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Jan 29, 2020 12:00 PM in Eastern Time 
How Mindfulness and Biomechanics affect Physical Pain

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Sue A. Ferguson is a Senior Research Associate Engineer in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University.  Dr. Ferguson received her doctorate from The Ohio State University in Biomechanics and Rehabilitation in 1998.  Her research centers on occupationally related low back injuries, the risk factors of initial and recurrent episodes, recovery process, and biomechanical effects of treatment.  She has performed thousands of dynamic functional evaluations on patients and workers using the lumbar motion monitor.  She has developed statistical models to predict individual recurrent low back disorders as well as predict risk of injury due to the job.  She was one of several researchers receiving the Liberty Mutual Prize for innovative solutions to a world-wide injury problem.  Dr. Ferguson has over published 40 articles in refereed journals. 

Valerie Rice is currently the Chief of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory - Medical Department Field Element at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, where she has conducted research for 17 yrs. She obtained her doctorate in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, with a specialization in Human Factors Engineering, at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; a Masters’ Degree in Health Care Administration at Baylor University, and a Masters’ Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Puget Sound. She is a Certified Professional Ergonomist, licensed Occupational Therapist, a qualified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction instructor (mindfulness meditation), and a Certified Eden Energy Medicine Advanced Practitioner. The latter two qualifications were undertaken in order to do research on these complementary interventions. Dr. Rice served 25 years on active duty in the US Army as an Occupational Therapy clinician, researcher, and instructor.  


Dr. Christina Frederick is currently a Professor in the Human Factors and Behavioral Neurobiology Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.  Dr. Frederick received her Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Rochester with a major in Psychological Development.  She previously taught at the University of Rochester, Southern Utah University and the University of Central Florida.  In 2000, Dr. Frederick joined the Human Factors and Systems Department at Embry-Riddle, where her work focused on applied motivation and human factors issues in aviation/aerospace.  Dr. Frederick served in various roles in University administration between 2004-2012, including Associate and Interim Provost, and Senior Executive Vice President for Academics and Research.  Dr. Frederick’s current research interests examine how individual differences interact with technology.  Dr. Frederick is the author of more than 60 research publications, 4 book chapters and over 100 regional, national and international conference presentations on a wide range of topics in human factors and psychology.  She is active in a number of professional associations, and is a Consultant for Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology.


Feb 4, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time
The Role of Human Factors Engineering in Addressing Clinician Burnout
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Between one-third and one-half of U.S. clinicians experience burnout, a condition of emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and feelings of low professional accomplishment. Clinician burnout, not just a national but an international problem, has adverse consequences for clinicians (e.g. physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists), their patients, health care organizations and society. Addressing this epidemic will require systemic changes by health care organizations, educational institutions, and at all levels of government. A recent National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) report highlighted how the systems in which clinicians work strongly influence their professional well-being. A key recommendation of the NASEM Report is that health care organizations must create a work environment that fosters clinicians’ safety, health, and sense of fulfillment. Human factors engineers are uniquely positioned to help to solve this international public health crisis. This webinar is offered by two HFE leaders who were members of the NASEM Committee that generated the Report. They will introduce the problem of clinician burnout including prevalence and contributory factors, summarize the Report’s relevant recommendations, and discuss implications for HFE professionals and researchers.


Pascale Carayon is the Leon and Elizabeth Janssen Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Dr. Carayon has three decades of research experience analyzing, designing and improving complex work systems such as those found in health care. Dr. Carayon is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Fellow of the International Ergonomics Association, member of the editorial boards of Behavior and Information Technology, Work and Stress and the Journal of Patient Safety. Dr. Carayon is past chair of the Board on Human-Systems Integration in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She was the co-chair of the the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Systems Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-Being.

Matthew B. Weinger, MD, MS is the Norman Ty Smith Chair in Patient Safety and Medical Simulation and is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, and Medical Education at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. He is also the is the Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS) and the Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs in the Department of Anesthesiology for Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Weinger has been teaching and conducting research in human factors engineering, patient safety, medical device development, healthcare simulation, and clinical decision making for three decades. In additional to conducting his research on burnout in anesthesia professionals, Dr. Weinger was a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Committee on Systems Approaches to Improve Patient Care by Supporting Clinician Well-Being. He serves on the NASEM Board on Human Systems Integration (BOHSI).

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