Dr. Vicki Kristman

Associate Scientist
PhD, Public Health, University of Toronto

Dr. Vicki Kristman began her studies at the University of Guelph. Initially, she wanted to study veterinary medicine. However, her inability to stay conscious when a dog was placed on the surgical table steered her away from that career path into an undergraduate degree in biomedical sciences. It was there that she was first exposed to epidemiology.

Kristman always enjoyed the sciences and maths, and epidemiology brought both of those fields together for her. From Guelph, she focused her studies on the field of epidemiology and earned her master's at Queen’s University and her PhD at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Public Health Sciences. From 2006 to 2010, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in work disability prevention at the Toronto Western Research Institute while also serving as a scientific associate at the University Health Network.

During this time, Kristman steered her career in a new and highly applicable direction by completing the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Work Disability Prevention Training Program at the Université de Sherbrooke (now housed at the University of Toronto), and obtained a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship in work disability prevention and epidemiology at the Toronto Western Research Institute, University Health Network. The following year, Kristman accepted a scientist position at the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

As well as being an associate scientist at IWH, Kristman is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University (in Thunder Bay, Ont.) and an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She currently holds a prestigious CIHR New Investigator Award in community-based primary health care, with a research focus on preventing work disability through accommodation.

Current projects: 

Factors associated with employer non-participation in workplace-based research: A cross-sectional study

A supervisor training program for work disability prevention: A cluster randomized controlled trial

Prognosis for mild traumatic brain injury in the older adult population

Selected Publications: 

McGuire C, Kristman VL, Shaw W, Williams-Whitt K, Reguly P, Soklaridis S. Supervisor autonomy and considerate leadership style are associated with supervisors’ likelihood to accommodate back injured workers. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2015; doi: 10.1007/s10926-015-9567-4 [Epub 2015 Jan 17]

Nolet PS, Côté P, Kristman VL, Rezai M, Carroll LJ, Cassidy JD. Is neck pain associated with worse health related quality of life six months later? A population-based cohort study. The Spine Journal, 2015; 15(4):675-684;  doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.12.009 [Epub 2014 Dec 11].

Nolet PS, Kristman VL, Côté P, Carroll LJ, Cassidy JD. Is low back pain associated with worse health related quality of life 6 months later? European Spine Journal, 2015; 24(3):458-466; doi: 10.1007/s00586-014-3649-4  [Epub 2014 Nov 13].

Shaw WS, Kristman VL, Williams-Whitt K, Soklaridis S, Huang Y-H, Côté P, Loisel P. The Job Accommodation Scale (JAS): Psychometric evaluation of a new measure of employer support for temporary job modifications. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2014; 24(4):755-65; doi: 10.1007/s10926-014-9508-7 [Epub 2014 Mar 9].

Kristman VL, Côté P, Yang X, Hogg-Johnson S, Vidmar M, Rezai M. Healthcare utilization of workers’ compensation claimants associated with mild traumatic brain injury: A historical population-based cohort study of workers injured in 1997-1998. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2014; 95(3 Suppl 2):S295-302; doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.08.296;S0003-9993(13)01061-7

Kristman VL, Borg J, Godbolt A, Salmi LR, Cancelliere C, Carroll L, Holm LW, Nygren-de Boussard C, Hartvigsen J, Abara U, Donovan J, Cassidy JD. Methodological issues and research recommendations for prognosis after mild traumatic brain injury: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S265-77; doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.04.026.

Dr. Vicki Kristman is an Adjunct Scientist at IWH and Dr. Vicki Kristman is an associate scientist at IWH, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Lakehead University, and an assistant professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. She is also an editorial board member of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.

Kristman earned a master's at Queen’s University and a PhD in public health at the University of Toronto. She held a CIHR post-doctoral fellowship in work disability prevention and epidemiology at the Toronto Western Research Institute, University Health Network, and she currently holds a CIHR New Investigator Award in community-based primary health care, focusing on preventing work disability through accommodation.

Her research interests include understanding the influence of workplace factors on work disability, specifically the influence of supervisors and workplace accommodation. She focuses mainly on musculoskeletal and brain injuries. She takes an epidemiological approach, specializing in cohort studies, randomized trials and systematic reviews of observational studies.