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Faculty Bio
Carisa Harris-Adamson
PT, PhD, CIE

After graduating with a MSPT in 2001, I specialized in the treatment of work related injuries. I spent 10 years growing a national company providing Onsite Injury and Prevention Services to large companies.  I returned to receive a PhD from UC Berkeley where I focused on epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational biomechanics. 

My current research ranges from examining the exposure response relationship between biomechanical risk factors and upper extremity disorders to lab based exposure and intervention assessments on high risk occupational tasks.  I teach first year PT students in the Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology class.  I have also taught classes on Clinic Management and Evidence Based Practice.  I live in Walnut Creek with my husband, 2 small children and our 2 dogs.

Education

2008-2011       University of California, Berkeley                    PhD                 Environmental Health Sciences

2005-2008       University of California, Berkeley                    MS                   Environmental Health Sciences

1998-2002       San Francisco State University                      MA                   Kinesiology

1999-2001       University of California, San Francisco          MS                   Physical Therapy

1991-1997       Tufts University                                               BS                   Psychology

Teaching Interest

 The primary course that I teach is a 2-semester long course in Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology.  This course is taught in the first year of the students training.  Some of the course covers basic skills like surface palpation, osteokinematics, arthrokinematics and kinetics that are important in human movement.  Regardless of their ultimate area of specialization, students will need to identify physical factors that have contributed to their patients injuries.  Therefore, the class focuses on foundations of injury prevention.  Through movement analysis, biomechanical risk assessment techniques and a culminating project, students are able to identify risk factors that may have contributed to a patient’s condition and offer solutions to reduce the observed exposure. 

Additionally, I teach a research methods course that prepares students for an evidence based practice.  Through statistical exercises, lectures, and literature reviews, I help students get familiar with different study designs and important concepts in the assessment and application of evidence to clinical questions.  Through a small grant writing project, students analytically approach answering a case derived question through research. 

Through my education, clinical work, teaching, research, and field experiences, I have gained an important understanding of how the severity of a musculoskeletal injury affects a patient, their families, and co-workers.  Injury occurrence and recovery is a complex and multi-factorial process that needs adequate attention by caregivers and I enjoy teaching future practitioners how biomechanics can be used to evaluate, treat and prevent musculoskeletal injuries.  I look forward to teaching and mentoring others who will be providing care, affecting policy, or contributing to research in the field of musculoskeletal disorders.

Courses Taught

PT 724 & PT 726: Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology
PT 756: Research Methods II

Research Biography

My research interest is in the field of occupational musculoskeletal injury prevention, specifically on the biomechanical, personal and work psychosocial factors associated with upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (UEMSDs) and resulting disability.  

Understanding the causal factors associated with the occurrence of work-related injuries will facilitate successful prevention strategies and policies to help reduce the frequency and severity of work related UEMSDs.  My research bridges the fields of occupational health, biostatistics and epidemiology. Trained in biostatistics, I am interested in analytical methods designed to reduce bias in epidemiologic studies of workplace exposures.  Over the past three years, I have developed knowledge and analytical skills in epidemiological research through my post-doctoral training. I have gained an appreciation for how certain biases, such as the healthy worker survivor effect, can influence findings. I recently applied for a K01 career mentorship grant entitled “Survivor Bias in a pooled longitudinal study of CTS and related disability”.  My intent is to advance my knowledge and training to account for biases in epidemiological research as I continue to contribute to the field of occupational injury prevention and ergonomics.

Other research projects that I have been involved with include the quantification of exposure in jobs that have a high incidence of work related UEMSDs.  Examples include the assessment of a cake decorating tool, the design and testing of an alternative pallet jack handle and most recently, the assessment of a mattress lift tool for hotel room cleaners.  I would like to continue to participate in projects that apply evidence to tangible workplace solutions that aim at reducing exposure in high risk industries.

Peer Reviewed Publications
  1. Harris-Adamson, C. and Lin, J.  “Effect of handle design on pallet jack operations.”  Ergonomics in Design: The quarterly of Human Factors Applications. 2013;21(2):15-21.
  2. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D.  “1st place, PREMUS best paper competition: workplace and individual factors of Wrist Tendinosis among blue-collar workers- the San Francisco Study.” Scan J Work Environ Health. 2011;37(2):85-98.
  3. Coelho, D., Harris-Adamson, C., Lima, T., Janowitz, I., Rempel, D.  “Correlation between different hand force assessment methods from an epidemiological study.  Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries. 2011;00(0):1–12.
  4. Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E.A., Dale, A.M., Evanoff, B., Hegmann, K.T., Thiese, M., Kapellusch,J., Garg, A., Burt, S., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Gerr, F., Merlino, L., Rempel, D.  Personal and Workplace Psychosocial Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Pooled Study Cohort.  Occup Environ Med. 2013;70(8):529-37.
  5. Kapellusch, J., Garg, A., Bao,, S., Silverstein, B., Burt, S., Dale, A.M., Evanoff, B., Gerr, F., Harris Adamson, C., Hegmann, K., Merlino, L., Rempel., D. Pooling Job Physical Exposure Data from Multiple Sites in a Study of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Ergonomics. 2013;56(6):1021-37.
  6. Dale, A.M., Harris-Adamson, C., Rempel, D.,  Hegman, K., Gerr, F., Silverstein, B., Burt, S., Garg, A., Kapellusch, J., Merlino, L., Eisen, E.A., Evanoff, B.  Prevalence and incidence of CTS in US working populations: Pooled analysis of six prospective studies. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2013;39(5):495-505.
  7. Harris-Adamson, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., You, D., Rempel, D.  The impact of posture on wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers − the San Francisco study. Human Factors. 2014;56(1):143-150.
  8. Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EC, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Burt S, Silverstein B, Bao S, Merlino L, Gerr F, Rempel D.  Personal and workplace psychosocial risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study cohort: author response.  Occup Environ Med. 2014;71(4):303-4.

 

Peer Reviewed National & International Presentations

International

  1. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D., “A Prospective study of Wrist Tendinosis in Blue Collar Workers: The San Francisco Study”, International Conference on the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Angers, France, August 2010.
  2. Harris, C. and Lin, J. “Ergonomic evaluation of standard and alternative pallet jack handles”, 4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, San Francisco, California, July 2012.
  3. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D.  “Workplace factors in wrist tendinosis among blue collar workers: The San Francisco Study.  Comparison of various measures of force and repetition.” International Ergonomics Association Conference, Recife, Brazil, February, 2012.
  4. Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E.A., Dale, A.M., Evanoff, B., Hegmann, K.T., Thiese, M, Kapellusch, J Garg, A, Burt S, Bao, S Silverstein, B Gerr, F Merlino, L Rempel, D.  Personal and workplace psychosocial risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled prospective study of 3515 workers. 8th International Conference on the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Busan, Korea, July 8-12, 2013.
  5. Harris-Adamson, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., You, D., Rempel, D.  The impact of posture on wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers: the San Francisco study.  8th International Conference on the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Busan, Korea, July, 2013.
  6. Rempel, D. &  Harris-Adamson, C.  Rates of Epicondylitis among Workers: A Comparison of Different Criteria.  8th International Conference on the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Busan, Korea, July, 2013.

National

  1. Harris, C. & Lin J.,  “The Effect of Hand-Handle Interface on Exertion Efficiency and Physical Demands during Pallet Jack Operations.” Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, San Francisco, California, September, 2010.
  2. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D., “A Prospective Study of Wrist Symptoms in Blue Collar Workers: The San Francisco Study”, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, San Francisco, CA, September 2010.
  3. Harris, C. & Zitnik, K.  “Building a Dynamic Prevention Program that Embraces Safety Loss & Control: The Costco Story.”, National Workers Compensation & Disability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2010.
  4. Harris-Adamson, C., Chen, B., Janowitz, I., Rempel, D., “Ergonomic Evaluation of an alternative cake decorating tool”, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2011.
Grants & Fellowships

GRANTS

SCERC (PI)                                                                                                                          1/1/14-8/31/14

Biomechanical evaluation of luxury bed making in hotels with and without a mattress lift.   $10,000

The findings of this study will be useful in understanding hotel room cleaners exposure to physical risk factors associated with MSDs, and will identify whether the measured risk factors can be reduced with the use of a mattress lift tool and/or type of bottom sheet used.  

K01 PAR-13-245 (PI)                                                                                                          9/1/14-8/31/17

NIOSH Career Development Award/NIOSH                                                                  $324,000

Survivor Bias in a Pooled Longitudinal Study of CTS and Related Work Disability

This mentored scientist/career development grant will investigate healthy worker survivor effect (HWSE) bias in the analyses of personal, work psychosocial and physical risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and related work disability. The goal of this research is to improve public health by reducing the incidence and severity of CTS in working populations by elucidating the causes of both.                                

Fellowship                                                                                                                            6/1/2009-5/31/2010

American Society of Safety Engineers & Liberty Mutual Research Institute                        $10,000

Biomechanical evaluation of an alternative pallet jack handle.          

HONORS & AWARDS                                 

2007                            Center for Occupational & Environmental Health Grant 

2009                            NIOSH Targeted Research Training Program Awardee

2010                            1st place, PREMUS Best Paper Competition

“Workplace and individual factors of Wrist Tendinosis among blue-collar workers- the San Francisco Study.”  7th International Conference on Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS), Angers, France. 

2011                            Best Student Paper Award

“Ergonomic Evaluation of an Alternative Tool for Cake Decorating.”

Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

2013                            M. Donald Whorton Writing Award, Honorable Mention

Northern California Center of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley California

Invited Presentations

Regional and other invited presentations

  1. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D., A Prospective study of Wrist Tendinosis in Blue Collar Workers: The San Francisco Study”, Ergonomic Interventions & Research, Oakland, California, December, 2010.
  2. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D., A Prospective study of Wrist Tendinosis in Blue Collar Workers: The San Francisco Study”, UCSF Occupational & Environmental Medicine Grand Rounds, San Francisco, California, 2010.
  3. Harris-Adamson, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D.  “Biomechanical risk factors for Wrist Tendinosis in Blue Collar Workers.”  Samuel Merritt University Faculty Symposium, Oakland, California, May, 2012.

Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E.A., Dale, A.M., Evanoff, B., Hegmann, K.T., Thiese, M., Kapellusch, J., Garg, A., Burt S., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Gerr, F., Merlino, L.,  Rempel, D.  Personal risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled prospective study of 3515 workers.  Samuel Merritt University Faculty Symposium, Oakland, California, May, 2013.

Other Selected University Lectures

March 2011                 Department of Occupational Therapy (SMU), “Human Gait.” (class size 25)

February 2011            Department of Podiatry (SMU), “Physical Therapy in the Health Care System (class size 50)

March 2012                 Department of Occupational Therapy (SMU), “Human Gait.” (class size 25)

February 2012            Department of Podiatry (SMU), “Physical Therapy in the Health Care System (class size 50)

January 2013              BioEc279, PHc269 Ergonomics (UCB), “Muscle Physiology”; “Epidemiology of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders”, “Common Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Neck and Upper Extremity”  (class size 25)

January 2014              BioEc279, PHc269 Ergonomics (UCB), “Muscle Physiology”; “Epidemiology of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders”, “Common Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Neck and Upper Extremity”  (class size 25)

April 2014                    BioEc279, PHc269 Ergonomics (UCB), “Disability and Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders” (class size 25)

Professional and Community Service and Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships
American Physical Therapy Association
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Community Service

2012-present              FACES for the Future Coalition’s Summer Medical Academy, is designed to spark interest among young people in advanced education.  I have participated and led student PTs involvement in this program designed to introduce youth to different careers in the Health Care Sciences.

1999-Present,             Treasure Island Sailing Center Foundation, Co-Founder & President of the Board of Directors

This non-profit organization provides experiential learning opportunities to under resourced youth and those with special needs.  The mission is to develop life skills and respect for the environment through the forum of sailing.  Responsibilities include the development and oversight of mission, vision, values, strategic business plans, facility development plans, budgetary and fundraising strategies.  The annual operating budget is approximately $750,000.   Programs include summer camps, after school classes, and STEM classes for 4th graders in San Francisco through “Set. Sail. Learn”.

Contact Info

Name
Carisa Harris-Adamson
PT, PhD, CIE
Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Email

Faculty Profile

Carisa Harris-Adamson
Carisa
Harris-Adamson
PT, PhD, CIE
Assistant Professor
Doctor of Physical Therapy
charrisadamson@samuelmerritt.edu
510-869-6511

After graduating with a MSPT in 2001, I specialized in the treatment of work related injuries. I spent 10 years growing a national company providing Onsite Injury and Prevention Services to large companies.  I returned to receive a PhD from UC Berkeley where I focused on epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational biomechanics. 

My current research ranges from examining the exposure response relationship between biomechanical risk factors and upper extremity disorders to lab based exposure and intervention assessments on high risk occupational tasks.  I teach first year PT students in the Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology class.  I have also taught classes on Clinic Management and Evidence Based Practice.  I live in Walnut Creek with my husband, 2 small children and our 2 dogs.

2008-2011       University of California, Berkeley                    PhD                 Environmental Health Sciences

2005-2008       University of California, Berkeley                    MS                   Environmental Health Sciences

1998-2002       San Francisco State University                      MA                   Kinesiology

1999-2001       University of California, San Francisco          MS                   Physical Therapy

1991-1997       Tufts University                                               BS                   Psychology

 The primary course that I teach is a 2-semester long course in Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology.  This course is taught in the first year of the students training.  Some of the course covers basic skills like surface palpation, osteokinematics, arthrokinematics and kinetics that are important in human movement.  Regardless of their ultimate area of specialization, students will need to identify physical factors that have contributed to their patients injuries.  Therefore, the class focuses on foundations of injury prevention.  Through movement analysis, biomechanical risk assessment techniques and a culminating project, students are able to identify risk factors that may have contributed to a patient’s condition and offer solutions to reduce the observed exposure. 

Additionally, I teach a research methods course that prepares students for an evidence based practice.  Through statistical exercises, lectures, and literature reviews, I help students get familiar with different study designs and important concepts in the assessment and application of evidence to clinical questions.  Through a small grant writing project, students analytically approach answering a case derived question through research. 

Through my education, clinical work, teaching, research, and field experiences, I have gained an important understanding of how the severity of a musculoskeletal injury affects a patient, their families, and co-workers.  Injury occurrence and recovery is a complex and multi-factorial process that needs adequate attention by caregivers and I enjoy teaching future practitioners how biomechanics can be used to evaluate, treat and prevent musculoskeletal injuries.  I look forward to teaching and mentoring others who will be providing care, affecting policy, or contributing to research in the field of musculoskeletal disorders.

PT 724 & PT 726: Functional Anatomy, Biomechanics and Kinesiology
PT 756: Research Methods II

My research interest is in the field of occupational musculoskeletal injury prevention, specifically on the biomechanical, personal and work psychosocial factors associated with upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (UEMSDs) and resulting disability.  

Understanding the causal factors associated with the occurrence of work-related injuries will facilitate successful prevention strategies and policies to help reduce the frequency and severity of work related UEMSDs.  My research bridges the fields of occupational health, biostatistics and epidemiology. Trained in biostatistics, I am interested in analytical methods designed to reduce bias in epidemiologic studies of workplace exposures.  Over the past three years, I have developed knowledge and analytical skills in epidemiological research through my post-doctoral training. I have gained an appreciation for how certain biases, such as the healthy worker survivor effect, can influence findings. I recently applied for a K01 career mentorship grant entitled “Survivor Bias in a pooled longitudinal study of CTS and related disability”.  My intent is to advance my knowledge and training to account for biases in epidemiological research as I continue to contribute to the field of occupational injury prevention and ergonomics.

Other research projects that I have been involved with include the quantification of exposure in jobs that have a high incidence of work related UEMSDs.  Examples include the assessment of a cake decorating tool, the design and testing of an alternative pallet jack handle and most recently, the assessment of a mattress lift tool for hotel room cleaners.  I would like to continue to participate in projects that apply evidence to tangible workplace solutions that aim at reducing exposure in high risk industries.

  1. Harris-Adamson, C. and Lin, J.  “Effect of handle design on pallet jack operations.”  Ergonomics in Design: The quarterly of Human Factors Applications. 2013;21(2):15-21.
  2. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D.  “1st place, PREMUS best paper competition: workplace and individual factors of Wrist Tendinosis among blue-collar workers- the San Francisco Study.” Scan J Work Environ Health. 2011;37(2):85-98.
  3. Coelho, D., Harris-Adamson, C., Lima, T., Janowitz, I., Rempel, D.  “Correlation between different hand force assessment methods from an epidemiological study.  Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing & Service Industries. 2011;00(0):1–12.
  4. Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E.A., Dale, A.M., Evanoff, B., Hegmann, K.T., Thiese, M., Kapellusch,J., Garg, A., Burt, S., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Gerr, F., Merlino, L., Rempel, D.  Personal and Workplace Psychosocial Risk Factors for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A Pooled Study Cohort.  Occup Environ Med. 2013;70(8):529-37.
  5. Kapellusch, J., Garg, A., Bao,, S., Silverstein, B., Burt, S., Dale, A.M., Evanoff, B., Gerr, F., Harris Adamson, C., Hegmann, K., Merlino, L., Rempel., D. Pooling Job Physical Exposure Data from Multiple Sites in a Study of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Ergonomics. 2013;56(6):1021-37.
  6. Dale, A.M., Harris-Adamson, C., Rempel, D.,  Hegman, K., Gerr, F., Silverstein, B., Burt, S., Garg, A., Kapellusch, J., Merlino, L., Eisen, E.A., Evanoff, B.  Prevalence and incidence of CTS in US working populations: Pooled analysis of six prospective studies. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2013;39(5):495-505.
  7. Harris-Adamson, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., You, D., Rempel, D.  The impact of posture on wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers − the San Francisco study. Human Factors. 2014;56(1):143-150.
  8. Harris-Adamson C, Eisen EC, Dale AM, Evanoff B, Hegmann KT, Thiese MS, Kapellusch J, Garg A, Burt S, Silverstein B, Bao S, Merlino L, Gerr F, Rempel D.  Personal and workplace psychosocial risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled study cohort: author response.  Occup Environ Med. 2014;71(4):303-4.

 

International

  1. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D., “A Prospective study of Wrist Tendinosis in Blue Collar Workers: The San Francisco Study”, International Conference on the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Angers, France, August 2010.
  2. Harris, C. and Lin, J. “Ergonomic evaluation of standard and alternative pallet jack handles”, 4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, San Francisco, California, July 2012.
  3. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D.  “Workplace factors in wrist tendinosis among blue collar workers: The San Francisco Study.  Comparison of various measures of force and repetition.” International Ergonomics Association Conference, Recife, Brazil, February, 2012.
  4. Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E.A., Dale, A.M., Evanoff, B., Hegmann, K.T., Thiese, M, Kapellusch, J Garg, A, Burt S, Bao, S Silverstein, B Gerr, F Merlino, L Rempel, D.  Personal and workplace psychosocial risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled prospective study of 3515 workers. 8th International Conference on the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Busan, Korea, July 8-12, 2013.
  5. Harris-Adamson, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., You, D., Rempel, D.  The impact of posture on wrist tendinosis among blue-collar workers: the San Francisco study.  8th International Conference on the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Busan, Korea, July, 2013.
  6. Rempel, D. &  Harris-Adamson, C.  Rates of Epicondylitis among Workers: A Comparison of Different Criteria.  8th International Conference on the Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Busan, Korea, July, 2013.

National

  1. Harris, C. & Lin J.,  “The Effect of Hand-Handle Interface on Exertion Efficiency and Physical Demands during Pallet Jack Operations.” Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, San Francisco, California, September, 2010.
  2. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D., “A Prospective Study of Wrist Symptoms in Blue Collar Workers: The San Francisco Study”, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, San Francisco, CA, September 2010.
  3. Harris, C. & Zitnik, K.  “Building a Dynamic Prevention Program that Embraces Safety Loss & Control: The Costco Story.”, National Workers Compensation & Disability Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2010.
  4. Harris-Adamson, C., Chen, B., Janowitz, I., Rempel, D., “Ergonomic Evaluation of an alternative cake decorating tool”, Human Factors & Ergonomics Society, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2011.

GRANTS

SCERC (PI)                                                                                                                          1/1/14-8/31/14

Biomechanical evaluation of luxury bed making in hotels with and without a mattress lift.   $10,000

The findings of this study will be useful in understanding hotel room cleaners exposure to physical risk factors associated with MSDs, and will identify whether the measured risk factors can be reduced with the use of a mattress lift tool and/or type of bottom sheet used.  

K01 PAR-13-245 (PI)                                                                                                          9/1/14-8/31/17

NIOSH Career Development Award/NIOSH                                                                  $324,000

Survivor Bias in a Pooled Longitudinal Study of CTS and Related Work Disability

This mentored scientist/career development grant will investigate healthy worker survivor effect (HWSE) bias in the analyses of personal, work psychosocial and physical risk factors associated with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and related work disability. The goal of this research is to improve public health by reducing the incidence and severity of CTS in working populations by elucidating the causes of both.                                

Fellowship                                                                                                                            6/1/2009-5/31/2010

American Society of Safety Engineers & Liberty Mutual Research Institute                        $10,000

Biomechanical evaluation of an alternative pallet jack handle.          

HONORS & AWARDS                                 

2007                            Center for Occupational & Environmental Health Grant 

2009                            NIOSH Targeted Research Training Program Awardee

2010                            1st place, PREMUS Best Paper Competition

“Workplace and individual factors of Wrist Tendinosis among blue-collar workers- the San Francisco Study.”  7th International Conference on Prevention of Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (PREMUS), Angers, France. 

2011                            Best Student Paper Award

“Ergonomic Evaluation of an Alternative Tool for Cake Decorating.”

Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada

2013                            M. Donald Whorton Writing Award, Honorable Mention

Northern California Center of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley California

Regional and other invited presentations

  1. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D., A Prospective study of Wrist Tendinosis in Blue Collar Workers: The San Francisco Study”, Ergonomic Interventions & Research, Oakland, California, December, 2010.
  2. Harris, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D., A Prospective study of Wrist Tendinosis in Blue Collar Workers: The San Francisco Study”, UCSF Occupational & Environmental Medicine Grand Rounds, San Francisco, California, 2010.
  3. Harris-Adamson, C. Eisen, E., Goldberg, R., Krause, N., Rempel, D.  “Biomechanical risk factors for Wrist Tendinosis in Blue Collar Workers.”  Samuel Merritt University Faculty Symposium, Oakland, California, May, 2012.

Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E.A., Dale, A.M., Evanoff, B., Hegmann, K.T., Thiese, M., Kapellusch, J., Garg, A., Burt S., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Gerr, F., Merlino, L.,  Rempel, D.  Personal risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled prospective study of 3515 workers.  Samuel Merritt University Faculty Symposium, Oakland, California, May, 2013.

Other Selected University Lectures

March 2011                 Department of Occupational Therapy (SMU), “Human Gait.” (class size 25)

February 2011            Department of Podiatry (SMU), “Physical Therapy in the Health Care System (class size 50)

March 2012                 Department of Occupational Therapy (SMU), “Human Gait.” (class size 25)

February 2012            Department of Podiatry (SMU), “Physical Therapy in the Health Care System (class size 50)

January 2013              BioEc279, PHc269 Ergonomics (UCB), “Muscle Physiology”; “Epidemiology of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders”, “Common Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Neck and Upper Extremity”  (class size 25)

January 2014              BioEc279, PHc269 Ergonomics (UCB), “Muscle Physiology”; “Epidemiology of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Disorders”, “Common Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Neck and Upper Extremity”  (class size 25)

April 2014                    BioEc279, PHc269 Ergonomics (UCB), “Disability and Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders” (class size 25)

Professional Memberships
American Physical Therapy Association
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

Community Service

2012-present              FACES for the Future Coalition’s Summer Medical Academy, is designed to spark interest among young people in advanced education.  I have participated and led student PTs involvement in this program designed to introduce youth to different careers in the Health Care Sciences.

1999-Present,             Treasure Island Sailing Center Foundation, Co-Founder & President of the Board of Directors

This non-profit organization provides experiential learning opportunities to under resourced youth and those with special needs.  The mission is to develop life skills and respect for the environment through the forum of sailing.  Responsibilities include the development and oversight of mission, vision, values, strategic business plans, facility development plans, budgetary and fundraising strategies.  The annual operating budget is approximately $750,000.   Programs include summer camps, after school classes, and STEM classes for 4th graders in San Francisco through “Set. Sail. Learn”.

History

Member for
4 years 9 months