10/19/22: Research-to-Practice via Ergonomic Research Methods

Research-to-Practice via Ergonomic Research Methods

About the webinar:

Research in the field of ergonomics, and its associated research methods such as motion capture, may appear abstract, with limited direct application outside of academia. However, when integrated into a research-to-practice design philosophy, ergonomics and biomechanical research methods can be employed to improve overall satisfaction with devices and workplaces. Occasionally, products are released onto the market without full consideration of user needs and wants. User-centered design (UCD), often by way of methods including surveys or task analyses, can be incorporated into developmental processes to redress this concern. These often qualitative approaches are not the only means of fully accomodating users, as ergonomic research methods can be used to supplement UCD approaches. This webinar proposes an adaptable, ergonomics-centered development cycle and will explore associated research methods. Learners will review three case studies illustrating the application of ergonomic research methods to the design of new devices, evaluation, and prioritization of workplace equipment, and validation of a device's ergonomic attributes.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Apply a research-to-practice and ergonomics-centered device development/evaluation cycle using user-centered design principles

  • Identify ergonomics and biomechanical research methods that may be employed to facilitate improved product design and subsequent user experience

  • Summarize research methods and findings for three case studies examining novel device design, the selection of an optimal product for a workplace, and validation of an existing device’s ergonomic qualities

Speaker: Katrina Cernucan

Katrina Cernucan is a 2nd year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. She is a NIOSH Trainee in Occupational Biomechanics working with the Ergonomics and Safety Laboratory at the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) and the Lenz Research Group at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center. Prior to pursuing graduate school, she received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Utah. She is the current president of the university’s American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society chapters and is a certified facilitator of the NSF-funded CyberAmbassadors program through Michigan State University that fosters leadership, teamwork, and communication skills of individuals in STEM fields.


The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 Contact Hour. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Certificates of Completion

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In order to receive your Certificate of Completion, qualified learners must complete the post-webinar evaluation within 7 days of the webinar. A link to the evaluation will be emailed to qualified learners 24 hours after the webinar via no-reply@zoom.us. Qualified learners who submit their evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion via email, and can also print/save the certificate from their browser after submitting their evaluation.

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Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

About Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health:

The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health was established in 1977 to meet the need for comprehensive occupational and environmental safety and health programs in the West. It is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-sponsored Education and Research Centers (ERC) in the U.S. After operating solely within the University of Utah School of Medicine for most of its existence, RMCOEH became a partnership between the University of Utah and Weber State University in 2021 as a result of a groundbreaking law passed by the Utah Legislature.


If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Michelle Meyer at (510) 642-8365 or mmeyer@berkeley.edu(link sends e-mail) with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 days in advance of the event.