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Douglas Myers, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Myers is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences. He came to WVU from Duke University where he was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in the Department of Community and Family Medicine. He received a doctor of science in epidemiology from the Work Environment Department at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Dr. Myers’ research takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of occupational injuries and assaults. He has used his background in sociology to apply culture theory and social network methods to investigate how occupational cultures affect the risk of injury and how risk of injury is socially distributed among workgroup members. Most recently he completed an evaluation of an intervention designed to reduce patient handling injuries among healthcare workers.

Dr. Myers is currently conducting an evaluation of policies intended to reduce the risk of needle sticks and other percutaneous blood and body fluid (BBF) exposures that occur during surgical procedures. As part of this study, he is using social network measures to quantify the stability of surgical team membership in order to determine whether surgical teams with greater stability – whose members have worked together more in the past – experience fewer needle sticks and other percutaneous BBF exposures. He is also currently collaborating with Dr. Kimberly Rauscher, also an ICRC Affiliate, to investigate mechanisms that produce social disparities in the risk of work-related injuries among adolescent workers.