Occupational Health and Safety
Work Environment and Organization of Work
- Other, (2015), University of Connecticut Health Center - Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace
Supporting Area: Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
- Ph D, (2013), University of Maryland - Baltimore, Maryland
Dissertation/Thesis Title: Understanding the Impact of Coworker Conflict in an Unionized US Public Sector Workforce and Comparative Psychometric Review of the Negative Act Questionnaire.
- MPH: Public Health, (2001), American University of Beirut - Beirut, Lebanon
Supporting Area: Concentration in Health Services
- BS: Nursing, (1999), American University of Beirut - Beirut, Lebanon
Mazen El Ghaziri is an assistant professor at the School of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, at UMass Lowell. His area of interest is workplace violence, focused on the organization of work and the work environment. Throughout his postdoctoral experience Mazen has been able to augment his interests in workplace violence, work organization and the work environment, with a bio-behavioral approach to preventive interventions. His interests in correctional officers’ health and wellness, the nursing workforce, and the aging workforce have all meshed with the cross-disciplinary approaches that were introduced at UCONN. Mazen’s career highlights include being the Magnet Coordinator for the 1st Magnet designated facility in the Middle East (Lebanon) and as cabinet member of the Order of Nurses in Lebanon. Mazen served as one of the University of Maryland, Baltimore President’s Fellows for the year 2012-2013, tackling the issue of civility as a core instruction value, and he also served as the President of the Nursing Doctoral Student Organization.
Mazen is currently interested in characterizing the occupational exposures and outcomes of registered nurses in the correctional healthcare workforce. The study will use a mixed methods approach, combining surveys and interviews to compare gender differences in occupational exposures, role expectations, and health behaviors. The results will help identify interventions to reduce occupational health risks and promote the health and well-being of correctional nurses. The study will also inform strategies to improve utilization of a peer mediation program.?
For his dissertation research titled “Understanding the Impact of Coworker Conflict in an Unionized U.S. Public Sector Workforce and Comparative Psychometric Review of the Negative Act Questionnaire”, Mazen utilized a large dataset generated as part of his advisor’s (Dr. Jane Lipscomb) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH) R01 grant to explore measurement issues related to studying workplace co-worker violence as well as the association between worker conflict and the impact of these behaviors on the individual worker and the organization. Mazen was also involved in data collection and analysis, as well as developing a workplace intervention that was the focus of this applied research project.
Mazen is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Pi Chapter, the American Public Health Association, and he was instrumental in establishing the Maryland Chapter of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing. Mazen was the recipient of the University of Maryland Alumni Association Award for Outstanding PhD Graduate, and was nominated by the University of Maryland School of Nursing for the American Associations of Colleges of Nursing Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science Award.
Selected Awards and Honors
- American Associations of Colleges for Nursing Excellence in Advancing Nursing Science (2013) - University of Maryland School of Nursing
- Outstanding PhD Graduate (2013) - University of Maryland Alumni Association
- President's Fellow Focusing on Civility as a Core Instructional Value (2013) - University of Maryland
- International Scholarly Presentation Award (2012) - Pi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau
- AUBMC Henriette Sabra Memorial Award (1999) - AUBMC Women's Auxiliary
- ElGhaziri, M., Cherniack, M., Dussetschleger, J., Dugan, A., Farr, D., Namazi, S., Henning, R. (2016) "Participatory Action Research in Corrections: The HITEC 2 Program.," Applied Ergonomics 53 Pt A: pp. 169 - 180
- ElGhaziri, M., Dugan, A.G., Farr, D.A., Namazi, S., Henning, R.A., Wallace, K.N., Punnett, L., Dussetschleger, J.L., Cherniack, M.G. (2016) "Process Evaluation of Two Participatory Approaches: Implementing Total Worker Health® Interventions in a Correctional Workforce.," American Journal Of Industrial Medicine 59:10 pp. 897 - 918
- Dugan, A.G., Farr, D.A., Namazi, S., Henning, R.A., Wallace, K.N., ElGhaziri, M., Punnett, L., Dussetschleger, J.L., Cherniack, M.G. (2016) "Process evaluation of two participatory approaches: Implementing total worker health® interventions in a correctional workforce.," American journal of industrial medicine 59:10 pp. 897-918
- ElGhaziri, M., Elliot, D., Kuehl, K., Cherniack, M.G. (2015) "Addressing the Safety and Well-Being of Correctional Officers," Corrections Today
- ElGhaziri, M., Cherniack, M.G., Dussetschleger, J.D., Elliot, D., Kuehl, K. (2015) "Making for a Health CO," American Jails pp. 17-24
- ElGhaziri, M., Dugan, A., Zhang, Y., Castro, M.E. (2015) "Assessing the Occupational Health Risks and Health Behaviors for Men in Correctional Nursing," APHA
- ElGhaziri, M., Lipscomb, J., London, M., McPhaul, K.M., Lydecker, A., Geiger-Brown, J., Johnson, J.V., ElGhaziri, M. (2015) "The Prevalence of Coworker Conflict including Bullying in a Unionized U.S. Public Sector Workforce," Violence & Victims 30:5 pp. 813
- ElGhaziri, M., Zhu, S., Lipscomb, J., Smith, B.A. (2014) "Work Schedule and Client Characteristics Associated with Workplace Violence Experience among Nurses and Midwives in Sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care 25:1 pp. S79–S89
- ElGhaziri, M. (2014) "An Assessment of Preventing and Managing Aggressive Behavior in a U.S. State Hospital System," Fourth International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector
- ElGhaziri, M., Lipscomb, J.A. (2013) "Workplace Violence Prevention: Improving Front-line Health-care Worker and Patient Safety," New Solutions: a Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 23:2 pp. 297–313
Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research
- Integrating the Difference Makers Principles into the Nursing Curriculum UMass Lowell Transformational Education Student Success Mini-Grant (2017), Grant -
Koren, A., ElGhaziri, M.
- CPHNEW Research Center Renewal (2016), Grant - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Zhang, Y. (Co-Investigator), Punnett, L. (Principal), ElGhaziri, M. (Co-Investigator), Nobrega, S. (Co-Principal)
- Research Grant: An Exploratory Study of Bullying Exposure among School Nurses: Prevalence and Impact (2017), Grant - National Association of School Nurses
Quinn, B. (Co-Principal), Peters, A.A. (Principal), ElGhaziri, M. (Co-Principal), Simons, S.R. (Co-Principal)
- Research Grant: Total Student Health (2016), Grant - Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
Quinn, B. (Co-Principal), Thind, H.K. (Principal), Mangano, K. (Co-Principal), ElGhaziri, M. (Co-Principal)
- Assessing the occupational health risks and health behaviors for men in correctional nursing and evaluating the barriers and facilitators for a peer mediation program (2015), Grant - Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace
Zhang, Y. (Co-Investigator), ElGhaziri, M. (Principal), Dugan, A. (Co-Investigator), Castro, M. (Co-Investigator)
- Assessing the Occupational Health Risks and Health Behaviors for Men in Correctional Nursing and Evaluating the Barriers and Facilitators for a Peer Mediation Program (2015), Grant - National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
- Occupational Health Needs and Research within Connecticut (2013), Grant - University of Connecticut, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
- Accountability in the Nursing Profession in Lebanon (2007), Grant - United States Agency for International Development (USAID)