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Arun Garg, PhD

Distinguished Professor

Education

Ph D Industrial and Operations Engineering University of Michigan 1976
I.O.E. (Professional Engineering) Degree Industrial and Operations Engineering The University of Michigan 1973
MS Mechanical Engineering Villanova University 1971
BS Mechanical Engineering Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) 1969

Selected Publications

Bao, S. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Merryweather, A. S., Thiese, M. S., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., Silverstein, B. A., Marcum, J. L., & Tang, R. (2016, August). Impact of Work Organizational Factors on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Epicondylitis. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(8), 760–764.
Garg, A., & Kapellusch, J. M. (2016, February). The Cumulative Lifting Index (CULI) for the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation Quantifying Risk for Workers With Job Rotation. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 58(5), 683-94.
Bao, S. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Merryweather, A. S., Thiese, M. S., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., & Silverstein, B. A. (2016, February). Relationships between job organisational factors, biomechanical and psychosocial exposures. Ergonomics, 59(2), 179-194.
Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E. A., Neophytou, A., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M. S., Dale, A. M., Evanoff, B., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Gerr, F., Burt, S., & Rempel, D. (2016, July (3rd Quarter/Summer)). Biomechanical and psychosocial exposures are independent risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome: assessment of confounding using causal diagrams. Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Merryweather, A. S., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Wood, E. M., Kendall, R., Wertsch, J., Foster, J., Garg, A., & Drury, D. L. (2016, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). Association Between Cardiovascular Risk Factors and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Pooled Occupational Cohorts. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(1), 87–93.
Wang, Y., Bohannon, R., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., & Gershon, R. (2015). Dexterity as measured with the 9-Hole Peg Test (9-HPT) across the age span. Journal of Hand Therapy, 28(1), 53-59.
Bao, S. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Silverstein, B. A., Harris-Adamson, C., Burt, S. E., & Rempel, D. M. (2015). Developing a pooled job physical exposure data set from multiple independent studies: an example of a consortium study of carpal tunnel syndrome. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 72(2), 130-137.
Kapellusch, J. M., Harris-Adamson, C., Gerr, F., Bao, S., Dale, A. M., Garg, A., Eisen, E., Evanoff, B., Silverstein, B., Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M. S., & Rempel, D. (2015). Exposure-Response Relationships for Force and Repetition, and CTS. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 59(1), 11–15.
Garg, A., Kapellusch, J. M., Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M. S., Merryweather, A. S., Wang, Y., & Malloy, E. J. (2014, March). The strain index and TLV for HAL: Risk of lateral epicondylitis in a prospective cohort. Amican Journal of Industrial Medicine, 57(3), 286-302.
Garg, A., Waters, T., Kapellusch, J. M., & Karwowski, W. (2014). Psychophysical basis for maximum pushing and pulling forces: A review and recommendations. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 44(2), 281–291.
Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Boda, S., Hegmann, K. T., Moore, J. S., Bhoyar, P., Theise, M. S., Merryweather, A. S., Deckow-Schaefer, G., Bloswick, D., & Malloy, E. J. (2014, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). The NIOSH lifting equation and low-back pain, Part 1: Association with low-back pain in the backworks prospective cohort study. Human Factors, 56(1), 6-28.
Theise, M. S., Hegmann, K. T., Wood, E. M., Garg, A., Moore, J. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Foster, J., Greene, T., Stoddard, G., & Biggs, J. (2014). Low back pain ratings for lifetime, 1-Month period, and Point prevalences in a large occupational population. Special Issue: Epidemiological Studies of Workplace Musculoskeletal Disorders Human Factors, 56(1), 86-97.
Garg, A., Kapellusch, J. M., Hegmann, K. T., Moore, J. S., Boda, S., Bhoyar, P., Thiese, M. S., Meryweather, A. S., Deckow-Schaefer, G., Bloswick, D., & Malloy, E. J. (2014, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). The NIOSH lifting equation and low-back pain, Part 2: Association with seeking care in the backworks prospective cohort study. Human Factors, 56(1), 45-57.
Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M. S., & Malloy, E. J. (2014, January (1st Quarter/Winter)). The strain index and ACGIH TLV for HAL: Risk of trigger digit in the WISTAH prospective cohort. Human Factors, 56(1), 98-111.
Thiese, M. S., Hegmann, K. T., Wood, E. M., Garg, A., Moore, J. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Foster, J., & Ott, U. (2014). Prevalence of low back pain by anatomic location and Intensity in an occupational population. BMC Musculoskeletal, 15(1), 283.

Presentations

Garg, A. (October 2016). Round Table: Exploring all the benefits of safe patient handling interventions in health and Community Care. HEPS, Toulouse, France.
Garg, A., & Kapellusch, J. M. (October 2016). Efficacy of patient transferring devices in reducing low back injuries to nursing personnel. HEPS, Toulouse, France.
Garg, A., & Kapellusch, J. M. (September 2016). Exposure-Response Relationships for the Revised NIOSH Lifting Equation and Incidence of Low Back Pain and Related Outcomes: Results from a Prospective Cohort Study. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E., Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M., Dale, A. M., Evanoff, B., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Gerr, F., & Rempel, D. (September 2016). Personal, psychosocial, and biomechanical risk factors for work disability from carpal tunnel syndrome: a pooled prospective study.. 25th Epidemiology in Occupational Health Conference (EPICOH), Barcelona, Spain.
Bao, S., Kapellusch, J. M., Merryweather, A., Thiese, M., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., & Silverstein, B. (September 2016). Relationships between work organization factors and carpal tunnel syndrome and epicondylitis. 25th Epidemiology in Occupational Health Conference (EPICOH), Barcelona, Spain.
Harris-Adamson, C., Eisen, E., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Hegmann, K. T., Thiese, M., Evanoff, B., Dale, A. M., Bao, S., Silverstein, B., Gerr, F., & Rempel, D. (September 2016). The relationship between median nerve latency, pain and work disability from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 25th Epidemiology in Occupational Health Conference (EPICOH), Barcelona, Spain.
Kapellusch, J. M., & Garg, A. (September 2016). The Strain Index and Risk of Upper Limb Musculoskeletal Disorders: Results from the WISTAH Hand Study. 25th Epidemiology in Occupational Health Conference (EPICOH), Barcelona, Spain.
Kapellusch, J. M., & Garg, A. (June 2016). Revised NIOSH lifting equation for job rotation: the cumulative lifting index. 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, Toronto, Canada.
Garg, A. (December 2015). Ergonomic Applications for Lifting/Transferring Patients-Evidence from Intervention Studies. 13th International Ergonomics Conference (HWWE2015), Mumbai, India.
Garg, A. (December 2015). Ergonomic Exposure Assessment Methods for Manual Material Handling. Workshop. 13th International Ergonomics Conference (HWWE2015), Mumbai, India.
DeGroot, J., Paul, H., Washburn, D. H., Sindhu, B., & Garg, A. (2015). Functional range of motion of the wrist joint under varied grasping tasks. Paper presented at the 14th Annual UW-System Symposium For Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity, Milwaukee, WI.
Garg, A., & Kapellusch, J. M. (November 2015). Risk Factors, Risk Assessments, and Your Ergonomics Program. Workshop. National Ergonomics Conference & Exposition, Las Vegas, NV.
Bao, S. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Garg, A., Silverstein, B. A., Harris-Adamson, C., Burt, S. E., & Merlino, L. A. (September 2015). Variable definitions and distributions of exposure data from a consortium study on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.
Merryweather, A. S., Kapellusch, J. M., Bao, S., Theiese, M. S., Silverstein, B., Hegmann, K., & Garg, A. (August 2015). Are work pace, overtime, job rotation or secondary employment associated with CTS and epicondylitis?,. 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, Melbourne, Australia.
Garg, A. (August 2015). Definitions of force and repetition: Associations with upper limb MSDs. 19th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, Melbourne, Australia.

Honors & Awards

Dean’s Research Award (2016) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Ambassador Award (2014) College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Guest Editor (2012) Special issue of Human Factors.
Pioneers of Ergonomics (2010) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
Bernice Owen Award for Research (2003) Safe Patient Handling & Movement Conference, Clearwater, Florida.
“The Strain Index” selected as one of the four ergonomic job analysis methods (2000) OSHA’s Proposed Ergonomics Standards 2000.
1995 Paper of the Year (1996) American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal.
Outstanding Research Award (1988) College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Thomas E. Hanson Editorial Award of Excellence (1983) The Best of Plant Engineering.