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Dr. John O'Donnell Receives Dissertation of the Year Award, Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health
WISER Associate Director, Dr. John O'Donnell, receives Dissertation of the Year Award


The Graduate School of Public Health Annual Alumni Dinner was held on May 1, 2010 at the University Club with more than 200 alumni and students in attendance. Dr. John O'Donnell was honored with the 'Best Dissertation of the Year in the Department of Epidemiology Award, 2009-2010'. O'Donnell defended his dissertation on September 14th, 2009 and received his Doctorate of Public Health on December 19th, 2009. His dissertation titled "Development of an Optimal Patient Transfer Task Set and Simulation-Based Intervention to Reduce Musculoskeletal Injury in Healthcare Workers" (University of Pittsburgh IRB# 0511041) was funded by Department of Defense (Award # DAMD 17-03-2-0017, $471,000.00). Selecting the multiple publication dissertation option, O'Donnell has published or is in the process of publishing four papers related to the project including O'Donnell, J.M., Beach, M., & Hoffman, L.(2005). Human Simulation Training in the ICU: Applicability, Value, and Disadvantages. Critical Care Alert. 13 (6); 41-48 and O'Donnell JM, Goode JS, Henker RA, Kelsey S., Peele P., Bircher N, Bradle JA, Engberg R, Close JM, Tyrrell-Sutton K. (2010) An Ergonomic Protocol For Patient Transfer That Can Be Successfully Taught Using Simulation Methods. Clinical Simulation in Nursing (In press). O'Donnell was formally 'hooded' at the Graduate School of Public Health Graduation Ceremony held at the Carnegie Museum on May 2nd, 2010