Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson

Senior Scientist & Biostatistician
PhD, Biostatistics, University of Toronto
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Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson is a senior scientist and biostatistician at the Institute for Work & Health. She is also an associate professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and a professor at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

As a senior scientist at the Institute, Hogg-Johnson applies her statistical expertise to “big data” to help decision-makers in Ontario’s workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety (OHS) systems evaluate and improve a wide range of programs. She enjoys the challenge of pulling data gathered from different organizations – such as the Ministry of Labour and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board – to help to answer important work and health questions.

One of the longest tenured scientists at the Institute, Hogg-Johnson also led for many years the Institute’s data management and analysis team. This team provides the statistical backbone to other IWH researchers, helping them design, carry out and interpret their workplace health studies.

Hogg-Johnson holds a PhD in biostatistics from the University of Toronto and a master’s of mathematics from the University of Waterloo. She is a specialist in statistical methodology and prognostic modelling.

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“I’ve been told that what I bring to the table is a knack for looking at data in novel ways. I keep my eye out for measures that may not have been thought of before. My favourite part of a research project is the part where we ask ourselves, ‘So, how are we going to do this?’” — Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson


Determinants of health and safety in unionized and non-unionized firms in Ontario’s construction sector. Funded by 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.
Inter-jurisdictional comparison of OHS and workers’ compensation system performance. Funded by Manitoba Workers Compensation Board. Ongoing.


Cullen KL, Irvin E, Collie A, Clay F, Gensby U, Jennings PA, Hogg-Johnson S, Kristman V, Laberge M, McKenzie D, Newnam S, Palagyi A, Ruseckaite R, Sheppard DM, Shourie S, Steenstra I, Van Eerd D, Amick B. Effectiveness of workplace interventions in return-to-work for musculoskeletal, pain-related and mental health conditions: an update of the evidence and messages for practitioners. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2018;28(1):1–15. doi:10.1007/s10926-016-9690-x.
Milani D, Alexandre NM, Campos JA, Hogg-Johnson S. Psychometric properties of the obstacles to return-to-work questionnaire in a Brazilian context. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2017;27(4):530-546. doi:10.1007/s10926-016-9684-8.
Steenstra IA, Munhall C, Irvin E, Oranye N, Passmore S, Van Eerd D, Mahood Q, Hogg-Johnson S. Systematic review of prognostic factors for return to work in workers with sub acute and chronic low back pain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2017;27(3):369. doi:10.1007/s10926-016-9666-x.
Blanchette MA, Rivard M, Dionne CE, Hogg-Johnson S, Steenstra I. Association between the type of first healthcare provider and the duration of financial compensation for occupational back pain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2017;27(3):382-392. doi:10.1007/s10926-016-9667-9.
Lane TJ, Lilley R, Hogg-Johnson S, LaMontagne AD, Sim MR, Smith PM. A prospective cohort study of the impact of return-to-work coordinators in getting injured workers back on the job. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2017 [epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1007/s10926-017-9719-9.