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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

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.

Save Your Back with Sleep

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.

Workstation Ergonomic Tips: Computer Monitors and Posture

Properly positioning your computer's monitor or screen and body posture are key ergonomic considerations when setting up a workstation.

How to Avoid Neck Pain at the Office

Eight important tips from an ergonomics' expert about avoiding neck and upper back pain while working at a computer.

Workstation Ergonomics: Keyboard and Computer Use

A good workstation ergonomic arrangement will allow any computer user to work in a neutral, relaxed, ideal typing posture that will minimize the risk of developing any injury.

Ergonomic Guidelines for Computer Workstations - 10 Steps for Users

Guidelines about how to create a healthy workstation and computer space. A well-known ergonomic expert provides important steps that can ultimately reduce neck and back pain.

Driving and Back Care

Many drivers complain of back pain. Tips to help you adapt your seat options, suggestions for making ergonomic choices, and how to sit in a vehicle.

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.

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.

Workstation Ergonomics: Take a Break!

All ergonomists agree that it is a good idea to take frequent, brief rest breaks from computer and desk work.

Mattresses Matter: Ergonomic Guidelines

This article includes clinical data about the impact of a mattress in reducing or preventing back and neck pain.

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.

Back Care for Dentists and Surgeons

This article outlines some ways that health care professionals can tackle their back pain head on.

Back Care for Nurses

Nursing easily tops the list of occupations that are most associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders. This page has information and statistics discussing the importance of back care in nursing.

Ergonomic Tips: Computer Use by Senior Citizens

People of all ages can benefit from the computer use tips presented in this article by Dr. Alan Hedge.

Articles Reviewed by Alan Hedge, PhD, CPE

Sitting, Redefined

Many are using stability balls in place of traditional chairs to improve posture, concentration, learning, and prevention of back pain.

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.

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.

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