Leslie I. Boden, PhD

Professor, Environmental Health
Leslie Boden
(617) 358-2651lboden@bu.edu
Talbot – 444W
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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, the adequacy of workers compensation benefits, and the the impact of work-related injuries on mortality. 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 published the results of studies that estimate underreporting of workplace injuries. He has also written on occupational safety and health regulation, medical screening, gender- and race-based 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. He currently serves on the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health, advising the U. S. Department of Labor on compensation and medical benefits to nuclear weapons workers who became ill from exposures to toxic substances at work.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


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


  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Williams JAR, Sorensen G, Hashimoto D, Hopcia K, Wagner GR, Boden LI. Impact of Occupational Injuries on Nonworkers' Compensation Medical Costs of Patient-Care Workers. J Occup Environ Med. 2017 Jun; 59(6):e119-e124. PMID: 28598939.

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  • Published on 2/1/2017

    Seabury SA, Terp S, Boden LI. Racial And Ethnic Differences In The Frequency Of Workplace Injuries And Prevalence Of Work-Related Disability. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017 Feb 01; 36(2):266-273. PMID: 28167715.

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  • Published on 12/12/2016

    Sabbath EL, Boden LI, Williams JA, Hashimoto D, Hopcia K, Sorensen G. Obscured by administrative data? Racial disparities in occupational injury. Scand J Work Environ Health. 2017 Mar 01; 43(2):155-162. PMID: 27942733.

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  • Published on 10/25/2016

    Dennerlein JT, O'Day ET, Mulloy DF, Somerville J, Stoddard AM, Kenwood C, Teeple E, Boden LI, Sorensen G, Hashimoto D. Lifting and exertion injuries decrease after implementation of an integrated hospital-wide safe patient handling and mobilisation programme. Occup Environ Med. 2017 May; 74(5):336-343. PMID: 27919058.

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  • Published on 9/1/2016

    Buessing M, Boden LI. The Impact of Contract Operations on Safety in Underground Coal Mines. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Sep; 58(9):952-6. PMID: 27608150.

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  • Published on 7/18/2016

    Boden LI, O'Leary PK, Applebaum KM, Tripodis Y. The impact of non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses on mortality. Am J Ind Med. 2016 Dec; 59(12):1061-1069. PMID: 27427538.

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  • 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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