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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation


As a research engineer, I have expertise in systems and human factors engineering in healthcare and other high-risk industries. As a practitioner, I provide consultation and expertise to Cincinnati Children's Hospital on operational initiatives for employee safety and well-being.

My research areas of interest include occupational health and safety, human factors, patient safety, health outcomes and stress. My lab's primary goals are to develop systems to detect and eliminate hazards from the healthcare work environment and to improve outcomes for providers and their patients while enhancing performance, efficiency and satisfaction.

My passion for improving the health and safety of healthcare workers began when I became aware of the unique challenges of their work environment. The inherent risks in healthcare are unlike those in any other industry. This risk, coupled with a culture that focuses on the health and well-being of others, presents a unique challenge that compels me to improve the health and safety of healthcare providers.

I have been a researcher and practitioner for more than 20 years and have worked at Cincinnati Children's since 2005. I am a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IISE), The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), the Society for Health Systems (SHS) and the International Ergonomics Association. I serve as a reviewer for several human factors and safety journals.

Research Interests

Occupational health and safety; human factors; patient safety; health outcomes; stress

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Quality Improvement, Reproductive Sciences, Nursing


PhD: University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

MS: University of Cincinnati, College of Engineering, Cincinnati, OH, 1999.

BSc: Jordan University of Science & Technology, College of Engineering, Irbed Jordan, 1992.


Selected Publication

Enhancing the detection of injuries and near-misses among patient care staff in a large pediatric hospital. Macaluso, M; Summerville, LA; Tabangin, ME; Daraiseh, NM. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. 2018; 44:377-384.

Selection of employee personal protective equipment based on aggressive behavior in pediatric neuropsychiatry. Daraiseh, NM; Summerville, LA; Lin, L; Tucker, D; Hill, AK; Salisbury, K; Lind, MA. Pediatric Rehabilitation. 2018; 21:32-39.

Fatigue and recovery in 12-hour dayshift hospital nurses. Chen, J; Davis, KG; Daraiseh, NM; Pan, W; Davis, LS. Journal of Nursing Management. 2014; 22:593-603.

Musculoskeletal outcomes in multiple body regions and work effects among nurses: the effects of stressful and stimulating working conditions. Daraiseh, N; Genaidy, AM; Karwowski, W; Davis, LS; Stambough, J; Huston, RL. Ergonomics. 2003; 46:1178-1199.

The psychosocial work environment, musculoskeletal disorders and their functional consequences among pediatric healthcare providers. Macaluso, F; Macaluso, M; Daraiseh, NM. Annals of Epidemiology. 2021; 58:76-82.

Impact of the Early Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic on US Healthcare Workers: Results from the HERO Registry. Forrest, CB; Xu, H; Thomas, LE; Webb, LE; Cohen, LW; Carey, TS; Chuang, CH; Daraiseh, NM; Kaushal, R; McClay, JC; et al. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2021; 36:1319-1326.

Barriers and Facilitators of Adverse Event Reporting by Adolescent Patients and Their Families. Sawhney, PN; Davis, LS; Daraiseh, NM; Belle, L; Walsh, KE. Journal of Patient Safety. 2020; 16:232-237.

The Gray Zone: Adolescent and Young Adult Decision Support Needs for Ulcerative Colitis. Meisman, A; Daraiseh, NM; Minar, P; Saxe, M; Lipstein, EA. MDM Policy and Practice. 2020; 5.

Nurse Responses to Physiologic Monitor Alarms on a General Pediatric Unit. Schondelmeyer, AC; Daraiseh, NM; Allison, B; Acree, C; Loechtenfeldt, AM; Timmons, KM; Mangeot, C; Brady, PW. Journal of hospital medicine (Online). 2019; 14:602-606.

Influence of the workplace psychosocial environment on musculoskeletal disorders and incident injuries among pediatric nurses. Macaluso, F; Macaluso, M; Summerville, LA; Daraiseh, NM. Annals of Epidemiology. 2018; 28.