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 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: 

Examining work and occupational health and safety among 12- to 14-year-olds in Ontario: Listening first to parents

Developing a conceptual framework for understanding and measuring occupational health and safety vulnerability

Job tenure and its relationship to work injury

Geographic variation in occupational injury and its correlates among Canadian men and women

Selected Publications: 

Breslin FC, Ibrahim S, Smith P, Mustard C, Amick B, Shankardass K. The demographic and contextual correlates of work-related repetitive strain injuries among Canadian men and women. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Epub ahead of print Jul 17 2013; doi 10.1002/ajim.22195

Morassaei S, Breslin, FC, et al. Examining job tenure and lost-time claim rates in Ontario, Canada, over a 10-year period, 1999-2008. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2013; 70: 171-8

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, Morassaei 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