Path To Well Being In LawMatthew Thiese - Episode 19

My research focuses on the overlap between a person’s job and their health.  This includes everything from musculoskeletal disorders like Low Back Pain or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, to motor vehicle crashes, to COVID-19, to mental well-being.  I am interested in identification of potential risk factors, interventions to prevent injury or illness, evidence-based practice for both treatment and prevention, and assessments of worker health and safety fitness-for-duty.  My background is in epidemiology and injury prevention.  I have has coauthored 103 articles (27 as first author), 34 practice guidelines and 5 book chapters.  I am a tenured Associate Professor.  I mentor 11 PhD and Masters Students, and teach 4 courses.  I have extensive experience in designing and conducting epidemiologic and interventional research.  I have worked with first responders, healthcare providers, manufacturing, construction and transportation health and safety, including research-analyzing relationships between driver health and subsequent crashes in a retrospective cohort of 90,000 drivers.  I have been part of multiple large prospective cohort studies evaluating relationships between musculoskeletal disorders and both job and personal factors.  I am currently working as an expert for the CDC regarding COVID-19 and am a co-investigator on the largest COVID-19 study regarding transmission rate and vaccine efficacy.  I lead a large research team developing best treatment guidelines for health care providers for a wide range of subjects.  We just finished the treatment guideline for Anxiety and we are working on the guideline for Depression.  I am also currently conducting research into the occupational relationships between law professionals and well-being to identify current trends and design effective interventions.  Well-being in law is a new career focus for me and I see many opportunities to help improve the health and well-being of lawyers and law professionals.