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Janessa Graves

Janessa Graves

Associate ProfessorDirector, Office of Information ManagementAssistant Dean of Undergrad & Community Research 509-324-7257 SNRS 167 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99202-2131

Janessa Graves CV


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 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

Research Interests

Dr. Graves’ research interests relate to injury research, with a focus on pediatric injuries, concussion, and disparities. Her background in Health Services Research provides a strong foundation for analyses of existing administrative and research datasets, including insurance claims and survey data. Dr. Graves is a founding member of the Language Access Research for Community Health (LARCH) Coalition, an interdisciplinary group of researchers and advocacy leaders who conduct research on disparities in healthcare services among those with limited English proficiency (LEP), access to language or interpreter services, and ways to improve access and quality of care for LEP patients, especially those in rural areas.

Dr. Graves has published 25 peer-reviewed research articles on topics relating to injury, health services research, and public health education. Dr. Graves has served as a grant reviewer for HRSA and has reviewed for public health, injury, and health services research journals.

Methodological Strengths

Dr. Graves training in Health Services Research included an emphasis in Evaluation Sciences. Her methodological strengths involve secondary analysis of existing data, including “big data,” such as insurance claims. Her expertise includes evaluations and comparisons of healthcare costs, utilization, and outcomes as they relate to healthcare policy changes, disparities in healthcare, and variation in treatment. Recently, Dr. Graves conducted an interrupted time-series analysis to evaluate the impact of a statewide policy on healthcare utilization within the Washington State workers’ compensation system. In addition, Dr. Graves has extensive survey research methods experience and has conducted statewide, regional, and national surveys of institutions and healthcare providers.

Areas of Expertise

Pediatric injury, trauma, health care costs and utilization, occupational injury, young workers, occupational health and safety, global health, rural health, indigenous health, public health education, concussion prevention.


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

Honors and Awards

  • Provost’s Leadership Academy, Washington State University, 2016-2017
  • Faculty Excellence in Research Award, Washington State University College of Nursing, 2016
  • Washington State University College of Nursing Faculty Fellow in Research Award, 2015
  • 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

Funded Research


Graves JM†, Klein TA†, Graham JY*. Driving following adolescent concussion: Advice by nurse practitioners in absence of standardized recommendations. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. In press.

Graves JM, Klein TA. The impact of patient characteristics on nurse practitioners’ assessment and management of adolescent concussion. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. In press.

Klein TA, Graves JM. A comparison of psychiatric and non-psychiatric nurse practitioner knowledge and management recommendations regarding adolescent mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. In press.

Graves JM, Mackelprang JL, Barbosa-Leiker C, Miller ME, Li YA*. Quality of life among working and non-working adolescents. Quality of Life Research. In press.

Graves JM, Klein TA. Nurse practitioners’ comfort in treating work-related injuries in adolescents. Workplace Health Saf. 2016 Jun 9. doi:10.1177/2165079916653612.

Graves JM, Kannan N, Mink RB, Wainwright MS, Groner JI, Bell MJ, Giza CC, Zatzick DF, Ellenbogen RG, Boyle LN, Mitchell PH, Rivara FP, Wang J, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Vavilala MS for the PEGASUS (Pediatric Guideline Adherence and Outcomes) Study. Guideline Adherence and Hospital Costs in Pediatric Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. Ped Crit Care Med. In press.

Graves JM, Rivara FP, Vavilala MS. Health care costs 1 year after pediatric traumatic brain injury. Am J Public Health. 2015 Oct;105(10):e35-e41. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302744. Epub 2015 Aug 13.

Graves JM, Miller ME. Reduced sleep duration and history of work-related injuries among Washington State adolescents with a history of working. Am J Ind Med. 2015 Apr;58(4):464-71.

Kanal KM, Graves JM, Vavilala MS, Applegate KE, Jarvik JG, Rivara FP. Variation in CT Pediatric Head Exam Radiation Dose: Results from a National Survey. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2015 Mar;204(3): W293-W301.

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. 2015 May;46(5):891-7.  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.

updated 1/5/17