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Renée-Louise Franche

Renée-Louise Franche

Adjunct Professor, PhD, Senior Manager of Mental Health Services at WorkSafeBC



Dr. Renée-Louise Franche is an adjunct professor in the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. She is also a senior manager of mental health services at WorkSafeBC (British Columbia’s workers’ compensation system), and a consultant in work disability prevention and organizational health. 

Franche was previously a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health.

With over 50 peer-reviewed publications, she has been an active member of the international research community in work disability prevention. Franche’s work focuses on developing a better understanding of how organizational, health-care, insurer and individual factors contribute to safe, sustainable and healthy return to work following injury or ill health. While at IWH, she led the development of best practices for return-to-work/stay-at-work interventions, and led a cohort study of injured workers, both of which had significant impacts on policies and practices of workers’ compensation systems and employers.

Franche earned her BA (Honours) in psychology at McGill University and her PhD in clinical and health psychology at UBC.

  • Senior Psychology Advisor, WorkSafe BC, Vancouver, BC
  • Adjunct professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University
  • Adjunct professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

Her research focuses on developing a better understanding of how employers, insurers, healthcare providers, and workers can partner to achieve an optimal return-to-work trajectory following injury or ill health.