Susan Kotowski

Susan E. Kotowski

Associate Professor

Education

PhD, University of Cincinnati 2009 (Occupational Ergonomics and Safety)

Master of Science, University of Cincinnati 2008 (Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, Occupational Ergonomics and Safety concentration)

Master of Science, University of Cincinnati 2003 (Industrial Engineering, Occupational Ergonomics and Safety concentration)

Bachelor of Science, University of Dayton, College of Engineering 2002 (Mechanical Engineering Technology (Industrial Engineering Technology minor))

Positions and Work Experience

2012 -To Present Assistant Professor - Clinical, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences

2010 -2012 Visiting Assistant Professor - Clinical, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences

2011 -To Present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine

2009 -2010 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences

2007 -2010 Research Associate, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Cincinnati, College of Allied Health Sciences

Research and Practice Interests

-Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics, interested specifically in:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Product design
  3. Low back pain pathways
-Experienced in conducting ergonomics assessments in a wide variety of fields including: warehousing, office environments, agricultural, healthcare, and various types of manufacturing facilities

Research Support

Grant: #005008 Investigators:Davis, Kermit; Kotowski, Susan 12-01-2006 -05-31-2008 Hill-Rom Incorporated Ergonomic Assessment of Birthing Bed Removable Foot Sections Role:Collaborator $37,406.00 Closed Level:Industry

Grant: #SRS 006114 Investigators:Davis, Kermit; Kotowski, Susan 08-01-2008 -08-30-2010 Hill-Rom Incorporated Hill-Rom Motion and Anthropometric Assessment, Phase I Role:Collaborator $107,682.00 Closed Level:Industry

Grant: #SRS 007029 Investigators:Davis, Kermit; Kotowski, Susan 06-01-2010 -11-15-2010 Hill-Rom Incorporated Hill-Rom 2010 - Viking-Science of Frames Role:Collaborator $60,000.00 Closed Level:Industry

Grant: #6153-O2-00006 Investigators:Davis, Kermit; Kotowski, Susan 06-01-2010 -11-15-2010 Hill-Rom Incorporated Hill-Rom 2010 - Viking-Science of Frames Role:Collaborator $26,812.00 Closed Level:Industry

Grant: #Agreement - Ohio Means Internships (OMIC I) Investigators:Barlow, Lisa; Breslin, Paula; Cates, Cheryl; Cedercreutz, Claes Kettil; Clark, Willie; Collet, Jill; Cooper, Christopher; Fox, Marjorie; Hummeldorf, Stacey Lynn; Jefferson, Mina; Juran, Datina; Kotowski, Susan; Lockhart, Cynthia; Neff, Glenda; Nelson, Adison; Osborne, George; Osborne, Thomas; Straka, Ann; Tappel, James; Walters, William; Watson, Joy 01-01-2013 -06-30-2014 Ohio Board of Regents The Cincinnati Co-op and Internship Plan Role:Collaborator $1,822,373.00 Closed Level:State of Ohio

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Davis, Kermit G; Kotowski, Susan E; Albers, James; Marras, William S (2010. )Investigating reduced bag weight as an effective risk mediator for mason tenders.Applied ergonomics, ,41 (6 ),822-31

Dunning, Kari K; Davis, Kermit G; Cook, Chad; Kotowski, Susan E; Hamrick, Chris; Jewell, Gregory; Lockey, James (2010. )Costs by industry and diagnosis among musculoskeletal claims in a state workers compensation system: 1999-2004.American journal of industrial medicine, ,53 (3 ),276-84

Kotowski, Susan E; Davis, Kermit G (2010. )Influence of weight loss on musculoskeletal pain: Potential short-term relevance.Work (Reading, Mass.), ,36 (3 ),295-304

Kotowski, Susan E; Davis, Kermit G; Waters, Thomas R (2009. )Investigation of select ergonomic interventions for farm youth. Part 2: wheelbarrows.Journal of agromedicine, ,14 (1 ),44-57

Kotowski, Susan E; Davis, Kermit G; Waters, Thomas R (2009. )Investigation of select ergonomic interventions for farm youth. Part 1: shovels.Journal of agromedicine, ,14 (1 ),33-43

Dunning, K K; Davis, K G; Kotowski, S E; Elliott, T; Jewell, G; Lockey, J (2008. )Can a transitional work grant program in a workers' compensation system reduce cost and facilitate return to work?.Journal of occupational and environmental hygiene, ,5 (9 ),547-55

Kotowski, Susan E; Davis, Kermit G; Shockley, Kevin (2007. )Impact of order and load knowledge on trunk kinematics during repeated lifting tasks. Human factors, ,49 (5 ),808-19

Davis, Kermit G; Kotowski, Susan E (2007. )Understanding the ergonomic risk for musculoskeletal disorders in the United States agricultural sector.American journal of industrial medicine, ,50 (7 ),501-11

Davis, Kermit G; Kotowski, Susan E (2005. )Preliminary evidence of the short-term effectiveness of alternative treatments for low back pain. Technology and health care : official journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine, ,13 (6 ),453-62

Davis, Kermit G; Kotowski, Susan E (2014. )Postural variability: an effective way to reduce musculoskeletal discomfort in office work. Hum Factors, ,56 (7 ),1249-61

Ramsey, Todd; Davis, Kermit G; Kotowski, Susan E; Anderson, Vern P; Waters, Thomas (2014. )Reduction of spinal loads through adjustable interventions at the origin and destination of palletizing tasks. Hum Factors, ,56 (7 ),1222-34

Davis, Kermit G; Kotowski, Susan E (2014. )Postural variability: an effective way to reduce musculoskeletal discomfort in office work. Human factors, ,56 (7 ),1249-61

Ramsey, Todd; Davis, Kermit G; Kotowski, Susan E; Anderson, Vern P; Waters, Thomas (2014. )Reduction of spinal loads through adjustable interventions at the origin and destination of palletizing tasks. Human factors, ,56 (7 ),1222-34

Kotowski, Susan E; Davis, Kermit G; Kim, Hyocher; Lee, Kyung-Suk (2014. )Identifying risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders on Korean farms.Work (Reading, Mass.), ,49 (1 ),15-23

Kotowski, Susan E; Davis, Kermit G; Wiggermann, Neal; Williamson, Rachel (2013. )Quantification of patient migration in bed: catalyst to improve hospital bed design to reduce shear and friction forces and nurses' injuries. Human factors, ,55 (1 ),36-47

Witt, Dexter; Talbott, Nancy; Kotowski, Susan (2011. )Electromyographic activity of scapular muscles during diagonal patterns using elastic resistance and free weights. International journal of sports physical therapy, ,6 (4 ),322-32

Israel, Susan; Kotowski, Susan; Talbott, Nancy; Fisher, Keri; Dunning, Kari The therapeutic effect of outpatient use of a peroneal nerve functional electrical stimulation neuroprosthesis in people with stroke: a case series.Topics in stroke rehabilitation, ,18 (6 ),738-45

Bhattacharya, Amit; Watts, Nelson B; Davis, Kermit; Kotowski, Susan; Shukla, Rakesh; Dwivedi, Alok Kumar; Coleman, Robert Dynamic bone quality: a noninvasive measure of bone's biomechanical property in osteoporosis.Journal of clinical densitometry : the official journal of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry, ,13 (2 ),228-36

D'Angelo, M; Narayanan, S; Reynolds, D B; Kotowski, S; Page, S (2010. )Application of virtual reality to the rehabilitation field to aid amputee rehabilitation: findings from a systematic review.Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology, ,5 (2 ),136-42

Jorgensen, Michael; Davis, Kermit; Kotowski, Susan; Aedla, Pranathi; Dunning, Kari (2005. )Characteristics of job rotation in the Midwest US manufacturing sector.Ergonomics, ,48 (15 ),1721-33

Kotowski, Susan; Davis, Kermit (2005. )The importance of the "human" in the identification of postural risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders.Journal of occupational and environmental hygiene, ,2 (12 ),D100-1

Kotowski, S.E., Davis, K.G. (2019. )Factors Impacting the Patient Migration in Hospital Beds: Pathway to Reduce Patient Handling Injuries .International Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility, ,9 (3 ),102 -110

 Sampath, S.L., Wilson, K., Davis, K., Kotowski, S. (2019. )Reality of Safe Patient Handling Policies and Programs in Hospitals Across the United States .International Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility, ,9 (2 ),69 -76

 Kotowski, S.E., Davis, K.G., Marras, W.S. (2019. )Effectiveness of Friction-Reducing Patient-Handling Devices on Reducing Lumbosacral Spine Loads in Nurses: A Controlled Laboratory Simulation Study .International Journal of Safe Patient Handling & Mobility, ,9 (2 ),77 -89

Keywords

biomechanics, ergonomics, low back pain

Contact Information

Academic - Health Sciences Building
3225 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45267-0394
Phone: 513-558-0353
susan.kotowski@uc.edu