Professor and Interim Chair

Jack Dennerlein, PhD

Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Sciences


PhD, University of California, Berkeley
MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BS, State University of New York at Buffalo


Trained as an engineer, our research examines how design impacts health. Our work is grounded in modern day ergonomic and occupational biomechanics.  Over the past 20 years, this background expanded to include public health. Much of our research aims to prevent work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). In general, we examine how design of tools as well as organizational policies, programs and practices impact worker safety, health, and wellbeing.  Our work has impacted the design of computer technology as well as produced new guidelines for organizations to implement change to improve worker health.


Ergonomics and Safety, Occupational Biomechanics

Research Interests

Worker safety, health, and wellbeing

Other affiliations

Affiliated Faculty Member, Department of Bioengineering, Northeastern University
Associate Director Center for Work, Health, and Wellbeing, a NIOSH Total Worker Health Center of Excellence
Faculty Mentor Clinical Orthopedic Musculoskeletal Education and Training Program, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Advisory Board Member, Occupational Health Surveillance Program, Department of Public Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Scientific Advisory Board,  Institute for Work and Health, Toronto, Canada

Click here to see Dr. Dennerlein’s publications listed in PubMed.


Harvard Faculty – Jack Dennerlein

Contact Information


308 F Robinson Hall


[email protected]



Curriculum Vitae