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Diana Schwerha

Associate Professor
Industrial and Systems Engineering
STKR 278
schwerha@ohio.edu
Phone: 740.593.1577

http://www.ohio.edu/industrial/ergonomics/

Dr. Schwerha's research area focuses on ergonomics and aging workers. She has served as an advisor for MS students pursuing research in aging and ergonomics, usability of technology, and factors related to technology adoption among older users. She is current the Director of a NIOSH Training Project Grant in Occupational Safety at OU. She has published numerous journal articles and conference papers and has given presentation in the US and Europe.


Research Interests: Aging Worker Retention, Ergonomics, Ergonomics for Independently Living Seniors

All Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Industrial and Management Systems Engineering, West Virginia University, 2004. M.S., Occupational Hygiene and Occupational Safety, West Virginia University, 1996. B.S., Chemistry, Mary Washington College, 1989.

Publications:

  • Lynch, K., Schwerha, D., and Johanson, G. (2012). Development of a Weighted Heuristic for Website Evaluation for Older Adults. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction. Available online now at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10447318.2012.715277.
  • Schwerha, D.J, Ritter, C., Robinson, S., Griffeth, R., and Fried, D. (2011). Integrating Ergonomic Factors into the Decision to Retire. Human Resource Management Review, 21, 220-227.
  • Schwerha, D. (2010). Ergonomics for the Experienced. Industrial Engineer, 42(11),35-39.
  • Wiker, S.F., Schwerha, D. And Jaraiedi, M. (2009). Auditory and Visual Distractor Decrement in Older Worker Manual Assembly Task Learning: Impact of Spatial Reasoning, Field Independence, and Level of Education. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 19(4), 300-317.
  • Schwerha, D., Wiker, S., and Jaraiedi, M. (2007). Effect of Distractors, Age, and, Level of Education upon Psychomotor Task Learning. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 37, 801-809. Lynch, K., Schwerha, D., and Johanson, G. (2012). Development of a Weighted Heuristic for Website Evaluation for Older Adults. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction. Available online now at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10447318.2012.715277.
  • Schwerha, D.J, Ritter, C., Robinson, S., Griffeth, R., and Fried, D. (2011). Integrating Ergonomic Factors into the Decision to Retire. Human Resource Management Review, 21, 220-227.
  • Schwerha, D. (2010). Ergonomics for the Experienced. Industrial Engineer, 42(11),35-39.
  • Wiker, S.F., Schwerha, D. And Jaraiedi, M. (2009). Auditory and Visual Distractor Decrement in Older Worker Manual Assembly Task Learning: Impact of Spatial Reasoning, Field Independence, and Level of Education. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 19(4), 300-317.
  • Schwerha, D., Wiker, S., and Jaraiedi, M. (2007). Effect of Distractors, Age, and, Level of Education upon Psychomotor Task Learning. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 37, 801-809. Lynch, K., Schwerha, D., and Johanson, G. (2012). Development of a Weighted Heuristic for Website Evaluation for Older Adults. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction. Available online now at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10447318.2012.715277.
  • Schwerha, D.J, Ritter, C., Robinson, S., Griffeth, R., and Fried, D. (2011). Integrating Ergonomic Factors into the Decision to Retire. Human Resource Management Review, 21, 220-227.
  • Schwerha, D. (2010). Ergonomics for the Experienced. Industrial Engineer, 42(11),35-39.
  • Wiker, S.F., Schwerha, D. And Jaraiedi, M. (2009). Auditory and Visual Distractor Decrement in Older Worker Manual Assembly Task Learning: Impact of Spatial Reasoning, Field Independence, and Level of Education. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 19(4), 300-317.
  • Schwerha, D., Wiker, S., and Jaraiedi, M. (2007). Effect of Distractors, Age, and, Level of Education upon Psychomotor Task Learning. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 37, 801-809. Lynch, K., Schwerha, D., and Johanson, G. (2012). Development of a Weighted Heuristic for Website Evaluation for Older Adults. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction. Available online now at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10447318.2012.715277.
  • Schwerha, D.J, Ritter, C., Robinson, S., Griffeth, R., and Fried, D. (2011). Integrating Ergonomic Factors into the Decision to Retire. Human Resource Management Review, 21, 220-227.
  • Schwerha, D. (2010). Ergonomics for the Experienced. Industrial Engineer, 42(11),35-39.
  • Wiker, S.F., Schwerha, D. And Jaraiedi, M. (2009). Auditory and Visual Distractor Decrement in Older Worker Manual Assembly Task Learning: Impact of Spatial Reasoning, Field Independence, and Level of Education. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing, 19(4), 300-317.
  • Schwerha, D., Wiker, S., and Jaraiedi, M. (2007). Effect of Distractors, Age, and, Level of Education upon Psychomotor Task Learning. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 37, 801-809.

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Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal (4)

  • Wiker, S., Schwerha, D., Jaraiedi, M. Auditory and Visual Distractor Decrement in Older Worker Manual Assembly Task Learning: Impact of Spatial Reasoning, Field Independence and Level of Education. 4. Human Factors and Ergonomics in Manufacturing; 19: 300-317.
  • Kowalski-Trakofler, K., Steiner, L., Schwerha, D. Safety Considerations for the Aging Workforce. 10. Journal of Safety Science; 43: 779-793.
  • Gao, P., Chen, B., Hearl, F., McCawley, M., Schwerha, D., Chen, W., Chen, J., Soderholm, S. Estimating Respirable Mass Concentrations from Historical Total Dust Measurements for Chinese Iron/Copper, Tin and Tungsten Miners and Pottery Workers. 4. Annals of Occupational Hygiene; 44: 251-257.
  • Gao, P., Chen, B., Chen, J., Chen, W., Zhuang, Z., Hearl, F., Schwerha, D., McCawley, M., Soderholm, S. Two Approaches to Converting Historical Mining Dust Exposures into Respirable Fraction Based on the Microscope Sizing Measurements. 3. Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases; 17: 1-16.

Research Report (3)

  • Mallett, L., Schwerha, D., Peters, R. What Difference Does Age Make? Part 2: Coal Mining Injuries. Holmes Safety Bulletin; January/February: 10-18.
  • Mallett, L., Schwerha, D., Peters, R. What Difference Does Age Make? Part 3: Metal or Mine Injuries. Holmes Safety Bulletin; March/April: 8-15.
  • Schwerha, D., Mallett, L., Peters, R. What Difference Does Age Make? Part 1: Mining in all Commodities. Holmes Safety Bulletin; May/June: 9-16.

Conference Proceeding (15)

  • Celibilek, ., Schwerha, D. Benchmarking Chronic Diseases and Prevention of U.S. States: DEA Approach. IERC.
  • Schwerha, D., Jones, A., Liu, S., Ozercan, S., Zhou, J. Development of a Computer Skills Class for Older Adults Using a Service Learning Model. Philadelphia, PA: ASEE Mid Atlantic Conference 2010.
  • Ritter, C., Robinson, S., Schwerha, D., Fried, D. An Empirical Evaluation of Ergonomics as a Distal Determinant in the Retirement Decision Process. 2011 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Fried, D., Ritter, C., Milakovic, A., Tenbrink, A., Griffeth, R., Schwerha, D. Work-Role Attachment and Preferences to Extend Career Employment through Phased Retirement. 2011 Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Slover, S., Schwerha, D. Improving Website Heuristics through Participatory Design. 2011 Industrial Engineering Research Conference.
  • Ritter, C., Schwerha, D., Gerasymchuk, D., Robinson, S., Griffeth, R. Sustaining Aging Workers: Development of a Model with Ergonomic Factors in teh Decision to Retire. Academy of Management Annual Meeting.
  • Vadlamani, T., Schwerha, D., Griffeth, R. Multidimensional Scale for Ergonomics Risk Factors Related to Employee Retention. Proceedings of the 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference; May 30-June 3.
  • Morse, B., Griffeth, R., Hom, P., Schwerha, D., Allen, D., , . The Cross-cultural Generalizability of the Turnover Events and Shocks Scale: An Assessment with Mexican Nurses. June 21-24. Proceedings of the 10th International Human Resource Management Conference.
  • Schwerha, D., Bruce, C., Sanford, J., Gibson, S., Spokus, D., Whiting, H. The Role of Human Factors in Older Worker Retention: What do we know and what will we need to know? . CA: Human Factors and Ergonomic Society; 53rd Proceedings.
  • Vadlamani, T., Schwerha, D., Griffeth, R. Multidimensional Scale for Ergonomics Risk Factors Related to Employee Retention.. Proceedings of the 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference.
  • Schwerha, D., Liu, C., Ozercan, S., Vadlamani, T., Neiman, L. Second Life as a Pedagogical Tool for Improving Statistics Homework Sessions. West Point, NY: American Society for Engineering Education (Zone 1) Conference.
  • Wiker, S., Schwerha, D., Jaraiedi, M. Impact of Auditory and Visual Distractors Upon Manual Assembly Task Learning Among Older Workers with Different Levels of Spatial Reasoning and Field Dependence . San Francisco, CA: 50th Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.
  • Schwerha, D., Wiker, S., Jaraiedi, M. Impact of Age and Distractors upon Learning a Manual Assembly Task. Maastricht: 16th World Congress of the IEA.
  • Schwerha, D. The Effect of Some Worker-Related Variables on Work Ability, Work Technique, and Number of Errors in a Packing Job. Minneapolis, MN: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Conference.
  • Schwerha, D., McMullin, D. Prioritizing Ergonomic Research in Aging for the 21st Century American Workforce. San Diego, CA: IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress.

Journal Article, Professional Journal (3)

  • Schwerha, D., Wiker, S., Jaraiedi, M. Effect of Distractors, Age, and Level of Education upon Psychomotor Task Learning. 37. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics; 801-809.
  • Schwerha, D., Orr, C., Chen, B., Soderholm, S. Direct-on-filter Analysis of Crystalline Silica Using Photoacustic Fourier Transform-infrared Spectroscopy. 457. Analytica Chimica Acta; 257-264.
  • Schwerha, D., McMullin, D. Prioritizing Ergonomic Research in Aging for the 21st Century American Workforce. 28. International Journal of Experimental Aging Research; 99-110.

Journal Article, Academic Journal (7)

  • Lynch, K., Schwerha, D., Johanson, G. Development of a Weighted Heuristic for Website Evaluation for Older Adults. International Journal of Human Computer Interaction; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10447318.2012.715277.
  • Lynch, K., Schwerha, D., Johanson, G. Development of a Weighted Heuristic for Website Evaluation for Older Adults. International Hournal of Human Computer Interaction; http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10447318.2012.715277.
  • Rinder, M., Weckman, G., Schwerha, D., Snow, A., Dreher, P., Park, N., Paschold, H., Young, W. Healthcare Scheduling by Data Mining, Literature Review and Future Directions. 3. Journal of Healthcare Engineering; 3: 477-502.
  • Slover, S., Schwerha, D. Improving Website Heuristic Evaluation through Participatory Design Process. Applied Ergonomics.
  • Liu, S., Schwerha, D. Technology Acceptance Model for Determining the Effects of Age, Usability and Content on Mobile Application Usage. International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI).
  • Schwerha, D., Ritter, C., Robinson, S., Griffeth, R., Fried, D. Integrating Ergonomic Factors into the Decision to Retire. . 3. Amsterdam: Human Resource Management Review, Elsevier; 21: 220-227.
  • Schwerha, D. Ergonomics for the Experienced. Industrial Engineer.

Study Guide (1)

  • Porter, W., Mallett, L., Schwerha, D., Gallagher, S., Torma-Krajewski, J., Steiner, L. Age Awareness Training for Miners. 2008-133. Pittsburgh, PA: US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; June: 1-125.