Research Publications


  • Almberg, K.S., Halldin C.N., Blackley D.J., Laney A.S., Storey E., Rose C.S., Go L.H.T., & Cohen, R.A. Progressive massive fibrosis resurgence identified in U.S. coal miners filing for black lung benefits, 1970-2016 [published online ahead of print August 17 2018]. Ann Am Thorac Socdoi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201804-261OC
  • Al Rashida, V. J. M. A., Wang, X., Myers, O. B., Boyce, T. W., Kocher, E., Moreno, M., … & Sood, A. Greater odds for angina in uranium miners than non-uranium miners in New Mexico. J Occup Environ Med. Oct 2018; doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001482.
  • Blackley, D.J., Halldin, C.N., & Laney, S.A., Continued increase in prevalence of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis in the United States, 1970–2017. Am J Public Health. 2018;108(9):1220-1222. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304517.
  • Mabila, S.L., Almberg, K.S., Friedman, L., & Cohen, R. High exposure mining occupations are associated with obstructive lung disease, National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), 2006-2015. Amer J Ind Med. 2018; 61(9) 715-724. doi:10.1002/ajim.22890
  • Mandrioli, D., Schlünssen, V., Ádám, B., Cohen, R. A., Colosio, C., Chen, W., … Scheepers, P. T. J. (2018). WHO/ILO work-related burden of disease and injury: Protocol for systematic reviews of occupational exposure to dusts and/or fibres and of the effect of occupational exposure to dusts and/or fibres on pneumoconiosis. Environ Int. 2018;119, 174-185. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.06.005
  • Mazurek, J.M., Wood, J., Blackley, D., & Weissman, D. Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis-attributable years of potential life lost to life expectancy and potential life lost before age 65 years – United States, 1999-2016. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2018;67(30):819-824. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6730a3
  • Reynolds, L. E., Blackley, D. J., Colinet, J. F., Potts, J. D., Storey, E., Short, C., … & Halldin, C. N. Work practices and respiratory health status of Appalachian coal miners with progressive massive fibrosis. J Occup Environ Med. 2018; 60(11), e575-e581. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001443
  • Smith, Evan, Black Lung in the 21st Century: Disease, Law, and Policy. 120 West Virginia Law Review 797 (2018). Available at SSRN:


  • Almberg, K. S., Cohen, R. A., Blackley, D. J., Laney, A. S., Storey, E., & Halldin, C. N. Linking compensation and health surveillance data sets to improve knowledge of US coal miners’ health. J Occup Environ Med. 2017; 59(10):930-934. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001084.
  • Al Rashida, V. J., Wilson-Boyce, T., Myers, O., et al. Greater odds for cardiovascular diseases in uranium miners than non-uranium miners in New Mexico. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2017; (Abstracts Issue) A3871. Poster presented at: 2017 American Thoracic Society International Conference at Washington, D.C. Retrieved from
  • Blackley, D. J., Halldin, C. N., Cohen, R. A., Cummings, K. J., Storey, E., & Laney, A. S. Misclassification of occupational disease in lung transplant recipients. J Heart Lung Transplantation. 2017;36(5):588-590. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2017.02.021.
  • Dwyer-Lindgren, L., Bertozzi-Villa, A., Stubbs, R.W., Morozoff, C., Shirude, S., Naghavi, M., Mokdad, A.H., & Murray, C.J.L. Trends and Patterns of Differences in Chronic Respiratory Disease Mortality Among US Counties, 1980-2014. JAMA. 2017; 318(12), 1136-1149. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.11747.
  • Graber, J.M., Harris, G., Almberg, K.S., Rose, C.S., Petsonk, E.L., & Cohen, R.A. Increasing severity of pneumoconiosis among younger former US coal miners working exclusively under modern dust-control regulations. J Occup Environ Med. 2017;59(6) 105-111. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001048.
  • Perret, J.L., Plush, B., Lachapelle, P., Hinks, T. S.C., Walter, C., Clarke, P., Irving, L., Brady, P., Dharmage, S.C., & Stewart, A. Coal mine dust lung disease in the modern era. Respirology. 2017;22(4):662-670. doi: 10.1111/resp.13034
  • Shumate, A. M., Yeoman, K., Victoroff, T., Evans, K., Karr, R., Sanchez, T., … & Laney, A. S. Morbidity and health risk factors among New Mexico miners: a comparison across mining sectors. J Occup Environ Med. 2017;59(8): 789-794. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001078


  • Cohen, R. A., Petsonk, E. L., Rose, C., Young, B., Regier, M., Najmuddin, A., … & Green, F. H. Lung pathology in US coal workers with rapidly progressive pneumoconiosis implicates silica and silicates. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016;193(6):673-680. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201505-1014OC.
  • Cohen, R. A. Resurgent coal mine dust lung disease: wave of the future or a relic of the past?. [Editorial] Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2016;73(11):715-716. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2016-103737.
  • Cohen, R A; Graber, J; Harris, G; Almberg, K; Go, L H.; Petsonk, E.L.; & Rose, C. Spirometry and chest radiographs in U.S. coal miners: Analysis of data from the federal black lung program. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016;(Abstracts Issue) A2996. Poster presented at: 2016 American Thoracic Society International Conference at San Francisco, CA. Retrieved from
  • Cohen, R. A., Rose, C., Petsonk, E. L., Abraham, J. L., Green, F. H. Y., & Churg, A. Reply: Coal mine dust lung disease that persists below the surface of surveillance: Down under. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2016;194(6), 773-774. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201604-0779LE.
  • Evans, K., Lerch, S., Boyce, T. W., Myers, O. B., Kocher, E. & Cook, L. S. & Sood, A. An innovative approach to enhancing access to medical screening for miners using a mobile clinic with telemedicine capability. J Health Care Poor U. 2016;27(4), 62-72. doi: 10.1353/hpu.2016.0182.
  • Go, Leonard H.T., Krefft, Silpa D., Cohen, Robert A., & Rose, Cecile S. Lung disease and coal mining: what pulmonologists need to know. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 2016;22(2):170-178. doi: 10.1097/MCP.0000000000000251.
  • Schroedl, C. J., Go, L. H. T., & Cohen, R. A. Coal mine dust lung disease: The silent coal mining disaster. Curr Respir Med Rev. 2016; 12(1): 65-73. doi: 10.2174/1573398X11666151026222347
  • Sood, A., Boyce, T. W., Kocher, E., Kesler, D., Myers, O., Evans, K., & Cook, L. Among all miners, coal miners demonstrate a disproportionately high prevalence of obstructive spirometric abnormality. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2016; (Abstracts Issue) A2997. Poster presented at: 2016 American Thoracic Society International Conference at San Francisco, CA. Retrieved from


  • Knight, D., Ehrlich, R., Fielding, K., Jeffery, H., Grant, A., & Churchyard, G. Trends in silicosis prevalence and the healthy worker effect among gold miners in South Africa: A prevalence study with follow up of employment status. BMC Public Health. 2015;15(1), 1. doi: 10.1186/s12889-015-2566-8.
  • Sood, A., Evans, K., Kocher, E., Kesler, D., Myers, O., & Cook, L. Obstructive lung diseases are more common than restrictive lung diseases among miners. Am J Resp Crit Care Med. 2015; (Abstracts Issue) A2576. Poster presented at: 2015 American Thoracic Society International Conference at Denver, CO. Retrieved from


  • Blackley, D., Halldin, C., Wang, M., & Laney, A. Small mine size is associated with lung function abnormality and pneumoconiosis among underground coal miners in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia. J Occup Environ Med. 2014;71(10):690-694. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2014-102224.
  • Graber, J. M., Stayner, L. T., Cohen, R. A., Conroy, L. M., & Attfield, M. D. Respiratory disease mortality among US coal miners; results after 37 years of follow-up. Occup Environ Med. 2014; 71(1), 30-39. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2013-101597.


  • Petsonk, E.L., Rose, C., & Cohen, R. Coal mine dust lung disease: New lessons from an old exposure. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013;187(11):1178-1185. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201301-0042CI


  • Laney, A. S., & Weissman, D. N. (2012). The classic pneumoconiosis: New epidemiological and laboratory observations. Clin Chest Med. 2012; 33(4), 745-758. doi: 10.1016/j.ccm.2012.08.005.
  • Laney, A. S., Petsonk, E. L., Hale, J. M., Wolfe, A. L., & Attfield, M.D. Potential determinants of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis, advanced pneumoconiosis, and progressive massive fibrosis among underground coal miners in the United States, 2005–2009. Am J Public Health. 2012; 102(S2), S279-S283. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2011.300427