Dr. Mary Stergiou-Kita
University of Toronto
Dr. Mary Stergiou-Kita is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. She is also an affiliate scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (part of the University Health Network) and an associate of the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto.
Stergiou-Kita's program of research focuses on work and community reintegration, across rehabilitation populations (including traumatic brain injury, electrical injuries, cancer, burns). She aims to bridge health, community and employment contexts in order to develop strategies and tools to enhance clinical practice and improve return-to-work outcomes for vulnerable injured, ill and disabled workers. She is currently leading a pan-Canadian team of researchers and inter-sector safety partners in developing a suite of projects to enhance men’s health and safety in high-risk work and applying gender theories.
Stergiou-Kita has led national and international teams in developing inter-professional guidelines for vocational evaluation (in brain injury and burn injuries), examined workplace accommodations following complex physical and psychological injuries (e.g. brain and electrical injuries), and developed return-to-work recommendations for cancer survivors. She has over 15 years of clinical expertise in both brain injury and vocational rehabilitation (in public and private settings).
Stergiou-Kita obtained her PhD in work rehabilitation and integration from the University of Toronto. She has been awarded the Enabling Occupation Research Award from the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.