Dr. Chris McLeod is the co-director of the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety in SPPH. His research focuses on the program and policy evaluation of occupational health policies and practices and on the causes and consequences of work-related injury and disease. Dr. McLeod is also a content data expert for Population Data BC and is actively working on developing and extending the occupational health data available to researchers through Population Data BC. Current areas of research include an assessment of the effectiveness of occupational health and safety management systems on work injury; an examination of the etiology and outcomes of serious work-related injury; and national and international comparative work with jurisdictions in Ontario, Manitoba, Australia, and New Zealand.
More broadly, Chris’s research explores how institutional and economic structures across countries affect health and health inequalities over the working life course. This research uses high quality comparable longitudinal data from representative economies to examine the relationship between employment and working conditions and worker health within and across countries. His work examining the relationship between unemployment and health, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, has been recently published in the Annual Review of Public Health and the American Journal of Public Health. In 2013 Chris received a CIHR New Investigator Award to expand this program of research. He is also an Early Career Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies and recipient of a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Award for 2016 to 2021.
Chris holds a PhD in population and public health from UBC and a MA in economics from McMaster University, and teaches courses on the social determinants of health, public health, and occupational disease in SPPH.
Current and prospective students interested in pursuing research on policy-relevant occupational health issues are encouraged to contact Chris to discuss training and funding opportunities.
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Global Scholar – 2011
CIHR New Investigator – 2013-2018
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar – 2016-2021
Current Graduate Students
Kelvin Choi, MSc OEH
Kim McLeod, PhD
Anita Minh, PhD
Johannes Rebane, MSc
Niloufar Saffari, MSc
Sharon Provost, PhD
Kimberly Sharpe, PhD
Current Postdoctoral Fellows
Graduate Student Opportunities
PhD and Masters research opportunities are available under Chris’s supervision in the following areas: evaluation of occupational health and safety policies and programs, comparative analysis of OHS and workers compensation systems, and the determinants of and consequences of occupational injury or disease. A research stipend may be available depending on the topic. Interested students should contact Chris with a CV and statement of interest.
McLeod Christopher, John Lavis, Ying MacNab and Clyde Hertzman. Unemployment and mortality: a comparative study of Germany and the United States. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. 2012;102(8):1542-50
McLeod Christopher, Peter Hall, Arjumand Siddiqi and Clyde Hertzman. How society shapes the health gradient: work-related health inequalities in a comparative perspective. ANNUAL REVIEW OF PUBLIC HEALTH. 2012;33:59-73.
Fan Jonathan, Christopher McLeod and Mieke Koehoorn. Descriptive epidemiology of serious work-related injuries in British Columbia, Canada. PLoS ONE. 2012;7(6):e38750.
Koehoorn Mieke, Christopher McLeod, Jonathan Fan, Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Pierre Cote, Kimberlyn McGrail and Morris Barer. Musculoskeletal surgery outcomes by surgical setting and expedited status in British Columbia. HEALTHCARE POLICY 2011;7(1):55-70.
Wong Imelda, Christopher McLeod and Paul Demers. Shift work trends and the risk of work injury among Canadian workers. SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF WORK ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH 2011;37(1):54-61.
Kirkham Tracy, Mieke Koehoorn, Christopher McLeod and Paul Demers. Surveillance of mesothelioma and workers’ compensation in British Columbia. OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE. 2011;68:30-35.
Kling Rakel, Christopher McLeod and Mieke Koehoorn. Sleep Problems and workplace injuries in Canada. SLEEP. 2010;33(5):611-618.
Tompa Emile, Scott Trevithick and Christopher McLeod. Systematic review of the prevention incentives of insurance and regulatory mechanism for occupational health and safety. SCANDINAVIAN JOURNAL OF WORK ENVIRONMENT & HEALTH. 2007;33(1): 85 – 95.
McLeod Christopher, John Lavis, Cameron Mustard and Greg Stoddart. Income inequality, household income and health status in Canada: a prospective cohort study. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. 2003;93(8):1287-1293.
Lavis John, David Robertson, Jennifer Woodside, Christopher McLeod, Julia Abelson and the Knowledge Transfer Study Group. How can research organizations more effectively transfer research knowledge to decision makers? MILBANK QUARTERLY. 2003;81:221 – 248.
PhD and Masters research opportunities are available in the areas of occupational heath and the social epidemiology of the working life course.
Students interested in occupational health should consult the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety website. Topics in this research area span the evaluation of occupational health and safety policies, programs, and interventions; the comparative analysis of OHS and workers compensation systems nationally and internationally; and determinants of and consequences of occupational injury or disease.
In the area of the social epidemiology of the working life course there is a wide scope of research opportunities. Current projects focus on methodological innovations in life course methodology, the effects of global and labour market restructuring on the health of workers, and the effects of critical transitions in work and employment (i.e., entry into work, retirement) on health.
A research stipend may be available depending on the area and topic. Interested students should contact Dr. McLeod with a CV and statement of interest.