Dr. Ellen MacEachen
University of Waterloo
Dr. Ellen MacEachen is an associate professor and associate director in the School of Public Health and Health Systems in the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, where she oversees the graduate research program. She is also co-founder of the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, an associate editor with the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, former president of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health, and editor of the forthcoming book The Science and Politics of Work Disability Policy (Routledge).
MacEachen's research examines the design and performance of work and health systems in relation to fast-changing economic, social and technological environments of the global economy. She is particularly interested in international work disability policy, precarious employment, and the health risks and opportunities of new forms of digitalised work. She specializes in qualitative and evaluation research, informed by a sociological lens. She works closely with community partners and policy-makers to ensure research relevance and improve research impact.
MacEachen received her MSc in rehabilitation sciences from Queen’s University and her PhD in public health sciences from the University of Toronto.