Mr. Courtney is the Director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology (CIE). In this role, he directs the CIE’s mandate to conduct original epidemiological research into risk factors for injury and to study the burden of workplace injury. He and his colleagues investigate injury characteristics, distributions and determinants; conduct original descriptive and analytic epidemiologic studies in working populations; and identify and develop new design and analysis methodologies. Additionally, they seek to better understand contextual influences on safety using demographic methods to study the changing nature of work and the workforce. As director his responsibilities include program direction, research development, collaboration, and guiding the internal and external communication of research findings. He also oversees the Institute’s extramural research programs and collaborations.
Since joining Liberty Mutual as a research scientist in 1993, Mr. Courtney has advanced through several roles at the Research Institute. Most recently, he served as the Institute’s Director of Research Operations from 2006 to 2008. From 2003 to 2006, he directed the Quantitative Analysis Unit, a forerunner of the CIE, and from 1997 to 2002, served as the Associate Director for Extramural Research. Mr. Courtney is also appointed as an instructor in injury, ergonomics, and occupational safety at the Harvard University School of Public Health where he has taught since 1995.
Mr. Courtney has research interests in epidemiology of injury, slips, trips, and falls, surveillance, and ergonomics. He has published on subjects including epidemiologic methods, injury morbidity/mortality studies of U.S. and international worker populations, fatigue, and slips and falls. His work has appeared in Accident Analysis and Prevention, Ergonomics, the Journal of General Internal Medicine, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, among others. He received the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Occupational Research Agenda Partnering Award for Worker Health and Safety for his work with colleagues on a multi-institutional, multi-national research project on slips and falls among health care workers in 2006. The Ergonomics Society presented him with the William F. Floyd Award in 2003 for his work with colleagues in advancing slips and falls research methods.
Mr. Courtney holds a B.S. in applied psychology (human factors) from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and an M.S. in industrial and operations engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. A Board Certified Safety Professional in comprehensive practice and ergonomics, he also serves an Associate Editor of Accident Analysis and Prevention and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. He is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, the System Safety Society, and the American Public Health Association.