IWH Updates

Published: March 16, 2021

IWH announces Mustard post-doctoral fellowship recipient 

The Institute has awarded the 2021 Mustard Fellowship in Work and Health to Reena Shadaan, who will finish up her PhD in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University this spring. Shadaan's doctoral dissertation concerns nail technicians’ occupational health, including their exposure-related hazards, musculoskeletal concerns and stress-induced health outcomes. In partnership with Toronto’s Nail Technicians’ Network and the Healthy Nail Salon Network, her research uses an innovative technique called occupational health mapping–a worker-led methodological tool that identifies hazards, their resulting health harms, and their implications beyond the worksite and worker-defined solutions.

Announcing four recipients of the 2021 S. Leonard Syme Fellowships

Since 2002, the S. Leonard Syme Fellowships have been awarded by the Institute for Work & Health to support early-career researchers at the master's or doctoral level who intend to study work and health. This year's recipients are:

  • Kathleen Dobson, PhD candidate at the University of Toronto (U of T)'s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Her thesis explores the prevalence and economic consequences of depression among Canadian labour force participants.
  • Siobhan Saravanamuttu, PhD candidate at York University's Department of Politics, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Her PhD dissertation examines the transition from sheltered work to supported employment for workers with intellectual disabilities in the province of Ontario.
  • David Kinitz, PhD candidate at U of T's Dalla Lana School of Public Health. His thesis is on poverty, social welfare and work among sexual minority men, as well as intersecting forms of marginalization among LGBT+ workers within labour market and employment settings. 
  • Jennifer Ritonja, PhD candidate at Queen's University's Department of Public Health Sciences. Her thesis examines adverse health effects of circadian disruption in women who work the night shift, including the impact of night shift work on breast cancer precursors and biomarkers such as melatonin and circadian gene methylation.