Dr. Curtis Breslin

PhD, Clinical Psychology, Rutgers University
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Dr. F. Curtis Breslin is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health, which he joined 2000. He is also a professor at Seneca College in the School of English and Liberal Studies, where he teaches courses in psychology and research methods. He is also an associate professor in the social and behavioural health sciences stream at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Breslin obtained his PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers, the state university of New Jersey. He is also a registered psychologist with the Ontario College of Psychologists.

Breslin's current research interests are young and new worker injury epidemiology, injury prevention, and the relationship between disabilities and workplace injuries.

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“What drives me as a researcher is the idea that the work I do could make a difference down the line on practices and policies. I’ve been fortunate enough to watch the uptake of the message that workers are four times more likely to be injured on the job in the first month. That message, which I see everywhere now, came from one of my study findings many years back. It’s very rewarding when my research results have an influence on policy.” – Dr. Curtis Breslin


Accommodating and communicating about episodic disabilities (ACED): A partnership to deliver workplace resources to sustain employment of people with chronic, episodic conditions. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada Signature Initiative. Ongoing.
Evaluating the impact of mandatory awareness training on occupational health and safety vulnerability in Ontario. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ontario Ministry of Labour's Research Opportunities Program. Ongoing.
Addressing literacy and numeracy gaps among workers in an OHS training program: a pilot study. Funded by Ontario Ministry of Labour's Research Opportunities Program, Max Bell Foundation. Completed.
Developing a framework for understanding and measuring OHS vulnerability. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Completed.


Samano-Rios ML, IJaz S, Ruotsalainen J, Breslin FC, Gummesson K, Verbeek J. Occupational safety and health interventions to protect young workers from hazardous work: a scoping review. Safety Science. 2019 389-403. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2018.11.024.
Jetha A, Bowring J, Furrie A, Smith F, Breslin FC. Supporting the transition into employment: a study of Canadian young adults living with disabilities. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2018 [epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1007/s10926-018-9772-z.
Breslin FC, Lay AM, Jetha A, Smith PM. Examining occupational health and safety vulnerability among Canadian workers with disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2018;40(18):2138-2143. doi:10.1080/09638288.2017.1327985.
Lay AM, Saunders R, Lifshen M, Breslin FC, LaMontagne AD, Tompa E, Smith PM. The relationship between occupational health and safety vulnerability and workplace injury. Safety Science. 2017;94:85. doi: 10.1016/j.ssci.2016.12.021.
Wong IS, Breslin FC. Risk of work injury among adolescent students from single and partnered parent families. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2017;60(3):285. doi:10.1002/ajim.22684.

Interviews and articles

Workers with disabilities report greater hazard exposure and lower protection . At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 90, Fall 2017.
New worker, higher risk. Safety + Health: U.S. National Safety Council (Itasca, IL). June 1, 2016. Available from: http://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/14053-new-workers-higher-risk
Parents of 12- to 14-year-olds see high benefits, low OHS risk, in children’s work. At Work: Institute for Work & Health; No. 77, Summer 2014.