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. Dr. Boden has also 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. Since 2010, he has collaborated on studies of the health and safety of patient care workers as an investigator at the Center for Work, Health & Well-Being, a multi-institutional collaboration centered at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 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. 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. In 2016-2018, he served on the Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health, advising the U. S. Department of Labor on benefits to nuclear weapons workers who became ill from exposures to toxic substances at work. Currently, he is Chair of the Workers’ Compensation Study Panel of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


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


  • Published on 12/1/2018

    Sabbath EL, Hashimoto D, Boden LI, Dennerlein JT, Williams JAR, Hopcia K, Orechia T, Tripodis Y, Stoddard A, Sorensen G. Cohort profile: The Boston Hospital Workers Health Study (BHWHS). Int J Epidemiol. 2018 12 01; 47(6):1739-1740g. PMID: 30107500.

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  • Published on 8/1/2018

    Sabbath EL, Williams JAR, Boden LI, Tempesti T, Wagner GR, Hopcia K, Hashimoto D, Sorensen G. Mental Health Expenditures: Association With Workplace Incivility and Bullying Among Hospital Patient Care Workers. J Occup Environ Med. 2018 Aug; 60(8):737-742. PMID: 29538275.

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  • Published on 5/29/2018

    Sparer EH, Boden LI, Sorensen G, Dennerlein JT, Stoddard A, Wagner GR, Nagler EM, Hashimoto DM, Hopcia K, Sabbath EL. The relationship between organizational policies and practices and work limitations among hospital patient care workers. Am J Ind Med. 2018 May 29. PMID: 29845635.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Sorensen G, Sparer E, Williams JAR, Gundersen D, Boden LI, Dennerlein JT, Hashimoto D, Katz JN, McLellan DL, Okechukwu CA, Pronk NP, Revette A, Wagner GR. Measuring Best Practices for Workplace Safety, Health, and Well-Being: The Workplace Integrated Safety and Health Assessment. J Occup Environ Med. 2018 May; 60(5):430-439. PMID: 29389812.

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  • Published on 3/19/2018

    Sabbath EL, Sparer EH, Boden LI, Wagner GR, Hashimoto DM, Hopcia K, Sorensen G. Preventive care utilization: Association with individual- and workgroup-level policy and practice perceptions. Prev Med. 2018 06; 111:235-240. PMID: 29567439.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    McLaren CF, Baldwin ML, Boden LI. . Workers' compensation: benefits, coverage, and costs, 2016. National Academy of Social Insurance. Washington, DC. 2018.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Boden LI, Galizzi M. Blinded by Moral Hazard. Rutgers University Law Review. 2017; 69(3):1213-1232.

  • 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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