Faculty

fadiFadi A. Fathallah
Laboratory Director
fathallah@ucdavis.edu

EDUCATION
Ph.D. Industrial and Systems Engineering, 1995
Ohio State University

M.S. Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, 1988
Virginia Tech

B.S. Industrial Engineering, 1986
Texas Tech University

RESEARCH INTEREST
Occupational biomechanics and ergonomics, with special emphasis on agricultural environments; low back and upper extremities disorders; biomechanical modeling of the spine; electromyography; and human factors engineering.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Low Back Disorders
  • Vehicles
  • Ergonomics
  • Spine
  • Methodologies
  • Upper Extremity

Low Back Disorders:

Marras, W.S., et al., Prospective validation of a low-back disorder risk model and assessment of ergonomic interventions associated with manual materials handling tasks. Ergonomics, 2000. 43(11): p. 1866-1886.

Fathallah, F.A., W.S. Marras, and M. Parnianpour, The role of complex simultaneous trunk motions in the risk of occupationally-related low back disorders. Spine, 1998. 23(9): p. 1035-1042.

Marras, W.S., et al., The role of dynamic three-dimensional trunk motion in occupationally-related low back disorders: The effect of workplace factors, trunk position, and trunk motion characteristics on risk of injury. Spine, 1993. 18(5): p. 617-628.

Burdorf, A., et al., Challenges in assessing risk factors in epidemiologic studies on back disorders. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 1997. 32(2): p. 142-152.

Fathallah, F.A. and G.E. Grogmus. Hourly trends in occupational low back and cumulative trauma disorders. in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 41st Annual Meeting. 1997. Albuquerque, NM: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Fathallah, F.A. and A. Burforf. Exposure assessment methods of occupational low back disorders risk factors. in 13th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association “From Experience to Innovation”. 1997. Tampere, Finland: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Fathallah, F.A., W.S. Marras, and M. Parnianpour. Spinal combined motions and risk of occupational low back disorders. in Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. 1996. Burlington, VT: International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine.

Marras, W.S., et al., Biomechanical risk factors for occupationally related low back disorders. Ergonomics, 1995. 38(2): p. 377-410.

Fathallah, F.A. and W.S. Marras. Spinal coupled motions and their association with the risk of low back disorders in industrial tasks. in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 39th Annual Meeting. 1995. San Diego, CA: The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Marras, W.S., et al. Industrial quantification of occupationally-related low back disorder risk factors. in Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting. 1992. Atlanta, GA: The Human Factors Society.

Vehicles:

Fathallah, F.A., R. Gronqvist, and J.P. Cotnam, Estimated slip potential on icy surfaces during various methods of exiting commercial tractors, trailers, and trucks. Safety Science, 2000. 36(2): p. 69-81.

Fathallah, F.A. and J.P. Cotnam, Maximum forces sustained during various methods of exiting commercial tractors, trailers and trucks. Applied Ergonomics, 2000. 31(1): p. 25-33.

Ergonomics:

Fathallah, F.A. and G.E. Brogmus, Hourly trends in workers’ compensation claims. Ergonomics, 1999. 42(1): p. 196-207.

Fathallah, F.A., P.G. Dempsey, and B.S. Webster, Cumulative Trauma Disorders in Industry, in Ergonomics in Manufacturing: Raising Productivity through Workplace Improvement, W. Karwowski and G. Salvendy, Editors. 1998, Society of Manufacturing Engineers: Dearborn, MI.

Fathallah, F.A., et al. The role of psychosocial factors in occupational musculoskeletal disorders. in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 40th Annual Meeting. 1996.

Spine:

Fathallah, F.A., W.S. Marras, and M. Parnianpour, An assessment of complex spinal loads during dynamic lifting tasks. Spine, 1998. 23(6): p. 706-716.

Fathallah, F.A., W.S. Marras, and M. Parnianpour, Prediction of three-dimensional spinal loads using motion, individual, and workplace factors, in Advances in Occupational Ergonomics and Safety: Proceedings of the XIIIth Annual International Occupational Ergonomics and Safety Conference, S. Kumar, Editor. 1998, IOS Press: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. p. 279-282.

Fathallah, F.A., et al., A method for measuring external spinal loads during unconstrained free-dynamic lifting. Journal of Biomechanics, 1997. 30(9): p. 975-978.

Fathallah, F.A., W.S. Marras, and M. Parnianpour, The effect of complex dynamic lifting and lowering characteristics on trunk muscles recruitment. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 1997. 7(3): p. 121-138.

Fathallah, F.A., W.S. Marras, and M. Parnianpour. Spinal combined loading during symmetric and asymmetric lifting tasks. in Meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. 1996. Burlington, VT: International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine.

Fathallah, F.A., W.S. Marras, and M. Parnianpour. Three-dimensonal spinal loading during complex lifting tasks. in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 40th Annual Meeting. 1996.

Fathallah, F.A., W.S. Marras, and M. Parnionpour. A parametric study addressing the three-dimensional components of spinal loading during complex dynamic lifting tasks. in 1996 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. 1996. Atlanta, GA: The merican Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Fathallah, F.A., W.S. Marras, and P.L. Wright, Diurnal variation in trunk kinematics during a typical work shift. Journal of Spinal Disorders, 1995. 8(8): p. 20–25.

Fathallah, F.A., P.L. Wright, and W.S. Marras. Variation in trunk mobility throughout the work day. in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 37th Annual Meeting: Designing for Diversity. 1993. Seattle, WA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Methodologies:

Dempsey, P.G., et al., Influence of measurement accuracy on the application of the 1991 NIOSH equation. Applied Ergonomics, 2001. 32(1): p. 91-99.

Dempsey, P.G. and F.A. Fathallah, Application issues and theoretical concerns regarding the 1991 NIOSH equation asymmetry multiplier. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 1997. In Press.

Sorock, G.S., et al. Measurement accuracy of the 1991 NIOSH equation parameters. in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 41st Annual Meeting. 1997. Albuquerque, NM: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Marras, W.S., et al. A prospective validation of the LMM low back disorder risk model. in 13th Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association “From Experience to Innovation”. 1997. Tampere, Finland: Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Granata, K.P., W.S. Marras, and F.A. Fathallah, A method for measuring external loads during dynamic lifting exertions. Journal of Biomechanics, 1996. 29(9): p. 1219-1222.

Marras, W.S., et al., Accuracy of a three-dimensional lumbar motion monitor for recording dynamic trunk motion characteristics. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 1992. 9: p. 75-87.

Fathallah, F., EMG-force relationships: description and characteristics. 1987, Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, VA.

Upper Extremity:

Fathallah, F.A., K.H.E. Kroemer, and R.L. Waldron, A new finger strength (pinch) gage. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, 1991. 7: p. 71-72.

Hallbeck, M.S., et al. Relationship between hand anthropometry and maximal pinch force. in Annual International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Conference: Advances in Industrial Ergonomics and Safety I. 1989: London: Taylor & Francis.

Kroemer, K.H.E., F.A. Fathallah, and L.W. Langley. A new keyboard with chorded ternary keys. in Human Factors Society 32nd Annual Meeting. 1988. Anaheim, CA: The Human Factors Society.

Berg, V.J., et al. The effects of instruction on finger strength measurements: Applicability of the Caldwell regimen. in Annual International Industrial Ergonomics and Safety Conference: Trends in Ergonomics/Human Factors V. 1988: Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publishers B.V.

Ferguson, S.A., et al. Coactivity effects upon carpal tunnel contact forces. in Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 37th Annual Meeting: Designing for Diversity. 1993. Seattle, WA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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