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Ashley L. Schoenfisch, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor
Phone: 
(919) 613-9440
Office: 
3007 Pearson Building

Dr. Ashley Schoenfisch joined the School of Nursing faculty in 2015. She came to DUSON from the Department of Community and Family Medicine of the Duke University School Medicine, where she was an assistant professor. Dr. Schoenfisch holds a BS in Biology / BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Public Health from Emory University. She completed her PhD in epidemiology at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2012. She is a member of the American Public Health Association, the North Carolina Public Health Association, the Society for Advancement of Violence and Injury Research, the Safe States Alliance, and the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. In 2013, she became certified as an instructor in the Crisis Prevention Institute’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Program.

Dr. Schoenfisch is an occupational injury epidemiologist with experience studying the safety and health of workers in the healthcare industry. Her research interests include the surveillance of work-related injuries and violence, work organization, intervention evaluation, and the use of quantitative and qualitative methods. For nearly a decade, her focus on the nursing workforce has enhanced the understanding of hospital workers’ experiences with patient and visitor perpetrated violence, as well as the use of patient lift and transfer devices designed to prevent work-related injuries.

Education

  • PhD - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health
  • MSPH - Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
  • BS/BA - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Areas of research interest:

Community engagement
Construction industry
Epidemiology
Healthcare industry
Injury epidemiology
Intervention evaluation
Mixed methods
Musculoskeletal disorders
Occupational epidemiology
Qualitative methods
Surveillance
Vulnerable workers
Work organization
Work-related injury
Work-related violence

Awards and Honors

  • 2016 || SciComm Fellow, Duke Initiative for Science & Society
  • 2015 || Selected for participation in the Leadership Development for Researchers (LEADER) Program, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
  • 2014 || Best Abstract Award, ? 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector. Miami, FL
  • 2014 || Recognized in “The Year in US Occupational Health and Safety: Fall 2013 - Summer 2014", Borkowski and Monforton (eds.)
  • 2013 || Inducted, Delta Omega, Honorary Public Health Society, Theta chapter
  • 2011 || First Place, National Occupational Injury Intervention Evaluation Contest., 5th National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, Morgantown, WV
  • 2011 || Robert Verhalen Endowed Scholarship in Injury Prevention/Trauma Management, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • 2005 || Inducted, Delta Omega, Honorary Public Health Society, Phi chapter
  • 2003 || Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation Scholarship, Emory University
  • 2002 || Inducted, Omicron Delta Epsilon, Economics Honor Society, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • 1999 || Inducted, National Society of Collegiate Scholars in Scholarship, Service, Leadership, & Knowledge, UNC-Chapel Hill Chapter
  • 1998 || Newton Sudduth Calhoun College Fellows, UNC-Chapel Hill Academic Scholarship
  • 1998 || Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, NC Department of Public Instruction

Areas of Expertise

  • Global and Community Health

Representative Publications

  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25914335 Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. Nail gun injuries treated in U.S emergency departments, 2006-2011: Not just a worker safety issue. Am J Ind Med. August, 2015 58(8); 880-5
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 26076187 Pompeii, L. A. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Lipscomb, H. J. and Dement, J. M. and Smith, C. D. and Upadhyaya, M. Physical assault, physical threat, and verbal abuse perpetrated against hospital workers by patients or visitors in six U.S. hospitals. Am J Ind Med. June, 2015
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25939759 Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Cameron, W. and Kucera, K. L. and Adams, D. and Silverstein, B. A. Contrasting patterns of care for musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the upper extremity and knee through workers' compensation and private health care insurance among union carpenters in Washington State, 1989 to 2008. Am J Ind Med. May, 2015
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25712704 Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Cameron, W. and Kucera, K. L. and Adams, D. and Silverstein, B. A. Workers' compensation claims for musculoskeletal disorders and injuries of the upper extremity and knee among union carpenters in Washington State, 1989-2008. Am J Ind Med. April, 2015 58(4); 428-36
  • 2015 -- PubMed # : 25676039 Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Cameron, W. Non-reporting of work injuries and aspects of jobsite safety climate and behavioral-based safety elements among carpenters in Washington State. Am J Ind Med. April, 2015 58(4); 411-21
  • 2015 -- Albers, J. and Lowe, B. and Lipscomb, H. and Hudock, S. and Dement, J. and Evanoff, B. and Fullen, M. and Gillen, M. and Kaskutas, V. and Nolan, J. and Patterson, D. and Platner, J. and Pompeii, L. and Schoenfisch, A. Pneumatic Nail guns: Revisiting trigger recommendations [ASSE-15-03-30] Professional Safety. March, 2015 60(3); 30-33
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24771631 Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Cameron, W. and Kucera, K. L. and Adams, D. and Silverstein, B. A. Twenty years of workers' compensation costs due to falls from height among union carpenters, Washington state. Am J Ind Med. September, 2014 57(9); 984-91
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24526348 Dement, J. M. and Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Pompeii, L. A. Impact of hospital type II violent events: use of psychotropic drugs and mental health services. Am J Ind Med. June, 2014 57(6); 627-39
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24038384 Schoenfisch, A. L. and Lipscomb, H. J. and Marshall, S. W. and Casteel, C. and Richardson, D. B. and Brookhart, M. A. and Cameron, W. Declining rates of work-related overexertion back injuries among union drywall installers in Washington State, 1989-2008: Improved work safety or shifting of care? Am J Ind Med. February, 2014 57(2); 184-94
  • 2014 -- PubMed # : 24038233 Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Cameron, W. and Kucera, K. L. and Adams, D. and Silverstein, B. A. How well are we controlling falls from height in construction? Experiences of union carpenters in Washington State, 1989-2008. Am J Ind Med. January, 2014 57(1); 69-77

Pages

Grant Funding (Selected)

  • Effectiveness of OSHA outreach training on rates of construction work-related injuries

    Center for Construction Research and Training’s Small Study Program, under a cooperative agreement from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    U60 OH009762
    03/2015 to 02/2016
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To evaluate the effectiveness of OSHA outreach training on work-related injuries in the context of a cohort of union carpenters in Washington State.

  • Safety and health of union home care workers in Washington State, 2005-2013

    Service Employees International Union Healthcare NW Health Benefits Trust
    Contract # 15115DUKE
    03/2015 to 02/2016
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To identify a 9-year cohort of union home care workers in Washington State (2005-2013) and explore patterns in rates of work-related injuries and other outcomes.

  • Assessing the impacts of mechanized harvesting on logger health and safety

    Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health, sponsored by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    2015-010609-6
    03/2015 to 09/2015
    Role: Co-Investigator

    Project Goal: To understand the safety and health of loggers working in mechanized harvesting operations

  • Case Crossover Study of Factors Associated with Patient Lift Equipment Use

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    R21 OH010542
    09/2014 to 08/2016
    Role: Principal Investigator of Duke Sub-Contract

    Project Goal: To explore the magnitude and importance of factors influencing use or nonuse of patient lift equipment in the in-patient hospital setting using a case crossover study design.

  • Weapons use among hospital security personnel

    International Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation
    Contract # 2013-202611
    12/2013 to 05/2014
    Role: PI

    Project Goal: To examine the carrying and use of weapons among security personnel working in the hospital setting.

  • Development and Evaluation of a Comprehensive Hospital Violence Surveillance System

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    R01 OH009697
    07/2010 to 06/2015
    Role: Co-Investigator

    Project Goal: To improve injury and hazard surveillance for workplace violence among health care workers in an acute care environment

  • 20-Year Trends in Work-related Injuries and Disorders among Carpenters

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    U60 OH009761
    09/2009 to 08/2014
    Role: Co-Investigator

    Project Goal: To support and enhance work-related injury surveillance among an important occupational cohort of union construction carpenters

  • Construction injuries treated in US emergency departments based on analyses of NEISS-Work

    Federal Occupational Health/Surveillance Branch, NIOSH Division of Safety Research
    Contract # 240-BPA-07-EH0062
    07/2009 to 01/2010

    Project Goal: To examine nonfatal construction industry work-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments in the United States from1998 through 2005

  • Effectiveness of lift equipment in preventing patient handling injuries

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    R01 OH008375
    08/2005 to 09/2010
    Role: Epidemiologist, Project Manager

    Project Goal: To evaluate the effectiveness of lift equipment in the prevention of patient-handling injuries among hospital patient care staff

  • Back Disorders in Union Carpenters

    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    R01 OH008007
    06/2004 to 05/2007
    Role: Epidemiologist

    Project Goal: To describe rates of work-related back disorders among a cohort of union carpenters working in Washington State and determine predictors of delayed return to work.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Kudos to Ashley Schoenfisch and her entire team for the submission of their NIH R01 resubmission entitled “Preventing Injuries Among Drywallers: Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation of Current Recommendations and Practices." This proposal requests funding for a three-year period with a start date of July 1, 2017.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Tracey Yap, Ashley Schoenfisch and Nancy Crego were selected to participate in the SciComm Fellows Science Communication Program. The program, hosted by the Duke Initiative for Science and Society, provides an opportunity for faculty and postdocs to develop communication skills and put those skills into action.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A mix of anxiousness, nervousness and excitement filled room 1103 at Duke University School of Nursing (DUSON) last week as five contestants stood before a panel of shark investors to present their projects that could enhance the quality of life for patients and bring pioneering methods to clinical practice, education and research.