Leslie I. Boden, PhD

Professor, Environmental Health
Leslie Boden
(617) 638-4635lboden@bu.edu
Talbot – T444W
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Les Boden is an economist, and much of his research has focused on finding ways to highlight the economic and human consequences of injuries and illnesses and to identify ways of minimizing those consequences. Over the past several years, Dr. Boden has published studies measuring the income lost by injured workers and the adequacy of workers compensation benefits. With BUSPH colleague Lee Strunin, he has also published several studies of the post-injury experiences of injured workers and their families. Recently, Dr. Boden has been working on studies that estimate underreporting of workplace injuries. He has also written on occupational safety and health regulation, medical screening, gender inequality, and the legal and public health use of scientific information. From 1988 to 1997, Dr. Boden served on the Mine Health Research Advisory Committee of the Department of Health and Human Services, which he chaired for six years. In 2001-2002, he was a member of the Worker Advocacy Advisory Group, which advised the Department of Energy on occupational disease compensation. He has also co-chaired a group advising the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health on its research agenda on the social and economic consequences of workplace illness and injury.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


  • Brandeis University, BA
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD


  • Published on 10/10/2014

    Boden LI, Petrofsky YV, Hopcia K, Wagner GR, Hashimoto D. Understanding the hospital sharps injury reporting pathway. Am J Ind Med. 2015 Mar; 58(3):282-9. PMID: 25308763.

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  • Published on 10/1/2014

    Tak S, Grattan K, Boden L, Ozonoff A, Davis L. Impact of differential injury reporting on the estimation of the total number of work-related amputations. Am J Ind Med. 2014 Oct; 57(10):1144-8. PMID: 25223514.

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  • Published on 10/1/2014

    Seabury SA, Scherer E, O'Leary P, Ozonoff A, Boden L. Using linked federal and state data to study the adequacy of workers' compensation benefits. Am J Ind Med. 2014 Oct; 57(10):1165-73. PMID: 25223516.

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  • Published on 8/1/2014

    Tveito TH, Sembajwe G, Boden LI, Dennerlein JT, Wagner GR, Kenwood C, Stoddard AM, Reme SE, Hopcia K, Hashimoto D, Shaw WS, Sorensen G. Impact of organizational policies and practices on workplace injuries in a hospital setting. J Occup Environ Med. 2014 Aug; 56(8):802-8. PMID: 25099405.

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  • Published on 4/29/2014

    Davis LK, Grattan KM, Tak S, Bullock LF, Ozonoff A, Boden LI. Use of multiple data sources for surveillance of work-related amputations in Massachusetts, comparison with official estimates and implications for national surveillance. Am J Ind Med. 2014 Oct; 57(10):1120-32. PMID: 24782244.

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  • Published on 4/15/2014

    Reme SE, Shaw WS, Boden LI, Tveito TH, O'Day ET, Dennerlein JT, Sorensen G. Worker assessments of organizational practices and psychosocial work environment are associated with musculoskeletal injuries in hospital patient care workers. Am J Ind Med. 2014 Jul; 57(7):810-8. PMID: 24737462.

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  • Published on 12/1/2013

    Sorensen G, McLellan D, Dennerlein JT, Pronk NP, Allen JD, Boden LI, Okechukwu CA, Hashimoto D, Stoddard A, Wagner GR. Integration of health protection and health promotion: rationale, indicators, and metrics. J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Dec; 55(12 Suppl):S12-8. PMID: 24284762.

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  • Published on 9/10/2013

    Boden LI. Capture-recapture estimates of the undercount of workplace injuries and illnesses: sensitivity analysis. Am J Ind Med. 2014 Oct; 57(10):1090-9. PMID: 24023006.

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  • Published on 3/12/2013

    Kim SS, Okechukwu CA, Dennerlein JT, Boden LI, Hopcia K, Hashimoto DM, Sorensen G. Association between perceived inadequate staffing and musculoskeletal pain among hospital patient care workers. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2014 Apr; 87(3):323-30. PMID: 23475312.

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  • Published on 9/27/2012

    Kim SS, Okechukwu CA, Buxton OM, Dennerlein JT, Boden LI, Hashimoto DM, Sorensen G. Association between work-family conflict and musculoskeletal pain among hospital patient care workers. Am J Ind Med. 2013 Apr; 56(4):488-95. PMID: 23019044.

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