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Maria Brunette

Maria Brunette
Maria BrunetteAssociate Professor
  • CollegeZuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • DepartmentPublic Health
  • Phone(978) 934-3248
  • EmailMaria_Brunette@uml.edu

Research Interests

Health disparities in the Latino working population Occupational safety and health Macroergonomics, job and organizational design Quality of working life, job satisfaction and occupational stress Working conditions in Industrially Developing Countries

Dr. Brunette's work focuses in applying human factors and systems engineering to the design of work systems. Her interests include methods for measuring the role of job, organizational, and socio-cultural factors in the quality of working life (QWL). Physical and mental health, occupational safety, job satisfaction, and psychosocial stress represent some of the QWL outcomes under her ongoing studies that are all related to under-represented ethnic groups and women, especially those from Hispanic origin. Her research initiatives also include investigating the ergonomics, safety and health conditions among blue collar workers in Latin American industrial environments.

Education

  • Ph D: Industrial and Systems Engineering, (2002), University of Wisconsin Madison - Madison, WI
    Supporting Area: Human Factors Engineering
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Working Conditions in Peru: A Survey Study of Workers' Perceptions in an Industrially Developing Country
  • MS: Industrial Engineering, (1999), University of Puerto Rico at Mayag?ez - Mayag?ez, PR
    Supporting Area: Cellular Manufacturing Systems
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: A Capacity-Driven Clustering Algorithm for Family Formation
  • BS: Industrial Engineering, (1992), Universty of Lima - Lima, Peru
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Thesis: A Feasibility Study to Develop and Implement a Manufacturing Plant of Garlic (Allium sativum), Caigua (Cyclanthera pedata) & Hercampuri Gentianella Alborocea) Gelatine Caps

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award (2005), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell Department of Work Environment
  • Antoinette Derjani Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship (2002), Scholarship/Research - University of Wisconsin Madison Department of Industrial Engineering
  • Leadership and Travel Award (2000), Leadership - National Science Foundation Committee on Institutional Cooperation Women in Science & Engineering

Publications

  • Cao, Y., Liu, C., Liu, B., Brunette, M., Zhang, N., Sun, T., Zhang, P., Peinado, J., Garavito, E.S., Garcia, L.L., others, . (2016) "Improving Tuberculosis Diagnostics using Deep Learning and Mobile Health Technologies among Resource-poor and Marginalized Communities," pp. 274–281
  • Arellano, J.L., Brunette, M., Mejía, G.I., Alcaraz, J.L. (2015) "Factores de fatiga en operadores de maquinaria semiautomatizada en México," Ingeniería Industrial 30 pp. 11–28
  • Hernandez-Arellano, J.L., Brunette, M., Ibarra-Mejia, G., Omar, C. (2014) "Fatigue Dimensions Among Operators of CNC lathes And Hydraulic Presses: A Comparison of Factor Analyses,"
  • Kaushik, B., Brunette, M., Fu, X., Liu, B. (2014) "Customizable, Scalable and Reliable Community based Mobile Health Interventions," 4th ACM MobiHoc Workshop on Pervasive Wireless Healthcare (MobileHealth), in conjunction with ACM Mobihoc
  • Martinez, L.S., Ndulue, U.J., Brunette, M. (2013) "Lessons learned from the Proteccion en Construccion (PenC) community research partnership," Nova Biomedical Books pp. 329-339
  • Brunette, M., Liu, B., Kaushik, B. (2013) "Reaching the “Hard-to-Reach” with Mobile Health Applications in Perú,"
  • Arellano, J.L., Mej?a, G.I., P?rez, J.N., Alcaraz, J.L., Brunette, M. (2012) "Construction of a survey to assess workload and fatigue among AMT operators in Mexico," Work 41:SUPPL.1 pp. 1790-1796
  • Sprague, L.M., J., U.N., J., M.B. (2012) "Lessons learned from the proteccion en Construccion (PenC) community research partnership," International Public Health Journal 4:3 pp. 275-283
  • Roelofs, C., Sprague-Martinez, L., Brunette, M., Azaroff, L. (2011) "A qualitative investigation of Hispanic construction worker perspectives on factors impacting worksite safety and risk.," Environmental health : a global access science source 10: pp. 84
  • Brunette, M., Smith, M.J., Punnett, L. (2011) "Perceptions of working and living conditions among industrial male and female workers in Peru," Work 38:3 pp. 211-223
  • Brunette, M., Evia, C., Hoonakker, P., Kleiner, B., Haro, E., Smith-Jackson, T. (2009) "Advancing Safety in Construction: An Organizational, Systemic, and Cultural Approach," Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 53:16 pp. 994
  • Smith-Jackson, T., Artis, S., Brunette, M., Johnson, K., Perez, G., Resnick, M. (2008) "Self-Globalization: Strategies in HF/E education, research, and practice," Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 52:8 pp. 662
  • Rayman, P.M., Bond, M.A., Brunette, M., Layy, J., Hunt, E. (2008) "Working WISE: intergenerational voices advancing research and policy for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," Lowell, MA ; University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for Women and Work, c2008
  • Brunette, M. (2005) "Development of Educational and Training Materials on Safety and Health: Targeting Hispanic Workers in the Construction Industry," Family & Community Health: The Journal of Health Promotion & Maintenance 28:3 pp. 253-266
  • Brunette, M. (2004) "Work Environment and Quality of Working Life among the Cambodian Workforce: A Pilot Study," Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 48:14 pp. 1581
  • Brunette, M. (2004) "Construction safety research in the United States: targeting the Hispanic workforce," Injury Prevention: Journal Of The International Society For Child And Adolescent Injury Prevention 10:4 pp. 244-248
  • Brunette, M. (2003) "Working conditions in Peru: A survey study of worker’s perceptions in an industrially developing country," Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering 63:11- pp. 5441-5441
  • Carayon, P., Haims, M., Brunette, M., Hoonakker, P. (2002) "Quality of Working Life among Women and Minorities in the Information Technology Workforce: A Pilot Study," Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting 46:15 pp. 1379

Presentations

  • Investigaciones Colaborativas y Sostenibles para la Mejora de la Salud y Seguridad de los Trabajadores Latinos en los EEUU: Uso de un Enfoque Multinivel, April 2012 - Lima, Peru
  • Investigaciones Colaborativas y Sostenibles para la Mejora de la Salud y Seguridad de los Trabajadores Latinos en los EEUU: Uso de un Enfoque Multinivel, March 2012 - Huancayo, Peru
  • Calidad de Vida del Trabajador Latino en los EEUU: El Dise?o Gr?fico como herramienta de investigaci?n, November 2011 - Lima, Peru
  • Role of Latino community health workers in construction safety intervention research. - Conference on Eliminating Health and Safety Disparities at Work, September 2011 - Chicago, IL
  • Enabling bilingual workplace communication with comics and motion comics to promote decent and safe work. - Research Day, May 2011 - Lowell, MA
  • Developing an occupational health and safety intervention to prevent falls and silica exposure to Latino construction workers through community-based participation. - American Public Health Association, Annual Meeting, November 2010 - Denver, CO
  • Latino workers in the USA: Immigration, Work & Health., September 2010 - Parsippany, NJ
  • Ergonom'a, Salud y Seguridad Ocupacional: Enfoque Multinivel e Interdisciplinario., August 2010 - Lima, Peru
  • Sustainable Research Partnerships to Improve Safety and Health Conditions for Latino Workers: A Multilevel Approach, July 2010 - Barcelona, Spain
  • Culturally relevant training for Latino Construction Workers. - First National Summit on Latino Worker Health & Safety, April 2010 - Houston, TX
  • Culturally relevant safety training for Hispanics living and working in the US. - National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety, April 2010 - Houston, TX
  • Promoting Safety in Construction: An Organizational and Socio-Cultural Approach. - New England Conference, December 2009 - Sturbridge, MA
  • Ergonomics, Safety and Health in IDCs: A Needed Multi-level Interdisciplinary Approach - First Peruvian Ergonomics Congress, November 2009 - Lima, Peru
  • Addressing Safety & Health Education Needs of Latino Construction Workers: Implementing A Culturally Relevant Approach and Developing Strategic Research Partnerships. - Border Partners Meeting, October 2009 - El Paso, TX
  • Voices of Women in STEM Fields: An Intergenerational Participatory Conference. - American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Conference, February 2009 - Chicago, IL
  • Building Sustainable Community-University Research Partnerships to Improve Safety and Health Conditions for Latino Construction Workers., November 2008 - Blacksburg, VA
  • Participatory & Community Ergonomics Intervention to Improve Safety & Health of Hispanic Workers., November 2008 - Woburn, MA
  • Intergenerational Working Conference on Workplace Barriers Facing Women in STEM. - American Psychological Association Annual Convention, August 2008
  • How do people_s jobs affect their health and what can we do about it? - City of Lawrence Mayor's Health Task Force Annual Summit, April 2008 - Lawrence, MA
  • Employment Conditions as a Social Determinant of Health and Health Inequalities in Latino Populations. - Semana Salud y Seguridad en el Trabajo, April 2008 - Trabajo, Argentina
  • Intergenerational Voices on Women in Science and Engineering: A Working Conference to Design Research for Women_s Success in STEM - Summit for Economic Justice for Women: Bridging Together Research and Advocacy Ð from Local to Global Ð to Advance Economic Justice and Empowerment for Women, April 2008 - Atlanta, GA
  • Psychosocial Factors at Work in Developing Countries: A Roundtable Discussion, Healthy Environments - Work, Stress & Health Conference, APA/NIOSH, March 2008 - Washington, DC
  • Factores Organizacionales y Extra-Organizacionales: Importancia, consideraciones etiologicas y aspectos de medicion - Tendencias Actuales en la Epidemiolog'a Musculoesqueletal (Current Trends in Musculoskeletal Epidemiology), Pre-Conference Workshop, Sixth International Scientific Conference on Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2007 - Boston, MA
  • Intergenerational Voices on Women in Science and Engineering: A Working Conference - National Science Foundation Division of Human Resources Development Ð 2007 Joint Annual Meeting and Poster Exhibition, August 2007 - Washington, DC
  • Gender Differences in Self-Reported Musculoskeletal Pain, Stress, Health and Satisfaction among Blue-collar Workers in Peru" - PREMUS Conference, August 2007 - Boston, MA
  • Women working in STEM fields: Interdisciplinary and Intergenerational Understandings., May 2007 - Stockholm, Sweden
  • Development of Safety Training and Educational Materials Targeting the Hispanic Workforce: The Use of a Linguistic and a Cultural Approach. - 2005 World Safety Congress, September 2005 - Orlando, FL
  • Protecting Our Health and Safety in Construction Work - Presentation at the 6th International Film and Multimedia Festival, September 2005 - Orlando, FL
  • Assessing the Conditions of Work of Brazilian Workers in Massachusetts - 3rd Maine Occupational Safety and Health Research Symposium, May 2005 - Biddeford, ME
  • Decent and Safe Workplaces for Cambodian Workers in Lowell, MA: A Pilot Study to Explore Workers' Perceptions of Their Work Environment - 3rd Maine Occupational Safety and Health Research Symposium, May 2005 - Biddeford, ME
  • Safety Training Intervention Targeted to Hispanic Construction Workers - 3rd Maine Occupational Safety and Health Research Symposium, May 2005 - Biddeford, ME
  • Current and Future Trends in Human Factors/Perspectives from New Ph.D.s: Experiences of a Recent Graduate - 48th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2004 - Santa Monica, CA
  • Success Stories on Health & Safety Initiatives: Training and Educational Materials for Hispanic Workers - Occupational Safety and Health Hemispheric Leadership Meeting in Preparation for the 2005 World Safety and Health Congress, September 2004 - Washington, DC
  • Work Environment and Quality of Working Life among the Cambodian Workforce: A Pilot Study, September 2004 - Boston, MA
  • Quality of Working Life in Peru: Survey Study of Workers_ Perceptions in an Industrially Developing Country - American Industrial Hygiene Conference & Exposition, May 2004 - Atlanta, GA
  • Decent and Safe Workplaces for Cambodian Workers in Lowell: A Pilot Study to Explore Workers' Perceptions of Their Work Environment - University of Connecticut/University of Massachusetts-Lowell Joint Research Seminar, January 2004 - Sturbridge, MA
  • Calidad de Vida en Lima-Peru: Estudio Sobre la Relacion entre las Condiciones de Trabajo y la Salud y Satisfaccion del Obrero de Produccion, July 2003 - Lima, Peru
  • Women's Perceptions of their Conditions of Work in Peru: Do They Differ From Those of Men? - Women's Week Celebration, March 2003 - Lowell, MA
  • Working Conditions in Peru: A Survey Study of Worker's Perceptions in an Industrially Developing Country - University of Connecticut/University of Massachusetts-Lowell Joint Research Seminar, January 2003 - Sturbridge, MA
  • International Community Ergonomics Principles: Promoting Corporate Responsibility in Developing Countries, 2002 - Madison, WI
  • Occupational Stress - South Central Wisconsin COSH Annual Fall Conference, 2002 - Madison, WI
  • The Role of Ergonomics in Promoting Corporate Social Responsibility - The Ergonomics Society Annual Conference, April 2002 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Occupational Stress - South Central Wisconsin COSH Annual Fall Conference, 2001 - Madison, WI

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Developing Effective Construction Safety Training Documentation for Hispanic/Lati (2008), Contract - CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
    Brunette, M. (Principal)