Kevin Riley is the Director of Research and Evaluation. His responsibilities include directing ongoing LOSH research and evaluation efforts, as well as identifying and developing new research initiatives, including community-based participatory research. He coordinates the Western Region Universities Consortium (WRUC), a partnership of five university hazmat training programs funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). He also serves as LOSH liaison with a number of UCLA faculty and researchers and with community-based organizations focused on worker health concerns.
Dr. Riley is currently directing a research study supported by the California Department of Industrial Relations on the injury experiences of workers in the low-wage labor market in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago and the barriers they face to accessing workers’ compensation. Other research interests include job conditions of contingent workers; impacts of workplace health and safety regulations; the use of participatory research methods; and the history of occupational health.
Dr. Riley received his PhD in Sociology from UCLA and his MPH from the UCLA School of Public Health. His dissertation focused on the history of stimulant use as a response to fatigue among long-haul truck drivers. Dr. Riley has also taught undergraduate courses through the UCLA Department of Sociology and the UCLA General Education Cluster Program on “Work, Labor and Social Justice in the U.S.”
Prior to joining LOSH, Dr. Riley served as Co-Founder and Public Health Coordinator for the UCLA Mobile Clinic Project, where he conducted extensive program planning and evaluation, as well as training sessions for new clinic students and staff. He is an active member of the Occupational Health Section of the American Public Health Association.