Benjamin C. Amick III

TITLE

Chair, Graduate Program Director and Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management

CONTACT

bamickii@fiu.edu

FOCUS

Organizational Change, Population Health, Occupational Safety and Health

BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Benjamin C. Amick III has long been attracted to teaching and research, and was one of the early developers of the social inequalities and health program at Harvard University. Today, he is chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management where he has led the creation of innovative master’s programs and a new doctoral program in health systems research. Dr. Amick specializes in integrating advanced qualitative and quantitative methods to answer complex questions on how to support successful and healthy work careers. Dr. Amick and his colleagues developed the groundbreaking labor markets and health conceptual model that, for the first time, incorporates life course thinking into work and health research. In addition, Dr. Amick is engaged in translational research using both systematic reviews and benchmarking to change employer behavior with his partners at the Canadian Institute for Work & Health and with provincial partners in Canada. He has been a leader in the development of work-related, patient-centered outcome tools including being co-developer of the Work Limitations Questionnaire. He continues to advance the measurement of patient-centered outcomes through his work on sustainable employment among cancer survivors with his collaborators at the University of Groningen Medical Center in the Netherlands. He is a member of the Healthy West Kendal team in a collaborative effort to introduce a population health approach into traditional medical care. He and his colleagues are also in the midst of developing decision-making tools to support Health Ministers in the Caribbean as they work to improve responses to new disease outbreaks (e.g., Zika), and with LifeWallet, a local high-tech company in medication adherence.

EDUCATION

  • Yale School of Public Health, Postdoctoral Fellow in Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Johns Hopkins University, Ph.D.
  • University of Maryland, BA, BS

PUBLICATIONS/RESEARCH

Karasek Robert, Brisson Chantal, Kawakami Norito, Houtman Irene, Bongers Pauline, Amick III Benjamin C. The Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ): An Instrument for International Comparative Assessments of Psychosocial Job Characteristics.  Journal of Occupational Health Psychology 3(4): 322-355, 1998.

Amick III Benjamin C, Lavis John N.  Labor Markets and Health: A Framework and Set of Applications.  In The Society and Health Population Health Reader.  A. Tarlov and R.F. St. Peter (eds.), New York:  The New Press, 2000, pp 178-210.

Amick III Benjamin C, Mustard Cam. Labor Markets and Health: A Social Epidemiological Perspective, in Work, Family, Health and Well-Being. Suzanne.M. Bianchi, Lynne M. Casper, Rosalind Berkowitz King (eds.), Lawrence Erlbaum Associates: New Jersey, 2005, pp 413-432.

Amick III Benjamin C, McDonough Peggy, Chang Hong, Rogers William H, Duncan Greg, Pieper Carl. The Relationship between All-Cause Mortality and Cumulative Working Life Course Psychosocial and Physical Exposures in the United States Labor Market from 1968-1992. Psychosomatic Medicine 64(3): 370-381, 2002.

Labor Markets and Health: An Integrated Life Course Perspective. Scand J Work Environ Health. 42(4):346–353, 2016.

Amick III Benjamin C, Levine Sol, Tarlov Alvin R, Walsh Diana C. (eds.) Society and Health. New York: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Lerner Debra J, Amick III Benjamin C, Lee Jennifer, Rooney Ted, Rogers William H, Chang Hong, Berndt Ernest R. The Relationship of Employee-Reported Work Limitations to Work Productivity. Medical Care 41(5): 649-659, 2003.

Lerner Debra J, Amick III Benjamin C, Rogers William H, Malspeis Susan, Bungay Kathleen, Cynn Diane. The Work Limitations Questionnaire. Medical Care 39(1): 72-85, 2001.

Ramada JM, Delclos GL, Amick BC, III, Abma FI, Pidemunt G, Castano JR, Bultmann U, and Serra C. Responsiveness of the Work Role Functioning Questionnaire (Spanish version) in a general working population. J Occup Environ Med. 56(2):189-199, 2013.

Ramada Jose Maria, Serra Consol, Amick III Benjamin C, Castaño Juan R, Delclos George L.  Cross Cultural Adaptation of the Work Role Functioning Questionnaire to Spanish Spoken in Spain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 23(4):566-75, 2013.

Gallasch Cristiane H, Alexandre Neusa MC, Amick III Benjamin C. Cross-Cultural Adaptation, Reliability, and Validity of the Work Role Functioning Questionnaire to Brazilian Portuguese. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 17(4): 701-711, 2007.

Durand Marie-Jose, Vachon Brigitte, Hong Quan Nha, Imbeau Daniel, Amick III Benjamin C, Loisel Patrick. The Cross-Cultural Adaptation of the Work Role Functioning Questionnaire in Canadian French. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research 27(4):261-268, 2004.

Amick III Benjamin C, Habeck Rochelle V, Ossmann Janet, Fossel Anne H, Keller Robert, Katz Jeffrey N. Predictors of Successful Work Role Functioning After Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine 46(5): 490-500, 2004.

Tang Ken, MacDermid Joy, Amick III Benjamin C, Beaton Dorcas. The 11-item Workplace Organizational Policies and Practices Questionnaire (OPP-11): Examination of Its Construct Validity, Factor Structure, and Predictive Validity in Injured Workers with Upper-Limb Disorders. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 54(11): 834-846, 2012.

Ossmann Janet, Amick III Benjamin C, Habeck Rochelle V, Hunt Allan, Ramamurthhy Gopika, Soucie Valerie, Katz Jeffrey N. Management and Employee Agreement on Reports of Organizational Policies and Practices Important in Return to Work Following Carpal Tunnel Surgery. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 15(1): 17-26, 2005.

Amick III Benjamin C, Habeck Rochelle V, Hunt Allan, Fossel Anne H, Chapin Alice, Keller Robert B, Katz Jeffrey N. Measuring the Impact of Organizational Behaviors on Work Disability Prevention and Management. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 10(1): 21-38, 2000.

Kennedy Carol, Amick III Benjamin C, Dennerlin Jack T, Brewer Shelley R*, Catli Starly, Williams Renee, Serra Consul, Gerr Fred, Irvin Emma, Mahood Quenby, Franzblau Al, Van Eerd Dwayne, Evanoff Bradley, Rempel David. Systematic Review of the Role of Occupational Health and Safety Interventions in the Prevention of Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Symptoms, Signs, Disorders, Injuries, Claims and Lost Time. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 20:127-162, 2010.

Tullar Jessica M*, Brewer Shelley R*, Amick III Benjamin C, Irvin Emma, Mahood Quenby, Pompeii Lisa, Wang Anna, Van Eerd Dwayne, Gimeno David, Evanoff Bradley.Occupational Safety and Health Interventions to Reduce Musculoskeletal Symptoms in the Health Care Sector. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 20:199-219, 2010.

Tompa Emile, de Oliveira Claire, Dolinschi Roman, Amick III Benjamin C, Irvin Emma. A Systematic Review of Workplace Ergonomic Interventions with Economic Analyses. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 20:220-234, 2010.

Breslin Curtis, MacEachen Ellen, Kyle Natasha, Irvin Emma, Kosny Agnieszka, Bigelow Phil, Mahood Quenby, Scott-Dixon Krista, Morassaei Sara, Facey Marcia, Chambers Lori, Couban Rachel, Shannon Harry, Cullen Kim and Amick III Benjamin C. Effectiveness of Health and Safety in Small Enterprises: A Systematic Review of Quantitative Evaluations of Interventions. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 20:163-179, 2010.

Brewer Shelley R*, Van Eerd Dwayne, Amick III Benjamin C, Irvin Emma, Daum Kent, Gerr Fred, Moore J Steven, Cullen Kim, Rempel Dave M. Workplace Interventions to Prevent Musculoskeletal and Visual Symptoms and Disorders among Computer Users: A Systematic Review. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation 16(3), 325-58, 2006

Amick III Benjamin C, Chaumont Menendez Cammie*, Bazzani Lianna, Robertson Michelle, DeRango Kelly, Rooney Ted, Moore Anne. A Field Intervention Examining the Impact of an Office Ergonomics Training and a Highly Adjustable Chair on Visual Symptoms in a Public Sector Organization. Applied Ergonomics 43(4), 625-631, 2012.

Amick III Benjamin C, Robertson Michelle M, Bazzani Lianna*, DeRango Kelly, Moore Anne, Rooney Ted, Harrist Ron H. Effect of Office Ergonomics Intervention on Reducing Musculoskeletal Symptoms. Spine (28) 24: 2706-2711, 2003.  PMID: 14673374.