Dr. Nancy Carnide

Associate Scientist
PhD, Epidemiology, University of Toronto
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Dr. Nancy Carnide is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health.

She has a PhD in epidemiology from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. During her PhD, she was the recipient of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a CIHR Strategic Training Fellowship in Work Disability Prevention. Carnide was previously a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute.

Carnide's research interests lie at the intersection between occupational health and safety and pharmaco-epidemiology. They include substance use and mental health problems among working populations. Her research projects have involved analysis of survey and administrative data, as well as systematic reviews. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the use of prescription opioids among workers with work-related low-back pain and their association with work disability. Her emerging program of research builds on this work to examine the use and non-medical use of prescription and recreational central nervous system drugs (including opioids and cannabis) among workers, their risk factors and the workplace consequences of their use.


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“The gaps in knowledge around the scope, determinants and effects of substance use among workers are vast. Given the current opioid crisis and the move towards cannabis legalization in multiple jurisdictions, including Canada, I cannot think of a more timely area for research in occupational health and safety.” – Dr. Nancy Carnide


Measuring cannabis use in Canadian workplaces. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Ongoing. (PI on the project)
Strategies to support the appropriate use of prescription opioids: a systematic review. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research . Completed.
Understanding the use and impact of early opioid prescriptions for work-related low-back pain. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, WorkSafeBC. Completed.
Effectiveness of interventions to address depression in the workplace: a systematic review. Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Completed.


Carnide N, Hogg-Johnson S, Furlan AD, Cote P, Koehoorn M. Prescription dispensing patterns before and after a workers' compensation claim: an historical cohort study of workers with low back pain injuries in British Columbia. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018;60(7):644-655. doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000001311.
Furlan AD, Carnide N, Irvin E, Van Eerd D, Munhall C, Kim J, Li CMF, Hamad A, Mahood Q, Macdonald S. A systematic review of strategies to improve appropriate use of opioids and to reduce opioid use disorder and deaths from prescription opioids. Canadian Journal of Pain. 2018;2(1):218-235. doi:10.1080/24740527.2018.1479842.
Carnide N, Hogg-Johnson S, Cote P, Irvin E, Van Eerd D, Koehoorn M, Furlan AD. Response: prescription opioid use and the risk of disability. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2018;34(2):190-191. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000562.
Carnide N, Hogg-Johnson S, Cote P, Irvin E, Van Eerd D, Koehoorn M, Furlan AD. Early prescription opioid use for musculoskeletal disorders and work outcomes: a systematic review of the literature. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2017;33(7):647. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000452.
Carnide N, Franche RL, Hogg-Johnson S, Cote P, Breslin FC, Severin CN, Bultmann U, Krause N. Course of depressive symptoms following a workplace injury: a 12-month follow-up update. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2016;26(2):204-215. doi:10.1007/s10926-015-9604-3.