 Suppl 2):17-21
This review discusses how stress, stress chemicals, and aging can alter the structure, function, and biochemistry of the hippocampus, a brain area important in learning and memory and one that is affected in depression.

Neuroendocrine aspects of the response to stress
Metabolism 2002 Jun:51(6 Suppl 1):5-10
This review discusses the brain and body systems responsible for the reaction to stress. It also considers how the activation of stress systems can have adverse health consequences that lead to disease as well as possible preventive strategies.

Chronic treatment with supraphysiological levels of corticosterone enhances d-MDMA-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity in the C57BL/6J female mouse
Brain Res 2002: 933:130-138
This research uses animal models of stress and neurotoxicity. It shows how an increase in corticosterone, a stress-associated steroid, can increase the vulnerability of the brain to a toxic compound that damages the brain.

Restraint stress applied prior to chemical sensitization modulates the development of allergic contact dermatitis differently than restraint prioir to challenge
J Neuroimmunol 2001:113(1):72-80
This research uses animal models of stress and dermal toxicity and indicates that the time stress occurs relative to exposure to a toxic substance can alter the impact of a compound that causes a skin allergic reaction.

Restraint-induced modulation of allergic and irritant contact dermatitis in male and female B6.129 mice
Brain Behav Immun 2000 Dec: 14(4):256-269
This research uses animal models of dermal toxicity and stress. It shows that skin allergic reactions in both males and females are affected by stress and that these alterations may be due to the steroid hormones released during stress.


Prevention/intervention

Approaches to prevention of job stress in the U.S.
In Stress and the Quality of Work Life. Rossi AM, Perrewe PL, Sauter SL, eds., Sao Paolo, Brazil: Editoria Atlas S.A, pp. 179-193.

Are stress management programs indicators of good places to work? Results of a national survey
Int J Stress Manag 2003 Nov: 10(4):345-360
Data from a national survey of organizations collected in 2002 were used to examine differences in the quality of work life among organizations that offer stress management programs and those that do not.

Stress management at work: Secondary prevention of stress
In The handbook of work and health psychology. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., 2003, pp 533-548
This book chapter reviews the research literature on primary, secondary, and tertiary approaches for reducing worker stress.

Working with Stress: A NIOSH-TV Production
November 2002 (17 minutes) NIOSH Publication No. 2003-114d
This DVD highlights knowledge about the causes of stress at work and outlines steps that can be taken to prevent job stress.

Workplace interventions to prevent stress-related illness: Lessons from research and practice
InIndustrial and Organizational Psychology. Cooper CL, Locke E, eds., Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishers LTD, 2001.
This chapter reviewed the state-of-the-art of job stress research and the efficacy of various interventions to reduce worker stress.

Working women and stress
J Am Med Women's Assoc 2000 Apr-May: 55(2):76-79
This article provides a brief overview of occupational stress as it affects working women and presents research on approaches for reducing the negative effects of job stress.

Stress management in work settings: A critical review of the health effects
Am J Health Promot 1996 Nov: 11(2):112-135
This article reviewed the research literature on the health effects of worksite stress management intervention, and examined the relative effectiveness of biofeedback, muscle relaxation, and cognitive-behavioral strategies.


2007 Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Area under the curve and other summary indicators of repeated waking cortisol measurements
Psychosom Med 2007 Sep: 69(7):651-659

Associations between major life events, traumatic incidents, and depression among Buffalo police officers
Int J Emerg Mental Health 2007 Winter: 9(1):25-35

Development of a Japanese version of the job depressive symptoms scale
J Clin Exp Med 2007 221: 547-548 (in Japanese)

Estimation of the maximum flow-mediated brachial artery response using local regression methods
Physiol Meas 2007 28(10): 1213-1224

Intervention effectiveness evaluation criteria: Promoting competitions and raising the bar
J Occup Health Psychol 2008 Jan; 13(1):1-9

Miners' views about personal dust monitors
J Int Society Resp Protect 2007 Fall/Winter: 24: 74-92

Obesity, white blood cell counts, and platelet counts among police officers
Obesity 2007 Nov: 15(11):2846-2854

Obesity and sleep: The Buffalo Police Health study
Policing 2007 Apr: 30(2):203-214

Perceived job stress and sleep-related breathing disturbance in Japanese male workers
Soc Sci Med 2007 Jun: 64(12):2520-2532

Post-traumatic stress symptoms and cortisol patterns among police officers
Policing 2007 Apr: 30(2):189-201

Relationship between cumulative effects of smoking and memory CD4 T lymphocyte subpopulations
Addict Behav 2007 Jul: 32(7):1526-1531

Shift work and sleep: The Buffalo Police Health study.
Policing 2007 Apr: 30(2):215-227

Sickness absence in relation to psychosocial work factors among daytime workers in an electric equipment manufacturing company
Ind Health 2007 Apr;45(2):224-231

Supplementary Breaks and Stretching Exercises for Data Entry Operators: A Follow-Up Field Study
Am J Ind Med 2007 Jul: 50(7):519-527

Telomere length and work schedule characteristics in the NIEHS sister study
Occup Environ Med 2007 Dec; 64(12):e21

Work schedule during pregnancy and spontaneous abortion
Epidemiology 2007 May: 18(3):350-355


Trade Journal Publications

Workplace Stress
Am Longwall Mag 2007 May: 6


NIOSH Numbered Publications

Expanding our understanding of the psychosocial work environment: A compendium of measures of discrimination, harassment, and work-family issues
NIOSH 2007 Dec: 1-275, Publication No. 2008-104


Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Reports

State of California, Fresno County, Department of Children and Family Services
HETA 2007-0277


2008 Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Incorporating work organisation into occupational health research: an invitation for dialogue
Occup Environ Med 2008 Jan; 65(1):1-3

A review of work schedule issues and musculoskeletal disorders with an emphasis on the healthcare sector
Ind Health 2008 Nov; 46(6):523-534

Contingent workers and contingent health: Risks of a modern economy
JAMA J Am Med Assoc 2008 Jan: 299(4):448-450

A framework for the concurrent consideration of occupational hazards and obesity
Ann Occup Hyg 2008 Oct; 52(7):555-566

Do early-life insults contribute to the late-life development of Parkinson and Alzheimer diseases?
Metab Clin Exp 2008 Oct; 57(Suppl 2):S44-S49

Shift-work and suicide ideation among police officers
Am J Ind Med 2008 Oct; 51(10):758-768

Physical activity and metabolic syndrome in police officers
Am J Epidemiol 2008 Jun; 167(Suppl 11):S66

Hardiness and psychological distress in a cohort of police officers
Int J Emerg Mental Health 2008 Apr; 10(2):137-147

Measuring job characteristics and mental health among Latino farmworkers: Results from cognitive testing
J Immigr Minor Health 2009 Apr; 11(2):131-138

The Japanese Version of the COPE Inventory: A Study in School Teachers
Psycol Rep 2008 Oct;103(2):395-405

Mental health outcomes in police personnel after Hurricane Katrina
J Occup Environ Med 2008 Jun; 50(6):689-695

Rotating shift work and menstrual cycle characteristics of nurses
Am J Epidemiol 2008 Jun; 167(Suppl 11):S27

Examining associations between job characteristics and health: linking data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to two US national health surveys
J Occup Environ Med 2008 Dec; 50(12):1401-1413

Linkage of job characteristics and depression in a national health survey in the United States
Int J Psychol 2008 Jul; 43(3-4):484

Mental health and work in a national survey of farm managers in the United States
Int J Psychol 2008 Jul; 43(3-4):779

Perceived psychosocial job stress and sleep bruxism among male and female workers
Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 2008 Jun; 36(3):201-209

Active and passive smoking and depression among Japanese workers
Prev Med 2008 May; 46(5):451-456

Association of active and passive smoking with sleep disturbances and short sleep duration among Japanese working population
Int J Behav Med 2008 Apr; 15(2):81-91

Defining neuroinflammation lessons from MPTP- and methamphetamine-induced neurotoxicity
Ann NY Acad Sci 2008 Oct; 1139(1):318-330

Corticosterone pretreatment attenuates neurodegeneration and blood-brain barrier disruption following excitotoxic damage from kainic acid
Toxicologist 2008 Mar; 102(1):371

Screening the activation state of multiple phosphoproteins reveals the in vivo impact of stressors on brain signaling pathways controlling cellular structure
Toxicologist 2008 Mar; 102(1):372

Adiposity measures and oxidative stress among police officers
Obesity 2008 Nov; 16(11):2489-2497

Subclinical markers of cardiovascular disease in urban police officers and a general population sample
Am J Epidemiol 2008 Jun; 167(Suppl 11):S65

Dimensional analysis of actigraphic derived sleep data
Nonlinear Dyn Psychol Life Sci 2008 Apr; 12(2):153-161

Waiting time distributions of actigraphy measured sleep
Open Sleep J 2008 Jan; 1(1):1-5

Sleep duration and oxidative stress: the Buffalo Cardio-Metabolic Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) study
Open Sleep J 2008 Jan; 1(11):15-25

Factor analysis and structural equation modeling of actigraphy derived sleep variables
Open Sleep J 2008 Jan; 1(5):6-10

Enhancing livestock handling safety with the work crew performance model
Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 2008 14(3): 261-271.

Expectations training for miners using self-contained self-rescuers in escapes from underground coal mines
J Occup Environ Hyg 2008 Oct; 5(10):671-677


Book Chapters

Worker age and job stress: What do we know?
In Stress e qualidade de vida no trabalho: O positivo e o negativo. Pp. 143-162. Rossi AM, Quick JC, & Perrewe PL, eds. Sao Paulo: Editora Atlas.

Smoking, exposure to passive smoking, and mental health - A focus on gender differences
In Research Focus on Smoking and Women's Health. Pp. 93-138. Tolson KP & Veksler EB eds. Hauppauge, NY: NOVA Science Publishers (2008)

Socioeconomic, lifestyle, and occupational factors associated with poor self-rated health in workers of small and medium-scale manufacturing businesses
In Social Sciences in Health Care and Medicine. Pp. 139-165. JB Garner & TC Christiansen eds. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers. (2008)

Personal safety for nurses
In Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses. Hughes RG, ed., Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2008 Mar; :1-36


Trade Journal Publications

Coal miner responses to the personal dust monitor
Coal Age 2008 Apr; 113(4):42-47


NIOSH Numbered Publications

Keeping knees healthy in restricted work spaces: applications in low-seam mining
NIOSH 2008 May; :1-16 (NIOSH) 2008-130; IC-9504

Miners' views about personal dust monitors
NIOSH 2008 Feb; :1-47 (NIOSH) 2008-110; IC-9501

Age awareness training for miners
(NIOSH) 2008-133; IC-9505


Health Hazard Evaluation (HHE) Reports

After working three consecutive 24-hour shifts and fighting an extensive structure fire, a 47-year old career LT suffers sudden cardiac death during physical fitness training - California
NIOSH 2008 Mar; :1-19


Conference Abstracts

Multiple histological markers reveal subpopulations of microglia respond differentially to excitotoxicity and corticosteroid treatment
Neuroscience 2008: 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, Washington, DC, November 15-19, 2008. Washington, DC: Society for Neuroscience, 2008 Nov; :338.10

Working in the classroom - a vision of miner training in the 21st century
Proceedings of the First International Future Mining Conference and Exhibition 2008, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, November 19-21, 2008. Saydam S, ed. Carlton, Victoria, Australia: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2008 Nov; :83-89


Podcasts

Workplace Safety and Women
Workplace Safety and Women 2009


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