IWH Updates

Dr. Kim Cullen named IWH associate scientist

Congratulations to Dr. Kimberley Cullen, who has been appointed an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). Cullen, who also retains her role as a knowledge exchange associate, has been with the Institute since 2002. She holds a PhD in biophysics at the University of Guelph and an MSc in clinical rehabilitation science from McMaster University. She is also a registered kinesiologist in Ontario. Her current research activities at IWH include work in systematic reviews and synthesis of research evidence concerning effective workplace policies and practices in return to work, as well as the development of research protocols to evaluate the effectiveness of policy and program innovation in return to work in the Ontario disability prevention system.

New video on DASH Outcome Measure looks at reasons for its continued popularity

In 1996, IWH teamed up with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to develop the DASH Outcome Measure. More than 20 years later, the DASH is used across the world in more than 50 languages, making an impact in both research and clinical settings. In a new video, DASH developers talk about why they think the tool has stood the test of time. See the video on IWH’s YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/GPC1uKL-xRY

IWH recruiting for study on employer supports for workers with depression

The Bell Let’s Talk campaign has raised levels of public awareness about depression, a condition that also impacts workers and workplaces. In a new project funded by WorkSafeBC, a team of researchers at IWH is conducting a survey to determine what workplaces are doing to help workers with depression.

“As work and health researchers, we are aware that many workplaces are doing innovative things to help those with depression stay at work. However, we also know there are challenges,” says Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd, IWH associate scientist and project lead. “This research proposes to bring together the research evidence along with the best practices so that all can benefit from the evidence.”

If you are interested in participating in the survey please sign up at: https://iwhca.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8Gh4mPcyAolsLqd. You’ll be asked for your name, company, email, and consent to contact. Your participation would be most helpful in providing best practices to a wider audience.