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 also has interests in global health, access to healthcare in rural areas, and injury prevention in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.


  • PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • MPH, University of Washington, Seattle, WA



Occupational injuries, young workers, pediatric injuries, global health, healthcare costs and utilization, rural health, indigenous health.


  • 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, 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. In Press.

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. In Press.

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. 2013 Dec 20. [Epub ahead of print].

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, 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. 2013 Sep 23. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-040833. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24061163.

Mackelprang JL, Graves JM, Rivara FP. Homeless in America: Injuries treated in US emergency departments, 2007-2011. Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2013 Sep 6. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24011180.

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. 2013 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23910019.

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.

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, 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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