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Academic Title
Associate Professor of Medicine
University of Connecticut Health Center, Division of Public Health and Population Science
Ergonomics Coordinator, Ergonomic Technology Center of Connecticut

Nicholas Warren received a B.S. degree from Swarthmore College in 1965, an M.A.T. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1967, an M.S. degree in Ergonomics from UMass Lowell in 1993 and an Sc.D. degree in Ergonomics and Work Environment from UMass Lowell in 1997.

Primary Appointment
Department of Medicine

Secondary Appointment
Department of Community Medicine

Research Interests
Ergonomics, defined as “fitting work to worker” necessarily involves all aspects of this fit: physical work station, psychosocial workplace characteristics, and the work organization and organizational culture underlying these domains.  It also implies attention to the design features and capacities (physical, mental, and emotional) of the worker.  Thus, maintenance of optimum worker capacity over the life course is a primary interest.  Dr. Warren’s research and consulting/training work focuses on:

  • Identification of biomechanical, psychosocial and organizational risk factors for MSDs and their interaction
  • Understanding work design factors that promote healthy aging and function in the workplace and into retirement.
  • Development of multilevel assessment and intervention tools to control risk factors and promote healthy aging, centering on participatory workplace teams and programs.
  • Health care research, examining the links between organizational characteristics, employee working conditions, and quality/safety of patient care.

Selected Publications
Morse, T., Dillon, C., Warren, N., Levenstein, C., Warren, A.  (1998). The Economic and Social Consequences of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders: The Connecticut Upper-Extremity Surveillance Project (CUSP).  Int. J. Occup. and Envir. Med., 4(4), 209-16

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.  (2000); Biomechanical and Psychosocial Risk Factors and MSD Etiology; A summary of the literature and arguments.  Post-testimony review, OSHA.

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.

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

Morse, T., Dillon, C., Warren, N.  (2000). Reporting of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder (MSD) to Workers' Compensation.  New Solutions 10(3):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

Morse, T., Warren, N., Cherniack, M, Fletcher, F., Peterson, D.  (2001)  The Creation of Ergonomic Data Sheets for Hazard Communication of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders.  App. Occup. Envir. Hygiene 16(8):823-831

Warren, N.  (2001) Occupational stress and musculoskeletal disorder etiology: The relative roles of psychosocial and physical risk factors.  Work 17(3):221-234

TF Morse, C Dillon, N Warren, C Hall, and D Hovey. (2001) “Capture-Recapture Estimation of Unreported Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Connecticut”, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 39:6; 636-642.

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

Cherniack M, Brammer AJ, Meyer J, Morse TF, Peterson D,  Warren N, Fu R. (2003) Skin Temperature Recovery from Cold Provocation in Workers Exposed to Vibration: A Longitudinal Study, Occupational and Environmental Medicine 60(12):962-968

Morse TF, Michalak-Turcotte C, Atwood-Sanders M, Warren N, Peterson DR, Bruneau H, and Cherniack M (2003) A Pilot Study of Hand and Arm Musculoskeletal Disorders in Dental Hygiene Students. Journal of Dental Hygiene 77(3):173-179

Morse T, Punnett L, Warren W, Dillon C, Warren A.  (2003) The Relationship of Unions to Prevalence and Claim Filing for Work-Related Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders.  AJIM 44:83-93

Cherniack M, Brammer AJ, Lundstrom R, Meyer J, Morse TF, Nealy G, Nilsson T, Peterson D, Toppilla E, Warren N, Fu RW, Bruneau H (2004) Segmental Nerve Conduction Velocity in Vibration-Exposed Shipyard Workers. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 77:159-176.

Cherniack M, Morse TF, Brammer AJ, Lundstrom R, Meyer J, Nilsson T, Peterson D, Toppila E, Warren N, Fu RW, Bruneau H, Croteau M.  (2004) Vibration Exposure, Workplace Modification, and Disease in a Shipyard: a 13-Year Revisit.  Am J Indus Med 45:500-512

Warren, N.  (2004) The Expanded Definition of Ergonomics.  In Sanders, M. Ergonomics and the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders,   St. Louis, Butterworth/Heinemann. Chapter 8:151-159.

Warren, N, Sanders, M.  (2004) Biomechanical Risk Factors.  In Sanders, M. Ergonomics and the Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders, St. Louis, Butterworth/Heinemann.  Chapter 10:191-229

Morse TF, Dillon C, Weber J, Warren N, Bruneau H, and Fu R,  (2004) The Prevalence & Reporting of Occupational Illness by Company Size: Population Trends & Regulatory Implications, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 45:4361–370.

Hodgson MJ, Reed R, Craig T, Murphy F, Lehmann L, Belton L, Warren N. (2004) Violence in Healthcare Facilities: Lessons From the Veterans Health Administration. J Occup Environ Med. 46(11):1158-1165.

Stone PW, Harrison ML, Feldman P, Linzer M, Peng T, Roblin D, Scott-Cawiezell J, Warren N, Williams ES. Organizational Climate of Staff Working Conditions and Safety—An Integrative Model.  (2005) Advances in Patient Safety: From Research to Implementation. Volumes 1-4, AHRQ Publication Nos. 050021 (1-4). February 2005. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/advances/  Volume 2, Concepts & Methodology, pp 467-481

Morse, T, Dillon, C, Kenta-Bibi, E, Weber, J, Diva, U, Warren, N, and Grey M. Trends in Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorder Reports by Year, Type and Industrial Sector: A Capture-Recapture Analysis, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 48:1, July, 2005, 40-49.

Dillon, C., Warren, N. and Morse, T.  (2006).  Symptom Experience and Symptom Surveys in Musculoskeletal Disease Injury Evaluation, in Karwowski, W., (Editor), International Encyclopedia of Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2nd edition. London: Taylor & Francis, pp.2789-2793.

Cherniack M, Brammer AJ, Nilsson T, Lundstrom R, Meyer JD, Morse T, Neely G, Peterson D, Toppila E, Warren N, Atwood-Sanders M, Michalak-Turcotte C, Abbas U, Bruneau H, Croteau M, Fu RW.  (2006) Nerve conduction and sensorineural function in dental hygienists using high frequency ultrasound handpieces. Am J Indus Med. 49(5):313-326

Warren N, Hodgson M, Craig T, Dyrenforth S, Perlin J, Murphy F.  (2007) Employee Working Conditions and Healthcare System Performance: the Veterans Health Administration Experience.  J Occup Environ Med. 49:417–429

Cherniack M, Brammer AJ, Lundstrom R, Meyer JD, Morse T, Neely G, Nilsson T, Peterson D, Toppila E, Warren N, Fu RW.  (2007) Prospective Studies on the Relationship between Power Tool Exposure and Health Effects. JOEM;49(3):289-301

Morse T, Bruneau H,  Michalak-Turcotte C, Atwood-Sanders M, Dussetschleger J, Diva U, Croteau M. (2007) Musculoskeletal disorders of the neck and shoulder in dental hygienists and dental hygiene students. Journal of Dental Hygiene;81(1):1-16

Meyer JD, Warren N, Reisine S.  (2007) Job control, substantive complexity, and risk for low birth weight and preterm delivery: An analysis from a state birth registry.  Am J Ind Med; 50: 664-675

MacDonald LA, Härenstam A, Warren ND, Punnett L. (2008) Incorporating work organisation into occupational health research: an invitation for dialogue. Occup Environ Med 65:1-3

Meyer JD, Nichols GH, Warren N, Reisine S.  (2008) Maternal occupation and risk for low birth weight delivery:  Assessment using state birth registry data. J Occup Environ Med 50:306-315

Das S, Chen M-H, Kim S, Warren N (2008). A Bayesian Structural Equations Model for Multilevel Data with Missing Responses and Missing Covariates. Bayesian Analysis 3(1):197-224

Morse T, Goyzueta J, Curry L, Warren N (2008) Characteristics of Effective Job Health and Safety Committees, New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 18(4):441-457

Henning RA, Warren ND, Robertson M, Faghri P, Cherniack M  (2009). Workplace Health Protection and Promotion through Participatory Ergonomics: An Integrated Approach. Public Health Rep 2009;124 (Suppl 1).

Meyer JD, Warren N, Reisine S.  (2009; in press) Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Low Birth Weight Delivery Associated With Maternal Occupational Characteristics. AJIM. 53(2):153 - 162

Kim S, Das S, Chen M-H, Warren N (2009). Bayesian Structural Equations Modeling for Ordinal Response Data with Missing Responses and Missing Covariates.  Communications in Statistics-Theory and Methods. 38:2748-2768 

Warren N.  (2010). Causes of Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in Dental Hygienists and Dental Hygiene Students: a Study of Combined Biomechanical and Psychosocial Risk Factors.  Work 35:441-454


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Email: warren@nso.uchc.edu

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