Dr. F. Curtis Breslin

Scientist
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 Breslin. I think that’s where and how the idea of research captured my imagination.

Since joining the Institute in 2001, 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 four times more likely to be injured in the first month. For instance, both the Ontario Ministry of Labour and Workplace Safety and Insurance Board refer to this statistic in their social marketing campaigns aimed at protecting new and young workers.

It is very rewarding when my research results have an influence on policy, notes Breslin, who is also a professor in the Department of English and General Studies at Seneca College and an adjunct associate professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Breslin's current research interests include the causes and consequences of work injuries among youth and geographic variation in work injuries among all workers.

Current projects: 

Job tenure and its relationship to work injury

Understanding the relationship between occupational health and safety vulnerability and disability

Essential skills gaps among participants in an OHS training program: a pilot study

Sustainable work participation: work disability prevention and improvement of employment outcomes among those with chronic, episodic health conditions

Selected Publications: 

Wong I, Breslin C. Risk of work injury among adolescent students from single and partnered parent families. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2017; 60:285-294

Breslin C, Lay M, Jetha A, Smith P. Occupational health and safety vulnerability among Canadian workers with disabilities: Examining pathways that perpetuate health disparities. Disability and Rehabilitation, 2017 (in submission)

Laberge M, Calvet B, Fredette M, Tabet N, Tondoux A, Bayard D, Breslin C. Unexpected events: learning opportunities or injury risks for apprentices in low-skilled jobs? A pilot study. Safety Science, 2016; 86:1- 9

Lay A M, Saunders R, Lifshen M, Breslin C, LaMontagne A, Tompa E, Smith P. Individual, occupational, and workplace correlates of occupational health and safety vulnerability in a sample of Canadian workers. American journal of Industrial Medicine, 2016; 59(2):119-128