Dr. Peter Smith

Associate Scientific Director & Senior Scientist
PhD, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
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Dr. Peter Smith is an associate scientific director and a senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. He also holds appointments as an associate professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and in the School of Population Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Australia.

Smith has a master's in public health from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a PhD from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. In 2014, he was awarded a five-year Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health (2014-2018) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). He is the former recipient of a CIHR New Investigator Award (2008-2013) and a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council (2012-2014).

Smith has extensive experience conducting research related to work injury and its consequences using large population-based surveys and administrative workers' compensation data. His key research interests include: gender and sex differences in the relationship between work and the risk of chronic disease and work injury; labour market inequalities and their health-related outcomes; the labour market experiences of newcomers, older workers, younger workers and other vulnerable labour force subgroups; chronic illnesses and work injury; and trends in working conditions over time.

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“I don’t understand how people can think about health without thinking about work. Between our early 20s and our 60s – and later for some people – we spend most of our waking hours at work. It makes sense, then, that aspects of work must have an impact on different aspects of our health, both positively and negatively. That drives me to better understand what good work and bad work look like from a health and return-to-work perspective.” – Dr. Peter Smith


Understanding why gender and age differences exist in RTW outcomes following a musculoskeletal injury . Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Ongoing. (PI on the project)
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. (PI on the project)


Biswas A, Severin C, Smith PM, Steenstra I, Robson LS, Amick B. Larger workplaces, people-oriented culture, and specific industry sectors are associated with co-occurring health protection and wellness activities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018;15(12):2739. doi:10.3390/ijerph15122739.
Chen C, Smith PM, Mustard C. Gender differences in injuries attributed to workplace violence in Ontario 2002-2015. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2018 [Epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1136/oemed-2018-105152.
Giummarra MJ, Black O, Smith PM, Collie A, Hassani-Mahmooei B, Arnold CA, Gong J, Gabbe BJ. A population-based study of treated mental health and persistent pain conditions after transport injury. Injury. 2018;49:1787-1795. doi:10.1016/j.injury.2018.08.008.