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Natalie Schwatka

Natalie Schwatka PhD, MS

Assistant Professor
  • Center for Health, Work & Environment
  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health

Dr. Natalie Schwatka’s primary research focus is on the how the working environment – business strategies, leadership practices, and organizational climate – can be used to protect and promote workers’ health, safety, and well-being, called a Total Worker Heath® (TWH) approach. She is primarily interested in intervention, dissemination, and implementation research on this topic. However, she also has interest in using multiple sources of health data to conduct occupational health and safety surveillance and predictive modeling to understand workplace health and safety. Dr. Schwatka is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health where she teaches TWH courses. She is the Director of the NIOSH Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) Certificate in TWH program. She also serves as the Research Core Director of the Center for Health, Work & Environment's TWH Center of Excellence where she directs the TWH Pilot Project Program.

Areas of Expertise

  • Total Worker Health
  • Leadership
  • Organizational culture/climate
  • Intervention, dissemination and implementation research
  • Health & safety surveillance research

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Environmental Health - Occupational ergonomics specialization, Colorado State University, 2014
  • MS, Environmental Health - Occupational ergonomics specialization, Colorado State University, 2011
  • BA, Psychology, University of Portland, 2008



  • Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health, 2019
  • Outstanding Graduate Student Researcher of the Year, Colorado State University, Environmental Health Sciences, 2011


  • Society for Total Worker Health, Advisory Board Member
  • Society for Occupational Health Psychology
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society of Safety Professionals
  • NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda – Traumatic Injury Prevention Council Member

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