Carisa Harris

CSTMS Faculty Affiliate

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Ergonomics Graduate Training Program
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Francisco
CSTMS Research Unit: Berkeley Program in Science and Technology Studies, CSTMS
Affiliation period: November 2020 -

Carisa Harris, PhD, CPE received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and teaches a variety of classes including Occupational Biomechanics and Industrial Engineering Human Factors Design. Dr. Harris and her team performs research in a variety of areas focused on understanding and preventing work related injuries and improving human performance, productivity and health. Her epidemiological research assesses and adjusts for healthy worker survivor bias in the assessment of physical, personal and work psychosocial factors associated with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and subsequent work disability. Additionally, her team is developing a variety of exposure assessment devices (wearables) for primary and secondary prevention purposes and performs various intervention studies on occupational tasks with high risk of musculoskeletal injuries. The lab has a history of performing research in the construction, computer, medical, hotel and manufacturing sectors. From a global health perspective, Dr. Harris collaborates on research assessing the impact of heavy load carrying among women in developing countries (Nepal, Tanzania, Ethiopia) on associated morbidity.

Research Areas

• Development of wearable technology that can be used for physical exposure assessment
• Use of video tracking to quantify physical exposures associated with risk of MSDs
• Exoskeleton assessment and application to high risk occupations
• The influence of cueing to reducing sedentary behavior
• The impact of ergonomic interventions on endoscopy
• Assessment of healthy worker survivor bias and ACGIH TLV for Hand Activity in a multi-country longitudinal cohort

Currently accepting students for advising: yes

last updated: November 12th, 2020