The working life expectancy of Americans experiencing depression

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Kathleen Dobson
Institute for Work & Health

Understanding the impact of depression on employment is critical to informing welfare, health, and social services policy. In this presentation, Dr. Kathleen Dobson discusses research on working life expectancy—that is, the number of years an individual can expect to work before permanently leaving the labour force. Dobson talks about the importance of working life expectancy, and shares novel findings from the U.S. about how different courses of depression throughout individuals’ working years impact their working life expectancy from age 30 to 60.

About presenter

Dr. Kathleen Dobson is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. Dobson holds a PhD in epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her research aims to understand how Canadians who experience mental illness and mental health challenges participate in the labour force. Dobson’s research also explores the long-term health and employment experiences of injured workers and her methodological expertise focuses on longitudinal methods in complex observational data sources.

About IWH Speaker Series

The IWH Speaker Series brings you the latest findings from work and health researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and beyond. For those unable to attend, the recorded webinar of most presentations in the IWH Speaker Series are made available on its web page within a week of the event.