Darragh Amy 825x990Overview

Division Director, Associate Professor

406 Atwell Hall
453 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Phone: 614-293-3760
Email: amy.darragh@osumc.edu

Primary Professional Areas of Interest

  • Occupational Health: Injury and Illness Prevention
  • Adults and Pediatric Neurorehabilitation
  • Family Caregiver Health
  • Academic Leadership

Research Focus

My research is based on a conceptual model that asserts that protecting the health of formal (professional healthcare providers) and informal (unpaid; family) caregivers and promoting positive patient outcomes are not mutually exclusive. Indeed, efforts to reduce illness, injury, and stress among caregivers will influence patient outcomes, and strategies for effective patient rehabilitation will reduce illness, injury, and stress among caregivers.

I have pursued two primary lines of inquiry in both adult and pediatric populations which focus on protecting the musculoskeletal, physical and mental health of caregivers (formal or informal) while optimizing adult or pediatric patient outcomes.

Recent Research

Darragh, A.R., Lavender, S., Polivka, B., Sommerich, C.M., Wills, C.E., Hittle, B.A., Chen, R. Stredney, D.L. (May, 2016) Gaming simulation as health and safety training for home healthcare workers. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 12(8), 328-335.

Wills, C., Polivka, B., Darragh, AR., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., Stredney, D. (March, 2016). ‘Making Do’ decisions: How home healthcare personnel manage their exposure to home hazards. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38(4), 411-426. DOI: 10.1177/0193945915618950 Winner: MNRS/WJNR Best Faculty Paper Award for 2015.

Polivka, B.J., Wills, C.E., Darragh, A., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C., Stredney, D (November, 2015). Environmental health and safety hazards experienced by home healthcare providers: A room by room analysis. Workplace Health & Safety, 63(11), 512-522. DOI: 10.1177/2165079915595925 20% authorship. Role: research design, data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation.

Recent Presentations

Darragh, AR., Polivka, B., Lavender, S., Sommerich, C, Stredney, D, Wills, C. (April, 2016). Slips, Trips, and Falls in Homes: Home Healthcare Workers at Risk. American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Tanner, K., Cleary, D. S., Malone, H. C., Rutkowski, S., Darragh, A. R., & Persch, A. C. (10/2015). Job matching practices of professionals supporting individuals with disabilities in transition to employment. Poster session presented at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Austin, TX. Refereed.

Ramey,S., DeLuca, S., Darragh, A.R. Fidelity measures for intervention integrity: An innovative approach to training. Oral presentation presented at the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. Austin, TX. Refereed.

Courses Taught

  • OCCTHER 6740 Health Planning for Individuals and Communities
  • OCCTHER 6730 Research Methods
  • OCCTHER 7270 Occupational Performance, Environment and Context: Assessment and Intervention
  • HTHRHSC 7910 Evidence Based Practice II: Critical Analysis of Intervention Research & Systematic Review
  • OCCTHER 7710 Capstone Preparation
  • OCCTHER 7720 Capstone Project Proposal
  • OCCTHER Capstone Project Completion


  • 1988: B.A., Psychology, Barnard College of Columbia University
  • 1995: M.S., Occupational Therapy, Colorado State University
  • 2001: Ph.D., Environmental Health-Epidemiology
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