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Karen Conrad

Karen Conrad


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Title: Research Associate Professor

Specialization: Occupational Health, Applied Measurement, and Research Methods





Karen Mendala Conrad, PhD, RN, MPH is a Research Associate Professor in Health Policy and Administration since 2002. She is also a senior research scientist and co-owner of Program Metrics, LLC. Dr. Conrad holds a PhD in nursing sciences from UIC. Previously, she was a tenured associate professor in the College of Nursing and served for over ten years as the program director of the NIOSH-funded (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) graduate occupational health nursing program at UIC. A commitment to occupational health has motivated her scholarship over the past twenty years. Her program of research has focused on musculoskeletal injury reduction in firefighter/paramedics engaged in EMS patient transport and more recently has expanded to include applied measurement. She has been principal investigator and co-investigator on research grants funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has served on national peer review panels for NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) research and training grant applications.

Dr. Conrad’s interests are occupational health, measurement using the Rasch measurement model, and research methods. Her research, peer-reviewed publications, and presentations mirror these areas of interest.

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