Launa Mallett is a social scientist at the National Institute of Occupational
Safety and Health’s Pittsburgh research facility. She holds a master’s degree
in anthropology and a PhD in sociology from the University of Kentucky.
Launa leads a team working to improve the safety and health of miners
through better training techniques and strategies. Her team also develops
products to communicate the agency’s research findings. Her past experience
includes developing and conducting full-scale simulations in virtual
environments. Her team’s current work includes addressing the topics of heat-
related illness, mine emergency response, and transitioning workers to new
jobs or tasks.