Ashley L. Schoenfisch, PhD, MSPH

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.

Academic Program Affiliations
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
Representative Publications
  • 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 # : 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 # : 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.
  • 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.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23861237 -- Schoenfisch, A. L. and Lipscomb, H. and Marshall, S. and Cameron, W. and Richardson, D. and Casteel, C. Work-related injuries among union drywall carpenters in Washington State, 1989-2008. Am J Ind Med. October, 2013 56(10); 1137-48.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 23143816 -- McCoy, A. J. and Kucera, K. L. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Silverstein, B. A. and Lipscomb, H. J. Twenty years of work-related injury and illness among union carpenters in Washington State. Am J Ind Med. April, 2013 56(4); 381-8.
  • 2013 -- PubMed # : 22396049 -- Schoenfisch, A. L. and Lipscomb, H. J. and Pompeii, L. A. and Myers, D. J. and Dement, J. M. Musculoskeletal injuries among hospital patient care staff before and after implementation of patient lift and transfer equipment. Scand J Work Environ Health. January, 2013 39(1); 27-36.
  • 2012 -- PubMed # : 22199366 -- Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Myers, D. J. and Pompeii, L. A. and Dement, J. M. Evaluation of direct workers' compensation costs for musculoskeletal injuries surrounding interventions to reduce patient lifting. Occup Environ Med. May, 2012 69(5); 367-72.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 22068725 -- Schoenfisch, A. L. and Myers, D. J. and Pompeii, L. A. and Lipscomb, H. J. Implementation and adoption of mechanical patient lift equipment in the hospital setting: The importance of organizational and cultural factors. Am J Ind Med. December, 2011 54(12); 946-54.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 22068724 -- Schoenfisch, A. L. and Pompeii, L. A. and Myers, D. J. and James, T. and Yeung, Y. and Fricklas, E. and Pentico, M. and Lipscomb, H. J. Objective measures of adoption of patient lift and transfer devices to reduce nursing staff injuries in the hospital setting. Am J Ind Med. December, 2011 54(12); 935-45.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21800796 -- Schoenfisch, A. L. and Lipscomb, H. J. and Myers, D. J. and Fricklas, E. and James, T. A lift assist team in an acute care hospital-prevention of injury or transfer of risk during patient-handling tasks? AAOHN J. August, 2011 59(8); 329-34.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 21393456 -- Schoenfisch, A. L. and Dollard, S. C. and Amin, M. and Gardner, L. I. and Klein, R. S. and Mayer, K. and Rompalo, A. and Sobel, J. D. and Cannon, M. J. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) shedding is highly correlated with markers of immunosuppression in CMV-seropositive women. J Med Microbiol. June, 2011 60(Pt 6); 768-74.
  • 2011 -- PubMed # : 20635372 -- Shishlov, K. S. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Myers, D. J. and Lipscomb, H. J. Non-fatal construction industry fall-related injuries treated in US emergency departments, 1998-2005. Am J Ind Med. February, 2011 54(2); 128-35.
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20630269 -- Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Shishlov, K. S. Non-fatal contact injuries among workers in the construction industry treated in U.S. emergency departments, 1998-2005. J Safety Res. June, 2010 41(3); 191-5.
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20506461 -- Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Shishlov, K. S. and Myers, D. J. Nonfatal tool- or equipment-related injuries treated in US emergency departments among workers in the construction industry, 1998-2005. Am J Ind Med. June, 2010 53(6); 581-7.
  • 2010 -- PubMed # : 20506460 -- Schoenfisch, A. L. and Lipscomb, H. J. and Shishlov, K. and Myers, D. J. Nonfatal construction industry-related injuries treated in hospital emergency departments in the United States, 1998-2005. Am J Ind Med. June, 2010 53(6); 570-80.
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19764180 -- Lipscomb, H. J. and Pompeii, L. A. and Myers, D. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Dement, J. M. Systematic reviews of workplace injury interventions: what are we missing? Med Lav. October, 2009 100(4); 247-57.
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19597289 -- Schoenfisch, A. L. and Lipscomb, H. J. Job characteristics and work organization factors associated with patient-handling injury among nursing personnel. Work. 2009 33(1); 117-28.
  • 2009 -- PubMed # : 19444808 -- Pompeii, L. A. and Lipscomb, H. J. and Schoenfisch, A. L. and Dement, J. M. Musculoskeletal injuries resulting from patient handling tasks among hospital workers. Am J Ind Med. July, 2009 52(7); 571-8.
  • 2008 -- PubMed # : 18942663 -- Schoenfisch, A. L. and Dement, J. M. and Rodríguez-Acosta, R. L. Demographic, clinical and occupational characteristics associated with early onset of delivery: findings from the Duke Health and Safety Surveillance System, 2001-2004. Am J Ind Med. December, 2008 51(12); 911-22.
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17669493 -- Lipscomb, H. J. and Dement, J. M. and Epling, C. A. and Gaynes, B. N. and McDonald, M. A. and Schoenfisch, A. L. Depressive symptoms among working women in rural North Carolina: a comparison of women in poultry processing and other low-wage jobs. Int J Law Psychiatry. July, 2007 30(4-5); 284-98.
  • 2007 -- PubMed # : 17434856 -- Lipscomb, H. J. and Dement, J. M. and Epling, C. A. and McDonald, M. A. and Schoenfisch, A. L. Are we failing vulnerable workers? The case of black women in poultry processing in rural North Carolina. New Solut. May, 2007 17(1-2); 17-40.
  • 2014 -- Schoenfisch, A. and Pompeii, L. Weapons Use Among Hospital Security Personnel. 2014 .
  • 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.
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.
  • Surveillance Methods for Health Care and Related Workers
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
    R01 OHO3979
    09/2001 to 09/2006
    Role: Epidemiologist
    Project Goal: To develop a comprehensive system for health, injury, and hazard surveillance of health care workers
  • Work and Health Disparities Among Rural Women
    National Institute of Environmental Health Science; National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
    R01 ES10939
    09/2000 to 07/2006
    Role: Epidemiologist
    Project Goal: To describe poultry processing workers’ musculoskeletal disorders/acute injuries, work conditions, and high-risk groups.
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