James D. McGlothlin, M.P.H., Ph.D., C.P.E.

Research Interests / Training Areas

  • Development and Application of Real-Time Exposure Assessment Instruments.  
  • Occupational Ergonomics, Industrial Hygiene
  • Development and use of website: www.molecularhub.org to advance Molecular Diagnostics and Molecular Epidemiology to prevent disease.


James D. McGlothlin is an Associate Professor of Industrial Hygiene and Ergonomics at Purdue University. Dr. McGlothlin research specializes in ergonomics, exposure assessment focusing on Video Exposure Monitoring), occupational hygiene, engineering controls, and epidemiology. He has been conducting research in the areas of molecular diagnostics and molecular epidemiology, and is the Director of www.MolecularHub.org , a portal dedicated to advancing the science of molecular diagnostics. Also, he is Director of the Graduate Program in Occupational and Environmental Sciences and the CDC/NIOSH Training Program Grant, and Co-Director of the Center for Virtual Reality of Healthcare Center Design at Purdue University. He received his BS/MPH/MS in Industrial Psychology/Chemistry; Epidemiology, and Environmental Health all from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in 1975, and 1977, respectively.  He received his Ph.D. in Industrial Health specializing in Ergonomics from the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1988. After 22 years of federal service, Dr. McGlothlin took an early retirement from the CDC/NIOSH on January 1st, 1999 and joined the School of Health Sciences at Purdue on January 3rd, 1999. Since that time to the present, Dr. McGlothlin has continued his research in ergonomics and in developing exposure assessment tools (called VEM tools) and applications in his laboratory: Purdue’s Exposure Assessment Research Laboratory (P.E.A.R.L.).

Recent/Representative Publications

McGlothlin, J.D., Moenning, J.E., Cole, S.S.;.( 2014) Evaluation and Control of Waste Anesthetic Gases in the Post-Anesthetic Care Unit.  Journal of PeriAnesthesia Nursing. Volume 29, Issue 4 , Pages 298-312.

McGlothlin, J.D., Zavitz, B., Sullivan, B.; (2014) Prevention through Design Ergonomics Program at Bath Iron Works.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 11/2014; 11(11):D189-99.

VanCleave A. M., Jones James E, McGlothlin J.D,  Saxen, M.A,  Sanders, B.J, Vinsond, L.A; (2014) The Effect of Intraoral Suction on Oxygen-Enriched Surgical Environments: A Mechanism for Reducing the Risk of Surgical Fires. Anesthesia Progress 12/2014; 61(4):155-161.

VanCleave A. M., Jones James E, McGlothlin J.D, Factors involved in dental surgery fires: a review of the literature. Anesthesia Progress 03/2014; 61(1):21-5. DOI: 10.2344/0003-3006-61.1.21

Middaugh, B., Hubbard, B.J., Zimmerman, N., & McGlothlin, J.D.  (2012) “Assessment of Cut-Off Saw Control Methods for Respirable Dust and Crystalline Silica during Highway Construction Applications” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (JOEH).

Bhattacharya, A*., & McGlothlin J. D.* (Eds.). (Feb: 2012)). Occupational  Ergonomics:  From Theory to Application.  2nd Edition.  New York:  John Wiley Publishers.

McGlothlin, JD*., Xu, Fan., Cole, SS.,  (2011). Chapter 15: Real-Time Assessment of Air contaminants using Video Exposure Monitoring Methods and Techniques.  Pgs. 587-620., In V. Rose and B. Cohrssen, (Eds.), Patty’s Industrial Hygiene and Toxicology. 6th ed. Volume 2: Evaluation and Control.,. New York: John Wiley.

McGlothlin, JD*.  (2011). Chapter 28: Ergonomics. In S. R. DiNardi (Ed.), The Occupational Environment: Its Evaluation, Control, and Management (pp. 703-746). 3rd ed.  Fairfax, VA: American Industrial Hygiene Association.

McGlothlin, JD*., Cole, SS.;  (2011) Chapter #41-Real-Time Exposure Assessment and Job Analysis Techniques to Solve Hazardous Workplace Exposures. Occupational Ergonomics, 2nd Edition. John Wiley.

McGlothlin, J.D., Cole, S., Xu, F.; (2011) Real-Time Assessment of Air Contaminants Using Video Exposure Monitoring Methods and Techniques. Patty’s Industrial Hygiene, Vol. 2. Part III, Chapter  15, pg587-620.

James D. McGlothlin

Associate Professor of Industrial Hygiene & Ergonomics
Director of Occupational & Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Program
Director of NIOSH Technical Program Grant

Phone: 765-496-6359
Fax: 765-496-1377
E-mail: jdm3@purdue.edu
Personal webpage: drmcglothlin.com

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