Faculty Member

Arif Jetha PhD

Email Address(es)
Institute for Work & Health
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Assistant Professor
SGS Status
Associate Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Future of work and its impact on people with disabilities
  • Life course differences in the labour market participation of people living with chronic episodic conditions
  • Workplace accommodations, policies and programs and work disability prevention
  • Systems thinking and work disability management
  • Survey methodology; mixed-methods research

Selected Representative Publications

Jetha A, Shaw R, Sinden A, Mahood Q, Gignac MAM, McColl MA, Martin Ginis MA. (2019).  Work-focused interventions that support the labour market transition of young adults with chronic disabling health conditions: A systematic review. Occupational & Environmental Medicine. 76(3), 189-198.

Jetha A, Bowring J, Furrie A, Smith F, Breslin C. (2018). Supporting the transition into employment: A study of young adults living with disabilities in Canada. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 29(1):140-149.

Jetha A, Bowring J, Tucker S, Connelly C, Martin Ginis KA, Gignac MAM. (2017). Transitions that matter: Life course differences in the employment of adults with arthritis.  Disability and Rehabilitation. 40(26):3127-3135.

Jetha A, Chen C, Ibrahim S, Bielecky A, Mustard C, Beaton D, Smith P. (2016) Longitudinal examination of temporality in the association between chronic disease diagnosis, work status and hours worked. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 74 (3) 184-191.

Jetha A. Pransky GP, Fish J, Hettinger LH. (2016). Return-to-work within a complex and dynamic organizational work disability system. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 26 (3): 276-285.

Selected Current Grants

Jetha A (PI), Banks C, Bonaccio S, Bultmann U, Gignac M, Norman C, Smith P, Tompa E, Tucker L. (2019). Future-Proofing young Canadians with disabilities for the changing labour market. Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat: New Frontiers in Research Fund. 2 years. $247,361.00

Jetha A (PI), Backman C., Tucker L., Proulx L, Gignac, MAM. (2017). Work disability prevention for young adults living with rheumatic disease. The Arthritis Society Young Investigators Operating Grant. 3 years, $142,646.52.

Jetha A (PI), Greengrove K, Backman C, Kosny A, Gignac MAM, Mustard C. (2018) Getting the message right: Strengthening return-to-work communication in British Columbia’s health care sector. WorkSafeBC Innovation at Work. 1 year, $49,838.80.

Gignac M.A.M (PI), Jetha A, Van Eerd, D, Saunders R, Smith P, Tompa E, Irvin E, MacDermid J, Breslin C, Franche R-L, Thompson A, Beaton D, Shaw W. (2018). Accommodating and Communicating about Episodic Disabilities (ACED): A Partnership to Deliver Workplace Tools and Resources to Sustain the Employment of People with Chronic, Episodic Conditions. Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Joint Initiative in Healthy and Productive Work: Partnership Grant. $1,424,864 (plus $905,380 Host Institution/Partnership support), 5 years.

Martin Ginis K (PI), Connolly C, Borisoff J, Bray J, Hayes K, Latimer-Cheung A, Mortenson B, Beauchamp M, Miller B, Noreau L, Rimmer J, Horrocks J, Tucker S, Gignac MAM, Bassett-Gunter R, Jetha A. (2014). Enhancing community participation in Canadians with physical disabilities: Development, implementation and evaluation of a partnered strategy. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC): Partnership Grant.$2,643,997. 7 years.

Media Coverage

Jetha A. (2018). Precarious work a health threat to millennials. Toronto Star.

Jetha A. (2018). For millennials, employment is a public health challenge. Conversation Canada.

CBC News Toronto. (2018). Toronto residents under 30 ‘struggling,’ lack strong social networks survey finds. CBC News Toronto online, TV and radio. 


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 2013-2015, Centers for Behavioral Sciences and Disability Research, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety

PhD, 2013, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

MSc, 2008, Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics & Political Science