Maria T. Bulzacchelli

Professional Title: 
Assistant Professor
Department: 
Health Policy and Management
Telephone: 
413-545-7428
Campus Address: 
310 Arnold House
Education: 

A.B., Bowdoin College, 1995; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2006

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Injury prevention and control, occupational safety, prevention practices, policy implementation, evaluation research

Research Description: 

My research interests are mainly in the area of injury prevention and control. My work centers on the role of public policy in preventing injuries, with much of my work evaluating the effectiveness of injury prevention policies and programs. Most of my work focuses on occupational injury prevention and safety-related behaviors. I am also interested in studying local implementation of injury prevention policies and programs. The overarching objective of my research is to increase our understanding of the relationship between regulatory enforcement, policy implementation, safety practices, and injury rates. The ultimate aim of this line of work is to ensure that our collective public resources are used most effectively and efficiently to prevent injuries. I am currently working with researchers from the United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) and ENVIRON International Corporation to study the costs of injuries occurring during basic combat training and risk factors for the most costly injuries. I am also studying injuries and safety practices among workers in the tree care industry.

Key Publications: 

Bulzacchelli MT, Sulsky SI, Rodriguez-Monguio R, Karlsson LH, Hill OT. Injury during U.S. Army basic combat training: A systematic review of risk factor studies. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. In press.

Sulsky SI, Karlsson LH, Bulzacchelli MT, Luippold RS, Rodriguez-Monguio R, Bulathsinhala L, Hill OT. Methodological challenges of using US Army administrative data to identify a cohort of basic combat trainees and descriptive analysis of trends in characteristics that are potential risk factors for training-related injury. Military Medicine. In press.

Waritu AS, Bulzacchelli MT, Begay M.  Use of fees to fund local public health services in Western Massachusetts. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. 2014 Apr 8.

Bulzacchelli MT, Vernick JS, Sorock GS, Webster DW, Lees PSJ. Circumstances of fatal lockout/tagout-related occupational injuries in manufacturing. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2008;51:728-734.

Bulzacchelli MT, Vernick JS, Webster DW, Lees PSJ. Effects of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout) standard on rates of machinery-related fatal occupational injury. Injury Prevention. 2007;13:334-338.

Maria Bulzacchelli Curriculum Vitae