Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd
Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, where he has been a researcher since 1997. He has an MSc and BSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, an MSc in health research methodology from McMaster University, and a PhD in work and health from the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Waterloo.
Upon getting his MSc in kinesiology, Van Eerd got his start in occupational health and safety research in a clinical setting, studying musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of the upper body in musicians, painters, writers and other artists. Now a scientist with the Institute for Work & Health, he focuses primarily on the prevention of work-related injuries, as well as on the implementation of programs and practices to prevent work injury and disability related to physical and mental health.
His research projects include evaluations of workplace MSD and mental health practices/programs and their implementation, and systematic reviews of the prevention literature. Van Eerd also practices and researches integrated knowledge transfer and exchange.
“As a kinesiologist specializing in the multidisciplinary treatment of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) for a variety of clients, including performing artists, I felt an evidence-based approach was important. But I was consistently frustrated by the lack of good quality research to help guide my practice. Coming from a strong science program enabled me to pursue small research projects in the clinical setting, which led me to look for more research opportunities—and ultimately, to IWH.” – Dr. Dwayne Van Eerd
- 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.
- Creating safe workplaces for newcomers. Funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Ongoing.
- Developing a Canadian work disability standard for paramedics with post-traumatic stress injury. Funded by Commissioned by The County of Renfrew with funding from Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Security Science (DRDC CSS) under Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP). Views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of DRDC CSS/CSSP. . Ongoing.
- ECHO PSP: Piloting the use of the ECHO model to promote recovery and return-to-work among public safety personnel in Ontario. Funded by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. Ongoing.
- Evidence-informed workplace policies and practices for the prevention of PTSI work disability. Funded by Government of Alberta. Ongoing. (PI on the project)
- Gignac MA, Bowring J, Tonima S, Franche RL, Thompson A, Jetha A, Smith PM, MacDermid JC, Shaw WS, Van Eerd D, Beaton DE, Irvin E, Tompa E, Saunders R. A sensibility assessment of the Job Demands and Accommodation Planning Tool (JDAPT): a tool to help workers with an episodic disability plan workplace support. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2022 epub ahead of print. doi:10.1007/s10926-022-10057-4.
- Jetha A, Nasir K, Van Eerd D, Gignac MA, Martin Ginis KA, Tompa E. Inclusion of young people with disabilities in the future of work: forecasting workplace, labour market and community-based strategies through an online and accessible Delphi survey protocol. BMJ Open. 2022;12(7):e055452. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2021-055452.
- Beliveau PJ, Johnston H, Van Eerd D, Fischer SL. Musculoskeletal disorder risk assessment tool use: a Canadian perspective. Applied Ergonomics. 2022;102:103740. doi:10.1016/j.apergo.2022.103740.
- Van Eerd D, Irvin E, Le Pouésard M, Butt A, Nasir K. Workplace musculoskeletal disorder prevention practices and experiences. Inquiry. 2022 epub ahead of print. doi:10.1177/00469580221092132.
- Biswas A, Begum M, Van Eerd D, Johnston H, Smith PM, Gignac MA. Integrating safety and health promotion in workplaces: a scoping review of facilitators, barriers, and recommendations. Health Promotion Practice. 2022;23(6):984-998. doi:10.1177/15248399211028154.
Speaker Series presentations
- Return to work in Ontario police services: Current experiences and practices. IWH Speaker Series. October 18, 2022.
- Systematic review of workplace interventions to manage depression. IWH Speaker Series. January 30, 2018.
- Perspectives on using occupational health and safety research. IWH Speaker Series. February 17, 2015.
Interviews and articles
- Making the business case for safety: Case study shows benefits of participatory ergonomics continue for years. OHS Insider: Bongarde Media (Penticton, BC). October 16, 2016. Available from: https://ohsinsider.com/compliance-centres/making-business-case-safety-case-study-shows-benefits-participatory-ergonomics-continue-years
- On-the-job resistance training helps prevent musculoskeletal disorder: Review. Canadian Safety Reporter: Thomson Reuters Canada (Toronto, ON). November 13, 2015. Available from: http://www.safety-reporter.com/articleview/25923-on-the-job-resistance-training-helps-prevent-musculoskeletal-disorders-review
- Workplace resistance training program helps reduce musculoskeletal disorders: study. Canada Chiropractor: Annex Business Media (Simcoe, ON). November 12, 2015. Available from: http://www.canadianchiropractor.ca/programs/workplace-resistance-training-program-helps-reduce-muskuloskeletal-disorders-study-4269
- Users of IWH’s participatory ergonomics guide report better awareness of key steps. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 82, Fall 2015.
- Exercise to ease MSD pain. Health and Safety Report: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (Hamilton, ON). November 1, 2015. Available from: https://www.ccohs.ca/newsletters/hsreport/issues/2015/11/ezine.html