Emily Sparer

Research Fellow

Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

I am interested in the role of work organization in injury and illness reduction in occupational settings. Specifically, I am interested in the ways in which organizational policies and programs impact health promotion and health protection.  My work focuses on work environments that are complex and dynamic, such as construction, healthcare, and emergency response, as traditional methods of occupational health research and practice may not always be directly applied.  My research predominately involves community-based approaches to intervention development and evaluation.  I am currently working closely with the Boston Fire Department on a number of different cancer prevention initiatives (read more about this work here).


Sparer EH and Dennerlein JT [2017]. Safety Communication & Recognition: From Research to Practice in Construction. Professional Safety, March.

Padula RS, Comper MLC, Sparer EH, Dennerlein JT [2017]. Job rotation designed to prevent musculoskeletal disorders and control risk in manufacturing industries: A systematic review, Appl. Ergon., 58(Jan): 386-397,

Sparer EH, Catalano PJ, Herrick RF, Dennerlein JT [2016]. Improving safety climate through a communication and recognition program for construction: a mixed methods study. Scand J Work Environ Health, 42(4):329-337.

Sparer EH, Okechukwu CA, Manjourides J, Katz JN, Herrick RF, Dennerlein JT [2015]. Length of time spent working on a commercial construction site and the relationship with musculoskeletal pain. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 58(9): 964-973.

Sparer EH, Herrick RF, Dennerlein JT [2015]. Development of a Safety Communication and Recognition Program for Construction. New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 25(1): 42-58.

Zhang M, Sparer EH, Murphy LA, Dennerlein JT, Fang D, Katz JN, Caban-Martinez AJ [2015]. Development and Validation of a Fatigue Assessment Scale for New England Construction Workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 58(2):220-8.

Sparer EH, Murphy LA, Taylor KM, and Dennerlein JT [2013]. Correlation between Safety Climate and Contractor Safety Assessment Programs in Construction. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 56(12):1463-1472.

Sparer EH and Dennerlein JT [2013]. Determining safety inspection thresholds for employee incentives programs on construction sites. Safety Science, 51(1): 77-84.

Goldwasser M, Sparer EH, Dennerlein JT [2013] Testing a Better Recognition Tool. Occupational Health and Safety, 82(3).


Sc.D. (Environmental Health), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2015: Improving Health and Safety in Construction: The Intersection of Programs and Policies, Work Organization, and Safety Climate

Sc.M. (Environmental Health), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2011

B.A. (Environmental Science, magna cum laude), Barnard College, Columbia University, 2007


EH241: Occupational Safety and Injury Prevention

EH243: Ergonomics and Human Factors

Curriculum Vitae