Manuel Cifuentes head shot


College Hall 342
Department Public Health

Mailing Address

Regis College box 10

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


    Professor Manuel Cifuentes practiced as rural physician in the Chilean Patagonia and earned a master's degree in public health, before specializing and working in adult psychiatry. He completed a doctoral degree in epidemiology at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Cifuentes has worked at Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety as Research Scientist and at the University of Massachusetts as a graduate professor of biostatistics and epidemiology. Currently, he is part of the School of Health Sciencespublic health program, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and assisting Regis College researchers in research methodology and biostatistics.


    Doctor of Science in Epidemiology (ScD), University of Massachusetts, 2006

    Residence in Psychiatry, University of Concepcion, 1995

    Master of Public Health (MPH), School of Public Health, University of Chile, 1992

    Doctor of Medicine (MD), University of Concepcion, 1987


    Dr. Cifuentes teaching philosophy emphasizes the aspects of discovery, self-learning and interpretation of information in relation to the multiple aspects of public health. His research agenda covers occupational and environmental health, with focus on psychosocial and mental health issues.

    Peer-reviewed publications

    Michela Vignoli, Marco Depolo, Manuel Cifuentes, Laura Punnett, (2018) "Disagreements on leadership styles between supervisors and employees are related to employees’ well-being and work team outcomes", International Journal of Workplace Health Management

    H Kim, NK Baidwan, D Kriebel, M Cifuentes, S Baron. "Asthma among World Trade Center First Responders: A Qualitative Synthesis and Bias Assessment." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15 (6), 1053

    Hasan Aljohi, Mindy Dopler Nelson, Manuel Cifuentes, and Thomas A Wilson. "Consumption of 12 Eggs per Week for 1 Year Significantly Raises Serum Zeaxanthin Levels and Improves Glare Recovery in Patients with Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration." Journal of Clinical Research and Ophthalmology 4(1): 014-021. 10.17352/2455-1414.000038

    EG Cleary, M Cifuentes, G Grinstein, D Brugge, TB Shea. "Association of low-level ozone with cognitive decline in older adults." Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 1-12, 1, 2018

    L Salvo, S Saldivia, C Parra, M Cifuentes, C Bustos, P Acevedo, M Díaz. "Predictores de remisión del trastorno depresivo mayor en tratamiento en el nivel secundario de atención." Revista Médica de Chile 145 (12) 2017

    Salvo L, Saldivia S, Parra C, Rodríguez R, Cifuentes M, Acevedo P, Díaz M, Ormazabal M, Guerra I, Navarrete N, Bravo V, Castro A. "Clinical features of major depressive disorders treated in secondary health care facilities in Chile." Revista Médica de Chile. 2017 Mar; 145(3):335-343. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872017000300007. Spanish. PubMed PMID: 28548190.

    Chen CJ, Moore KJ, Fernandez CA, Arheart KL, LeBlanc WG, Cifuentes M, McClure LA, Christ SL, Fleming LE, Lee DJ, Caban-Martinez AJ. "Chemical and Physical Exposures in the Emerging US Green-Collar Workforce." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2017 May; 59(5):e91-e96. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001004. PubMed PMID: 28490043; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5431290.

    Marín LS, Lipscomb H, Cifuentes M, Punnett L. "Associations between safety climate and safety management practices in the construction industry." American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2017 Jun; 60(6):557-568. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22723. Epub 2017 May 9. PubMed PMID: 28485525.

    Shraim M, Cifuentes M, Willetts JL, Marucci-Wellman HR, Pransky G. "Regional socioeconomic disparities in outcomes for workers with low back pain in the United States." American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2017 May; 60(5):472-483. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22712. Epub 2017 Apr 3. PubMed PMID: 28370474; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5413850.

    Fernandez CA, Moore K, McClure LA, Caban-Martinez AJ, LeBlanc WG, Fleming LE, Cifuentes M, Lee DJ. "Occupational Psychosocial Hazards Among the Emerging US Green Collar Workforce." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2017 Jan; 59(1):1-5. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000903. PubMed PMID: 28045790; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5214345.

    Tarigan LH, Cifuentes M, Quinn M, Kriebel D. "Prevention of needle-stick injuries in healthcare facilities: a meta-analysis." Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2015 Jul; 36(7):823-9. doi: 10.1017/ice.2015.50. Epub 2015 Mar 13.

    Shraim M, Cifuentes M, Willetts JL, Marucci-Wellman HR, Pransky G. "Length of Disability and Medical Costs in Low Back Pain: Do State Workers' Compensation Policies Make a Difference?" Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine/American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2015) E-pub

    Agbenyikey W, Karasek R, Cifuentes M, Wolf PA, Seshadri S, Taylor JA, Beiser AS, Au R. "Job strain and cognitive decline: a prospective study of the Framingham offspring cohort." Int Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015 Apr; 6(2):79-94

    Cifuentes M, Fulmer S "Treadmill workstations: research steps and organizational and psychosocial barriers". Ergonomics in Design. Special Issue. July 2015

    Pransky G, Foley G, Cifuentes M, Webster B. "Geographic Variation in Early MRI for Acute Work-related Low Back Pain and Associated Factors." SPINE November 2015, Volume: 40, Issue: 21, Pages: 1712–1718

    Marin L, Cifuentes M, Roelofs C. "Results of a Community-based Survey of Construction Safety Climate for Hispanic Workers." International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. E publication 08-23-2014

    Webster BS, Choi Y, Bauer AZ, Cifuentes M, Pransky G "The cascade of medical services and associated longitudinal costs due to nonadherent magnetic resonance imaging for low back pain." SPINE (Phila Pa 1976). 2014 Aug 1; 39(17):1433-40.

    Young A, Muhlner S, Kurowski A, Cifuentes M "The Association between Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service Utilization and Disability Duration Following Work-Related Fracture." WORK. Electronic publication ahead of print: September 23 2014. PMID:25248529

    Cifuentes M, Lin Q, Fulmer S, Bello A "Facilitators and Barriers to Using Treadmill Workstations under Real Working Conditions: A Qualitative Study in Female Office Workers." American Journal of Health Promotion (June 11 2014 - Epub online)

    Webster, B S.; Bauer, A.; Choi, YS; Cifuentes, M; and Pransky, G. Iatrogenic "Consequences of Early Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Acute, Work-Related, Disabling Low Back Pain." SPINE Volume: 38, Issue: 22, Pages: 1939-1946, Published: October 15, 2013

    Parker, SM.; Remington, R; Nannini, A; and Cifuentes M "Patient Outcomes and Satisfaction with Care Following Palliative Care Consultation." Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing June 2013, Volume: 15, Issue: 4, Pages: 225–232.

    Cifuentes M, Powell R, Webster B. "Shorter Time Between Opioid Prescriptions Associated With Reduced Work Disability Among Acute Low Back Pain Opioid Users." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2012 Apr; 54(4):491-6

    Cifuentes M, Willetts J, Wasiak R. "Health maintenance care in work-related low back pain and its association with disability recurrence." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2011 Apr; 53(4):396-404

    Meyer JD, Cifuentes M, Warren N. "Association of self-rated physical health and incident hypertension with O*NET factors: validation using a representative national survey." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2011 Feb; 53(2):139-45

    Wilkie R, Cifuentes M, Pransky G. "Exploring extensions to working life: job lock and predictors of decreasing work function in older workers." Disability and Rehabilitation. 2011; 33(19-20):1719-27

    Webster BS, Cifuentes M. "Relationship of early magnetic resonance imaging for work-related acute low back pain with disability and medical utilization outcomes." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2010 Sep; 52(9):900-7

    Cifuentes M, Webster B, Genevay S, Pransky G. The course of opioid prescribing for a new episode of disabling low back pain: opioid features and dose escalation. Pain. 2010 Oct; 151(1):22-9

    Cifuentes M, Boyer J, Lombardi DA, Punnett L. "Use of O*NET as a job exposure matrix: A literature review." American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2010 Sep; 53(9):898-914. Review

    Sembajwe G, Cifuentes M, Tak SW, Kriebel D, Gore R, Punnett L. "National income, self-reported wheezing and asthma diagnosis from the World Health Survey." European Respiratory Journal. 2010 Feb; 35(2):279-86

    Boyer J, Galizzi M, Cifuentes M. d’Errico A, Gore R, Punnett L, Slatin C. "Ergonomic and socioeconomic risk factors for hospital workers’ compensation injury claims." American Journal of Industrial Medicine Volume: 52, Issue: 7, Pages: 551-562

    Young AE, Cifuentes M, Wasiak R, Webster BS. "Urban-rural differences in work disability following occupational injury: are they related to differences in healthcare utilization?" Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2009 Feb; 51(2):204-12

    Webster BS, Cifuentes M, Verma S, Pransky G. "Geographic variation in opioid prescribing for acute, work-related, low back pain and associated factors: a multilevel analysis." American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2009 Feb; 52(2):162-71

    Cifuentes M, Sembajwe G, Tak S, Gore R, Kriebel D, Punnett L. "The association of major depressive episodes with income inequality and the human development index." Social Sciences and Medicine. 2008 Aug; 67(4):529-39. Epub 2008 Jun 2

    Cifuentes M, Boyer J, Gore R, d'Errico A, Scollin P, Tessler J, Lerner D, Kriebel D, Punnett L, Slatin C; PHASE in Healthcare Research Team. "Job strain predicts survey response in healthcare industry workers." American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2008 Apr; 51(4):281-9

    Cifuentes M, Boyer J, Gore R, d'Errico A, Tessler J, Scollin P, Lerner D, Kriebel D, Punnett L, Slatin C; PHASE in Healthcare Research Team. "Inter-method agreement between O*NET and survey measures of psychosocial exposure among healthcare industry employees." American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2007 Jul; 50(7):545-53

    d'Errico A, Punnett L, Cifuentes M, Boyer J, Tessler J, Gore R, Scollin P, Slatin C; "Promoting Healthy and Safe Employment In Healthcare Research Team. Hospital injury rates in relation to socioeconomic status and working conditions." Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2007 May; 64(5):325-33. Epub 2006 Dec 20

    Cifuentes M "Condiciones laborales psicosociales decentes: Cómo pasar de lo valórico a lo operacional. (Decent psychosocial working conditions: How to go from the values to the real world?)."2004. Ciencia y Trabajo. Oct-Dic; 6 (14): 162-173)

    Suarez R, Rey R, Poblete N, Cifuentes M, and Hernandez H Implementación del Programa de Salud Mental en Atención Primaria. Servicio de Salud Concepción Arauco, Chile (1994 – 1996). (Mental Health Program Implementation in Primary Care. Health Service of Concepción Arauco, Chile (1994 – 1996)). Revista de Psiquiatría 14(2):92-100, Abr.-Jun. 1997. Chile

    Cifuentes M and Ibieta JC "Neurosis Profesional (Professional Neurosis)." Revista Chilena de Neuro-Psiquiatría 35:329-335, 1997

    Vicente B, Cifuentes M "Salud Mental y Trabajo del Conductor de Movilización Colectiva (Mental Health and Work of Public Bus Drivers).", et al. Revista de Psiquiatría de Chile. Vols 3-4. Jul-Dec 1995. Pages: 220-224

    Munoz M, Navarrete A, Oberreuter M, Cifuentes M "Psiquiatría de Enlace en el Hospital Regional de Concepción. Psychiatric Inpatient Consultation in the Regional Hospital of Concepción, Chile." Revista de Psiquiatría de Chile. Vol 3-4. Jul-Dec 1995 Pp 67–73

    Books and Chapters

    Cifuentes M. "Salud Mental y Trabajo en el Anciano (Elder’s Mental Health and Work)." in Bases conceptuales. Clínica y Terapéutica Integral Psicogeriatría. Edits. Pilar Quiroga, Gustavo Rohde. Sociedad Chilena de Psiquiatría, Neurología y Neurocirugía. Santiago. Chile. 2001

    Non-peer-reviewed publications

    Cifuentes M. "Will treadmill workstations be used by office workers?" News and Views. Online publication of the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace: A semi-monthly column on emerging topics related to healthy workplaces. 07/23/2014 Issue 38

    Pransky G, Cifuentes M "What Works Best for Whom? An Exploratory, Subgroup Analysis in a Randomized, Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of a Workplace Intervention in Low Back Pain Patients on Return to Work." Point of View. Spine 2009, Volume: 34 Issue: 12 Pages: 1250-1250. Invited commentary.

    Punnett L, Cifuentes, M, Sembawe G, Tak, SW, Gore R, Kriebel D. "Multilevel analyses of low back pain attributable to occupation and employment status." Supplementary funding from NIOSH to support additional analyses on the WHO project using the World Health Survey database. Department of Work Environment University of Massachusetts Lowell. Lowell, MA, USA

    Punnett L, Cifuentes M, Sembajwe G, Tak SW, Gore R, and Kriebel D. Global Estimate of "Selected Health Conditions Attributable to Work: An Analysis of the World Health Survey, 2002-2003." To The World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Washington, DC., USA. Department of Work Environment University of Massachusetts Lowell. Lowell, MA, USA.

    Apud E, Cifuentes M, Maureira F, Gutierrez M "Working Conditions and Productivity of Women in Bío-Bío Region, Chile." Ergonomics Laboratory at University of Concepción, Chile. BIP 20122939-0 To regional government. 2001

    Cifuentes M, Molina G. "Working Conditions and Health of Public Bus Drivers and Public School Teachers." Report to Health Secretary, Education Secretary, Labor Secretary, and Transport and Telecommunications Secretary. Government of Chile.