Dr. Vennela Thumula

Dr. Vennela Thumula

Vennela Thumula, Ph.D., is a policy analyst at the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, WCRI, a nonprofit Workers’ Comp research organization that seeks to aid individuals and organizations with efforts to improve the Workers’ Compensation system by providing objective data and analysis. Thumula conducts research examining costs, prices, and use of pharmaceuticals in state Workers’ Compensation systems, focusing on prescribing patterns of opioids and physician dispensing them. She is also involved in a research project examining the self-reported outcomes of injured workers, including recovery of health and functioning, speed and sustainability of return to work, and access to care. Thumula earned her bachelor’s degree at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, and her master’s degree and her doctoral degree at the University of Mississippi.

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April 30, 2024

New Insights: How A Worker’s Mental State Influences Injury Recovery

A new study examines how a worker’s mental state can hamper injury recovery. What Workers’ Comp attorneys should know.

August 30, 2019

Examining State Variations in Opioid Dispensation with WCRI’s Dr. Vennela Thumula

Dr. Vennela Thumula gives an overview of the recently published study, Interstate Variations in Dispensing of Opioids, 5th Edition.

May 5, 2015

2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute Conference: Cost and Impacts of Physician Dispensing Drugs

At the 2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Annual Issues & Research Conference, panels of experts discussed the cost and impacts of physician dispensing drugs. Physician dispensed drugs are prescribed drugs available...