Professor
Head, Occupational and Environmental Health Division
CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health
Associate Faculty, Institute for Work & Health
PhD (Epidemiology)
 
Rm 293, 2206 East Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3
phone: 6048225756
fax: 6048224994
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My program of research focuses on current and emerging issues in occupational health, including the surveillance of occupational injury/disease, the epidemiology of occupational injury and disease, and the evaluation of workers’ compensation policies. I also have a special interest in developing and linking data to enable cutting-edge research on occupational epidemiology. For surveillance, I am currently involved in research projects investigating the patterns of work-related respiratory conditions such as asthma and mesothelioma. For epidemiology, I am involved in research projects investigating the predictors of work-disability and return-to-work outcomes. And for policy evaluation, I have been involved in projects evaluating the effect of industry certification, worksite inspections and surgical policies on occupational injury and work disability outcomes.

I hold a CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health, with a focus on investigating differences in occupational health and workers’ compensation outcomes and experiences by gender/sex.

Many of my projects are part of research partnership with WorkSafeBC, the provincial workers’ compensation system, to maximize the use of administrative data for policy relevant research questions Partnership for Work, Health & Safety which I co-lead.

CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health, 2013-2018

UBC Killam Teaching Prize, 2012-13

UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Service to the University and the Community, 2012-13

UBC Faculty of Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Early Career Faculty, 2012-13

Courses
SPPH 504 Applied Epidemiological Methods (Current)
SPPH 515 Surveillance (Previous)
SPPH 525 Issues in Public Health (Previous)
PHDA 01 Administrative Data for Health Research (Previous)

Current Graduate Students:

Amy HallPhD Candidate:  Investigating shiftwork- exposure to light-at-night, health outcomes and workplace policies

 

 

 

Andrea Jones, PhD Candidate: Investigating the impact of mental health comorbidity on return-to-work among injured workers
Lois LochheadPhD Candidate:  Investigating the effect of hysterectomy on the risk of low back injury
Previous Graduate Students:
Cheryl PetersPhD: Solar ultraviolet radiation and outdoor workers in Canada – a program of research on exposures, sun protection behaviours and prostate cancer risks.
Catherine TraskPhD:  Balancing efficiencies and tradeoffs in epidemiological field studies – evaluating EMG exposure assessment for low back injury in heavy industries
 
Tracy KirkhamPhD:  Work-related cardiovascular risk factors among professional firefighters in British Columbia, Canada – an investigation of noise, carbon monoxide and cortisol secretion
Jodi EdwardsPhD:  Population-based utilization of diagnostic imaging, relationship to recurrent stroke risk, and use of transcranial magnetic simulation in the assessment of transient ischemic attack 
Charles RatzlaffPhD:  Lifetime physical activity (household, occupational, leisure) and osteoarthritis
Rakel KlingMSc:  Promoting the health of healthcare workers – evaluating patient violence
JoAnne PalinPhD:  Prevalence and frequency of mental health care provided by general practitioners – differences between two national data sources

Occupational Health Surveillance:

Koehoorn M, Tamburic L, Xu F, Alamgir AH, Demers PA, McLeod CB.  Characteristics of work-related fatal and hospitalized injuries not captured in workers’ compensation data.  Occupational and Environmental Medicine (published on line first February 23, 2015); http://oem.bmj.com/content/early/2015/02/23/oemed-2014-102543.full

Koehoorn M, Tamburic L, McLeod CB, Demers PA, Lynd L, Kennedy SM. Population-based surveillance of asthma among workers in British Columbia, Canada. Chronic Diseases in Canada Mar 2013;33(2). http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/cdic-mcbc/33-2/ar-05-eng.php.

 

Occupational Epidemiology:

Koehoorn M, Ostry A, Hossain S, Village J. Injury risk associated with physical demands and school environment characteristics among a cohort of custodial workers. Ergonomics 2011;54(8):767-775.

Smith P, Bielecky A, Koehoorn M, Beaton D, Ibrahim S, Mustard C, Saunders R, Scott-Marshall H.  Are age-related differences in the consequences of work injury greater when occupational physical demands are high? American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2014;57(4):438-44.

 

Workers’ Compensation Policy:

Koehoorn M, McLeod CB, Fan J, McGrail K, Barer M, Côté P, Hogg-Johnson S. Do private clinics or expedited fees reduce wait- or return-to-work times for injured workers following knee surgery? Healthcare Policy August 2011;7(1):55-67. 

 McLeod CB, Sarkany D (MSc student), Davies H, Lyons K, Koehoorn M. Prevention in dangerous industries: does safety certification prevent tree faller injuries?  Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 2015;41(5):478-85.

 

Occupational Data Development for Research:

Koehoorn M, Trask CM, Teschke K. Recruitment for occupational research: Using injured workers as the point of entry into workplaces. PLoSONE, published on-line June 28th, 2013: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0068354.

Koehoorn M, Xu F, Village J, Trask CM, Teschke KE. Back Injury Trajectories in Heavy Industries: Defining Outcomes for Epidemiological Research. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Sept 2010;52(9):908-912.

 

Publications with MSc/PhD Students:

Ezzat AM (MSc Student), Cibere J, Koehoorn M, Li LC. Association between cumulative joint loading from occupational activities and knee osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care and Research, October 2013;65(10):1634-1642.

Ratzlaff CR (PhD student), Koehoorn M, Cibere J, Kopec JA.  Is lifelong knee joint force from work, home and sport related to knee osteoarthritis? International Journal of Rheumatology 2012, Article ID 584193, 14 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/584193.

Palin JL (PhD Student), Goldner EM, Koehoorn M, Hertzman C.  Prevalence and frequency of mental health care provided by general practitioners:  differences between 2 national data sources for the same population.  Canadian Journal of Psychiatry Jun 2012;57(6):366-74.

Shandro J (PhD student), Koehoorn M, Scoble M, Ostry A, Gobson N, Veiga M.  Mental health, cardiovascular disease, and declining economies in British Columbia mining communities.  Minerals.  Special Issue Safety and Health in Mining 2011;1(1):30-4

Trask CM (PhD student), Teschke K, Morrison J, Johnson P, Koehoorn M. Optimising Sampling Strategies: Components of Low-Back EMG Variability in Five Heavy Industries. Occupational and Environmental Medicine Dec 2010;67(12):853-860.

KirkhamT (PhD student), Demers PA, Davies H, Koehoorn M. Characterization of noise and carbon monoxide exposures among professional firefighters in British Columbia. Annals of Occupational Hygiene August 2011;55(7):764-774.

Kling R (MSc student), Yassi A, Smailes E, Lovato C, Koehoorn M. Evaluation of a violence risk assessment system (the Alert System) for reducing violence in an acute hospital: a before and after study. International Journal of Nursing Studies 2011; 48(5):534-539.

Trask CM (PhD student), Teschke K, Morrison J, Johnson P, Koehoorn M.  Optimising sampling strategies: components of low-back EMG variability in five heavy industries.  Occupational & Environmental Medicine Dec 2010;67(12):853-860. 

My program of research focuses on current and emerging issues in occupational health, including the surveillance of occupational injury/disease, the epidemiology of occupational injury and disease, and the evaluation of workers’ compensation policies. I also have a special interest in developing and linking data to enable cutting-edge research on occupational epidemiology. For surveillance, I am currently involved in research projects investigating the patterns of work-related respiratory conditions such as asthma and mesothelioma. For epidemiology, I am involved in research projects investigating the predictors of work-disability and return-to-work outcomes. And for policy evaluation, I have been involved in projects evaluating the effect of industry certification, worksite inspections and surgical policies on occupational injury and work disability outcomes.

I hold a CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health, with a focus on investigating differences in occupational health and workers’ compensation outcomes and experiences by gender/sex.

Many of my projects are part of research partnership with WorkSafeBC, the provincial workers’ compensation system, to maximize the use of administrative data for policy relevant research questions Partnership for Work, Health & Safety which I co-lead.