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David Hurtado Sc.D.

I am a social and behavioral scientist that examines social determinants of workers’ health. I research modifiable occupational factors linked with work-related illnesses such as depression, musculoskeletal disorders, and non-communicable diseases. Most of my studies have been based on high-risk industries, especially patient-care.  As a faculty member of the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center, a NIOSH Center of Excellence, I design and evaluate workplace  interventions aimed at promoting and protecting occupational health and safety, following the Total Worker Health™ framework.

Areas of interest

  • Work-time control and health
  • Peer support for safety
  • Employment conditions and health


  • B.A., Universidad de los Andes (Anthropology), Bogotá Colombia 2005
  • B.A., Universidad de los Andes (Psychology), Bogotá Colombia 2006
  • M.Sc., Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Massachusetts United States 2010
  • Sc.D., Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Massachusetts United States 2013
  • Fellowship:

    • Yerby Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2013-2015

Honors and awards

  • Yerby Postdoctoral Research Fellow 2013-2015


  • Hurtado DA, Hessel P, Avendano M. The hidden costs of informal work: lack of social protection and subjective well-being in Colombia. International Journal of Public Health (In press)

  • Hurtado DA, Okechukwu CA, Buxton OM, Hammer LB, Hanson G, Klein L, Moen P, Berkman LF. Effects on cigarette consumption of a work-family supportive organizational intervention: six-month results from the Work, Family and Health Network study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (J Epidemiol Community Health doi:10.1136/jech-2015-206953 )

  • Okechukwu CA, Kelly EL, Bacic J, DePasquale N, Hurtado D, Kossek E, Sembajwe G. Supporting employees' work-family needs improves health care quality: Longitudinal evidence from long-term care. Social Science & Medicine, 157, 111-119

  • Jackson CL, Wee CC, Hurtado DA, Kawachi I. Obesity trends by industry of employment in the United Sates, 2004 to 2011. BMC Obestiy. Apr 2, 3-20

  • Hurtado DA, Berkman LF, Buxton OM, Okechukwu CA. Schedule control and nursing home quality: exploratory evidence of a psychosocial predictor of resident care. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35(2), 244-253

  • Hurtado DA. Disparities in subjective well-being by socioeconomic status in Colombia. In Rojas M. (Ed). Handbook of Happiness Research in Latin America. Houten, Netherlands: Springer

  • Hurtado DA, Glymour MM, Berkman LG, Reme S, Hashimoto D, Sorensen, G. Schedule control and mental health: the relevance of coworkers' reports. Community, Work & Family, 18(4), 416-434

  • Hurtado DA, Nelson CC, Hashimoto, D, Sorensen, G. Supervisors' support for nurses’ meal breaks and mental health. Workplace Health & Safety, 63(3), 107-115

  • Sabbath EL, Hurtado DA, Okechukwu CA, Tamers SL, Nelson C, Kim SS, Wagner G, Sorensen G. Occupational injury among hospital patient-care workers: What is the association with workplace verbal abuse? American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 57(2), 222-32

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