Expanding Research Partnerships: State of the Science

Research Highlights

The following videos, filmed during the Expanding Research Partnerships: State of the ScienceExternal conference, feature NIOSH scientists and researcher grantees, discussing the relevance and impact of their studies.

Andrew Merryweather

Preventing Robot-Related Injuries in the Workplace
Andrew Merryweather, PhD, discusses his extramural research on preventing robot-related worker injuries.                  

Dr. Merryweather is Director of the Ergonomics and Safety Program within the NIOSH extramural funded Education and Research Center (ERC) at University of Utah. For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, go to the Extramural Research and Training Programs and ERC web pages.

Alexander Wu

Airline Pilot Survey Highlights Need for Mental Health Support
Alexander Wu, MPH, describes his extramural study, which found the need for mental health support among airline pilots.

Alexander Wu is a doctoral level trainee at the Harvard Education and Research Center (ERC). For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, go to the Extramural Research and Training Programs and ERC web pages.

Emily Sparer

Health Risks in Fire Stations
Emily Sparer, ScD, looks at possible health risks in fire stations

Dr. Sparer’s project is a collaboration between two NIOSH extramural funded Centers, which are the Harvard Education & Research Center [ERC] & Harvard Center for Work, Health & Well-being– a NIOSH Center of Excellence for Total Worker Health®.  The study also involved partnerships with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Fire Department & Boston Firefighters Union Local 718.  For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, Extramural Research & Training Programs, ERC & Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®

Natalie Schwatka

Worker Health and Productivity

Natalie Schwatka, PhD, talks about health-related factors correlated with productivity at work.

Dr. Schwatka is a researcher with the Center for Health, Work & Environment —one of six NIOSH extramural funded Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, go to the Extramural Research and Training Programs web page.

Laura Punnett

The Impact of Job Control on Worker Safety and Health
Laura Punnett, ScD, focuses on ways to increase employees’ job control or decision-making opportunities and minimize their risk factors for chronic diseases.

Dr. Punnett is Co-Director of the Center for Promotion of Health in the New England WorkplaceExternal. The Center is one of six NIOSH extramural funded Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, go to the Extramural Research and Training Programs.

Christine Branche

Preventing Falls in Construction
Christine Branche, PhD, FACE, discusses the origins and impact of the National Campaign to Prevent Falls in Construction.

Dr. Branche is NIOSH Principal Associate Director and Director of the NIOSH Office of Construction Safety and Health. Launched in 2009, her office ensures rigorous coordination of construction safety and health research, partnerships, and practice to address the safety and health challenges that construction workers face.

Ann Marie Dale

Construction Workers and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Through her study, Ann Marie Dale, PhD, aims to address the ergonomic needs of construction safety programs. Hear her story.

Dr. Dale is an Associate Professor at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research is conducted through CPWR—The Center for Construction Research & Training. CPWR is the NIOSH extramural funded National Center for Construction Safety and Health Research and Translation. For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, go to the Extramural Research & Training Programs.

Kurt Beschorner

Computer Model Predicts Wear on Shoes
Kurt Beschorner, PhD, shares about his extramural research, which resulted in a new computer model that helps predict the impact of shoe tread on friction.

Dr. Beschorner is a Research Assistant Professor at University of Pittsburgh. NIOSH funds his study through a large occupational safety and health research grant (R01). For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, go to the Extramural Research and Training Programs.

Steven Mischler

The Continuous Personal Dust Monitor
Hear Steven Mischler, PhD, talk about the NIOSH Personal Dust Monitoring Project and its significance in the mining sector.

Dr. Mischler is Lead Researcher with the NIOSH Personal Dust Monitoring Project. He is currently works in the NIOSH Pittsburgh Mining Research Division. 

Julie Sorensen

Keeping Farmers Safe: The National ROPS Rebate Program
Julie Sorensen, PhD, talks about the National ROPS (rollover protection system) Rebate Program and its significant impact on agricultural workers.

Dr. Sorensen is Director of the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety. The Center is one of 11 NIOSH extramural funded Centers for Agricultural Safety and Health. For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, go to the Extramural Research and Training Programs web page.

Laurel Kincl

Traumatic Injuries among Dungeness Crab Fishermen
Learn more about Laura Kincl, PhD, and her extramural work, focused on the commercial fishing industry and improving safety in the dungeness crab fleet.

Dr. Kincl is an Associate Professor at Oregon State University. NIOSH funds her work through a cooperative agreement (U01) to conduct research on injury prevention in the west coast dungeness crab fleet. For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, go to the Extramural Research and Training Programs web page.

Tran Huynh

Interventions for Vietnamese Nail Salon Workers
Tran Huynh, PhD, discusses her efforts to improve the safety and health of Vietnamese nail salon workers through language appropriate intervention materials.

Dr. Huynh is an Assistant Professor at Drexel University. NIOSH funds her research through a mentored research scientist development award (K01). For the latest information on NIOSH-funded extramural activities, go to the Extramural Research and Training Programs.

Page last reviewed: August 28, 2018