Amanda Young

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My program focused around the investigation of psychosocial factors related to the achievement of safe, timely, sustained and satisfying employment outcomes following injury that is towards the more severe end of the severity spectrum. While my orientation is focused on the individual, I am also interested in how external environments impact on outcome.

My research included the following:

  • Investigations of injury rates and outcomes,
  • Studies of predictors and correlates of RTW, with an emphasis on psychosocial variables that have the potential to be amenable to intervention,
  • Efforts to understand the impact of geographical and social settings on RTW outcomes,
  • A study of barriers and facilitators of employment gains,
  • An intervention aimed at helping people who have been out of work for an extended period of time to find employment and
  • Theoretical and methodological investigations into conceptualizing and measuring RTW.
  • Studies of how to measure RTW expectations, how they are formed and how they relate to RTW outcomes.

I contributed to both of the CDR’s main research themes. That is: 1) Understanding how individual, workplace and other contextual factors affect work disability and return to work outcomes, and how this knowledge can improve outcomes, and 2) Understanding and improving the process of returning to work and staying at work, after injury or illness occurs.

As it relates to Theme 1, I conducted research into RTW expectations, contextual variation and how medical care patterns influence disability duration and return to work. And in regards to Theme 2, I did research exploring RTW processes, validating the development model of RTW, and exploring what facilitates forward movement and what hinders, compromises or stalls a worker’s progress.

Key Publications

  • Young, A. E., Roessler, R. T., Wasiak, R., McPherson, K. M., van Poppel, M. N., & Anema, J. R. (2005). A developmental conceptualization of return to work. J Occup Rehabil, 15(4), 557-568. doi: 10.1007/s10926-005-8034-z
  • Young, A. E., Wasiak, R., Roessler, R. T., McPherson, K. M., Anema, J. R., & van Poppel, M. N. (2005). Return-to-work outcomes following work disability: stakeholder motivations, interests and concerns. J Occup Rehabil, 15(4), 543-556. doi: 10.1007/s10926-005- 8033-0
  • Wasiak, R., Young, A. E., Roessler, R. T., McPherson, K. M., van Poppel, M. N., & Anema, J. R. (2007). Measuring return to work. J Occup Rehabil, 17(4), 766-781. doi: 10.1007/s10926-007-9101-4
  • Young, A. E. (2010). Employment maintenance and the factors that impact it after vocational rehabilitation and return to work. Disabil Rehabil, 32(20), 1621-1632. doi: 10.3109/09638281003611029
  • Young, A. E. (2010). Return to work following disabling occupational injury– facilitators of employment continuation. Scand J Work Environ Health, 36(6), 473-483. doi: 2986 [pii]
  • Young, A. E., Wasiak, R., Phillips, L., & Gross, D. P. (2011). Workers’ perspectives on low back pain recurrence: “it comes and goes and comes and goes, but it’s always there”. Pain, 152(1), 204-211. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.10.033
  • Young, A. E., Wasiak, R., & Gross, D. P. (2013). Recurrence of work-related low back pain and disability: association between self-report and workers’ compensation data. Spine (Phila Pa 1976), 38(26), 2279-2286. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000000016
  • Young, A. E., Besen, E., & Choi, Y. (2015). The importance, measurement and practical implications of worker’s expectations for return to work. Disabil Rehabil, 37(20), 1808-1816. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2014.979299
  • Young, A. E., Besen, E., & Willetts, J. (2016). The Relationship Between Work-Disability Duration and Claimant’s Expected Time to Return to Work as Recorded by Workers’ Compensation Claims Managers. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 1-12.
  • Young, A. E., Viikari-Juntura, E., Boot, C. R., Chan, C., de Porras, D. G., Linton, S. J., & Hopkinton Conference Working Group on Workplace Disability, P. (2016). Workplace Outcomes in Work-Disability Prevention Research: A Review with Recommendations for Future Research. J Occup Rehabil, 26(4), 434-447. doi: 10.1007/s10926-016- 9675-9

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