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WWDPI​'s Health and Work Productivity Portal

The new Health and Work Productivity website (HWP) will provide the latest evidence-based research and resources to support implementation of best practices in disability prevention, disability management and work productivity. 

The HWP Portal brings together researchers as well as a broad range of stakeholders, each who play a role in creating and sustaining safe, psychologically healthy and productive workplaces.  The Portal will feature homepages for Human Resource Professionals, Occupational Health and Safety, Business and Labour Leadership, Policy-Makers, Insurers and Public.

Who are HWP members?Screenshot of the HWP Website

  • Academic and community-based researchers
  • Business and health science educators
  • Business/ labour leaders 
  • Disability managers
  • Health care professionals
  • Human resource professionals
  • Insurers
  • Managers/ supervisors
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Policy-makers
  • Service providers
  • Wellness coordinators

The HWP objectives

  • Provide information that is reliable, credible, and trustworthy
  • Provide tools and resources that are practical and actionable to support education and implementation of best practices
  • Build communities of practice within and across stakeholders
  • Highlight emerging issues within the disability management and work productivity fields
  • Identify research-informed and promising grassroots interventions from organizations and employers
  • Provide a place for academic and stakeholder research collaboration
  • Support and build cross-discipline research capacity

HWP Senior Advisors 2018

  • ​Paddy Meade, WWDPI Board Chair, Consultant, Patricia Meade and Associates
  • Terrance Bogyo BSc, MBA, CRCC, WWDPI​​ Board Member, Consultant, Former Director, Corporate Planning and Research, WorkSafeBC
  • Dame Carol Black DBE, MD, FRCP, MACP, Fmedsci, Expert adviser on Health and Work, Department of Health; England; Co-president of Fit for Work Europe; Expert Adviser on Health and Work, Department of Health, England; Chair, the Nuffield Trust for Research and Policy Studies in Health Service
  • Marc White​ PhD - (Ex-Officio), Research Chair, Health and Work Productivity Portal 

HWP Scientific Committee 2018



  • Nancy Baker ScD, MPH, OTR/L, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Paul Baart, Director, Dutch Centre Work Health, The Netherlands
  • Stephen Bevan PhD, Director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and an Honorary Professor at Lancaster University, London, UK
  • Dan Bilsker, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
  • Caroline Biron PhD, Assistant Professor, OH&S Management, Dept. of Management, Laval University, Quebec
  • Jed Boardman PhD FRCPsych, Consultant/Senior Lecturer in Social Psychiatry; South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Health Services and Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry.
  • Susanne M. Bruyère, PhD, CRC, Director, Employment and Disability Institute, Professor of Disability Studies, Employment & Disability Institute, ILR School Associate Dean of Outreach, Cornell University.
  • André Bussières PhD, Assistant Professor, McGill's School of Physical and Occupational Therapy; Cross-appointment: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, McGill University
  • Amanda Cooper PhD, OCT, Assistant Professor, Educational Policy and Leadership, Queen's University
  • Evelyn Cornelissen PhD, Co-lead Faculty of Scholarship and Chair, Postgrad Program Evaluation Committee, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia
  • Pierre Côté DC, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT)
  • Kenneth Craig PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Arla Day PhD, Professor, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Saint Mary's University; Director, CN Centre for Occupational Health & Safety
  • Clermont Dionne PhD, Professor, Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University. Senior investigator, Population Health Research Unit (URESP) of the Research Centre of the Laval University Hospital
  • Maureen Dobbins PhD, Professor, School of Nursing,  McMaster University; Scientific Director
  • Angela Downey PhD, Associate Professor, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
  • Donjanea Fletcher Williams EdD, MEd, Program Evaluation Fellow, Office of Extramural Programs, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Erica Frank MD, MPH, Professor and Canada Research Chair Canada Research Chair in Preventive Medicine and Population Health, University of British Columbia; Founder, President & Research Director,
  • Robert J. Gatchel PhD, ABPP, Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology and Distinguished Professor of Psychology; College of Science, The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Merv Gilbert PhD, RPsych, Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction, Simon Fraser University, and Principal Partner, Psych Health + Safety
  • Douglas Gross PhD, Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta
  • Rob Gründemann PhD, Professor, Research Centre for Social Innovation, University of Applied Sciences; Senior researcher, Sustainable Productivity & Employment, TNO, The Netherlands
  • Yvonne F. Heerkens PhD, Professor, Occupation & Health, Research Center Rehabilitation, Work and Sports, HAN University of Applied Sciences; Program Manager Terminology & Technology, Dutch Institute of Allied Health Care
  • Karen Jacobs, EdD, OTR/L, CPE, FAOTA, Clinical Professor, Occupational Therapy, Boston University, Editor in Chief, WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (IOS Press, The Netherlands)
  • Nathalie Jauvin, PhD, Research Scientist, Université Laval; Le Centre de santé et de services sociaux (CSSS) de la Vieille-Capitale
  • Andrea Keesey MA, Director, Division of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, The University of British Columbia
  • Julie Keysor PhD PT, Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training and Director, Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT), Boston University
  • Christian Larivière PhD, Senior Scientist, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST), Adjunct Professor, School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sherbrooke
  • Stavroula Leka CPsychol AFBPsS FRSPH, Associate Professor in Occupational Health Psychology; Director, Centre for Organizational Health & Development; Chair, ICOH Scientific Committee 'Work Organization & Psychosocial Factors'; Finance Director, European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology
  • Peter Levesque PhD, President of the Institute for Knowledge Mobilization; Former Deputy-Director of Knowledge Products and Mobilization, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Catherine Loughlin PhD, Canada Research Chair in Management, Sobey School of Business & CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia
  • Joy MacDermid BScPT MSc PhD, Professor and Assistant Dean of Rehabilitation Science, School of Physical Therapy, Western University
  • Ewan Macdonald OBE, Professor and Head of Healthy Working Lives Group, University of Glasgow; Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives; Independent Medical Adviser, Workability Ltd
  • Christine Maheu, Associate Professor, Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University
  • Karin Maiwald PhD, Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Regional Practice Lead, Research Department, Interior Health
  • Cindy Malachowski, School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo
  • Linda Miller, OT (C), OTD, CCPE, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation, University of Alberta; President, EWI Works Inc
  • Serena McCloskey BSc, PhD, FHEA, Cpsychol, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health and Social Care Research, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • Iuliana Nastasia PhD, Researcher, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Université de Sherbrooke
  • Fergal O'Hagan PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • Georgia Pomaki PhD, Instructor, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences Manager, Mental Health Specialists, Wellness, Disability & Life, Manulife Financial
  • Ray Randall BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Loughborough University, UK
  • Lindsey Richardson PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of British Columbia
  • Mary Runte PhD, Associate Professor, Policy and Strategy, Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge
  • Izabela Schultz PhD, Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia
  • Mary Stergiou-Kita, Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
  • Åsa Tjulin PhD, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalen University
  • Peter Tugwell, MSc, MD, FRCPC, Professor, Medicine& Epidemiology & Community Medicine, University of Ottawa; Director, Centre for Global Health at the Institute of Population Health; Canada Research Chair in Health Equity
  • Shannon Wagner PhD, RPsych, Professor and Chair, School of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Social and Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia
  • Marc White PhD, Executive Director, Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia (HWP Principal Investigator)
  • ​Kelly Williams-Whitt PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge
  • Anthony D Woolf, BSc, MBBS; FRCP, Chair, International Coordinating Committee, Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, Professor of Rheumatology, Institute of Health Care Research, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth



The Disability Prevention and Management Collaborative is an initiative of the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute. Over 120 stakeholders have participated in surveys, focus groups, and planning summits to identify high priority issues and challenges and the creation of a roadmap to improve disability prevention and management.

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Last Modified: 6/19/2018 4:04 PM