Patricia M. McGovern PhD » Faculty

Research Interests:My research interests apply the methods of health services research to occupational and environmental health policy issues, in particular, exposures impacting women’s and children’s health.

Professor, Environmental Health Sciences

Address Division of Environmental Health Sciences 420 Delaware St. SE, MMC 807 Minneapolis MN 55455 United States Work Phone: 612-625-7429
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Biography:

Patricia (Pat) McGovern directs the occupational and environmental health nursing specialty area offered by the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (EnHS). She also 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, M.P.H., Public Health Nursing (focus in occupational health nursing), B.S., Nursing, University of Minnesota

Expertise:

Occupational and Environmental Policies impacting Maternal and Child Health; Work Organization and Employee Health; Total Worker Health, Work-related Violence and Injury Prevention

Professional Experience:

  • 1979-1981 Assistant Project Director, American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation. Washington, D.C.
  • 1981-1983 Associate Project Director, AMSA Foundation. 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 Director, Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

Honors:

  • 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, 2011 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
  • 2010-present  Appointed Bond Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy

Selected Publications by Theme:

(Student and alumna names are underscored)

WORK ORGANIZATION

Attanasio LB, Kozhimannil KB, McGovern P, Gjerdingen D, Johnson PJ: [2013] The Impact of prenatal employment on breastfeeding intentions and breastfeeding status at 1 week postpartum. Journal of Human Lactation 29(4):620-628.

Dagher R, McGovern PM, and Dowd BE, Lundberg U: [2011] Postpartum depressive symptoms and the combined load of paid and unpaid work: A longitudinal analysis. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 84:735-743.

Dagher RK, McGovern PM, Dowd BE: [2014] Maternity Leave duration and postpartum mental and physical health: Implications for leave policies, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 39(2):369-416.

Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM, Attanasio L, Johnson PJ, Kozhimannil KB: [2014] The relationship between postpartum depressive symptoms, employment, and social support. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 27(1):87-96.

Grice, M, McGovern P, Alexander B. [2008] Flexible work arrangements and their association with job and home spillover in women after childbirth. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 58: 468-474.

Grice MM, McGovern PM, Alexander BH, Ukestad L, Hellerstedt W: [2011] Balancing Work and Family after Childbirth: A Longitudinal Analysis. Women’s Health Issues. 21(1):19-27.

McGovern PM, Dagher RK, Roeber Rice H, Gjerdingen DK, Dowd BE, Ukestad LK, Lundberg U: [2011]. A longitudinal analysis of total workload and women’s health after childbirth. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53(5):497-505.

SPECIAL POPULATIONS AT RISK: WOMEN AND CHILDREN

Dagher R, McGovern PM, Dowd BE, Gjerdingen DK: [2012] Postpartum depression and health services expenditures among employed women, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54(2) 210-215.

Gjerdingen D, McGovern PM, Center B: [2011] Problems with a Diagnostic Depression Interview in a Postpartum Depression Trial. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 24(2):187-93.

Gjerdingen D, Crow S, McGovern P, Miner M, Center B: [2011] Changes in Depressive Symptoms Over 0-9 Months Postpartum. Journal of Women’s Health (Larchmt) 20(3):381-6.

Gyllstrom ME, Hellerstedt WL, McGovern PM: [2011] Independent and Interactive Associations of Prenatal Mood and Substance Use with Infant Birth Outcomes. Maternal and Child Health Journal 15(2):198-204.

Kozhimannil KB, Attanasio L, McGovern PM, Gjerdingen DK, Johnson PJ: [2013] Re-evaluating the relationship between prenatal employment and birth outcomes: a policy-relevant application of propensity score matching. Women’s Health Issues 23(2) e77-e85.

Kozhimannil KB, Johnson PJ, Attanasio LB, Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM. [2013] Use of nonmedical methods of labor induction and pain management among U.S. women. Birth. 40(4):227-36)

Kozhimanil KB, Attanasio LB, Johnson PJ, Gjerdingen DK, McGovern PM: [2014] Employment during pregnancy and obstetric intervention without medical reason: labor induction and cesarean delivery. Women’s Health Issues 24(5):469-76.

Kozhimannil KB, Jou J, Attanasio LB, Joarnt LK, McGovern P: [2014] Medically complex pregnancies and early breastfeeding behaviors: a retrospective analysis.13-9(8)

INJURIES AND WORK-RELATED VIOLENCE

Feda DM, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD, Nachreiner NM, McGovern PM: [2010] Written violence policies and risk of physical assault against Minnesota educators, Journal of Public Health Policy 31:461-477.

Feda DM, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD, Nachreiner NM, McGovern PM: [2014] Presence of assault deterrents and educators’ risk of physical assault. In review.

Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Ryan AD, Church TR, McGovern PM, Geisser MS, Watt GD, Feda DM, Pinder E, Sage SK: [2011] Violence against educators: Magnitude and etiology, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 53(3):294-302.

Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Ryan AD, Church TR, McGovern PM, Geisser MS, Watt GD, Feda DM, Pinder E, Sage SK: [2011] Violence against educators: A population-based study. Erratum Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 53(5):585.

Gerberich SG, Nachreiner NM, Ryan AD, Church TR, McGovern PM, Geisser MS, Watt GD, Feda DM, Pinder E, Sage SK: [2014] Case-control study of student-perpetrated physical violence against educators, Annals of Epidemiology (5):325-332.

Landsteiner A: [2014] Dissertation: Estimating the Burden of Serious Farm-Related Injury in Minnesota, University of Minnesota. [PM: PhD Thesis Advisor]

Nachreiner NM, Gerberich SG, Ryan AD, Erkal S, McGovern PM, Church TR, Mongin SJ, Feda DM: [2012] Risk of physical assault against school educators with histories of occupational and other violence: A case-control study, WORK: A Journal for Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation 42:39-46.

TOTAL WORKER HEALTH

Briggs A: [2014] Dissertation: An Evaluation of the Association of Physical Inactivity and Sitting Time on Back Pain and Productivity Loss, University of Minnesota. [PM: PhD Thesis Advisor]

Dagher R, McGovern PM, Dowd BE, Lundberg U: [2011] Postpartum depressive symptoms and the combined load of paid and unpaid work: A longitudinal analysis. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 84:735-743.

Dagher RK, McGovern PM, Dowd BE: [2014] Maternity Leave duration and postpartum mental and physical health: Implications for leave policies, Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 39(2):369-416.

McGovern PM, Dagher RK, Roeber Rice H, Gjerdingen DK, Dowd BE, Ukestad LK, Lundberg U: [2011]. A longitudinal analysis of total workload and women’s health after childbirth. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 53(5):497-505.

Schult, Tamara: [2013] The Effects of Job-Related Strains and Stressors on Mental Health Symptoms in National Guard Veterans Returning from Iraq [PhD Thesis Advisor; McGovern, PM and Thesis Co-Advisor, Dowd BE]

OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSING RESEARCH TO PRACTICE

Graeve C, McGovern P, Nachreiner N, Ayers L. Establishing the Value of Occupational Health Nurses’ Contributions to Worker Health and Safety: A Pilot Test of a User-Friendly Estimation Tool. Workplace Health & Safety (Continuing Education Article), 2014:62(1) 36-41.

Gramling J, McGovern P, Nachreiner N. A Mixed methods inquiry into the injuries sustained by security guards at a Level 1 trauma hospital. American Association of Occupational Health Professionals in HealthCare. 2013; December1-7.

Stedman-Smith M, McGovern PM, Peden-McAlpine CJ, Kingery LR, Draeger KJ. [2012] Mothers’ Concerns about Children’s Exposure to Pesticide Drift in the Red River Basin of the North: A Novel Application of Photovoice. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care 12(2):88-101

Stedman-Smith M, McGovern PM, Peden-McAlpine CJ, Kingery LR, Draeger KJ. [2012] Photovoice in the Red River Basin of the North: A Systematic Evaluation of a Community-Academic Partnership. Health Promotion Practice. 13(5):599-607.