Nicholas Warren MS, MAT, ScD
- Associate Professor
- School of Medicine and Occupational and Environmental Health Center
- Ergonomics Coordinator, Ergonomic Technology Center
Degrees, Universities Attended
- MS, Swarthmore College
- MAT, Harvard Graduate School of Education
- ScD, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Brief Chronology of Professional Career
Dr. Warren joined the faculty at UCHC to assist in the creation of the Ergonomic Technology Center (ErgoCenter). The ErgoCenter is a collaboration among Connecticut business, labor, academic and medical communities, with start-up funding from the Department of Economic and Community Development. It provides an integrated set of services designed to treat and prevent Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs): expert medical diagnosis, treatment and management; ergonomic consulting services; comprehensive training; ergonomic program assistance, and precision risk analysis for tool and product development and evaluation.
The ErgoCenter also is engaged in an array of epidemiological, clinical and applied research projects. Dr. Warren's responsibilities span all of these areas, with a consulting concentration on job analysis and redesign, training, and in-plant ergonomic program development.
Dr. Warren's primary research work is focused on:
- Identification of biomechanical, psychosocial and organizational risk factors for MSDs and their interaction
- The relationships between these risk factors and productivity/product quality of businesses. Present research focuses on quality/safety of patient care in health care institutions.
- Development of intervention tools and techniques to control these risk factors.
Previous to joining the UCHC faculty, Dr. Warren created and managed a small woodworking and construction business for 25 years. He brings this experience with the problems and needs of business to his consulting work with private enterprises and State agencies.
Dr. Warren coordinates the outreach, consulting and program development activities of the ErgoCenter, helping organizations develop in-house capabilities for identifying and controlling ergonomic risk factors while addressing the organizational culture and conditions that underlie 'shop-floor' hazards. He has worked with over a hundred businesses and agencies. With Dr. Timothy F. Morse, he was hired by the Department of Administrative Services to develop and pilot model ergonomic programs that could be tailored to fit the needs of different CT State agencies.
Dr. Warren brought his expertise to a national forum, working with OSHA to write parts of the preamble for the Proposed Ergonomic Rule and give corroborative testimony in hearings on the Rule, briefly enacted in 2000.
Dr. Warren teaches two ergonomics courses, offered in alternate years:
- Introductory Ergonomics: an overview of the field of ergonomics, with an emphasis on building basic knowledge and skills as well as developing a multi-level understanding of organizations and how they create or protect against ergonomic risk.
- Exposure Assessment in Ergonomics: a course offering broad exposure to the range of measurement instruments and research techniques employed in identifying and quantifying ergonomic risk factors, with attention to biomechanical, psychosocial and organizational risks and their interaction.
Dr. Warren is involved in several research projects:
- He is Principal Investigator on a grant from the federal Agency on Health Care Quality that is analyzing organizational characteristics of community-based health care centers, their relationship to employee working conditions and health, and the combined impact of these factors on quality and safety of patient care. The study contrasts Veterans' Administration Community-Based Outreach Centers throughout New England, with non-VA networks of CHCs in Connecticut and Massachusetts.
- He is contracted separately by the Veterans Administration to examine these relationships throughout the VA, analyzing results of a 2001 survey administration to all VA employees and their relationship in all VA hospitals to employee and patient health, satisfaction, costs, and legal outcomes.
- He is co-Investigator on an international NIOSH-funded grant studying the health effects of vibration from tools. He is responsible for strategies to quantify levels of biomechanical risk factors in 5 cohorts (shipbuilders at Electric Boat, dental hygiene students and practicing dental hygienists in CT, Volvo truck assemblers in Sweden, and forestry workers in Finland). He is also responsible for collection and analysis of psychosocial risk information from these cohorts.
- He was co-investigator on a NIOSH-funded grant on Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD), a random sampling of the CT working population, assessing biomechanical and psychosocial risk factors and analyzing their relationship to MSD development and resulting medical, financial and social consequences for workers. This study was noteworthy in quantifying the consistent underreporting of MSDs in the state.
- He is site PI in a consortium educational project with the Psychology Department at UConn Storrs.? This NIOSH-funded training grant was awarded to the University to establish a doctoral-level training program for practitioners in Occupational Health Psychology.? As part of this project, he co-teaches a pro-seminar OHP course, focusing on multilevel modeling,?organizational culture, combined psychosocial and physical risk factors for disease, and multiple health and productivity outcomes of work stress.
Main responsibilities at the UConn Health Center
In addition to teaching and program responsibilities above, Dr. Warren initially conducted job analyses for employee health and now participates in the Back Injury Task Force.
- "Work Organization Psychology and Health", (Consortium Agreement with UConn, Storrs), Henning PI; Warren, UCHC site PI) NIOSH Training Grant T01/CCT122962,?2003-20082.
- "Organizations, Work Environment, and Quality of Care," Warren PI, Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (R01). 2001-2004.
- "Exposure Response Relationship in Hand Arm Vibration," NIOSH R01, (Cherniack PI). 2000-2005.
- "Employee Health and Quality of Care"; Survey analysis for Veterans' Administration, 2001-ongoing
Available in Portable Document Format (PDF):
- TF Morse, C Dillon, N Warren, C Levenstein, and A Warren (1998), The Economic and Social Consequences of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 4:4,pp 209-216.
- Cherniack, M, Warren, N. (1999). "Ambiguities in Office-Related Injury; The Poverty of Present Approaches." in Cherniack, M., (ed.) Office Ergonomics. Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 14(1):1-18
- Warren, N, Cherniack, M, Erdil, M. (1999); Health Effects section of Proposed Ergonomic Rule. Federal Register Tuesday, Nov. 23. Dept. of Labor. OSHA. 29CFR Part 1910
- Warren, N., Dillon, C., Morse, T., Hall, C., Warren, A. (2000). "Biomechanical, Psychosocial and Organizational Risk Factors for WRMSD; Population-Based Estimates from the Connecticut Upper Extremity Surveillance Project (CUSP)". J. Occup. Health Psych. 5(1)164-181.
- TF Morse, C. Dillon, N. Warren, C. Hall, D. Hovey (2001), Capture-Recapture Estimation of Unreported Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Connecticut. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 39:6; 636-642. (This is a preprint of the article)
- Warren, N. (2000). "U.S. Regulations for Work Organization," in Schnall, PL, Belkic, K, Landsbergis, P, Baker, D (eds.). The Workplace and Cardiovascular Disease. Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 15(1):275-280
- Warren, N. (2000); Biomechanical and Psychosocial Risk Factors and MSD Etiology; A summary of the literature and arguments. Post-testimony review, OSHA.
- T Morse, N Warren, M Cherniack, F Fletcher, D Peterson, "The Use of Ergonomic Data Sheets for Hazard Communication of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders," Applied Ergonomics, Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene,(accepted for publication).
- Warren, N. (2001) "Psychosocial and Work Organization Risk Factors for WRMSD," in Karwowski, W., ed. International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors. New York. Taylor & Francis. Vol. 1:1299-1302
- T Morse, C Dillon, N Warren, "Reporting of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) to Workers' Compensation," New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 10:3, 2000, 281-292.
- Herbert, R, Dropkin J, Warren N, Sivin D, Doucette J, Kellogg L, Bardin J, Kass D, Zoloth S. (2001) Impact of a Joint Labor-Management Ergonomics Program on Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Garment Workers. Applied Ergonomics 32:453-60
- Warren, N. (2001) Occupational stress and musculoskeletal disorder etiology: The relative roles of psychosocial and physical risk factors. Work 17(3):221-234
- Warren, N (in press). The Expanded Definition of Ergonomics. In Sanders, M. Ergonomics and the Control of Musculoskeletal Disorders, Chapter 8. St. Louis, Mosby/Elsevier
- Warren, N & Sanders, M (in press). Biomechanical Risk Factors. In Sanders, M. Ergonomics and the Control of Musculoskeletal Disorders, Chapter 10. St. Louis, Mosby/Elsevier
Reports and Manuscripts Available for Download
- Nicholas Warren, MS, MAT, ScD
- Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
- University of Connecticut Health Center
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