Dr. William Shaw

Director, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Connecticut Health Center

Dr. William Shaw is an assistant professor and director of the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington, Conn. He also holds an adjunct appointment as instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Mass.

Previously, Shaw was a principal research scientist with the Liberty Mutual Research Center for Safety and Health. He was also a faculty member in the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Work Disability Prevention.

His primary research interest is the occupational health and safety of workers with injuries and illnesses, especially regarding return to work, stay at work and other work disability outcomes. Much of his research is focused on psychosocial factors and organizational support for workers with musculoskeletal conditions and chronic illnesses. His work has involved both individual- and organizational-level interventions to prevent work disability. He is also involved in several collaborative projects in Australia, Canada, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Shaw has received the NORA Innovative Research Award for Worker Health and Safety from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and a Research Travel Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain.

Shaw's background is in engineering and clinical psychology, and he earned his is PhD in clinical psychology from the San Diego State University/University of California at San Diego Joint Doctoral Program.

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