College of Nursing

Janessa Graves

Janessa Graves

Assistant Professor
Janessa Graves
Assistant Professor
(509) 324-7257
(509) 324-7341
WSU Spokane
College of Nursing
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Janessa M. Graves is an Assistant Professor at the Washington State University College of Nursing in Spokane. She is a health services researcher with expertise in occupational and pediatric injuries. She has a Master of Public Health degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and a PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her postdoctoral work in pediatric injury research was completed at the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC). Janessa’s research is a combination of both occupational and pediatric injury research, which includes studies on adolescent and young adult workers. She has interests in concussion and traumatic brain injury prevention, sports-related injuries, and applied public health research.


  • PhD, Health Services Research, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • Graduate Certificate, Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA


Occupational injuries, young workers, occupational health and safety, pediatric injuries, global health, health care costs and utilization, rural health, indigenous health, public health education, concussion prevention.


  • AcademyHealth, 2010-present
  • Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR), 2011-present
  • Workers Compensation Research Group, 2010-present
  • American Public Health Association, 2007-present
  • Washington State Public Health Association, 2007-present


  • Premier Award, Student Research/Scholarly Project Forum, Northwest Occupational Health Conference, 2011
  • James P. Keogh Memorial Scholarship, Occupational Health and Safety Section, American Public Health Association, 2008
  • Gilbert S. Omen Award for Academic Excellence, University of Washington School of Public Health, 2008



Graves JM, Miller ME. Reduced sleep duration and history of work-related injuries among working adolescents in Washington State. Am J Ind Med. In press.

Graves JM, Whitehill JM, Hagel BE, Rivara FP. Making the most of injury surveillance data: Using narrative text to identify exposure information in case-control studies. Injury. In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2014.11.012.

Kanal KM, Graves JM, Vavilala MS, Applegate KE, Jarvik JG, Rivara FP. Variation in Computed Tomography Pediatric Head Exam Radiation Dose: Results from a National Survey. AJR Am J Roentgenol. In Press.

Graves JM, Pless B, Moore L, Nathens AB, Hunte G, Rivara FP. Public bicycle share programs and head injuries. Am J Public Health. 2014 Aug;104(8):e106-e111.

Graves JM, Kanal KM, Vavilala MS, Applegate KE, Jarvik JG, Rivara FP. Hospital-level factors associated with use of pediatric radiation dose reduction protocols for head CT: Results from a national survey. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014;11(7):717-724e1. PubMed PMID: 24993537.

Mackelprang JL, Graves JM, Rivara FP. Homeless in America: injuries treated in US emergency departments, 2007-2011. Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2014 Sep;21(3):289-97. PubMed PMID: 24011180.

Graves JM, Iyer KR, Willis MM, Ebel BE, Rivara FP, Vavilala MS. Emergency department-reported injuries associated with mechanical home exercise equipment in the USA. Inj Prev. 2014; 20(4):281-285. PubMed PMID: 24061163.

Graves JM, Kanal KM, Rivara FP, Jarvik JG, Vavilala MS. Dose reduction efforts for pediatric head CT imaging in Washington State trauma centers: follow-up survey results. J Am Coll Radiol. 2014;11(2):161-168.e3. PubMed PMID: 24360905.

Graves JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Jarvik JG, Franklin GM. Health Care Utilization and Costs Associated with Adherence to Clinical Practice Guidelines for Early Magnetic Resonance Imaging among Workers with Acute Occupational Low Back Pain. Health Serv Res. 2014;49(2):645-65. PubMed PMID: 23910019.

Graves JM, Finsness ED, Quick R, Nyando Integrated Child Health and Education Project Study Team, Harris JR, Daniell WE. Teacher perspectives on implementing and sustaining a handwashing promotion intervention in Western Kenyan primary schools. Int Q Community Health Educ. 2013;34(2):159-70. PubMed PMID: 24928608.

Graves JM, Whitehill JM, Stream JO, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP. Emergency department-reported head injuries from skiing and snowboarding among children and adolescents, 1996-2010. Inj Prev. 2013 Dec; 19:399-404. PubMed PMID: 23513009.

Graves JM, Sears JM, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP. The burden of traumatic brain injury among adolescent and young adult workers in Washington State. J Safety Res. 2013 Jun; 45:133-139. PubMed PMID: 23710080.

Psoter KJ, Roudsari BS, Graves JM, Mack C, Jarvik JG. Declining trend in the use of repeat computed tomography for trauma patients admitted to a level I trauma center for traffic-related injuries. Eur J Radiol. 2013 Jun;82(6):969-73. PubMed PMID: 23295083.

Sears JM, Graves JM, Blanar L, Bowman SM. Case Identification of Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Using the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System. J Occup Environ Med. 2013 May;55(5):507-13. PubMed PMID:23618883.

Graves JM, Daniell W, Harris J, Obure AF, Quick R. Enhancing a Safe Water Intervention with Student-Created Visual Aids to Promote Handwashing Behavior in Kenyan Primary Schools. Int Q Community Health Educ. 2012;32(4):307-323. PubMed PMID: 23376757

Graves JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Jarvik JG, Franklin GM. Early Imaging for Acute Low Back Pain: One-Year Health and Disability Outcomes among Washington State Workers. Spine. 2012;37(18):1617-27. PubMed PMID:22415000.

Graves JM, Fulton-Kehoe D, Martin DP, Jarvik JG, Franklin GM. Factors Associated with Early MRI Utilization for Acute Occupational Low Back Pain: A Population-Based Study from Washington State workers compensation. Spine. 2012;37(19):1708-18. PubMed PMID: 22020590.

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