“Through research, education and community outreach, we aim to understand the mechanisms leading to Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WRMSDs), then identify and evaluate equipment designs and work practices that reduce the risk of WRMSDs and contribute to the health and wellbeing of workers, while optimizing their performance.”

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Focus of Interests


Our academic training spans multiple departments at UC Berkeley and offers excellent opportunities for a broader degree in Environmental Health Sciences or Engineering with a concentration in Ergonomics. Our students leave prepared for the ergonomics associate/professional certification examination.


Our laboratory facilitates research in occupational biomechanics, physiology, hand computer interaction and prevention through design.  Our expertise in environmental health sciences, engineering and medicine provide broad opportunities for research that has deep and lasting impact.


Our team has expertise in design, data analysis, job analysis, intervention assessment and education and we provide a variety services for regional, national and international companies.  Below is a list of services that we can provide.

Recent Publications

Zhao C, Yu S, Harris Adamson C, Ali S, Li W, Li Q. Effects of aircraft seat pitch on interface pressure and passenger discomfort. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 2020; Online First.


Kadota J, McCoy S, Bates M, Mnyippembe A, Njau P, Prata N, Haris Adamson C. The impact of heavy load carrying on musculoskeletal pain and disability among women in Shinyanga Region, Tanzania. Annals of Global Health. 2020; 86(1): 17,1-13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/aogh.2470


Yung M, Dale AM, Kapellusch J, Bao S, Harris C, Meyers A, Hegmann KT, Rempel DM, Evanoff B. Modeling the Effect of the 2018 Revised ACGIH Hand Activity Threshold Limit Value (TLV) at Reducing Risk for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, 2001-2010. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene. In Press.

Nussbaum MA, Lowe BD, deLooze M, Harris Adamson C, Smets M. An Introduction to the Special Issue on Occupational Exoskeletons, IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors, DOI:

Devkota HR, Sijali TR, Harris Adamson C, Ghimire DJ, Prata N, Bates MN. Bio-mechanical risk factors for uterine prolapse among women living in the hills of west Nepal: A case-control study. Womens Healh. 2020; 16:1-9.

Van Engelhoven L, Poon N, Kazerooni H, Rempel D, Barr A, Harris-Adamson C. Experimental evaluation of shoulder-support exoskeleton for overhead work: Influences of peak torque, amplitude, tasks and tool mass. IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors (In Press).

Kim, S., Moore, A., Srinivasan, D., Akanmu, A., Barr, A., Harris-Adamson, C., Rempel, D.M. and Nussbaum, M.A. Potential of exoskeleton technologies to enhance safety, health, and performance in construction: industry perspectives and future research directions. IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors (In Press)

ERGO Team in Action