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Lee S Friedman, PhD

Associate Professor

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


Building & Room:



1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-1649

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Lee Friedman CV


My research principally covers three areas: injury prevention at work, violence across the lifespan, and the role of conflicts of interest in public health research. I specialize in analyses of large population based datasets, longitudinal cohorts, surveillance systems, data linkage and multi-center projects. My injury prevention work focuses on identifying and integrating risk factors across realms that are traditionally evaluated separately: the environment, home/community and workplace. Individuals experiencing violence at home or in their communities will have their work lives impacted, as will those discriminated against and working in unsafe environments will have their families and communities adversely affected.

Selected Grants

NIOSH-CDC, Illinois Occupational Surveillance Program 2, PI

Selected Publications

Friedman LS, Almberg K and Cohen RA.  Extended Work Hour Injuries: Risk Factors and Adverse Outcomes Among U.S. Miners, 1983-2015.  (Submitted for publication)

Friedman LS, Avila S, Friedman D and Meltzer W. Association Between Location of Residence and Clinical Signs of Neglect in Older Adults.  Gerontology. 2018. Oct 9:1-10. doi: 10.1159/000492029

Friedman LS, Avila S, Liu E, Dixon K, Patch O, Partida R, Zielke H, Giloth B, Friedman D, Moorman L, Meltzer W.  Using clinical signs of neglect to identify elder neglect cases.  J Elder Abuse Negl. 2017 Aug-Oct;29(4):270-287.

Friedman LS, Avila S, Rizvi T, Partida R, and Friedman D.  Physical Abuse of the Elderly: Victim Characteristics and Determinants of Revictimization.  J Am Ger Soc.  2017; 65(7): 1420-1426.

Lale A, Krajewski A, and Friedman LS.  Undertriage of Firearm-Related Injuries in a Major Metropolitan Area.  JAMA Surgery. 2017; 152(5): 467-474.

Huang Z and Friedman LS.  Work-related burn injuries hospitalized in U.S. burn centers: 2002-2011.  J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Mar;59(3):282-288.

Holloway-Beth A, Forst L, Freels S, Brandt-Rauf S, Friedman L.Occupational Injury Surveillance Among Law Enforcement Officers Using Workers’ Compensation Data, Illinois 1980 to 2008. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Jun;58(6):594-600.

Holloway-Beth A, Forst L, Lippert J, Brandt-Rauf S, Freels S, Friedman L.  Risk factors associated with legal interventions.  Inj Epidemiol. 2016;3:2.

Friedman L, Friedman M.  Financial Conflicts of Interest and Study Results in Environmental and Occupational Health Research.  J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Mar;58(3):238-47.

Forst L, Friedman L, Chin B, Madigan D.  Spatial clustering of occupational injuries in communities.  Am J Public Health. 2015 Jul;105 Suppl 3:S526-33.

Publication Aggregators


2005-2006 Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Occupational Injuries Among Illinois Workers.

2003-2005 MSc., University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Predictors of Elevated Blood Cadmium and Lead Among 3 Year Old Ukrainian Children.

1990-1994 B.A., University of California at San Diego, Psychology

Research Currently in Progress

Occupational Injury Prevention and Surveillance

Long-term impact of Occupational Injuries - Undocumented and Documented Workers

Role of Social Support in Preventing Elder Neglect

Financial Conflicts of Interest in Occupational and Environmental Health Research