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Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE
Professor, Ergonomics
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

About Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE

Professor Hedge directs the new Human Factors and Ergonomics Program (HFEP). His research focuses on understanding how to create environmental conditions and ergonomic design criteria for healthy and productive workplaces. Using field experimental approaches and environmental and worker survey methods, it considers how indoor air quality impacts on worker performance and health, and how this is modified by organizational policies and environmental design modifications.

Articles Written by Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE

Save Your Back with Sleep

Did you know that the average person spends approximately one third of their life in bed? A good mattress will allow you to maintain the same natural spinal alignment that you have when standing. Read this article to learn what to look for when buying a new mattress.

Are You Sitting Comfortably? How Your Chair Can Cause Back Pain

There is no single best ergonomic chair. But there are questions to answer to help you determine if the chair is right for you.

Driving and Back Care

Numerous studies show there is a connection between driving and back pain. You can help prevent back pain by implementing some of the suggestions for modifying your vehicle's seat.

Back Care on Airplanes

Taking a long plane ride soon and worrying about comfort? This article gives practical tips that will help you take care of your back and neck.

Workstation Ergonomics: Guidelines for Computer Use by Children

Is your child's workspace neck and back-friendly? Like adults, kids can develop back pain, too, especially if they sit at the computer for too long and with improper posture and ergonomics. Teach your child these easy ways to avoid back and neck pa

Ergonomically Designed Computer Products: Are All Beneficial?

Keyboard, mousing, writing and viewing documents on a computer monitor require different height adjustments for an optimal ergonomic work space.

How to Avoid Neck Pain at the Office

8 ergonomic suggestions to help you avoid neck pain at the office, as well as shoulder pain, eyestrain, and headaches. Written by an ergonomics expert.

Back Care for Dentists and Surgeons

Doctors and Dentists are not immune from back pain related to being on their feet all day. This article outlines some ways that health care professionals can tackle their back pain head on.

Back Care and Standing Work

Back injuries account for 1 in 4 occupational injuries involving days away from work. Do you do a lot of standing at work? This article discusses how you can minimize your risk for injury during long periods of standing.

Workstation Ergonomic Tips: Computer Monitors and Posture

Properly positioning the computer monitor and posture are key ergonomic considerations when setting up a workstation.

Workstation Ergonomics: Keyboard and Computer Use

Ergonomic's expert, Professor Alan Hedge, provides many tips to help you set up your workstation to help avoid back and neck injury.

Ergonomic Tips to Choosing and Using Laptop Computers

Current laptop and notebook computers suffer an ergnomic design flaw; the keyboard and screen is connected. An expert provides users with many tips for a healthier neck and hands during use.

Ergonomic Keyboard and Mouse Use

What works best for you is what you find most comfortable an easy to use in a neutral posture.

Mattresses Matter: Ergonomic Guidelines

This comprehensive guide from Cornell University's Ergonomics Department will help you choose your next mattress and pillow. This article includes clinical data about the impact of a mattress in reducing or preventing back and neck pain.

Back Care for Sitting Work

Sitting has become a way of life for many Americans. Because we sit so much, it is necessary to be aware of the importance of sitting in a proper chair to keep your back pain free.

Articles Reviewed by Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE

Why Does My Back Always Hurt?

Article from physical therapists on 4 things you can do today to reduce or prevent low back pain. Small changes can make a difference in your pain relief.

A Vacation from Back Pain

Summer is the season to burn some vacation time and hit the road. The longer days and warmer weather may make it easier to get away, but summer travel includes cramped flights and seemingly-endless road trips. And that can take a toll on your back.

Sitting, Redefined

Many teachers are using stability balls in place of traditional classroom chairs to improve posture, concentration, learning, and prevent back pain in students. This article outlines the benefits and drawbacks of ditching your traditional chair for a

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