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Faculty Research Interests

Industrial Hygiene

Claudiu Lungu, PhD

  • Evaluation of adsorption characteristics of granular activated carbon and activated carbon fibers used in respiratory protection and protective clothing
  • Measurement and evaluation of VOC  exposure in various workplaces
  • VOC emissions from building materials
  • Exposure to ionizing radiationUse of carbon nanotubes for air sampling
Karen Heaton, PhD
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Sleep
  • Motor vehicle crash prevention truck drivers;
  • Remote workers' access to healthcare and information;
  • Spousal influence on worker health behavior;
  • Barriers to sleep on the road;
  • Stress and social isolation among truck drivers;
  • Obstructive sleep apnea screening and treatment adherence;
  • Theory of Planned Behavior DOT Medical Examinations Philosophy of Science;
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Quantitative Research Methods Subjective measures of sleepiness
Jennan Phillips, PhD, MSN, RN, FAAOHN
  • Occupational and Environmental Health
  • Health Promotion/Prevention of Illness/Injury among Adults in the Community and Workplace
  • The Aging Workforce
  • Public Health Preparedness
  • Advocacy and Health Policy

Occupational Safety & Ergonomics/ Injury Prevention

Richard Sesek, PhD, MPH, CSP, CPE
  • Industrial ergonomics and ergonomic modeling
  • Ergonomic epidemiology
  • Industrial safety interventions
  • Human factors engineering and usability
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome detection and screening in occupational settings
  • Occupational Injury prevention

Sean Gallagher, PhD

  • Fatigue Failure of Musculoskeletal Tissues
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Physical Strength Assessment
  • Biomaterials Testing
  • Low Back Pain
  • Upper Extremity Disorders
  • Ergonomics

Mark C. Schall, Jr, PhD

  • Developing, evaluating, and applying direct measurement technologies to assess exposure to occupational risk factors associated with musculoskeletal health outcomes and
  • Designing ergonomic interventions to prevent the incidence of musculoskeletal health outcomes among working people. 

Jerry Davis, PhD, CSP, CPE

  • Safety and ergonomics litigation
  • Human factors, occupational safety and ergonomics
  • Data acquisition and validation
  • Work measurement, standards, methods engineering
  • Human performance capability in occupation contexts
  • Systems Safety Engineering
  • Training via Technology
Rob Thomas, PhD, PE, CPE, Professor Emeritus
  • General occupational safety and ergonomics
  • Occupational Biomechanics
  • Human Factors Engineering
  • Workplace and work area design