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Manuel Cifuentes, ScD


  • MORG Role: Co-Investigator



  • Research Interests:

    • Psychiatry

    • Occupational mental health & disability

    • Psychosocial & biomechanical working conditions


  • Training: 

    • 2006, ScD, Epidemiology – University of Massachusetts Lowell

    • 1995, MPH – University of Chile

    • 1987, MD – University of Concepcion, Chile


  • Biography:

    • Dr. Cifuentes has more than 15 years of clinical experience as a psychiatrist and occupational mental health specialist. In the US he has worked as an occupational disability researcher for Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. Currently, he is employed as a professor of epidemiology at the Department of Work Environment at UMass Lowell. His publications have been about the impact on health of psychosocial working conditions, and he has addressed the benefits of using public data (O*NET) to supply information on job level psychosocial and biomechanical working conditions in order to evaluate the health risks associated with diverse patterns of job exposure.


  • Relevant Selected Publications:

    • Facilitators and Barriers to Using Treadmill Workstations under Real Working Conditions: A Qualitative Study in Female Office Workers.. Manuel Cifuentes, Qin Lin, Scott Fulmer, Anila Bello. American Journal of Health Promotion (in press)

    • Results of a Community-based Survey of Construction Safety Climate for Hispanic Workers. Luz Marin, Manuel Cifuentes, Cora Roelofs. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health (accepted, proof review)

    • The Association between Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service Utilization and Disability Duration Following Work-Related Fracture. Amanda Young, Manuel Cifuentes. Accepted for publication in WORK.

    • The cascade of medical services and associated longitudinal costs due to nonadherent magnetic resonance imaging for low back pain. Webster BS, Choi Y, Bauer AZ, Cifuentes M, Pransky G. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Aug 1;39(17):1433-40. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000408. PMID: 24831502 [PubMed - in process].

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