Staff Profiles

SHARP's team of researchers offer expertise in economics, epidemiology, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, occupational medicine and nursing, safety, toxicology, and computer systems.

For additional information about the Safety & Health Assessment & Research for Prevention (SHARP) program, please contact us.

Darrin Adams is the Information Technology Specialist for SHARP. Darrin graduated with a BS in Computer Science Engineering from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY in 1991. Darrin came to the Department of Labor & Industries in 1998 and has worked for the Data Warehouse Technical Team, and Actuarial Services.

Naomi Anderson is an Epidemiologist at SHARP. Naomi received her BA in Sociology from San Diego State University and her MPH in Epidemiology from UCLA. Naomi's research interests include epidemiologic study design/methodology, social and behavioral risk factors, and survey design/methodology. She works on Occupational Health Surveillance projects that collect, analyze and publish WA occupational health data, including occupational asthma, hospitalized burns, influenza-like illness, amputations, the CSTE Occupational Health Indicators for WA State, and WA Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data.

Stephen Bao is an Ergonomist in SHARP. Stephen received his Ph.D. and Licentiate both in Industrial Ergonomics from the Lule University of Technology, Sweden, an MS in Orthopaedic Biomechanics from Shanghai Second Medical University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University. Before joining SHARP in November, 1997, Stephen spent over 12 years in ergonomic research and consultation with the University of Waterloo (Canada), Advanced Ergonomics Inc. (Canada), Ergonomics Plus Inc. (Canada), Atlas Copco Tools (Sweden), the Swedish National Institute for Working Life, Lule University of Technology, and Tongji Medical University (China). Stephen's major research interests include physical exposure assessment and workplace ergonomics risk evaluation, ergonomics intervention and hand tool ergonomics.

David Bonauto is the occupational medicine physician and research director with SHARP. David did his undergraduate work at Bowdoin College in 1987 and did research in private industry from 1987 to 1989. He went to medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons receiving his MD degree in 1993. He trained in Internal Medicine at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York receiving his board certification in 1996. After two years practicing as an internist, David did public health training at the University of Washington receiving his MPH in 2000. David is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. David's interests are in occupational injury and illness surveillance, chemically related illness, occupational injury epidemiology, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Randy Clark is a Safety & Health Specialist with the SHARP program. He has a BA from the Evergreen State College. He has been with the SHARP program since 1996.  Randy’s interests include the prevention of fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries. He currently works with SHARP’s Washington Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program.

Michael Foley is an economist at SHARP. Prior to coming to SHARP in 1997, he was an assistant professor of economics at Reed College. His primary research interests include the health and safety implications of the growth of the contingent workforce, the long-term economic and social burden of occupational injuries, and evaluating the impact of occupational health and safety regulations on worker injury rates and costs. In addition, Michael assists with other SHARP projects, including workplace violence in healthcare and a study of the safety climate in Washington workplaces.

Alysa Haas joined SHARP as a research assistant in 2013. Alysa received her MA in Medical Anthropology in 2014 from the University of Colorado Denver. She currently recruits companies and coordinates site visits for the work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) project. She also directs educational videos for SHARP projects, including the Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program and the WMSD project. Before coming to SHARP, Alysa conducted master’s thesis research in conjunction with an applied program assessment of an intervention for high-utilizers of care in the Medicaid system. Her other experiences include working as the research coordinator at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment for a project on the health experiences of certified pesticide applicators. Alysa’s interests include qualitative research methods and ethnography, digital storytelling, WMSDs in healthcare, and the structural vulnerability of worker populations.

Ninica Howard is an ergonomist at SHARP. She received her bachelor of science degree in kinesiology from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia and her MS in Work Environment from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. A major area of research for Ninica has been the identification and control work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders (WMSDs), including a 5-year prospective study of upper extremity WMSDs.  Since 2007, Ninica has been involved research in healthcare, including evaluating the impact of the Washington State Hospital Safe Patient Handling Law on injuries, safety climate and job satisfaction and acting as coordinator of the Washington State Safe Patient Handling Steering Committee.  She has conducted field research in numerous industries, including manufacturing, construction, agriculture, hospitals, nursing homes and home health care.  Her interests lie in the development and application of ergonomic exposure assessment, macro-ergonomics, safety climate and culture, and musculoskeletal epidemiology.

Daniel Hunter joined SHARP as a project coordinator in 2010. He received his BS in Industrial Design from Auburn University in Auburn, AL in 2000, and gained industry experience in product design, wood products manufacturing, and sales. He earned his MA in Applied Anthropology from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR in 2009 studying public perceptions of wave energy development and its potential impacts on the well-being of coastal communities. Before coming to SHARP, Daniel worked on a book chapter about the trajectory of social science at Experimental Forests and Ranges for the USDA Forest Service at the Wildfire Sciences Laboratory in Seattle, WA. His previous work at SHARP has included developing nomenclature systems, field instruments and a relational database for the Isocyanates Collision Repair project. He is currently coordinating the work-related musculoskeletal disorders project (WMSD) to help develop a simple tool that employers can use to mitigate workplace hazards.

Jia-Hua Lin is an ergonomist with SHARP. His expertise includes laboratory research, biomedical instrumentation, motion analysis, and computer programming. Currently, his research involves ergonomics and occupational biomechanics in upper extremities, strength and capacity, human-machine interface (e.g., pallet jack, medicine cart, steering wheel, crank), occupational safety and health, musculoskeletal disorders. Prior to joining SHARP in 2014, he has been active in occupational safety research for more than 13 years. His collaborations extend to domestic and international universities and hospitals. He is an associate editor for the journal Applied Ergonomics. A member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, and a BCPE certified professional ergonomist, Dr. Lin graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Ph.D. and M.S. in industrial engineering. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the National Taiwan University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Elyette Martin joined the SHARP program in February 2013. She holds a bachelor degree from the University of Washington. As a Spanish bilingual Safety and Health Specialist, she serves as the SHARP program's Spanish liaison and as a contact point on workplace bullying issues. Her occupational safety and health work supports many projects focused on improving the lives of Washington workers. Elyette regularly travels the state as part of the SHARP field team and interviews injured workers and business leaders to learn more about the safety and health challenges they face. During her time with SHARP, she has helped develop educational tools for injury prevention for many industries. Her interests are focused on putting research into practice.

Lauren A. Murphy is an Occupational Health Research Psychologist at SHARP. Her program of research focuses on safety climate, and she conducts studies in the long-haul trucking and commercial construction industries. Future research will include expanding the theory of safety climate into different industries like home health care. Lauren is also conducting research that concerns work and family issues, and the way psychosocial factors impact health and safety. Overall, her research aims to reduce incidents and injury outcomes and increase health and well-being in blue-collar, low-wage, and vulnerable workers. Her other research interests include integrating sociotechnical systems and safety climate theories, psychometrics, and qualitative research methods. Lauren is a summa cum laude honors graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received a BS in Psychology in 2004. In 2011, she received her PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with a concentration in Occupational Health Psychology from Portland State University. From 2011 to 2014, Lauren was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Liberty Mutual – Harvard Program in Occupational Safety and Health, working at both the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and Harvard School of Public Health.

Todd Schoonover has a PhD in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Todd has specialized training in industrial hygiene, air quality management, and statistics. He is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) and Certified Safety Professional (CSP). Todd has research experience in several occupational environments including; agriculture processing, animal laboratories, welding, and wood working facilities. His research interests involve the assessment of complex occupational exposures and the investigation of less invasive biomarkers of occupational exposures, health effects, and the development of respiratory diseases. At SHARP, Todd is currently working on the fatality assessment and occupational lead exposure surveillance projects.

Barbara Silverstein served as SHARP’s Research Director from 1991 through August of 2013. In retirement, Barbara is a part-time epidemiologist with SHARP. She received her MS degree in nursing from the University of California San Francisco, her MPH in Epidemiology and Environmental and Industrial Health from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in Epidemiologic Science from the University of Michigan. She has worked on ergonomics-related issues at OSHA, the University of Michigan Center for Ergonomics, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, and the California Department of Health Services. Her major areas of research have been identification and control of work-related musculoskeletal disorders, comparison of surveillance methods and intervention studies to control these disorders. She has conducted field research in a number of industries, including electronics, meat, poultry and fish processing, newspaper publishing, appliance manufacturing, medical equipment manufacturing, office work environment, pulp and paper mills, aluminum mills, automotive manufacturing.

Caroline Smith is an epidemiologist in SHARP. Caroline received her Masters' in Public Health from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology, Social Inequalities in Health at Portland State University. Caroline's research interests include the health and safety of truck drivers, as well as occupational health disparities for racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants and other vulnerable populations. Caroline is also interested in the areas of medical sociology, labor and organizational sociology and quantitative and qualitative research methods. Caroline currently supports the Washington Occupational Surveillance Program, as the project director for the Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES), and the Occupational Health Disparities programs in SHARP.

Carolyn Reeb Whitaker is a certified industrial hygienist at SHARP.   She has an MS in Exposure Sciences from the University of Washington and a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic.  She has occupational experience in several industrial environments including including collision repair, wood product manufacturing, and construction.   Her primary research area is respiratory disease including exposure assessment for industrial coatings and paints, isocyanates, solvents, carbon monoxide, methylene chloride, food flavorings and hop dust.   Her past research experience has been in the areas of noise exposure in construction workers and laboratory animal allergy in a mouse breeding facility.  Carolyn currently supports SHARP’s asthma surveillance program and the chemical and biological hazards project.

Jena Williams is the project manager of the Trucking Injury Reduction Emphasis (TIRES) program which includes developing safety training materials and handling social media for the project including management of, the TIRES blog, Twitter @TruckSafe and the monthly TIRES E-news. Jena graduated with a BA in Economics from Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington and began her work for SHARP in 2003. She is passionate about developing practical solutions to keep workers safe and working and thereby increasing profitability for Washington employers.

Sara Wuellner is an Epidemiologist at SHARP. She received her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois and her BA in sociology from the University of Chicago. Her previous research experience includes water-borne illness, air pollution, and health service disparities. She is interested in epidemiologic study methodology, especially longitudinal data and time series analysis, and multisource surveillance systems. Currently she is working to increase case ascertainment through improved occupational health surveillance systems.

Nanette Yragui is an Occupational Health Research Psychologist at SHARP. She is a behavioral scientist working in the field of occupational health psychology and conducts research on workplace aggression, work-nonwork effectiveness, stress, and social support. In addition, she develops interventions to address these issues. The specific focus of her research is the manner in which organizations influence employee perceptions and behaviors, particularly in terms of physical and psychological aggression, work-nonwork, and work and health behaviors. She examines the benefit of positive organizational cultures as well as the social support benefit of positive interpersonal relationships at work. In addition, Dr. Yragui investigates how negative interpersonal interactions are an important workplace stressor that can lead to poor organizational health as well as poor individual work and health. To address these associations, she employs organizational research methods and participatory action research to develop interventions. She explores these processes in healthcare and other workplace settings.

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