IWD is proud to present our fantastic line-up of speakers for the 2019 conference.

IWD is proud to present our fantastic line-up of speakers for the 2019 conference.

Speaker Lineup

Amanda E. Young, PhD

Amanda Young is an independent consulting research scientist, with a background in the behavioral sciences, specializing in health and rehabilitation psychology. Prior to her current role, Amanda worked at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, as a Scientific Researcher, from 2002 until 2017. Before this, she was lecturing and working as a research fellow at Monash University, Melbourne Australia, which is also where she did her doctoral studies (Faculty of Medicine, conferred April 2000).

Amanda has an appreciation of quantitative, qualitative and mixed-methods research. Her background includes psychological, behavioral, sociological, biological, medical and epidemiological influences. Her research interests focus around psychosocial rehabilitation following injury, with a particular interest in injuries that result in significant disruption to injured persons’ ability to participate in their pre-injury working life. Her research has tended towards aiming to understand workers’ perspectives, but she has also been involved in research from the employer, insurer, and health care provider points of view.

Mark Pew

Mark Pew, senior vice president of product development and marketing for Preferred Medical, is a passionate educatorand agitator. Known as the RxProfessor, Mark is focused on the intersection of chronic pain and appropriate treatment, particularly as it relates to the clinical and financial implications of prescription painkillers, non-pharma treatment modalities and the evolution of medical marijuana. He is a strong champion for the workers’ compensation industry to #PreventTheMess and #CleanUpTheMess, movements he created to drive attention to the importance of individualized appropriate treatment for injured workers. Mark is a vocal advocate of the BioPsychoSocialSpiritual treatment model. Since 2012 he has presented educational content more than 550 times to more than 43,000 people in 41 states and the District of Columbia.

He is also an accomplished writer, regularly blogging and tweeting and with many articles published in national magazines. His blog was recognized in 2016, 2017 and 2018 as a WorkersCompensation.com “Best Blog.” He serves on theIAIABC’s Medical Issues Committee and SIIA’s Workers’ Compensation Committee. In addition, he serves as technical advisor to regulators and legislators in 20+ jurisdictions on subjects such as drug formularies, treatment guidelines, Opioid Task Force initiatives, encouraging support of non-pharma treatment options and the medicinal use of cannabis. Mark received the WorkCompCentral Magna Comp Laude award in 2016 and the IAIABC’s Samuel Gompers Award in 2017.




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