Press Release: TBT News & Dr. Vicki Kristman share funding announcement with local community

Please click HERE to view news clip and interview with Institute Director, Dr. Vicki Kristman.

Breaking News! Ontario Government invests in EPID@Work Research Programs

EPID@Work is delighted to share the news that the Ontario government is investing over $5 Million in Health and Safety Research conducted at the Institute.

This funding will help improve workplace safety, prevent injuries and reduce mental health stigma in the workplace.

Please click HERE to view the official news release:

Leadership Announcement

The EPID@Work Research Institute is pleased to formally announce Dr. Kathy Sanderson, from the Faculty of Business Administration, as the Associate Director of the Institute. Dr. Sanderson brings a wealth of knowledge to the areas of workplace mental health and equity and diversity within the workplace. Institute members look forward to continued work with Kathy.



"EPID@Work is a dynamic centre that makes meaningful contributions to workplace research.  I’m excited to take on this new role!"

-Dr. Kathy Sanderson

Dr. Sanderson, EPID@Work Scientist, receives $200,000.00 in research funding

Lakehead University’s Dr. Kathy Sanderson is leading a Canadian team of researchers examining the diversity and vulnerability of care workers during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please click HERE to read Lakehead University media release. 

Institute for Work & Health - Research Administrator Opportunity

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is an independent, not-for-profit research organization whose mission is to promote, protect and improve the safety and health of working people by conducting actionable research that is valued by employers, workers and policy-makers.

IWH is currently seeking a qualified person to fill the position of Research Administrator.

Please click HERE to view current posting

NEW! Project Coordinator Opportunity

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with knowledge and some experiences in doing mixed study. Funding for this position is made available through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

This position is available under the leadership of Dr. Manal Alzghoul, School of Nursing, and in association with Enhancing the Prevention of Injury and Disability (EPID) @ Work Research Institute.

For more details, please view posting on our opportunities page by clicking here.

Syme Research Training Awards now accepting applications

Syme Research Training Awards Applications Now Being Accepted


The Institute for Work & Health is now accepting applications for its 12-month S. Leonard Syme Research Training Awards in Work and Health.

The awards are for young researchers at the master's or doctoral level intending to study work and health. Preference is given to candidates whose research interests closely align with IWH's current research and topic areas. IWH is particularly interested in candidates whose research addresses the prevention of work-related injury and illness, and the prevention and management of disability at work in Ontario. In the spirit of Dr. Syme's own contributions to research mentorship, candidates from any disciplinary background are eligible for training awards. A maximum of three smaller awards or one larger award may be offered. Awards are based on the merit of the research proposed.

The registration deadline for applications is April 29, 2022.

For more information about the awards and how to apply, please visit:

Enquiries should be directed to Lyudmila Mansurova:

Student Success Story Chelsea Noel: Knowledge Mobilization In NW Ontario

In November, 2020, Ms. Chelsea Noel joined the BRANCHES Lab and the EPID@Work groups at Lakehead University as a research assistant where she began working on an Injured Workers Community Legal Clinic-funded project. The focus of the project was on the experiences, impacts, and service needs of injured and ill workers in the WSIB progress in the City and District of Thunder Bay. Since that time, Ms. Noel has transitioned to a new role as an MA student in our clinical psychology program where she has been highly successful creating and disseminating this research. Specifically, Ms. Noel has presented this work to community stakeholders at the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group, at academic conferences including the National Work Wellness Institute (WWi) (November 2021), the Disability and Work National Conference (December, 2021), and at the 2021 Canadian Psychological Association’s 82nd Annual Convention (June 2021), where her presentation won the Clinical Section Student Convention Registration Award. Her research is also submitted to the St Joseph's 2022 Showcase of Health Research (Feb 2022), and a full-length manuscript is under review (revise and resubmit) at a national public health journal. Ms. Noel has also prepared a range of KTMB products for broader dissemination and those products have had wide distribution and policy impact. Specifically, Ms. Noel's research brief (attached) was submitted to the Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs (Jan 10, 2022) as evidence for the need to increase funding for injured workers dependent on the WSIB system.

Mental health needs of workers in the WSIB claims and appeals processes in NW Ontario

Experiences, impacts, and service needs of injured an ill workers in the WSIB process: evidence from Thunder Bay and District

In memoriam: Katherine Lippel

We have lost a wonderful person and great mind in the Work Disability Prevention field. I was fortunate to meet and know Katherine through the WDP CIHR Strategic Training Program held at the Universite de Sherbrooke from 2007-2010. Her mind and speech always captivated me. Her knowledge of law and workers' compensation systems around the world was truly impressive. My last face-to-face interaction with Katherine was at the 2018 CARWH Conference in Vancouver. She was so proud and impressed with all the contributions of the WDP graduates. Katherine was a great mentor and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to know and learn from her.

She will be missed.

Vicki Kristman,
Director, EPID@Work


NEW! Student Research Assistant Opportunity

Student Opportunity:
We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our team as a Student Research Assistant supporting a qualitative research project. Funding for this position is made available through the Yukon Government’s COVID-19 Research Recovery Program. The candidate will work under Dr. Vicki Kristman, Director, Enhancing the Prevention of Injury and Disability (EPID) @ Work Research Institute.

To view the posting, visit our Opportunities page by clicking HERE