Work and Health Research Lab


Congratulations Katya

Congratulations to Katya McKnight, study coordinator, on the impending arrival of her second child. We wish her the very best with her growing family. Sadly, we also say farewell to Katya as the RTW and Mental Health study has come to a close. This very successful study was superbly managed by Katya, and our output is just emerging (more in this in later posts). We anticipate working with Katya again on future grants.

Uber study in the news

In view of British Columbia’s pending ride-share services,
Dr. Ellen MacEachen was interviewed by The Star about her recently completed Uber study, which recommends provincial regulation as well as improvements for health and safety.. A Vancouver-based women’s organization has requested B.C. re-evaluate their decision in light of Uber’s recent safety report showing there have been thousands of sexual assaults reported in relation to Uber drives in the US during 2017-2018.

Congratulations to Dr. Sonja Senthanar

On Oct 25th, our lab member Sonja Senthanar was awarded her PhD in Public Health and Health Systems.  She is now working on an excellent post-doctoral fellowship with the Partnership for Work, Health and Safety within the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. All the best to you, Sonja!




Meghan Crouch on using lived experience as a resource in research

Congratulations to Meghan Crouch for her oral presentation at the Qualitative Health Research Conference in Vancouver last week. Her talk, entitled, “It’s Personal: Using lived experience as a resource in research” explained how exposing her own “vulnerabilities” created possibilities for analyzing data for our study of Return to Work (RTW) Coordinators.


This presentation will discuss my experiences as a research assistant on a project investigating the roles and strategies of Return to Work (RTW) Coordinators for managing RTW of clients with common mental health (MH) disorders.   Read More

As an individual with lived experience of mental illness and addiction issues, in this presentation I will share some of my ongoing reflections on what it has been like navigating the research process with this embodied knowledge. I will discuss how such personal disclosure has impacted my involvement and role in the research project, working with other members on the research team, as well as engaging with, and interpreting the data. The goal of this presentation is to begin a conversation regarding inherent opportunities and challenges of such disclosure, and how exposing my own “vulnerabilities” created possibilities for analyzing the data. Recognizing that every qualitative researcher is not only critical to, but implicated by, the analysis and interpretation process, this presentation will outline some uncertainties and insights in relation to navigating this interactional process, and will touch upon issues of reflexivity, embodiment, and disclosure in practice.