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Dr. Vicki L Kristman

Director and Scientist

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Dr. Kathryn Sinden

Associate Director and Associate Scientist

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Dr. Lori Chambers

Senior Scientist

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Dr. Salimur Choudhury

Associate Scientist

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Dr. Kristen Jones-Bonofiglio

Associate Scientist

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Dr. Anna Koné Péfoyo

Associate Scientist

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences
  • Expertise: Epidemiology and biostatistics; health services research and outcomes

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Dr. Lynn Martin

Scientist

  • Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Sciences
  • Expertise: Health and service utilization of vulnerable populations (intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, older adults)
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Dr. Christopher Mushquash

Scientist

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Dr. Helle Møller

  • Associate Director
  • MPH Graduate Coordinator
  • Associate Professor
  • Expertise: Indigenous and maternal/women's health

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Dr. Kathy Sanderson

Associate Scientist

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Dr. Deborah Scharf

Associate Scientist

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
  • Healthcare access for poor and underserved groups, behavioural health delivery systems

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Dr. Rebecca Schiff

Scientist

  • Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences
  • Expertise: poverty, housing and homelessness, food security, indigenous health, rural and remote health, social exclusion, sustainable development

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Dr. Jo-Ann Vis

Scientist

  • Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Expertise: Participatory Action Research (PAR) Mental Health/Peer support; Occupational Stress injury

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Dr. Afshin Vafaei

Associate Scientist

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Dr. Manal Alzghoul

Associate Scientist

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Adjunct Members

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Dr. Monique Gignac

Associate Scientific Director & Senior Scientist, Institute for Work & Health 

  • Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto 
  • Expertise: psychosocial aspects of work; chronic disease and employment; disability management and accommodation; aging and work; survey methods; measurement; qualitative methods

Dr. Monique Gignac is an associate scientific director and a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. She is also a professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and an affiliate scientist at the Krembil Research Institute, part of the University Health Network. From 2008-2014, Gignac was the scientific co-director of the Canadian Arthritis Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence comprising more than 150 arthritis researchers.

Gignac’s research expertise is in the areas of health and social psychology, including health models of disability. Her research examines psychosocial factors like stress, coping and adaptation and their importance in understanding the impact of chronic diseases on the lives of adults across the life course. In particular, her work focuses on ways to enable people with chronic disabling conditions to maintain involvement in employment and other valued roles and activities, as well as on facilitators and barriers to working with a disabling health condition.

Her research program is strongly collaborative. She works with clinicians, epidemiologists, health economists, sociologists and health psychologists. Study designs in her research program span community health surveys, qualitative research, measurement design and evaluation, and analyses of population health datasets.

Gignac has received recognition for her research with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, Distinguished Scholar and Lecturer Awards from the Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ARHP) in 2013 and 2014, and recognition for mentorship from the Health Care, Technology and Place (HCTP) Canadian Institutes of Health Care (CIHR) Strategic Research Training Program (2015)

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Dr. William Shaw

Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut Health Center

Expertise: Clinical psychology, occupational health and safety, return-to-work, musculoskeletal disorders

Dr. William Shaw is a clinical psychologist and engineer with more than 20 years’ research experience in occupational health and safety research. Primary research interests are in pain and work disability, with the principal aim of improving occupational and health outcomes and preventing work disability among workers who are injured, ill, or experiencing episodic symptoms. Past work has identified important psychosocial and workplace factors related to return-to-work and developed and tested innovative clinical and organizational strategies to support workers at risk of long-term sickness absence and job loss. Recent or current projects include development of a supervisor training program to increase organizational support for workers with injuries or illnesses, randomized trial of a pain and illness self-management program for workers with chronic health conditions, and testing of a clinic-based screening and early intervention protocol for work-related low back pain. Future projects in the planning stages include a study of work-related exacerbations among workers with asthma, a study of peer and union support to prevent opioid misuse in the construction industry, and development of a smart phone application to facilitate return-to-work communication in small workplaces.

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