2018 Tools & Tactics Webinar: The Role of Supervisors in Preventing & Managing Absence

DMECTools & Tactics, Webinars

Thursday, Oct. 25

9:00 am PT | 12:00 pm ET

Workplace supervisors are a key element in disability prevention and return to work — yet their potential impact is often untapped. Studies show how employers can harness this potential, through simple training and reinforcement, along with the right policies and management support. This webinar will present recent scientific research that demonstrates the power of workplace supervisors to significantly improve return-to-work (RTW) outcomes. We’ll also include the key principles for developing a successful training program, and suggestions on how best to implement it.

DMEC members receive free registration for webinars. Log in to your DMEC account prior to registering to receive member pricing.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify specific supervisor responses that are associated with better RTW results.
  • Understand how improving supervisor responses leads to better work disability outcomes.
  • Discover key elements of a successful supervisor training program to prevent work disability.


Glen Pransky, MD, MoccH, Scientific Advisor, Lincoln Financial Group

Dr. Pransky is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and a visiting lecturer at the Harvard School of Public Health. He founded the Center for Disability Research at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute in 1999, and currently works with Lincoln Financial as a scientific advisor. His research has focused on scientific and practical investigations of disability prevention strategies, optimal treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, and work disability in older workers. He has published over 125 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and has delivered numerous keynote addresses at international conferences. He received the NIOSH Innovative Research Award in 2008, the American College of Occupational Medicine’s Keogh Award for Academic Excellence in 2009, the Royal Society of Medicine’s Osler Medal in 2011, and the ACOEM Health Excellence Award in 2015. Dr. Pransky received his M.D. from Tufts School of Medicine, a MS in occupational health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and completed a fellowship in health services research and policy at the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research. He co-founded and chaired the Work Disability Prevention Scientific Committee of the International Commission on Occupational Health and is a senior editor for the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.

Paula Aznayoorian-Barry, MS, CRC, CDMS, Accommodation Services Manager, Lincoln Financial Group

Paula Aznavoorian-Barry is the accommodation services manager for Lincoln Financial’s group protection business organization. She has over 30 years of experience in vocational rehabilitation including product development, operational improvements, training, and employer consulting to improve RTW programs and provide absence management education to supervisors and benefits coordinators. She has been a speaker at the DMEC Annual Conference on several occasions, as well as for LRP Publication’s Executive Health & Benefits Leadership Conference. Ms. Aznavoorian-Barry received both a Bachelor of Science in rehabilitation services/facilities, and a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from Boston University. She is a certified disability management specialist (CDMS), and certified ADA administrator.


This session qualifies for the following CEUs: 1 CLMS, 1 CPDM, 1 PHR, and 1 SHRM. To qualify for CEU credit:

  • You must attend the full duration of the webinar. Following the webinar and once attendance has been confirmed, you will receive an email with CEU reporting information.
  • You must register for and watch the webinar individually. Group participation does not qualify CEU credit.

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 Registration Fees

Registration Fees
DMEC members Free
Nonmembers $29.99

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