Greetings! I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University. I also hold graduate faculty status in OSU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences within OSU’s College of Medicine. I am also a Certified Professional Ergonomist (BCPE Cert. No. 805). I was elected a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in 2021.
I am the director of the OSU Engineering Laboratory for Human Factors/Ergonomics/Safety. I am also the Director of OSU’s NIOSH-sponsored Training Project Grant in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.
My research focus is ergonomics and occupational biomechanics, with a special interest in intervention research to reduce exposures to risk factors for musculoskeletal discomfort and disorders; application sectors include healthcare, industry, and education. My research approach is participatory and interdisciplinary.
I work with faculty and student collaborators from my home department, Orthpaedics, Design, Radiologic Sciences, Occupational Therapy, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing, Family Medicine, and Health Information Management. Together we have effectively partnered with different types of workers, including imaging technologists, home health aides, paramedics, teachers, high school students, distribution center workers, manufacturing workers, and many others to investigate and address risk factors that affect their musculoskeletal health, task performance capabilities, and quality of work life. To learn more about this research, check out the publications link on the left side of this page, visit our lab’s website, and visit the website for our collaborative work in home healthcare.
I served as the Chair of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Diversity and Inclusion Committee from 2019-2021, and I am currently the President-elect of HFES. I am also the faculty advisor for OSU’s student chapter of HFES.