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Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences

Division of Environmental & Industrial Hygiene

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Susan Kotowski, PhD

Associate Professor

Education/Credentials
  • PhD: University of Cincinnati
  • Master of Science: University of Cincinnati
  • Master of Science: University of Cincinnati
  • Bachelor of Science: University of Dayton, College of Engineering
Contact Information
  • Health Sciences Building
  • 3225 Eden Avenue
  • 292D
  • Cincinnati, Ohio 45267-0394
  • Office 513-558-0353
  • Email susan.kotowski@uc.edu

Peer Reviewed Publications

 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

 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

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

Kotowski, S.E., Davis, K.G., Coombs, M. 2017. Stopping the Slide: How Hospital Bed Design Can Minimize Active and Passive Patient Migration Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32 1, E11

Wills, A.C., Davis, K. G., and Kotowski, S.E 2016. Quantification of Ergonomic Exposures for Restaurant Servers Journal of Ergonomics, 6 3,

Coombs, M., Davis, K.G., Kotowski, S.E., Parkinson, R., Callaghan, J. 2015. Increase in vibration following vertebral endplate fracture: Potential for non-invasive endplate fracture detection Biomechanics Open Library, 1 1, 1

Davis, K.G., and Kotowski, S.E 2015. Stand up and move all about-your musculoskeletal health depends on it. Ergonomic in Design, 23 3, 9

Davis, K.G., Kotowski, S.E 2015. Role of Bed Design and Head of Bed Articulation on Patient Migration. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 30 3, E1

Davis, K.G., Kotowski, S.E. 2015. Prevalence of Musculoskeletal Disorders for Nurses in Hospitals, Long-Term Care Facilities, and Home Health Care: A Comprehensive Review Human Factors, 57 5, 754

Poole Wilson T, Davis, K.G., Kotowski, S.E., Daraiseh, N.M. 2015. Quantification of Patient and Equipment Handling for Nurses Through Direct Observation and Subjective Perceptions. Advances in Nursing, 2015 ,

Watson J, Kinstler A, Vidonish W, Wagner M, Lin, L., Davis, K.G., Kotowski, S.E., Daraiseh, N.M., 2015. Impact of Noise on Nurses in Pediatric Intensive Care Units American Journal of Critical Care, 24 5, 377

Wiggermann, N., Davis, K. G., Kotowski, S.E., and Vangilder, C. 2015. Head of Bed Angle is Not Equal to Patient Torso Angle: The Effect of Patient Migration in Bed on Torso Elevation Nursing Research, 64 3, 221

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

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

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

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

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; 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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