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Kermit Davis, PhD, specializes in occupational ergonomics.  
Kermit Davis, PhD
Specialty: Environmental Health
Sub-Specialty: Environmental and Occupational Hygiene (Ergonomics)
Department: Environmental Health
Title: Associate Professor
Phone: (513) 558-2809
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BS (Industrial Engineering): University of Toledo, 1992
MS (Industrial and Systems Engineering): Ohio State University, 1996
PhD (Industrial and Systems Engineering): Ohio State University, 2001


Occupational ergonomics and low back biomechanics

Recent Awards/Honors:

Promising Young Scientist Award, International Society of Biomechanics, 2005

Liberty Mutual Prize at the International Ergonomics Association, 2003

Sofamor Danek Best Poster, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine Conference, 2003

Alice Hamilton Award-Human Services, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003
Outstanding Poster (best 3 posters), North American Spine Society, 2002

Volvo Award For Low Back Pain Research in Biomechanical Studies, International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, 2002

Selected Publications:

Some recent publications include:

Sobeih, T.M., Davis, K.G., Succop, P., Jetter, W., Bhattacharya, A., (2006), Postural Balance Changes During the Work Shift of Firefighters: A Pilot Study, Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, (In Press).

Marras, W.S., Ferguson, S.A., Burr, D., Davis, K.G., Gupta, P., (2006), Functional Impairment as a Prediction of Spinal Loading, Spine, (In Press).

Davis, K.G., and Jorgensen, M.J., (2005), Biomechanical Modeling for Understanding of Low Back Injuries: A Systematic Review, Occupational Ergonomics, (Invited), 5(1), 57-76.

Jorgensen, M.J., Davis, K.G., Kotowski, S., Aedla, P., Dunning, K., (2005) Characteristics of Job Rotation in the Midwest U.S. Manufacturing Sector, Ergonomics, 48(15), 1721-1733.


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