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Susan Sama
Dr. Susan R SamaResearch Professor
  • College
    Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences
  • Department
    Public Health
  • Phone
    (978) 934-3351
  • Office
    Wannalancit Mills - 503
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Research Interests

Occupational and environmental epidemiology; Nonmalignant respiratory diseases including asthma and COPD; Occupational safety and health in the home care industry

The relationship between occupational and environmental exposures and exacerbation of asthma and COPD. Risk factors for sharps injuries and occupational safety and health among home care workers. The effectiveness of disease management programs for patients with chronic disease. Occupational exposures and ophthalmologic outcomes.

Education

  • Sc.D: Epidemiology/Work Environment Department, (1996), University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • MS: Epidemiology, (1990), University of Massachusetts Lowell, - Lowell, MA
  • BS: Nursing, (1987), University of Massachusetts Lowell

Biography

Dr. Sama is a Research Professor in the Department of Public Health with over 25 years of experience conducting occupational health and safety research on a variety of occupational and environmental exposures, injuries and disease.

Selected Publications

  • Goodyear, N., Markkanen, P., Beato-Melendez, C., Mohamed, H., Gore, R., Galligan, C., Sama, S., Quinn, M.M., (2017) "Cleaning and disinfection in home care: A comparison of two commercial products with potentially different consequences for respiratory health (ePub ahead of print)," American Journal of Infection Control
  • Luckmann, R., White, M.J., Costanza, M.E., Frisard, C.F., Cranos, C., Sama, S., Yood, R. (2017) "Implementation and process evaluation of three interventions to promote screening mammograms delivered for 4 years in a large primary care population.," Translational behavioral medicine 7:3 pp. 547-556
  • Sama, S., Kriebel, D., Gore, R.J., DeVries, R., Rosiello, R. (2017) "Environmental triggers of COPD symptoms: a case cross-over study.," BMJ open respiratory research 4:1 pp. e000179
  • Mapel, D., Laliberté, F., Roberts, M.H., Sama, S., Sundaresan, D., Pilon, D., Lefebvre, P., Duh, M.S., Patel, J. (2017) "A retrospective study to assess clinical characteristics and time to initiation of open-triple therapy among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, newly established on long-acting mono- or combination therapy.," International journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 12: pp. 1825-1836
  • DeVries, R., Kriebel, D., Sama, S. (2017) "Outdoor Air Pollution and COPD-Related Emergency Department Visits, Hospital Admissions, and Mortality: A Meta-Analysis.," COPD 14:1 pp. 113-121
  • Markkanen, P., Quinn, M.M., Galligan, C., Sama, S., Gore, R., Sun, C., Okyere, D., Brouillette, N. (2016) "P6-3 Combining qualitative and quantitative research methods to assess occupational exposures and interventions among homecare aides," Occupational and Environmental Medicine 73:Suppl 1 pp. A94–A94
  • DeVries, R., Kriebel, D., Sama, S. (2016) "Validation of the breathlessness, cough and sputum scale to predict COPD exacerbation.," NPJ primary care respiratory medicine 26: pp. 16083
  • DeVries, R., Kriebel, D., Sama, S. (2016) "Low level air pollution and exacerbation of existing copd: a case crossover analysis.," Environmental health : a global access science source 15:1 pp. 98
  • Quinn, M.M., Markkanen, P., Galligan, C.J., Sama, S., Kriebel, D., Gore, R.J., Brouillette, N.M., Okyere, D., Sun, C., Punnett, L., others, . (2016) "Occupational health of home care aides: results of the safe home care survey," Occupational and environmental medicine 73:4 pp. 237 - 245
  • Markkanen, P., Quinn, M.M., Sama, S. (2015) "When the Home is a Workplace: Promoting Safety and Health for a Vulnerable Workforce," Rutgers University Press pp. 94-103
  • Sama, S., Kriebel, D., Gore, R.J. (University of Massachusetts Lowell), DeVries, R.R. (University of Massachusetts Lowell) (2015) "Environmental triggers of COPD symptoms: a cross sectional survey," COPD Research and Practice 1:12 pp. 8
  • Hunt, P.R., Friesen, M.C., Sama, S., Ryan, L., Milton, D. (2015) "Log-Linear Modeling of Agreement among Expert Exposure Assessors.," The Annals of occupational hygiene 59:6 pp. 764-74
  • Markkanen, P., Galligan, C., Laramie, A., Fisher, J., Sama, S., Quinn, M.M. (2015) "Understanding sharps injuries in home healthcare: The Safe Home Care qualitative methods study to identify pathways for injury prevention," BMC public health 15:1 pp. 359
  • Galligan, C.J., Markkanen, P., Fantasia, L.M., Gore, R.J., Sama, S., Quinn, M.M. (2015) "A growing fire hazard concern in communities: home oxygen therapy and continued smoking habits," NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy 24:4 pp. 535–554
  • Quinn, M.M., Markkanen, P., Galligan, C., Sama, S., Kriebel, D., Gore, R., Punnett, L., Davis, L., Laramie, A., Brouillette, N., others, . (2014) "Quantifying Hazardous Occupational Exposures and Injuries in Home Care: Results from the Safe Home Care Survey," Occupational and environmental medicine 71:Suppl 1 pp. A39–A39
  • Kriebel, D., Brouillette, N., Markkanen, P., Galligan, C., Sama, S., Gore, R., Laramie, A., Okyere, D., Sun, C., Davis, L., Quinn, M. (2014) "0289 Preventing needlesticks and other sharps injuries to home care aides: results of a survey to identify hazards during home visits," Occupational and Environmental Medicine 71:Suppl 1 pp. A36–A37
  • Markkanen, P., Quinn, M.M., Galligan, C., Sama, S., Brouillette, N., Okyere, D. (2014) "Characterizing the nature of home care work and occupational hazards: a developmental intervention study," American Journal of Industrial Medicine 57:4 pp. 445-57
  • Shorter, J.H., Nelson, D.D., McManus, J.B., Zahniser, M.S., Sama, S., Milton, D.K. (2011) "Clinical study of multiple breath biomarkers of asthma and COPD (NO, CO(2), CO and N(2)O) by infrared laser spectroscopy.," Journal of breath research 5:3 pp. 037108
  • Costanza, M.E., Luckmann, R., White, M.J., Rosal, M.C., Cranos, C., Reed, G., Clark, R., Sama, S., Yood, R. (2011) "Design and methods for a randomized clinical trial comparing three outreach efforts to improve screening mammography adherence.," BMC health services research 11: pp. 145
  • Wan, E.S., DeMeo, D.L., Hersh, C.P., Shapiro, S.D., Rosiello, R.A., Sama, S., Fuhlbrigge, A.L., Foreman, M.G., Silverman, E.K. (2011) "Clinical predictors of frequent exacerbations in subjects with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).," Respiratory medicine 105:4 pp. 588-94
  • Quinn, M.M., Markkanen, P., Galligan, C.J., Kriebel, D., Chalupka, S.M., Kim, H., Gore, R.J., Sama, S., Laramie, A.K., Davis, L. (2009) "Sharps injuries and other blood and body fluid exposures among home health care nurses and aides," American Journal of Public Health 99 Suppl 3: pp. S710-7
  • Corradi, M., Acampa, O., Goldoni, M., Andreoli, R., Milton, D., Sama, S., Rosiello, R., de Palma, G., Apostoli, P., Mutti, A. (2009) "Metallic elements in exhaled breath condensate and serum of patients with exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.," Metallomics : integrated biometal science 1:4 pp. 339-45
  • Markkanen, P., Chalupka, S., Galligan, C., Sama, S., Gore, R., Kim, H., Bello, A., Kriebel, D., Quinn, M.M. (2008) "Studying home health care nurses and aides: research design and challenges," Journal of Research in Nursing 13: pp. 480-495
  • Lowery, E.P., Henneberger, P.K., Rosiello, R., Sama, S., Preusse, P., Milton, D.K. (2007) "Quality of life of adults with workplace exacerbation of asthma.," Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation 16:10 pp. 1605-13
  • Bolen, A.R., Henneberger, P.K., Liang, X., Sama, S., Preusse, P.A., Rosiello, R.A., Milton, D.K. (2007) "The validation of work-related self-reported asthma exacerbation.," Occupational and environmental medicine 64:5 pp. 343-8
  • Henneberger, P.K., Derk, S.J., Sama, S., Boylstein, R.J., Hoffman, C.D., Preusse, P.A., Rosiello, R.A., Milton, D.K. (2006) "The frequency of workplace exacerbation among health maintenance organisation members with asthma.," Occupational and environmental medicine 63:8 pp. 551-7
  • Sama, S., Milton, D.K., Hunt, P.R., Houseman, E.A., Henneberger, P.K., Rosiello, R.A. (2006) "Case-by-case assessment of adult-onset asthma attributable to occupational exposures among members of a health maintenance organization.," Journal of occupational and environmental medicine 48:4 pp. 400-7
  • Sama, S., Hunt, P.R., Cirillo, C.I., Marx, A., Rosiello, R.A., Henneberger, P.K., Milton, D.K. (2003) "A longitudinal study of adult-onset asthma incidence among HMO members.," Environmental health : a global access science source 2:1 pp. 10
  • Holcroft, C.A., Eisen, E.A., Sama, S., Wegman, D. (2003) "Measurement characteristics of peak expiratory flow.," Chest 124:2 pp. 501-10
  • Virji, M.A., Woskie, S., Sama, S., Kriebel, D., Eberiel, D. (2000) "Identifying the determinants of viable microorganisms in the air and bulk metalworking fluids.," AIHAJ : a journal for the science of occupational and environmental health and safety 61:6 pp. 788-97
  • Kaufman, J.D., Cohen, M.A., Sama, S., Shields, J.W., Kalat, J. (1998) "Occupational skin diseases in Washington State, 1989 through 1993: using workers' compensation data to identify cutaneous hazards.," American journal of public health 88:7 pp. 1047-51
  • Kriebel, D., Sama, S., Woskie, S., Christiani, D.C., Eisen, E.A., Hammond, S.K., Milton, D.K., Smith, M., Virji, M.A. (1997) "A field investigation of the acute respiratory effects of metal working fluids. I. Effects of aerosol exposures.," American journal of industrial medicine 31:6 pp. 756-66
  • Sama, S., Kriebel, D., Woskie, S., Eisen, E., Wegman, D., Virji, M.A. (1997) "A field investigation of the acute respiratory effects of metal working fluids. II. Effects of airborne sulfur exposures.," American journal of industrial medicine 31:6 pp. 767-76
  • Woskie, S., Virji, M.A., Kriebel, D., Sama, S., Eberiel, D., Milton, D.K., Hammond, S.K., Moure-Eraso, R. (1996) "Exposure assessment for a field investigation of the acute respiratory effects of metalworking fluids. I. Summary of findings.," American Industrial Hygiene Association journal 57:12 pp. 1154-62
  • Kriebel, D., Sama, S., Cocanour, B. (1993) "Reversible pulmonary responses to formaldehyde. A study of clinical anatomy students.," The American review of respiratory disease 148:6 Pt 1 pp. 1509-15
  • Sama, S., Martin, T.R., Davis, L.K., Kriebel, D. (1990) "Cancer incidence among Massachusetts firefighters, 1982-1986.," American journal of industrial medicine 18:1 pp. 47-54

Selected Presentations

  • Cleaning and Disinfection in Home Healthcare: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods to Assess Caregivers’ Exposure to Cleaning and Disinfection Products. - ICOH 2018 Conference, April 2018 - Dublin, Ireland
  • Respiratory irritant exposures during cleaning and disinfecting in home care: preliminary results from the Safe Home Care Study - 26th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference, August 2017 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Environmental and Occupational Triggers of COPD Symptoms: A case crossover study - The 26th International Symposium on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) , August 2017 - Edinburgh
  • Homecare Work: Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods to Assess Musculoskeletal Strain among Aides - The First Global Carework Summit, June 2017 - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
  • An integrated approach to infection and respiratory illness prevention in home healthcare: preliminary results of the safe home care cleaning and disinfecting study - 25th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference, September 2016 - Barcelona, Spain
  • Evaluating the connection between healthcare worker and patient safety using the care bond framework - 25th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference, September 2016 - Barcelona, Spain
  • Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods to Assess Occupational Exposures and Interventions among Homecare Aides - 8th International Conference on the Science of Exposure Assessment in Epidemiology and Practice, September 2016 - Barcelona, Spain
  • Safe cleaning and disinfecting for home care aide and client health - American Public Health Association (APHA) 143rd Annual Meeting, November 2015 - Chicago (IL), USA
  • Hazardous Occupational Exposures and Injuries in Home Care: Results from the Safe Home Care Survey - 10th International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA) Scientific Conference, April 2015 - London, UK
  • Quantifying hazardous occupational exposures and injuries in home care: Results from the Safe Home Care survey - 24th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference, June 2014 - Chicago (IL), USA
  • Why are needlesticks and other sharps injuries occurring in home healthcare? - American Public Health Association (APHA) 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 2013 - Boston (MA), USA
  • Risks of occupational safety and health hazards among home care aides - American Association of Public Health (APHA) 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 2013 - Boston (MA), USA
  • Occupational safety and health hazards among home care aides - American Public Health Association (APHA) 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition, October 2012 - San Francisco (CA), USA
  • Combining Qualitative and Quantitative Measures in Occupational Health - A Case Study on Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures in Home Healthcare - Education and Research Center (ERC) & Work Health and Well-being Seminar Series at Harvard School of Public Health, September 2010 - Boston (MA), USA
  • Methods for qualitative measures informing quantitative measures in occupational health - a case study - 6th International Occupational and Environmental Exposure Assessment Conference, August 2009 - Boston (MA), USA
  • Assessment of blood exposures among home healthcare workers: linking qualitative and quantitative methods for more precise exposure estimation - 6th International Occupational and Environmental Exposure Assessment Conference, August 2009 - Boston (MA), USA
  • Risk of sharps injuries and blood exposures among home health care workers - American Public Health Association (APHA) 136th Annual Meeting and Exposition. , October 2008 - San Diego (CA), USA
  • Project SHARRP: Survey methods and recruitment of a population of home healthcare providers - American Public Health Association (APHA) 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 2007 - Washington DC, USA
  • Sharps Injuries & Blood Exposures Among Home Health Care Workers - 19th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference, October 2007 - Banff (Alberta), Canada

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Homecare work in social assistance and healthcare: safe cleaning and disinfection (2014), Grant -
    Goodyear, N., Quinn, M.M., Kriebel, D., Markkanen, P., Sama, S.