School of Public Health Faculty
Patricia M. McGovern Ph.D.
School of Public HealthDivision of Environmental Health Services
Patricia McGovern directs the occupational health nursing specialty area offered by the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EnHS). She also co-directs the occupational health services research and policy specialty that is jointly offered by EnHS and the Division of Health Policy and Management. Her teaching and research interests address occupational and environmental health policy.
Ph.D., Health Services Research and Policy, University of Minnesota M.P.H., Public Health Nursing (focus in occupational health nursing), University of Minnesota B.S., Nursing, University of Minnesota
- 1979-1981 Assistant Project Director, American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation. Administered western and mid-Atlantic regions of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Preceptorship Program designed to prepare medical students for practice in medically underserved communities. Coordinated activities with regional offices of the NHSC, field preceptorships and medical and dental faculty. Organized workshops on issues regarding shortage area practice, Washington, D.C.
- 1981-1983 Associate Project Director, AMSA Foundation. Coordinated development of learning modules on the attitudes, knowledge and skills for shortage area practice for physicians-in-training. Designed and conducted physician and nurse recruitment conferences for the Indian Health Service. Worked with residents of the reservations to design and implement programs that promoted traditional arts, history, and local culture of each American Indian community and encouraged partnerships between traditional healers and western trained health care providers. Administered a national student Nutrition and Preventive Medicine Task Force. Assisted in development of educational conferences. Washington, D.C.
- 1984-1994 Instructor, Environmental and Occupational Health and Program in Public Health Nursing, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, and Director, Occupational Health Nursing, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.
- 1994-2000 Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; Director, Occupational Health Nursing, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.
- 2000-2007 Associate Professor (granted with tenure), Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; Director, Occupational Health Nursing, and Co-Director, Occupational Health Services Research and Policy, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.
- 2007-Present Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; Center Deputy Director, Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing Program Director, and Occupational Health Services Research and Policy Program Co-Director, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.
1976 B.S. Cum Laude 1987 Fellowship, Center for Health Services Research, University of Minnesota 1991 Dissertation Award, Agency for Health Care Policy Research 2001 Experienced Researcher Award; first award granted by the AAOHN Foundation 2001 Delta Omega, national public health honor society 2003 Consortium Scholar, University of Minnesota, Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment and the Life Sciences 2005, 2009 Faculty Excellence Award, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota 2008 Luminary Award from HealthCare without Harm, which recognizes nurses who are creatively and strategically addressing environmental problems 2009-2010 Appointed University of Minnesota fellow for the Academic Leadership Program (ALP) offered by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) for all Big-10 Universities
Research interests apply health services research and policy methods to occupational and environmental health issues, in particular, issues of women’s and children’s health. Work in progress includes studies of women’s preconception, prenatal and postpartum health and children’s environmental health.
- Gjerdingen DG, Crow S, McGovern PM, Miner M, Center B. [In press] Stepped Care Treatment of Postpartum Depression: Impact on Treatment, Health and Work Outcomes . The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine
- Dagher RK, McGovern PM, Alexander BH, Dowd BE, Ukestad LK, McCaffrey DJ. [In press] The Psychosocial Work Environment and Maternal Postpartum Depression. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
- Gjerdingen DG, Crow S, McGovern PM, Miner M, Center B.: [In press] Postpartum depression screening at well-child visits: Validity of a two-question screen and PHQ-9. Annals of Family Medicine.
- Grice, M, McGovern P, Alexander B.  Flexible work arrangements and their association with job and home spillover in women after childbirth. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 58: 468-474.
- Grice MM, Feda D, McGovern PM, Alexander BH, McCaffery D, Ukestad, L:  Giving birth and returning to work: The impact of work-family conflict on women’s health after childbirth. Annals of Epidemiology 17: 791-798.
- McGovern, PM, Dowd BE, Gjerdingen DG, Dagher R, Ukestad, LK, McCaffrey, D, Lundberg, U:  Mothers’ Health and Work-Related Factors at 11 Weeks Postpartum. Annals of Family Medicine 5: 519-527.
- Schult, T., McGovern, P., Dowd, B., Pronk, N. (2006). The future of health promotion/disease prevention programs: the challenges and opportunities faced by stakeholders. JOEM , 48(6): 541-548.
- Nachreiner, N., Gerberich, S.G., McGovern, P., Church, T., Hansen, H., Geisser, M., Ryan, A. (2005). Relation between policies and work related assault: Minnesota Nurses’ Study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 62(10): 675-81.
- McGovern, P., Dowd, B., Gjerdingen D., Gross, C., Kenney, S., Ukestad, L., McCaffrey, D., Lundberg, U. (2006).The Postpartum Health of Employed Mothers. Annals of Family Medicine . 4(2):159-167.
- Findorff, M., McGovern, P., Gerberich, S., Wall, M. (2005). Reporting violence to a health care employer. AAOHN Journal. 53 (9): 399-406.
- Findorff, M., McGovern, P., Sinclair, S. (2005). Work-related Violence Policy: A Process Evaluation. AAOHN Journal. 53 (8): 360-369.
- Gerberich, S., Church, T., McGovern, P., Hansen, H., Nachreiner, N., Geisser, M., Ryan, A., Mongin S, Watt G. (2005). Risk factors for work-related assaults on nurses. Epidemiology.16(5): 704 -709.
- Nachreiner, N., Gerberich, S., McGovern, P., Church, T., Hansen, H., Geisser, M., Ryan, A. (2005). The Impact of training on work-related assault. Research in Nursing and Health, 28, 67-78.
- Olson, D., Lohman, W., Brosseau, L., Frederickson A., McGovern, P., Gerberich, S., Nachreiner, N. (2005). Crosscutting Competencies for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 11(3):235-243.
- Findorff, M., McGovern, P., Wall, M., Gerberich, S.G., Alexander, B. (2004). Risk factors for work-related violence in a health care organization. Injury Prevention.10(5):296-302.
- McGovern, P, Gross, C., Krueger, R., Engelhard, D., Cordes, J., and Church, T. (2004). False Positive Cancer Screens and Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL). Cancer Nursing.27(5);347-352.
- Gerberich, S., Church, T., McGovern, P., Hansen, H., Nachreiner, N., Geisser, M., Ryan, A., Mongin, S., Watt, G. (2004). An Epidemiological study of the magnitude and consequences of work-related violence: the Minnesota Nurses Study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 61, 495-503.
- Cossi, D., and McGovern, P. (2003) Do employers have to notify employees on Family and Medical Leave? The Case of Ragsdale versus Wolverine Worldwide, Inc and the implications for occupational health nursing practice. AAOHN Journal, 51(11):482-489.
- McGovern, P., Cossi, D., Findorff, M. (2001). Institutionalized Violence: Work-related Risks for Health Care Providers. (Available on-line http://www.hhh.umn.edu/ centers/wpp/mcgovern.htm). Minneapolis, Center on Women and Public Policy Case Study Program, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.
- Gjerdingen, D., McGovern, P., Bekker, M., Lundberg, U., Willemsen, T. (2001). Women’s work roles and their impact on health, well-being and career: comparisons between the United States, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Women’s Health.31(4):1-20.
- McGovern, P., Dowd, B., Gjerdingen, D. et al. (2000). The Determinants of time off work after childbirth. Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 25(3): 527-564.