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Deborah E. Dickerson

Associate Professor
  • CIH, CSP

Deborah Dickerson

Deborah Dickerson
Deborah Dickerson
544 Whittemore Hall
(MC 0118)
1185 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

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Short Bio

Deborah Dickerson is an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech. She is the director of the Center for Innovation in Construction Safety, Health, and Wellbeing. Since joining the faculty at Virginia Tech, she has established an integrated research, instructional, and service program emphasizing innovative design solutions to occupational risks; and, intervention strategies to improve stakeholder willingness to adopt those innovations. Certified as a safety professional and industrial hygienist, Deborah entered her current academic career with over ten years of professional experience conducting health hazard exposure assessment and designing control strategies to reduce worker exposure to occupational health hazards. These prior experiences directly inform her current scholarly pursuits; in that the importance of eliminating hazards at the design-stage of equipment and materials, rather than attempting to control exposures during work operations, became quite evident.

Research Areas

Main Area: Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics

  • Worker Health and Safety
  • Process Safety
  • Healthy Work Design
  • Health Behaviors
  • Health Promotion
  • Innovation Acceptance
  • Training System Design
  • Work Organization
  • Prevention through Design
  • User Experiences and User-centered Design
  • Ph.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2007
  • M.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2006
  • M.S., Ecology, North Carolina State University, 1999
  • B.S., Biology, Virginia Tech, 1996
  • Associate Professor, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2018-present
  • Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (School of Construction), Virginia Tech, 2015-2018
  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering (School of Construction), Virginia Tech, 2007-2015
  • Co-Director, Environmental, Health, and Safety Services at Virginia Tech, 2001-2006
  • Manager of Industrial Hygiene, Environmental, Health, and Safety Services at Virginia Tech, 1999-2001
  • Principles of Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational Safety
  • Prevention through Design
  • Construction Safety, Health, and Environment
  • Construction Management
  • Building System Design
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Introduction to Human Factors
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
  • Academy of Industrial Hygiene
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH)
  • Best Paper Award: IEEE Transactions Best Paper of 2012: Forsyth, J.B., Martin, T.L.,Young-Corbett, D.E., Dorsa, E. (2012). Feasibility of Intelligent Monitoring of Construction Workers for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning. Journal of IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. 9(3): 505-515 
  • Doctoral Fellow: Johns Hopkins Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health     
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health;  2005-2006
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)
  • Certified Safety Professional (CSP)
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)