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Dr. Michael Toland is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology (tenured) in the Department of Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology, at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Dr. Toland has a doctorate in Educational Psychology (Quantitative, Qualitative, & Psychometric Methods) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Dr. Toland’s program of research focuses on the uses of advanced statistical techniques in the social sciences to measure health and education outcomes among adolescents, minorities and other vulnerable groups. He has extensive experience with big data projects, including collaborating with interdisciplinary teams of scientists on: data acquisition; data management; complex instrument design, development and validation; and data analysis and interpretation. Dr. Toland provides needed assistance to NIOSH with data management and analysis related to projects under the NIOSH Safe-Skilled Ready Workforce (SSRW) program, which is focused on systematically integrating foundational workplace safety and health skills (the NIOSH 8 Core Competencies) into U.S. middle schools and high schools and evaluating the institutionalization of these foundational skills within school systems. Part 7 22A The NIOSH Safe-Skilled-Ready Workforce (SSRW) Program focuses on the transfer of foundational workplace safety and health knowledge and skills (the NIOSH 8 Core Competencies, 8CCs) to young workers and other vulnerable populations. SSRW researchers: design and measure/evaluate new educational/training interventions that teach the 8CCs; build capacity and strategic partnerships; and conduct translation research activities that inform efforts to bring SSRW projects to scale across the country and internationally. As part of the SSRW team, Dr. Toland will provide vital expertise to SSRW program researchers on instrument design and validation, psychometric and advanced statistical analysis (e.g., multilevel modeling) of data collected from NIOSH demonstration projects in school districts across the country, including in the Miami Dade County Public School System, the fourth largest in the country, and in the Oklahoma City Public Schools, the largest district in that state. The following psychometric data will be collected and analyzed for the demonstration projects in Florida and Oklahoma: • What is/are teachers’: o Knowledge of foundational workplace safety and health; o Attitudes about workplace safety and health including the importance of teaching youth foundational workplace safety and health knowledge and skills; o Perceptions of/satisfaction with the NIOSH Youth@Work-Tallking Safety curriculum; o Behavioral intentions to teach the NIOSH Youth@Work-Talking Safety curriculum in their classes; o Feelings of competence (i.e. efficacy) to teach the Talking Safety curriculum. o Social norms • What is/are students’: o Knowledge of workplace safety and health; o Attitudes about workplace safety and health; o Perceptions of/satisfaction with the NIOSH Youth@Work-Talking Safety curriculum; o Behavioral intentions to enact the core competencies/utilize the skills learned through the NIOSH Youth@Work-Talking Safety curriculum; o Feelings of competence (i.e. efficacy) to enact the core competencies/utilize the skills learned through the NIOSH Youth@Work-Talking Safety curriculum. o Social norms Dr. Toland will also collaborate with SSRW investigators on the development and review of scientific manuscripts and presentations arising from this project, as well as propose new areas for NIOSH research, as they arise.
|Effective start/end date
|9/1/16 → 8/31/17
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