Peer-Reviewed Publications (Underline denotes pre/post-doctoral mentored scholar author)

  1. McPhaul, K., Rosen, J., Bobb, S., Okechukwu, C.A., Geiger-Brown, J., Kauffman, K., Johnson, J., Lipscomb, J. An exploratory study of mandated safety measures for home visiting case managers. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research 2007; 39:172-189.
  2. Bennett, G., Wolin, K., Okechukwu, C.A, Arthur, C., Askew, S., Sorensen, G., Emmons, K. Nativity and cigarette smoking among lower income Blacks: Results from the Healthy Directions study. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health 2008; 10: 305-311.
  3. Drake, B.A., Lathan, C., Okechukwu, C.A., Bennett, G. Prostate cancer screening, family history and race.  Annals of Epidemiology 2008; 18: 579-583.
  4. Patel, P., Okechukwu, C.A., Collin, J., Hughes B. Bringing “light, life and happiness”: British American Tobacco and music sponsorship in sub-Saharan Africa. Third World Quarterly 2009; 30:685-700.
  5. Okechukwu, C.A, Krieger, N., Sorensen, G., Li, Y., Barbeau, E. MassBUILT: Effectiveness of an apprenticeship site-based smoking cessation intervention for unionized building trades workers. Cancer Causes and Control 2009; 20: 887–894.
  6. Lathan, C.A., Okechukwu, C.A, Fisher-Drake, B., Bennett, G. Racial differences in the perception of lung cancer: Data from the 2005 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS). Cancer 2010; 116:1981-1986.
  7. Okechukwu, C.A., Krieger, N., Chen, J., Sorensen, G., Li, Y., Barbeau, E. The association of hazards in the work environment and smoking in a US multi-ethnic working class population: The United for Health Study. Public Health Reports 2010; 125:225-233.
  8. Berkman, L., Ertel, K., Buxton, O., Okechukwu, C.A. Managers’ practices related to work-family balance predict employee cardiovascular risk and sleep duration in extended care settings. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology 2010; 15:316-329.
  9. Okechukwu, C.A., Krieger, N., Sorensen, G., Li, Y., Barbeau, E. Testing hypothesized psychosocial mediators: Lessons learned in the MassBUILT study. Health Education and Behavior 2011; 38:404-411.
  10. Okechukwu, C.A., Nguyen, K., Hickman, N. Partner smoking characteristics: Association with smoking and quitting among blue-collar workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2011; 53:1102-1108.
  11. Chin, D., Hong, O., Bates, M., Gillen, M., Okechukwu, C.A. Cigarette smoking in building trades workers: The impact of work environment. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2012; 55:429-439.
  12. Okechukwu C.A., El Ayadi, A., Tamers, S., Sabbath, E., Berkman, L. Household food insufficiency, financial strain, work-family strain, and depressive symptoms in the working class: Results from the Work Family and Health study. American Journal of Public Health 2012; 102:126-133.
  13. Okechukwu, C.A, Bacic, J., Cheng, K., Catalano, R. Smoking among construction workers: The nonlinear influence of labor marker shock, cigarette prices, and antismoking sentiment. Social Science & Medicine 2012; 75:1379-1386.
  14. Chin, D., Hong, O., Bates, M., Gillen, M., Okechukwu, C.A. Occupational factors and smoking cessation among unionized building trades workers. Workplace Health & Safety 2012; 60:445-452
  15. Chin, D., Hong, O., Bates, M., Gillen, M., & Okechukwu, C.A. Heavy and light/moderate smoking among building trades construction workers. Public Health Nursing 2013; 30:128–139
  16. Tamers, S., Okechukwu, C., Allen, J., Yang, Stoddard, A., Tucker-Seeley, R., Sorensen, G. Are social relationships a healthy influence on obesogenic behaviors among racially/ethnically diverse and socio-economically disadvantaged residents? Preventive Medicine 2013, 56:70-74.
  17. Okechukwu, C.A, Dutra, L.M., Bacic, J., El Ayadi, A., Emmons, K.M. Home matters: Work and household predictors of smoking and cessation among blue-collar workers. Preventive Medicine 56:130-134
  18. Sorensen, G., McLellan, D., Dennerlein, J., Pronk, N., Allen, J., Boden, L., Okechukwu, C., Hashimoto, D., Stoddard, A., Wagner, G. Integration of health protection and health promotion: Rationale, indicators, and metrics. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2013; 55: pS12-S18
  19. Kim, S., Perry, M., Okechukwu, C.A. Association between union connection and upper body musculoskeletal pains among unionized construction apprentices. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2013; 56:189–196
  20. Kim, S., Okechukwu, C.A., Buxton, O., Dennerlein, J., Boden, L., Hashimoto, D., Sorensen, G. Association between work-family conflict and musculoskeletal pain among hospital patient care workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2013; 56:488–495
  21. Cheng, K., Okechukwu, C. A., McMillen, R., Glantz, S.A. Association between clean indoor air laws and voluntary smoke free rules in homes and cars. Tobacco Control, 2013; 0:1-7.
  22. Sparer EH, Okechukwu CA, Manjourides J, Herrick RF, Katz JN, Dennerlein JT. Patterns of site-employment of construction workers on and off commercial construction sites in new England and the relationship to musculoskeletal pain. Occup Environ Med. 2014 Jun; 71 Suppl 1:A5.
  23. Kim, S., Okechukwu, C.A., Dennerlein, J., Boden, L., Hopcia, K., Hashimoto, D.M., Sorensen, G. Association between perceived inadequate staffing and musculoskeletal pain among hospital patient care workers. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health,2014; 87: 323-330
  24. Kim, S., Dutra, L.M, Okechukwu, C.A. Contractor-, steward-, and coworker-safety practice: Associations with musculoskeletal pain and injury-related absence among construction apprentices. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health, 2014; 87: 493-500
  25. Tamers, S., Okechukwu, C.A., Bohl, AA, Guéguen, A., Goldberg, M., Zins, M. The impact of stressful life events on excessive alcohol consumption in the French population: Findings from the GAZEL cohort study. PloS One; 2014; 9 (1):e87653
  26. Sabbath, EL, Hurtado, DA, Okechukwu, CA, Tamers, SL, Nelson, CC, Kim, SS, Wagner, GR, Sorensen, G. Exposure to workplace verbal abuse and risk of injury among health care workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine; 2014; 57(2):222-32.
  27. Kelly, E., Moen, P., Oakes, MJ, Okechukwu, C., Davis, K., Kossek, E., Hanson, G., Mierzwa, F., Casper, LM. Changing work and work-family conflict: Evidence from the Work, Family, and Health Network. American Sociological Review; 2014; 79(3):485-516
  28. Sabbath, E., Gutierrez, L., Okechukwu, C.A., Singh-Manoux, A., Amieva, H., Goldberg, M., Zins, M., Berr, C. Time may not fully attenuate solvent-associated cognitive deficits in highly-exposed workers. Neurology; 2014; 82 (19) 1716-1723
  29. Dutra, LM, Williams, DR, Gupta, J., Kawachi, I., Okechukwu, C.A. Human rights violations and smoking status among South African adults enrolled in the South Africa Stress and Health (SASH) study. Social Science and Medicine; 2014; 105: 103-111
  30. Dutra, L.M., Williams, DR, Kawachi, I., Okechukwu, C.A. Worksite safety climate, smoking, and the use of protective equipment by blue collar building workers enrolled in the MassBUILT smoking cessation trial. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; 2014; 56 (10): 1082- 1087
  31. Dutra, L.M., Williams, DR, Kawachi, I., Okechukwu, C.A. Racial and nonracial discrimination and smoking status among South African adults ten years after apartheid. Tobacco Control; 2014; 23(e2):e114-21
  32. Okechukwu, C.A, Souza, K., Davis, K., & De Castro, B. Discrimination, harassment, abuse and bullying in the workplace: Contribution of workplace injustice to occupational health disparities. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2014; 57 (5): 573-586
  33. Lee RM, Emmons KM, Okechukwu CA, Barrett JL, Kenney EL, Cradock AL, Giles CM, de Blois ME, Gortmaker SL. Validity of a practitioner-administered observational tool to measure physical activity, nutrition, and screen time in school-age programs. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 2014;11(1):145.
  34. Arias, O.E., Caban-Martinez, A.J., Umukoro, A.J., Okechukwu, C.A., Dennerlein, J.T. Physical activity levels at work and outside of work among Commercial Construction Workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015;57(1):73-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000303.
  35. Lee, R. M., Okechukwu, C.A., Emmons, K.M., Gortmaker, S. Impact of Implementation Factors on Children’s Water Consumption in the Out-of-School Nutrition and Physical Activity Group Randomized Trial. New Directions for Youth Development. 2014 (143):79-101. doi: 10.1002/yd.20105
  36. McClellan, D., Okechukwu, C.A., Sorensen, G. Occupational Exposures and Tobacco-related Health Disparities. In Cubbin, C. Hayward, M., eds. A Social Ecological Approach to Addressing Tobacco Related Health Disparities (Monograph No. tbn). Bethesda: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, (In press).
  37. Hurtado, D., Berkman, LF, Buxton, O., Okechukwu, C.A. Schedule control and nursing home quality: exploratory evidence of a psychosocial predictor of resident care. Journal of Applied Gerontology; (In Press); DOI:10.1177/0733464814546895
  38. Davis, K., Lawson, KM, Almeida, D., Kelly, E., King, R.B., Hammer, L., Casper, LM., Okechukwu, C.A., Hanson, G., & McHale, SM. Parents’ Daily Time with Their Children: A Workplace Intervention. Pediatrics, (Accepted).
  39. Tamers, S. Okechukwu, C.A., Marino, Guéguen, A., Goldberg, M., Zins, M. Effect of stressful life events on changes in smoking among the French: Longitudinal findings from GAZEL. European Journal of Public Health, (Accepted).
  40. Sparer EH, Okechukwu CA, Manjourides J, Herrick RF, Katz JN, Dennerlein JT. Length of time spent working on a commercial construction site and the associations with worker characteristics. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. (Accepted).

Commentaries and Editorials

  1. Buxton, O., Okechukwu, C.A. Authors’ Response: Predictive Ability of Sleep Duration for the Feeling of Being Refreshed by Sleep. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2012; 54:1321-1322
  2. Buxton, OM Okechukwu, CA. Long working hours can be toxic. [Commentary]. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology 2015; 3:1: 3-4
  3. Okechukwu, C.A. Long working hours are linked to risky alcohol consumption. [Editorial] The BMJ 2015: 350:g7800

Book Chapters

  1. Okechukwu, C.A, Lipscomb, J. A. Immigrant workers in nursing home and home health care. In Barron, S., eds. Special Populations at Risk /Immigrant Workers. NIOSH/CDC, 2004.
  2. Lipscomb, J. A., Okechukwu, C.A. Workplace violence: An occupational hazard, not “part of the job.” In Fitzpatrick, J.J., Wallace, M., eds. Encyclopedia for Nursing Research (2nd ed.). New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2006.
  3. Lipscomb, J. A., Okechukwu, C.A. Workplace violence. In In Fitzpatrick, J.J., Wallace-Kazer, M., eds. Encyclopedia for Nursing Research (3rd) New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2012.
  4. Kossek, E. E., Moen, P., Wipfli B., Hammer, L. , Kelly, E., Anger, K.,  Olson, R., Thompson, R., Okechukwu, C., Burke, L., Karuntzos, G.,  Brockwood. K. The Work, Family & Health Network Intervention: Core Elements and Customization for Diverse Occupational Health Contexts.  In Leong, F., Eggerth, D., Chang, D., Flynn, M., Ford, K., & Martinez, R. eds. Occupational Health Disparities among Racial and Ethnic Minorities: Formulating Research Needs and Directions, Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association Press, (In press).
  5. Okechukwu, C., Davison, K., & Emmons, K. Changing health behaviors in a social context. In L. Berkman, I. Kawachi & M. M. Glymour (Eds.), Social epidemiology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

Other Writing Activities

  1. Okechukwu, C.A. (2013, March 14). Balancing work, family and health disparities. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Human Capital Blog. Available at
  2. Buxton, O.M, Okechukwu, C.A. (2012, September 5). Sleep problems and poverty: How socioeconomics impact our sleep and health. Huffington Post. Available at
  3. Okechukwu, C.A. (2009, August 18). To catch and cook the meat: journey up the social and economic ladder from Nigeria to US. KQED-National Public Radio Perspective. Available at
  4. Okechukwu, C & McLellan, D. (2005). Tobacco Free Nurses. Organized Labor and Tobacco Control Network newsletter. Available online at
  5. Lipscomb, J. A., McPhaul, K., & Okechukwu, C. (July 31, 2003). “Proposed Standard for Safety and Security in the Public Sector throughout New York State” (testimony). New York State Occupational Safety & Health Hazard Abatement Board, New York Department of Labor