William Shaw, PhD

Associate Professor, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, UConn Health (Affiliate)

Director, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Research Overview

I am a clinical psychologist and engineer with more than 20 years’ research experience in occupational health and safety research. My primary research interests are in pain and work disability, with the principal aim of improving occupational and health outcomes and preventing work disability among workers who are injured, ill, or experiencing episodic symptoms. My past work has identified important psychosocial and workplace factors related to return-to-work and developed and tested innovative clinical and organizational strategies to support workers at risk of long-term sickness absence and job loss. Recent or current projects include development of a supervisor training program to increase organizational support for workers with injuries or illnesses, randomized trial of a pain and illness self-management program for workers with chronic health conditions, and testing of a clinic-based screening and early intervention protocol for work-related low back pain. Future projects in the planning stages include a study of work-related exacerbations among workers with asthma, a study of peer and union support to prevent opioid misuse in the construction industry, and development of a smart phone application to facilitate return-to-work communication in small workplaces.


B.S., 1983, Civil Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Ph.D., 1998, Clinical Psychology, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, San Diego, CA

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Contact Information
Mailing AddressUConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-2945