February 11, 2020

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Researcher honored for agricultural safety and health initiatives

Journal of Agromedicine names UTHealth professor ‘Leader in the Field’ 2020

David Douphrate, Ph.D., an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, has been named the Journal of Agromedicine 2020 “Leader in the Field” for his research partnerships with the dairy and logging industries, as well as Extension, and for building innovative worker safety programs. 

The Journal of Agromedicine  is the world’s top source of peer-reviewed agricultural safety and health information. It is edited by the National Farm Medicine Center, Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, and published by Taylor and Francis Group. Each year, the journal recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in agricultural safety and health practice, policy, and research.

“David Douphrate is a gifted scholar who is multi-talented, innovative and persistent,” said Journal of Agromedicine Editor-in-Chief Matthew Keifer, M.D. “He is adept at bridging the research-workplace divide through his outreach activities, and he is held in very high esteem by his peers, and by the farmers and ranchers with whom he works.”

Douphrate specializes in the prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses through the application of ergonomic principles and safety/risk management. He has also evaluated engineering and administrative control strategies to mitigate these risk factors. Additionally, his field-based research led to a worker training project with the Idaho Dairymen’s Association which, in turn, has been adopted by the National Milk Producers Federation.

“I believe that our nation’s security depends on our nation’s agricultural producers and their ability to successfully produce safe and healthy food for public consumption,” Douphrate said. “Part of that success involves having a safe and healthy agricultural workforce.”

Dr. Douphrate currently teaches at UTHealth School of Public Health in San Antonio in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences. Dr. Douphrate also serves as a member of the UTHealth Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH).

Additionally, he conducts research and outreach through two National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-funded Agricultural Centers: the High Plains Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (HICAHS) headquartered at Colorado State University, and the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention, and Education headquartered at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Texas.

Read more about Douphrate’s recognition and research efforts.

PHOTO CUTLINE: Dr. David Douphrate (foreground), named Journal of Agromedicine 2020 “Leader in the Field” for his work in agricultural health and safety. (Photo by Brad Tollefson, courtesy UTHealth School of Public Health).


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