Hester Johnstone Lipscomb

Professor Emeritus in Family Medicine and Community Health
2200 W Main St Ste 700, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 684-8175

Research Interests
Broad research interests:
Health Disparities
Injury Epidemiology
Occupational Epidemiology
Intervention evaluation - use of conceptual frameworks, latency of effect

More specific current interests:
Occupational injuries and disorders of construction workers.
Injuries associated with pneumatic nail guns
Safety policy 

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of occupational origin, as well as the effect of MSDs on the ability to work; special interest in back disorders.

Classification of MSDs, episodes of care; problems with use of ICD9 codes for classification of MSDs related to epidemiologic research. Integration of latency into epidemiologic models assessing work related musculoskeletal disorders.

Occupational violence 

Work-related falls.

Vulnerable work populations.

Education and Training

  • North Carolina State University, M.P.H. 1980
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D. 1995


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Marín LS, Lipscomb H, Cifuentes M, Punnett L. Perceptions of safety climate across construction personnel: Associations with injury rates. Safety Science. 2019 Oct 1;118:487–96.

Schoenfisch AL, Kucera KL, Lipscomb HJ, McIlvaine J, Becherer L, James T, Avent S. Use of Assistive Devices to Lift, Transfer, and Reposition Hospital Patients.(Accepted) Nursing Research. 2019 Jan;68(1):3-12. PubMed Central PMCID: 30540690.

Kucera KL, Schoenfisch AL, McIlvaine J, Becherer L, James T, Yeung Y-L, Avent S, Lipscomb HJ. Factors associated with lift equipment use during patient lifts and transfers by hospital nurses and nursing care assistants: A prospective observational cohort study. International Journal of Nursing Studies. 2019 Dec 31;91:35-46. PubMed Central PMCID: 30677588.

Kucera KL, Lipscomb HJ, Roos KG, Dement JM, Hootman JM. Work-Related Injury and Management Strategies Among Certified Athletic Trainers. Journal of Athletic Training. 2018 Jun 13;53(6):606-618. PubMed Central PMCID: 29897279.

Nielsen ML, Dyreborg J, Lipscomb HJ. Precarious work among young Danish employees - a permanent or transitory condition?. Journal of Youth Studies. 2018 May 3:1-22.

Schoenfisch AL, Lipscomb H, Phillips LE. Safety of union home care aides in Washington State. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2017 Sep;60(9):798-810.

Marín LS, Lipscomb H, Cifuentes M, Punnett L. Associations between safety climate and safety management practices in the construction industry. American journal of industrial medicine. 2017 Jun;60(6):557-568. PubMed PMID: 28485525.

Schoenfisch AL, Lipscomb H, Sinyai C, Adams D. Effectiveness of OSHA Outreach Training on carpenters' work-related injury rates, Washington State 2000-2008. American journal of industrial medicine. 2017 Jan;60(1):45-57. PubMed PMID: 27779309.

Kucera KL, Roos KG, Hootman JM, Lipscomb HJ, Dement JM, Silverstein BA. Work-related illness and injury claims among nationally certified athletic trainers reported to Washington and California from 2001 to 2011. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2016 Dec;59(12):1156-1168. PubMed Central PMCID: 27779316.

Evanoff B, Dale AM, Zeringue A, Fuchs M, Gaal J, Lipscomb HJ, Kaskutas V. Results of a fall prevention educational intervention for residential construction. Safety Science. 2016 Nov;89:301-307.