BA (Trent), DiplT (BCIT), MPH (Berkeley), PhD (Washington)

Dr. Teschke’s area of research interest is exposure assessment, with a particular emphasis on improving exposure-response estimation in epidemiology and empirical modelling of factors that influence exposures. The issues addressed by her research span both environmental and occupational health, and include the following:

She is responsible for the following courses:

  • SPPH 598 Occupational and Environmental Hygiene Project (Summer Co-op)

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 (inaugural year, 1992) and served as its Director from 1998 to 2000. She led its transition to become a School of Environmental Health and later its merger into the School of Population & Public Health. She was principal investigator and inaugural director of the Bridge Program from 2002 to 2008.

She received her academic training in environmental health at BCIT, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington in Seattle, and was a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health (Chapel Hill, 1997).

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Dr. Teschke is not currently accepting graduate students or post-docs as primary supervisor.


Links to bicycling-related & traffic injury papers

Teschke K, Marion SA, Tsui JKC, Shen H, Rugbjerg K, Harris MA. Parkinson’s disease and occupation: differences in associations by case identification method suggests referral bias. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2013; doi: 10.1002/ajim.22272

Harris MA, Shen H, Marion SA, Tsui JKC, Teschke K. Head injuries and Parkinson’s in a case-control study. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2013; 70:839-44 in press doi: 10.1136/oemed-2013-101444

Winters M, Weddell A, Teschke K. Is scientific evidence in practice? A review of driver and cyclist education materials with respect to cycling safety evidence. Transportation Research Record, Journal of the Transportation Research Board 2013; in press

Winters M, Brauer M, Setton EM, Teschke K. Mapping bikeability: A spatial tool to support sustainable travel. Environment and Planning B 2013;40:865-883

Harris MA, Reynolds CCO, Winters M, Cripton PA, Shen H, Chipman M, Cusimano MD, Babul S, Brubacher JR, Friedman SM, Hunte G, Monro M, Vernich L, Teschke K. Comparing the effects of infrastructure on bicycling injury at intersections and non-intersections using a case-crossover design. Injury Prevention 2013;19:303-310

Koehoorn M, Trask C, Teschke K. Recruitment for occupational research: Using injured workers as the point of entry into workplaces. PLoS One 2013;8:e68354

Krentz C, Teschke K, Shen H, Isaac-Renton J. The predictive value of total coliforms in drinking water using life table analysis. Journal of Water Supply: Research and Technology 2013;62:97-106

Hon CY, Teschke K, Chu W, Demers PA, Venners S. Antineoplastic drug contamination of surfaces throughout the hospital medication system in Canadian hospitals. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene 2013;10:374-383

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

Van Driel R, Trask C, Johnson PW, Callaghan JP, Koehoorn M, Teschke K. Anthropometry-corrected exposure modeling as a method to improve trunk posture assessment with a single inclinometer. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 2013;10:143-154

Winters M, Babul S, Becker HJEH, Brubacher JR, Chipman M, Cripton PA, Cusimano MD, Friedman SM, Harris MA, Hunte G, Monro M, Reynolds CCO, Shen H, Teschke K. Safe cycling: How do risk perceptions compare with observed risk? Canadian Journal of Public Health 2012;103:S42-S47

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;102:2336-2343

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

Harris MA, Marion SA, Spinelli JJ, Tsui JKC, Teschke K. Occupational exposure to whole-body vibration and Parkinson’s disease: results from a population-based case-control study. American Journal of Epidemiology 2012;176(4):299-307

Harris MA, Tsui JK, Marion SA, Shen H, Teschke K. Association of Parkinson’s disease with infections and occupational exposure to possible vectors. Movement Disorders 2012;27(9):1111-7

Harris MA, Cripton PA, Teschke K. Retrospective assessment of occupational exposure to whole body vibration for a case-control study. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 2012;9:371-380

Village J, Trask C, Chow Y, Morrison JB, Koehoorn M, Teschke K. Assessing whole body vibration exposure for use in epidemiological studies of back injuries: Measurements, observations and self-reports. Ergonomics 2012;55:415-424

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 2012;16:430-8

Harris MA, Reynolds CCO, Winters M, Chipman M, Cripton PA, Cusimano MD, Teschke K. The Bicyclists’ Injuries and the Cycling Environment study: A protocol to tackle methodological issues facing studies of bicycling safety. Injury Prevention 2011;17:e6

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 @ Work 2011;2:273-81

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;37:427-36

Dimich-Ward H, Le ND, Beking K, Dybuncio A, Spinelli JJ, Gallagher RP, Ratner PA, Arbour L, Teschke K. Congenital anomalies in the offspring of nurses: Association with area of employment during pregnancy. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 2011;17:195-201

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;17:464-9

Bhatti P, Newcomer L, Onstad L, Teschke K, Camp J, Morgan M, Vaughan TL. Wood dust exposure and risk of lung cancer. Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2011;68:599-604

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

Winters M, Davidson G, Kao D, Teschke K. Motivators and deterrents of bicycling: comparing influences on decisions to ride. Transportation 2011;38:153-168

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

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