Laura Ridge

Laura Jean Ridge

Asst Professor


Procter Hall

CON Population Health Sciences - 0038

Professional Summary

Dr. Laura Jean Ridge is an Assistant Professor at the University of Cincinnati's College of Nursing. She is a nurse practitioner who earned her Master's in Adult Primary Care from Columbia University (2010) and is an HIV Expert Credentialed by the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She provided HIV care in New York City for five years before beginning her PhD at New York University.  During her PhD (2020) she was funded by the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH). She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan's School of Nursing (2022) funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she received further NIOSH funding to conduct the first national survey on sharps injuries among healthcare workers in Ghana and Liberia. 


PhD : New York University's Rory Meyers College of Nursing New York, NY , 2020

Postdoctoral Fellowship : University of Michigan School of Nursing Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2022

BS: Columbia University New York, NY, 2008 (Nursing )

MS : Columbia University New York, NY, 2010 (Adult Primary Care )

AB: Harvard University Cambridge, MA, 2006

Research and Practice Interests

Dr. Ridge's research focuses on the occupational health of nurses, with an emphasis on how it is affected by pandemics and other emergencies. She has conducted research in New York, Michigan, Liberia, and Ghana. 

Research Support

Grant: #T42-OH008432-15 Investigators:Battyachara, PI 07-2021 -06-2026 NIOSH University of Cincinnati NIOSH Education and Research Center Role:co-Investigator


Peer Reviewed Publications

Trautner, Keane L; Ridge, Laura J; Stefanovsky, Nathan J; Veliz, Philip; McCullagh, Marjorie C (2023. ) Effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing in Increasing Use of Hearing Protection Devices Among Agricultural Producers.Workplace health & safety, , 21650799221139996 More Information

Ridge, Laura J; Stefanovsky, Nathan J; Trautner, Keane L; McCullagh, Marjorie C (2022. ) Motivational Interviewing to Encourage Agricultural Producers' Use of Hearing Protection Devices: A Mixed-Method Feasibility Study.Workplace health & safety, , 70 (10 ) ,446-451 More Information

Ridge, Laura Jean; Liebermann, Erica Jean; Stimpfel, Amy Witkoski; Klar, Robin Toft; Dickson, Victoria Vaughan; Squires, Allison Patricia (2022. ) The intellectual capital supporting nurse practice in a post-emergency state: A case study.Journal of advanced nursing, , 78 (9 ) ,3000-3011 More Information

Ridge, Laura Jean; Stimpfel, Amy Witkoski; Dickson, Victoria Vaughan; Klar, Robin Toft; Squires, Allison Patricia (2021. ) How clinicians manage routinely low supplies of personal protective equipment.American journal of infection control, , 49 (12 ) ,1488-1492 More Information

Kovner, Christine; Raveis, Victoria H; Van Devanter, Nancy; Yu, Gary; Glassman, Kimberly; Ridge, Laura Jean (2021. ) The psychosocial impact on frontline nurses of caring for patients with COVID-19 during the first wave of the pandemic in New York City.Nursing outlook, , 69 (5 ) ,744-754 More Information

Ridge, Laura Jean; Stimpfel, Amy Witkoski; Klar, Robin Toft; Dickson, Victoria Vaughan; Squires, Allison Patricia (2021. ) Infection Prevention and Control in Liberia 5 Years After Ebola: A Case Study.Workplace health & safety, , 69 (6 ) ,242-251 More Information

Squires, Allison; Ridge, Laura; Miner, Sarah; McDonald, Margaret V; Greenberg, Sherry A; Cortes, Tara (2020. ) Provider Perspectives of Medication Complexity in Home Health Care: A Qualitative Secondary Data Analysis.Medical care research and review : MCRR, , 77 (6 ) ,609-619 More Information

Ridge, Laura Jean; Dickson, Victoria Vaughan; Stimpfel, Amy Witkoski (2019. ) The Occupational Health of Nurses in the Economic Community of West African States: A Review of the Literature.Workplace health & safety, , 67 (11 ) ,554-564 More Information

Ridge, Laura Jean; Klar, Robin Toft; Stimpfel, Amy Witkoski; Squires, Allison (2018. ) The meaning of "capacity building" for the nurse workforce in sub-Saharan Africa: An integrative review.International journal of nursing studies, , 86 ,151-161 More Information

Squires, A; Chitashvili, T; Djibuti, M; Ridge, L; Chyun, D (2017. ) Health research capacity building in Georgia: a case-based needs assessment.Public health, , 147 ,1-7 More Information

Medvec, Barbara R; Marriott, Deanna J; Khadr, Lara; Ridge, Laura J; Lee, Kathryn A; Friese, Christopher R; Titler, Marita G (2023. ) Patterns and Correlates of Nurse Departures From the Health Care Workforce: Results From a Statewide Survey.Medical care, , 61 (5 ) ,321-327 More Information

Thurman Johnson, Cara; Ridge, Laura J; Hessels, Amanda J Nurse Engagement in Antibiotic Stewardship Programs: A Scoping Review of the Literature.Journal for healthcare quality : official publication of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, , 45 (2 ) ,69-82 More Information

Yu, Gary; Kovner, Christine T; Glassman, Kimberly; Devanter, Nancy Van; Ridge, Laura Jean; Raveis, Victoria H (2023. ) The Impact of the Early COVID-19 Pandemic on Registered Nurses' Intent to Stay in Nursing.Policy, politics & nursing practice, , 15271544231160694 More Information

Book Chapter

Ridge, LJ (2022 ) Political, economic, and business factors in occupational health undamentals of Occupational Health Nursing (5th ed.) .(pp. 129 -152).Chicago, IL , American Association of Occupational Health Nursing; (Author)

Squires, A., Abboud, S., Ojemeni, M., Ridge, L. J (2017 ) Creating new knowledge: Nursing and midwifery-led research to drive the global goals A New Era in Global Health Nursing and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development .New York, NY, Springer


Poster Presentations

Trautner, K.L., McCullagh, M.C., Ridge, L.J., Stefanovsky, N.J. (06-2022. ) Effectiveness of motivational interviewing in increasing use of hearing protection devices among agricultural producers. .American Association of Occupational Health Nurses’ 2021 Annual Conference, Virtual. . Level:National

Ridge, L.J. (06-2021. ) How do nurses manage missing or inadequate PPE? .AcademyHealth 2021 Annual Research Meeting , Virtual. . Level:National

Ridge, L.J., Arko-Mensah, J., Lambert, J., Aziato, L., Zeantoe, G.C. McCullagh, M. (04-2023. ) Needlestick Injury, Incidence, and Risk Factors Among Healthcare Workers in Liberia and Ghana .2023 ERC Regional Symposium, Ann Arbor, MI. .

Ridge, L.J.; Stefanovsky, N.J.; Trautner, K.L. & McCullagh, M.C. (04-2021. ) Motivational interviewing as an approach to increasing use of noise mitigation strategies among agricultural producers: Development, implementation, and testing of a protocol .University of Michigan School of Nursing Research Day, Virtual . . Conference. . Level:University

Ridge, L.J., Debah, A., Reeves, S., Yah, S., Zeantoe, C., Klar, R.T. (10-2019. ) Community engagement during the Ebola crisis: One organization's experience. 45th Annual Conference, Transcultural Nursing Society, Richmond, VA. . Level:National

Paper Presentations

Ridge, L.J., Kennedy, S., McCullagh, M. (06-2022. ) The impact of COVID-19 on mental health and infection prevention practices: A cross-sectional study in Liberia, West Africa .Virtual. Conference. Level:International

Ridge, L.J., Arko-Mensah, J., Aziato, L., McCullagh, M. (06-2022. ) Needlestick injuries among healthcare workers in Liberia and Ghana: A mixed-methods study .Virtual. Conference. Level:International

Ridge, L.J. (04-2021. ) The occupational health of nurses in Liberia. Virtual. Conference. Level:National

Munro-Kramer, M., Ridge., L.J., Squires, A. (04-2023. ) Experiences in Global Health Research .Virtual. Conference. Level:National

Ridge, L.J.; Kennedy, S., Davis, M. McCullagh (04-2022. ) The impact of mental health on COVID-19 prevention adherence in Montserrado County, Liberia: A Cross-Sectional Survey. .Virtual. Conference. Level:University