Dr. Arif Jetha

Associate Scientist
PhD, Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Toronto
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Dr. Arif Jetha is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He is also an assistant professor (status-only) at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Jetha earned his PhD in behavioural sciences and public health at the University of Toronto, and an MSc in health community and development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also held post-doctoral fellowships at the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and the Institute for Work & Health.

Jetha’s program of research aims at understanding life course differences in the employment participation of people living with chronic disabling conditions. He is specifically interested in understanding early labour market experiences of millennial young adults and their impact on key transitions across life. His research also takes a systems perspectives to understand the role of policy-level factors and organizational conditions in the prevention and management of work disability. Arif utilizes a mixed-methods research approach to pursue his research program and produce findings that are relevant and usable for diverse stakeholders.

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“For millennial young adults, experiences during the early career phase are critical and can shape long-term labour market and health outcomes. Young adults living with a chronic disease or disability face a system of factors that create challenges to employment participation that extend across the working life course and adversely impact health. I am motivated to conduct research that contributes to the development of policy and programs that promote early and sustained involvement in employment.” — Dr. Arif Jetha


Accommodating and communicating about episodic disabilities (ACED): A partnership to deliver workplace resources to sustain employment of people with chronic, episodic conditions. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Signature Initiative. Ongoing.
Conceal or reveal? Facilitators and barriers to older workers' communication of accommodation needs. Funded by Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. Ongoing.
Preventing work disability among millennial young adults with rheumatic disease. Funded by The Arthritis Society Operating Grant. Ongoing. (PI on the project)
Strengthening disability management in Ontario’s municipal sector. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Social Sciences Humanities Research Council Signature Initiative. Ongoing.


Jetha A, Shaw R, Sinden AR, Mahood Q, Gignac MA, McColl MA, Martin Ginis KA. Work-focused interventions that promote the labour market transition of young adults with chronic disabling health conditions: a systematic review. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2019 [Epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1136/oemed-2018-105454.
Bonaccio S, Connelly CE, Fisher SL, Gellatly IR, Gignac MA, Jetha A. Beyond managing research partnerships: partnered research as an integrated methodological approach. Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 2018;11(4):613-619. doi:10.1017/iop.2018.123.
Jetha A, Bowring J, Furrie A, Smith F, Breslin FC. Supporting the transition into employment: a study of Canadian young adults living with disabilities. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2018 [epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1007/s10926-018-9772-z.
Jetha A, Gignac MA, Bowring J, Tucker S, Connelly CE, Proulx L, Martin Ginis KA. Supporting arthritis and employment across the life course: a qualitative study. Arthritis Care & Research. 2018;70(10):1461-1468. doi:10.1002/acr.23523.
Jetha A, LaMontagne AD, Lilley R, Hogg-Johnson S, Sim M, Smith PM. Workplace social system and sustained return-to-work: a study of supervisor and co-worker supportiveness and injury reaction. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2018;28(3):486-494. doi:10.1007/s10926-017-9724-z.