Jack Dennerlein

  • Department of Physical Therapy

Office: 308 F Robinson Hall
Phone: 617-373-5428
Email: j.dennerlein@neu.edu

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

My research aims to prevent work-related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) through multiple research approaches that in general examine how the design of the environment, both built and organizational, affects worker health outcomes. This research is based on a systems approach articulated through the goal of modern ergonomics, which is to optimize system performance and human wellbeing. My research study designs are both observational/descriptive and experimental, based in both the laboratory and in the real work environment.
Specializations: Ergonomics and Safety, Occupational Biomechanics
Research Interests: Work place injury prevention and health,

Other affiliations:
Co-PI HSPH Center for Work, Health, and Wellbeing, a NIOSH Total Worker HealthCenter of Excellence
Consortium Member: Center for Construction Research and Training(CPWR).
Faculty Mentor: Injury Prevention Research Training Program, NIOSH Harvard Education and Research Center.
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

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications (From 103)

  1. Dennerlein JT, Diao E, Mote CD, Jr., Rempel DM. Tensions of the flexor digitorum superficialis are higher than a current model predicts. J Biomech 1998; 31:295-301. PMID:    9672082
  2. Dennerlein JT, Meeker JD. Occupational injuries among Boston bicycle messengers. Am J Ind Med 2002; 42:519-25. PMID: 12439875
  3. Chen JC, Chang WR, Shih TS, Chen CJ, Chang WP, Dennerlein JT, Ryan LM, Christiani DC. Using exposure prediction rules for exposure assessment: an example on whole-body vibration in taxi drivers. Epidemiology 2004; 15:293-9. PMID: 15097009
  4. Dennerlein JT, Johnson PW. Different computer tasks affect the exposure of the upper extremity to biomechanical risk factors. Ergonomics 2006; 49:45-61. PMID: 16393803
  5. Chang CH, Amick BC, 3rd, Menendez CC, Katz JN, Johnson PW, Robertson M, Dennerlein JT. Daily computer usage correlated with undergraduate students' musculoskeletal symptoms. Am J Ind Med 2007; 50:481-8. PMID: 17450542
  6. Barrero LH, Katz JN, Dennerlein JT.  Validity of self-reported mechanical demands for occupational epidemiologic research of musculoskeletal disorders.  Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health. 2009;35(4):245-260. PMID: 19562235 Open Access
  7. Chaumont-Menéndez C, Amick, BC., Chang, CH, Dennerlein JT, Harrist, RB, Jenkins M, Robertson, M, Katz, JN. The epidemiology of upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms: A pilot investigation on a college campus. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 2008; 18: 166-74. PMID: 20075517 Open Access
  8. Dennerlein JT, Ronk CJ, Perry MJ. Portable ladder assessment tool development and validation- quantifying best practices in the field. Safety Science, 2009 47: 636-639. PMID: 20161250 Open access
  9. Kennedy CA, Amick BC, Dennerlein JT, Brewer S, Catli S, Williams R, Serra C, Gerr F, Irvin E, Mahood Q, Franzblau A, Van Eerd D, Evanoff B, Rempel D. Systematic review of the role of occupational health and safety interventions in the prevention of upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms, signs, disorders, injuries, claims and lost time.  J Occup Rehabil. 2010 Jun;20(2):127-62.. PMID: 19885644
  10. Sorensen G, Stoddard, AM, Stoffel S, Buxton O, Sembajwe G, Hashimoto DM, Dennerlein JT, Hopcia K.  The Role of the Work Context in Multiple Wellness Outcomes for Hospital Patient Care Workers. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. 2011: 53(8):899-910.  PMID: 21775897 Open Access
  11. Dennerlein JT, Hopcia K, Sembajwe G, Kenwood C, Stoddard AM, Tveito TH,Hashimoto DM, Sorensen G,. Ergonomic practices within patient care units are associated with musculoskeletal pain and limitations, American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2012: 55(2): 107-116. PMID  22113975  Open access
  12. Hopcia K, Dennerlein JT, Hashimoto D, Stoddard A, Orechia T, Sorensen G. Occupational Injuries for Consecutive and Cumulative Shifts Among Hospital Registered Nurses and Patient Care Associates: A Case-Control Study. Workplace Health & Safety 2012 Sep 24:437-444, PMID: 22998692. Open Access
  13. Bruno Garza JL, Eijckelhof BHW, Huysmans MA, Catalano PJ, Katz JN, Johnson PW, van Dieën JH, van der Beek AJ, Dennerlein JT.  The effect of over-commitment and reward on trapezius muscle activity and shoulder, head, neck, and torso postures during computer use in the field. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 56(10):1190-200 PMID: 23818000
  14. Sparer EH, Murphy LA, Taylor KM, Dennerlein JT. Correlation between Safety Climate and Contractor Safety Assessment Programs in Construction. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Available on Line. DOI10.1002/ajim.22241 PMID: 24038403
  15. Borsting Jacobsen H, Caban-Martinez A, Onyebeke LC, Sorensen G, Dennerlein JT, Endresen-Reme S. Construction Workers Struggle With a High Prevalence of Mental Distress, and This Is Associated With Their Pain and Injuries. J Occup Environ Med. Sep 23 2013PMID: 24064778

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Web page: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/faculty/jack-dennerlein/