Dr. Curtis Breslin

Scientist
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
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Dr. F. Curtis Breslin is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, which he joined 2000. He is also a professor at Seneca College in the School of English and Liberal Studies, where he teaches courses in psychology and research methods. He is also an associate professor in the social and behavioural health sciences stream at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Breslin obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. He is also a registered psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists.

Breslin's current research interests are young and new worker injury epidemiology, injury prevention, and the relationship between disabilities and workplace injuries.

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“What drives me as a researcher is the idea that the work I do could make a difference down the line on practices and policies. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch the uptake of the message that workers are four times more likely to be injured on the job in the first month. That message, which I see everywhere now, came from one of my study findings many years back. It’s very rewarding when my research results have an influence on policy.” – Dr. Curtis Breslin

Projects

Addressing literacy and numeracy gaps among workers in an OHS training program: a pilot study. Funded by Ontario Ministry of Labour's Research Opportunities Program, Max Bell Foundation. Ongoing.
Evaluating the impact of mandatory awareness training on occupational health and safety vulnerability in Ontario. Funded by Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Ontario Ministry of Labour's Research Opportunities Program. Ongoing.
Improving processes for talking about and implementing work accommodations for people with chronic, episodic health conditions. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Signature Initiative. Ongoing.
Developing a framework for understanding and measuring OHS vulnerability. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Completed.

Publications

Breslin FC, Lay AM, Jetha A, Smith PM. Examining occupational health and safety vulnerability among Canadian workers with disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2017 [epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1327985.
Lay AM, Saunders R, Lifshen M, Breslin FC, LaMontagne AD, Tompa E, Smith PM. The relationship between occupational health and safety vulnerability and workplace injury. Safety Science. 2017;94:85. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2016.12.021.
Wong IS, Breslin FC. Risk of work injury among adolescent students from single and partnered parent families. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2017;60(3):285. doi:10.1002/ajim.22684.
Laberge M, Calvet B, Fredette M, Tabet N, Tondoux A, Bayard D, Breslin FC. Unexpected events: learning opportunities or injury risks for apprentices in low-skilled jobs? A pilot study. Safety Science. 2016;86:42744. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2016.02.005.
Pratt B, Cheesman J, Breslin FC, Do MT. Occupational injuries in Canadian youth: an analysis of 22 years of surveillance data collected from the Canadian Hospitals Injury Reporting and Prevention Program. Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada. 2016;36(5):89-98.

Interviews and articles

Workers with disabilities report greater hazard exposure and lower protection . At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 90, Fall 2017.
New worker, higher risk. Safety + Health: U.S. National Safety Council (Itasca, IL). June 1, 2016. Available from: http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/14053-new-workers-higher-risk
Parents of 12- to 14-year-olds see high benefits, low OHS risk, in children’s work. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 77, Summer 2014.