Dr. F. Curtis Breslin
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
Dr. F. Curtis Breslin became interested in research while studying psychology in the United States. “It’s fascinating to me to find out why we behave the way we do in certain situations,” says Dr. Breslin. “I think that’s where and how the idea of research captured my imagination.”
Since joining the Institute in 2001, Dr. Breslin has researched the risks of injury among young workers. One of his study findings in particular has had an impact on workplace policies across Canada: the fact that workers who are new to a job are five times more likely to be injured in the first month. For instance, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board launched a social marketing campaign around this message and the Industrial Accident Prevention Association developed a tool based on this research.
“It is very rewarding when my research results have an influence on policy,” notes Dr. Breslin, who is also an adjunct associate professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Breslin’s work on the relation between job tenure and work injuries found that workers who are new to a job are five times more likely to be injured within the first month. This finding had a major impact on workplace policies across Canada. The former Industrial Accident Prevention Association (now part of Workplace Safety & Prevention Services) produced First 4 Weeks Health & Safety Orientation and Training, which came out shortly after the initial dissemination of Dr. Breslin’s research findings.
Dr. Breslin's current research interests include the causes and consequences of work injuries among youth and geographic variation in work injuries among all workers.
Dr. F. Curtis Breslin is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He is also a professor at Seneca College, General Education Department, and an adjunct professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Breslin received his PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University in 1992.
Dr. Breslin's current research interests are young and new worker injury epidemiology, injury prevention and cross-jurisdictional differences in workplace injuries.
Job tenure and its relationship to work injury
Geographic variation in occupational injury and its correlates among Canadian men and women
Work injuries and young people: a prospective study
Prevalence and determinants of work-related injuries among young workers in Ontario and British Columbia
Vulnerable young workers using employment centres
Breslin FC, Smith PM, Moore I. Examining the decline in lost-time claim rates across age groups in Ontario between 1991 and 2007. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2011; doi:10.1136/oem.2010.062562.
Breslin FC, Morrassaei S, Wood M, Mustard CA. Assessing occupational health and safety of young workers who use youth employment centers. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2011; 54(4):325-337.
Breslin FC, Tompa E, Zhao R, Amick BC, Pole JD, Smith P, Hogg-Johnson S. Work disability absence among young workers with respect to earnings losses in the following year. Scandinavian Journal of Work & Environmental Health, 2007; 33(3):192-197.
Breslin FC, Polzer J, MacEachen E, Morrongiello B, Shannon HS. Work injury or "part of the job?": Towards a gendered understanding of injuries and complaints among young workers. Social Science & Medicine, 2007; 64(4):782-793.