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William S. Shaw, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-2945-2945
Phone: 860-679-8946
Fax: 860-679-1349
Curriculum Vitae:
B.S.Pennsylvania State UniversityEngineering
Ph.D.San Diego State University/University of California, San DiegoClinical Psychology

Post-Graduate Training
Predoctoral PracticumSan Diego State UniversityClinical Psychology, Atypical Disorders Clinic
Predoctoral PracticumUniversity of CaliforniaClinical Psychology, Psychiatry Consultation/Liaison Service
Predoctoral PracticumCenter for Social ServicesClinical Psychology, San Diego County AIDS Response Program
InternshipUniversity of Maryland at BaltimoreClinical Psychology
FellowshipGeorgetown UniversityOccupational Health Psychology

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Dr. Michael Feuerstein Best Paper Award 2020Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Honorary doctoral degreeOrebro University, Sweden
Meredith LecturerWorkers’ Compensation Board of Alberta
3rd Place, Best Paper CompetitionPREMUS (Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders)
Keynote Lecturer, 2009 Annual ConferenceSouth Australian Work Cover Authority
Bradney W. Norington Keynote AddressAustralasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
NORA Innovative Research Award for Worker Health and SafetyNational Institute of Occupational Safety and Health
Research Travel Award From the Scan/Design by Inger and Jens Brun Foundation to Facilitate Collaborative Pain Research Between the U.S. and ScandinaviaInternational Association for the Study of Pain
Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)OtherMemberExternalNational20182019
Center for Health, Work and Environment, Colorado School of Public HealthAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalNational20162018
Scandinavian Journal of PainEditorial BoardSection EditorExternalInternational2016
Occupational Health Science JournalEditorial BoardEditorial Board MemberExternalInternational2016
Safety and Occupational Health Study Section, NIOSH, CDC/DHHSStudy SectionChairExternalNational20152018
ICOH Scientific Committee on Work Disability, Prevention and Integration, International Commission on Occupational HealthOtherSecretary (elected)ExternalInternational20152021
Stay-At-Work/Return-To-Work (SAW/RTW) Working Group, US DOL, Office of Disability and Employment (ODEP)OtherMemberExternalNational20142017
Journal of Occupational Health PsychologyEditorial BoardEditorial BoardExternalInternational2010
BMC Musculoskeletal DisordersEditorial BoardAssociate EditorExternalInternational20102014
Journal of Occupational RehabilitationEditorial BoardAssociate EditorExternalInternational2007

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Managing pain-related limitations in the workplace: the role of the employer
    Main, Chris J.; Shaw, William S. Work and pain: a lifespan developmental approach 2020 Jan;143-159
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
COVID-19: Challenges of returning to work or staying at work during a pandemicLectureWork Wellness Institute2020Vancouver, Canada
Supporting return-to-work during uncertain timesLecture2nd Annual Return-to-Work Summit, MetLife Insurance Company2020Cary, NC
Supporting employee well-being during uncertain timesLectureAnnual Conference of the Disability Management Employer Coalition2020Anaheim, CA
Using psychosocial factors to guide early management of musculoskeletal painLectureCenter for Advancement in Managing Pain, University of Connecticut2019Storrs, CT
Shall we focus on the individual, the organization, or the community?LectureCenter for Health and Medical Psychology, Orebro University2019Orebro, Sweden
Facilitating stay at work/ return to work after musculoskeletal injuries - RETAIN-CT: A Connecticut pilot projectLectureInternational Assocation of Rehabilitation Professionals, New England Chap2019Hartford, CT
Pain management in Connecticut: Challenges, innovations, and researchPanel DiscussionConnecticut Convergence Institute2019Hartford, CT
Understanding injury incident claims of corrections personnel with inmate custodyPosterAnnual Meeting of the American Public Health Association2019Philadelphia, PA
Traumatic incidents at work, work-to-family conflict, and depressive symptoms among correctional supervisorsPosterAnnual Meeting of the American Public Health Association2019Philadelphia, PA
Validation of the Work Assessment Triage Tool for selecting rehabilitation interventions for injured workersLecture5th Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention & integration2019Odense, Denmark
Challenges in accommodating mental and physical health conditions: What workplace parties are sayingLecture5th Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention & integration2019Odense, Denmark
Subgroups of at-risk workers with chronic physical health conditions from the MANAGE AT WORK randomized controlled trialLecture5th Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention & integration2019Odense, Denmark
Does coordination make a difference? Time to RTW in RTW-services in NorwayLecture5th Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention & integration2019Odense, Denmark
Within the ring or crisscross? Integration of RTW services in NorwayLecture5th Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention & integration2019Odense, Denmark
Factors associated with supervisor support of job accommodations for common mental disorders in the workplaceLecture5th Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention & integration2019Odense, Denmark
Effect of supervisor training program on work-related musculoskeletal disability costs and workers' self-reported outcomesLecture52nd Annual Mtg of Society for Epidemiologic Research2019Minneapolis, MN
Employer practices and policies to manage and prevent disabilityPlenary LectureEuropean Union of Medicine in Assurance and Social Security2018Maastricht, The Netherlands
Emerging models of care: Stepped, stratified, or matched care?Panel DiscussionNational Academy of Medicine2018Washington, DC
Challenges in designing organizational and system-level interventions to prevent work disabilityLectureInstitute for Work & Health2018Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Opioids in the workplace: What role can we play?Panel DiscussionNortheast Occupational Health Network (NEON)2018Chester, CT
Opioid prescribing and pain management in Workers' Compensation (Guest lecture series)LectureYale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program2018New Haven, CT
Low back pain and disability (Medicine Grand Rounds)LectureUniversity of Connecticut Health Center2018Farmington, CT
Opioids, pain management, and work disability: Recent policy recommendations (Occupational Medicine Colloquium Series)LectureUniversity of Connecticut Health Center2018Farmington, CT
Policy recommendations to prevent long-term disability associated with musculoskeletal painLectureUConn-UMass Lowell Semi-annual Sturbridge Symposium2018Sturbridge, MA
A supervisor training program for work disability prevention: Preliminary results from a cluster randomized controlled trialTalkCanadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH)2018Vancouver, British Columbia, CA
Validation of the Work Assessment Triage Tool (WATT) for selecting rehabilitation interventions for injured workersTalkSociety of Back Pain Research2018Groningen, The Netherlands
Low back pain in health care workers: a growing focus on secondary preventionTalkInternational Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH)2018Dublin, Ireland
Supervisor and worker perspectives on workplace factors and job accommodations for mental health disorders in the workplace.PosterInternational Congress on Occupational Health (ICOH)2018Dublin, Ireland