Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia, PhD, is an occupational therapist and assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science, where he also holds the inaugural Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professorship in Workplace Mental Health. Through an occupational lens, his research program is a systematic study of occupations in the areas of work disability prevention, return to work, and disability management. This approach is designed to produce results directly applicable to identify and assess risk and develop interventions to prevent or improve high-risk behaviours in the workplace. Dr. Nowrouzi-Kia’s work is motivated by work disability prevention efforts that extend beyond the efforts to prevent or cure diseases from a purely physical perspective towards more holistic approaches. The major tenets of his work use a biopsychosocial perspective to understand work disability and extend towards incorporating personal characteristics (e.g., psychosocial) and environmental (e.g., healthcare system, workplace, workers’ compensation system) factors in improving health outcomes.
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