Matthew Thiese, PhD

My research focuses on the overlap between a person’s job and their health. This includes everything from musculoskeletal disorders like Low Back Pain or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, to motor vehicle crashes, to COVID-19, to mental well-being. I am interested in identification of potential risk factors, interventions to prevent injury or illness, evidence-based practice for both treatment and prevention, and assessments of worker health and safety fitness-for-duty. I am a tenured Associate Professor, and my efforts go toward conducting research, mentoring students and teaching courses. I have coauthored 115 articles (29 as first author), 34 practice guidelines and 5 book chapters. I have extensive experience in designing and conducting epidemiologic and interventional research.  I have worked with first responders, healthcare providers, manufacturing, construction and transportation workers, including research-analyzing relationships between driver health and subsequent crashes in a retrospective cohort of 90,000 drivers.  I have been part of multiple large prospective cohort studies evaluating relationships between musculoskeletal disorders and both job and personal factors. I am currently working as an expert for the CDC regarding COVID-19 and am a co-investigator on the largest COVID-19 study regarding transmission rate and vaccine efficacy.


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