Katia M. Costa-Black, Ph.D.

  • Senior Manager for Education and Partnerships, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences


Katia oversees the Total Worker Health® education and training portfolio of the Institute. She is also tasked with developing and promoting the Institute’s strategic partnerships with academic and health care institutions, government agencies, non-profit organizations and private sector employers. With a dual clinical (B.Sc. Physical Therapy) and engineering (M.Sc. and PhD Industrial Engineering/Ergonomics) background – supplemented with a professional diploma in applied transdisciplinary research – she has extensive cross-disciplinary experience in research translation and collaboration across many sectors and types of stakeholders. She also completed a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship in the area of research translation and program evaluation for preventing and managing work incapacity.
Prior to joining the Institute, Katia served as a consultant and scientific adviser to a number of organizations and provided ergonomic services to several major corporations in the PNW and across the US. She previously served as the Senior Manager for Ergonomic Services at the New York University (NYU) Langone Health in New York City. Her research and teaching activities have focused on risk assessment, management and program implementation methods, and interventions to prevent workplace injuries/illnesses and optimize the health and well-being of workers.

Education and training

    • B.Sc., 1998, Catholic University of Salvador
    • M.Sc., 2002, New York University,
    • Ph.D., 2008, Polytechnic University of Montreal

Memberships and associations:

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) & Puget Sound Chapter of the HFES
  • Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Occupational Health SIG
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association

Areas of interest

  • Occupational Ergonomics
  • Safe Patient Handling and Mobility
  • Work Disability Prevention
  • Total Worker Health
  • Implementation Science


Selected publications

  • Costa-Black KM, Arteberry C. The social value of Participatory Ergonomics from a practitioner’s perspective. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting. 2021 February; 64(1):919. DOI: 10.1177/1071181320641219.
  • Wilkie R, Bjork M, Costa-Black KM, Parker M, Pransky G. Managing work participation for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2020 Apr;34(2):101517. DOI: 10.1016/j.berh.2020.101517. Epub 2020 Apr 19. Review. PubMed PMID: 32321677.
  • Koma BS, Bergh AM, Costa-Black KM. Barriers to and facilitators for implementing an office ergonomics programme in a South African research organisation. Appl Ergon. 2019 Feb;75:83-90. DOI: 10.1016/j.apergo.2018.09.003. Epub 2018 Sep 19. PubMed PMID: 30509541.
  • Ståhl C, Costa-Black K, Loisel P. Applying theories to better understand socio-political challenges in implementing evidence-based work disability prevention strategies. Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Apr;40(8):952-959. DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2016.1277399. Epub 2017 Jan 17. PubMed PMID: 28094587.
  • Magalhaes FB, Lima MA, Silva AL, Porto LA, Costa-Black KM, Andrade AG, Carvalho RC, Neves RF. Tools for the Assessment of functioning and disability in workers with Musculoskeletal Disorders: an analysis of existing proposals. Revista de Saúde Coletiva da UEFS. 2016 June; 6(1):53-61. DOI: 10.13102/rscdauefs.v6i1.1081.
  • Costa-Black KM. Core components of return-to-work intervention. In: Loisel P, Anema JR, editors. Handbook of Work Disability 1st ed. New York: Springer; 2013. Chapter 26.
  • Costa-Black KM, Feuerstein M, Loisel P. Work disability models: past and present. In: Loisel P, Anema JR, editors. Handbook of Work Disability 1st ed. New York: Springer; 2013. Chapter 6.
  • Costa-Black KM, Loisel P, Anema JR, Pransky G. Back pain and work. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2010 Apr;24(2):227-40. DOI: 10.1016/j.berh.2009.11.007. Review. PubMed PMID: 20227644.