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.
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.
Occupational health and safety; human factors; patient safety; health outcomes; stress
Quality Improvement, Reproductive Sciences, Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Enhancing the detection of injuries and near-misses among patient care staff in a large pediatric hospital. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health. 2018; 44:377-384.
Selection of employee personal protective equipment based on aggressive behavior in pediatric neuropsychiatry. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2018; 21:32-39.
Fatigue and recovery in 12-hour dayshift hospital nurses. 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. Ergonomics: an international journal of research and practice in human factors and ergonomics. 2003; 46:1178-1199.
Pilot trial of iBDecide: Evaluating an online tool to facilitate shared decision making for adolescents and young adults with ulcerative colitis. Health Expectations. 2022; 25:3105-3113.
iBDecide: A web-based tool to promote engagement in shared decision-making among adolescents with ulcerative colitis. Patient Education and Counseling. 2022; 105:1628-1633.
Promoting Healthcare Worker Sleep: The Time Is Now. Journal of Nursing Administration. 2021; 51:543-545.
The psychosocial work environment, musculoskeletal disorders and their functional consequences among pediatric healthcare providers. Annals of Epidemiology. 2021; 58:76-82.