Greetings! I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrated Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University. I also hold graduate faculty status in OSU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences within OSU’s College of Medicine.
I am the director of the OSU Engineering Laboratory for Human Factors/Ergonomics/Safety. I am also the Director of OSU’s NIOSH-sponsored Training Project Grant in Occupational Safety and Ergonomics.
My research focus is ergonomics and occupational biomechanics, with a special interest in intervention research to reduce exposures to risk factors for musculoskeletal discomfort and disorders; application sectors include healthcare, industry, and education. My research approach is participatory and interdisciplinary. To learn more about my research, the courses I teach, and more please visit my webpage.
Li, J., C. M. Sommerich, E. Chipps, S. A. Lavender and E. A. Stasny (2020). “A framework for studying risk factors for lower extremity musculoskeletal discomfort in nurses.” Ergonomics: 1-39. [Read this paper.]
Sommerich, C.M., Lavender, S.A., Evans, K.D., Sanders, E.B., Joines, S., Lamar, S., Radin Umar, R.Z., Yen, W.T., Park, S., 2020. Collaborating with radiographers to address their work-related musculoskeletal discomfort. Appl Ergon 85, 103069.
Mohammad, S.H., Evans, K.D., Bahner, D., Sommerich, C.M., 2020. An Interprofessional Approach to Targeted Sonography Training Using Computer-Based Simulation in Medical Students’ Clinical Training: A Case Series. Journal of Diagnostic Medical Sonography 36, 153-161.
Lavender, S.A., Sommerich, C.M., Bigelow, S., *Weston, E.B., *Seagren, K., *Amini Pay, N., *Sillars, D., Ramachandran, V., Sun, C., Xu, Y., Marras, W.S., 2020. A biomechanical evaluation of potential ergonomic solutions for use by firefighter and EMS providers when lifting heavy patients in their homes. Appl Ergon 82, 102910. (* indicate students who received support through our NIOSH Training Grant)