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Dr. Teschke joined the School's predecessor, the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology, in 1984. She was part of the team that developed the Occupational & Environmental Hygiene Program, the only graduate program for this profession in Western Canada. The first class started in 1992. She was principal investigator and inaugural director of the Bridge Program from 2002 to 2008. This fellowship-funding program brings together excellent graduate students, post-docs and practitioners from 8 academic units and 3 faculties at UBC to study public health issues, with a focus on prevention measures related to engineering and policy.
Dr. Teschke's area of research interest is exposure assessment, with a particular emphasis on improving exposure-response estimation in epidemiology and empirical modeling of factors that influence exposures. The issues addressed by her research span both environmental and occupational health, and include the following:
SPPH 567: Quantitative Methods for the Assessment and Analysis of Exposure Data
SPPH 598: Project
Dr. Teschke is not currently accepting graduate students.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Teschke K, Harris MA, Reynolds CCO, Shen H, Cripton PA, Winters M. Exposure-based traffic crash injury rates by mode of travel in British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2013;104:e75-79 [abstract]
Teschke K, Harris MA, Reynolds CCO, Winters M, Babul S, Chipman M, Cusimano MD, Brubacher J, Friedman SM, Hunte G, Monro M, Shen H, Vernich L, Cripton PA. Route infrastructure and the risk of injuries to bicyclists: A case-crossover study. American Journal of Public Health 2012; Oct 18 [Epub ahead of print]
Teschke K, Brubacher JR, Friedman SM, Cripton PA, Harris MA, Reynolds CCO, Shen H, Monro M, Hunte G, Chipman M, Cusimano MD, Smith Lea N, Babul S, Winters M. Personal and trip characteristics associated with safety equipment use by injured adult bicyclists: A cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health 2012;12:765
Hon CY, Teschke K, Chua P, Venners S, Nakashima L. Occupational exposure to antineoplastic drugs: Identification of job categories potentially exposed throughout the hospital medication system. Safety and Health at Work 2011;2:273-81
Harris MA, Reynolds CCO, Winters M, Chipman M, Cripton PA, Cusimano MD, Teschke K. The Bicyclists’ Injuries and the Cycling Environment study: Tackling methodological issues of studying bicycling safety. Injury Prevention 2011; doi:10.1136/injuryprev-2011-040071
Teschke K, Abanto Z, Arbour L, Beking K, Chow Y, Jong B, Le ND, Ratner PA, Spinelli JJ, Dimich-Ward H. Exposure to anaesthetic gases and congenital anomalies in offspring of female registered nurses. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2011;54:118-127
Harris MA, Koehoorn M, Teschke K. Ongoing challenges to finding people with Parkinson's disease for epidemiological studies: A comparison of population-level case ascertainment methods. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders 2011;17:464-469
Webster GM, Teschke K, Janssen PA. Recruitment of healthy first-trimester pregnant women: Lessons from the Chemicals, Health & Pregnancy Study (CHirP). Maternal and Child Health Journal 2011
Rugbjerg K, Harris MA, Shen H, Marion SA, Tsui JKC, Teschke K. Pesticide exposure and risk of Parkinson’s disease: a population-based case control study evaluating the potential for recall bias. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 2011;37:427-436
Winters M, Davidson G, Kao D, Teschke K. Motivators and deterrents of bicycling: comparing influences on decisions to ride. Transportation 2011;38:153-168
Winters M, Teschke K, Grant M, Setton EM, Brauer M. How far out of the way will we travel? Built environment influences on route selection for bicycle and car travel. Transportation Research Record 2011;2190:1-10
Teschke K, Bellack N, Shen H, Atwater J, Chu R, Koehoorn M, MacNab YC, Schreier H, Isaac-Renton JL. Water and sewage systems, socio-demographics, and duration of residence associated with endemic intestinal infectious diseases: A cohort study. BMC Public Health 2010;10:767
Winters M, Brauer M, Setton EM, Teschke K. Built environment influences on healthy transportation choices: bicycling versus driving. Journal of Urban Health 2010;87:969-993
Teschke K, Marino S, Chu R, Tsui JKC, Harris MA, Marion SM. Public opinions about participating in health research. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2010;101:159-164
Teschke K, Spierings J, Marion SA, Demers PA, Davies HW, Kennedy SM. Reducing attenuation in exposure-response by exposure modeling and grouping – the relationship between wood dust exposure and lung function. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2004;46:663-667 pdf
Teschke K, Olshan AF, Daniels JL, De Roos AJ, Parks CG, Schulz M, Vaughan TL. Occupational exposure assessment in case-control studies: Opportunities for improvement. [Review] Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2002;59:575-594 pdf
Burstyn I, Teschke K. Studying the determinants of exposure: A review of methods. [Review] American Industrial Hygiene Association Journal 1999;60:57-72 pdf
Weddell A, Winters M, Teschke K. Evidence from Safety Research to Update Cycling Training Materials in Canada. Report of the Cycling in Cities Research Program. Vancouver, September 2012 link
Teschke K, Marion SA, Tsui JKC, Harris MA, Marino S, Rugbjerg K, Shen H. Parkinson’s Disease: Workplace Risk Factors. Report to WorkSafeBC. September 2011 link
Van Driel R, Johnson PW, Callaghan JP, Gallagher K, Trask C, Koehoorn M, Teschke K. Evaluating methods to use the Virtual CorsetTM inclinometer for trunk posture and spinal compression measurements. Report to WorkSafeBC. January 2010 link
Kennedy S, Teschke K, Bartlett K, Demers PA, Nicol AM, Fitzgerald M. Airway obstruction and hypersensitivity among young workers: 16-year follow-up of machinist and construction apprentices. Report to WorkSafeBC. October 2009 link
Teschke K, Chu R, Marino S, Harris A, Tsui JKC, Marion SA. Understanding Attitudes Towards Health Research or “Who can phone you at dinnertime?” Final Report to the BC Medical Services Foundation, February 2008
Teschke K, Trask C, Chow Y, Village J, Johnson P, Cooper J, Davies HW, Demers PA, Hodgson M, Hong K, Hurrell C, Knott M, Luong N, Morrison J, Wright G, Xu F, Koehoorn M. Back injuries in heavy industries, Part B: Risk factor exposure assessment. Report to WorkSafeBC. April 2007 link
Teschke K, Chow Y, Brauer M, van Netten C, Varughese S, Kennedy S. Atmospheric effects in the entertainment industry – constituents, exposures and health effects. Report to the Workers’ Compensation Board of BC, and the BC Lung Association. March 27, 2003 link