Faculty Member

Peter M Smith Ph.D., MPH

Email Address(es)
p.smith@utoronto.ca, psmith@iwh.on.ca
Office Phone
416-927-2027 (ext 2226)
Office Address
Institute for Work & Health 481 University Ave, Suite 800 Toronto, ON M5G 2E9
The Institute for Work & Health, Monash University
Epidemiology Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Labour market inequalities and their health related outcomes
  • Measurement properties of self-reported survey instruments
  • Analyses of administrative data for research purposes
  • Path analysis and structural equation modeling

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

CHL5428 – Epidemiological methods for causal mediation analyses

CHL5426 – Population Perspectives in Epidemiology

Honours & Awards

Research Chair: Gender, Work and Health: Examining gender/sex differences in the relationships between work stress and disease, work injury risk, and the consequences of work injury. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 2014 — 2018

Discovery Early Career Researcher Award: The impact of the ageing workforce on work injury and compensation systems in Australia. Australian Research Council. 2013 — 2015

New Investigator Award. Examining labour market changes and their consequences on injury and illness in Canada: a focused examination of their effects on recent immigrants. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. 2008 — 2013

Current Research Projects

Smith P (PI), Saunders R, Breslin FC, LaMontagne AD and Tompa E (2015). Evaluating the impact of mandatory awareness training on OH&S vulnerability in Ontario. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant: Population Health Intervention Research Competition.

Smith P (PI), Hogg-Johnson S, Mustard C. (2014) Understanding why gender and age differences exist in return-to-work following a musculoskeletal injury. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.

Smith P (PI), Brisson C, Glazier R, Mustard C. (2014) Developing a gender/sex-sensitive understanding of how the psychosocial work environment is related to chronic disease. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.

Smith PM (PI), Sim MR, LaMontagne AD, Hogg-Johnson S, Lilley R, McConnell-Lynch H, Ryan S, Hill J, Fitzpatrick TM and Browne TM (2013) Understanding individual, workplace and system level influences on return to work in a changing Australian labour market. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant.

Representative Publications

McInnes JA, Akram M, MacFarlane E, Sim MR and Smith P (2017) Association between high ambient temperature and acute work-related injury: a case-crossover analysis using workers’ compensation claims data. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, 43 (1), 86–94.

Jetha A, Chen C, Mustard C, Ibrahim S, Bielecky A, Beaton D and Smith P (2017) Longitudinal examination of temporality in the association between chronic disease diagnosis and changes to work status and hours worked. Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 74 (3), 184 — 191.

Smith P and Koehoorn M (2016) Measuring gender when you don’t have a gender measure: constructing a gender index using survey data. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15, 82.

Smith P, Saunders R, Lifshen M, Black O, Lay M, Breslin FC, LaMontagne, AD and Tompa E (2015) The development of a conceptual model and self-reported measure of occupational health and safety vulnerability. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 82, 234 — 243.

Smith P (2015) Workplace climate, employee actions, work injury and structural equation modeling [invited commentary]. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 72 (7), 465 — 466.

Smith P, Bielecky A, Ibrahim S, Mustard CA, Saunders R, Beaton DE, Koehoorn M, McLeod C, Scott-Marshall H, Hogg-Johnson (2014) Impact of pre-existing chronic conditions on age differences in sickness absence after a musculoskeletal work injury: A path analysis approach. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health, 40 (2), 167 – 175

McInnes JA, Clapperton AJ, Day LM, MacFarlane EM, Sim MR and Smith P (2014) Comparison of datasets for surveillance of work-related injury in Victoria, Australia. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 71 (11), 780 — 787.

Smith P, Ibrahim-Dost J, Keegel T and MacFarlane E (2013) Gender differences in the relationship between shift work and work injury: examining the influence of dependent children. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 55 (8), 932 – 936

Smith P, Mustard CA, Lu H and Glazier R (2013) Comparing the risk associated with psychosocial work conditions and health behaviours on incident hypertension over a nine-year period in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 104 (1), e82 — e86.

Smith P, Smith BT, Mustard CA, Lu H and Glazier R (2013) Estimating the direct and indirect pathways between education and diabetes incidence among Canadian men and women: A mediation analysis. Annals of Epidemiology, 23 (3), 143 — 149.

Smith P, Glazier RH, Lu H and Mustard CA (2012) The psychosocial work environment and incident diabetes in Ontario, Canada. Occupational Medicine, 62 (6), 413 — 419.

Smith P and Bielecky A (2012) Examining the impact of changes in job strain and its components on the risk of depression. American Journal of Public Health, 102 (2), 352 — 358.

Smith P, Hogg-Johnson S, Mustard CA, Chen C and Tompa E. (2012) Comparing the risk factors associated with serious versus and less serious work-related injuries in Ontario between 1991 and 2006. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 55 (1), 84 — 91.

Morassaei S and Smith P (2011) A path analysis examining the effects of working conditions on leisure time physical activity in Canada. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 53 (10), 1099 — 1105.

Smith P, Morassaei S and Mustard CA (2011) Examining changes in reported work conditions in Quebec, Ontario and Saskatchewan between 1994 and 2003-05. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 102 (2), 127 — 132.

Smith P, Bielecky A and Frank JW (2011) Commentary: Intervention research on working conditions and mental health: persistent challenges, new directions, and opportunities to integrate research agendas. HealthcarePapers, 11 (Sp), 67 — 72

Chen C, Smith P, and Mustard CA (2010) The prevalence of over-qualification and subsequent health status among occupationally-active new immigrants to Canada. Ethnicity & Health, 15 (6), 601 — 619.

Smith P and Mustard CA (2010) The unequal distribution of occupational health and safety risks among immigrants to Canada compared to Canadian-born labour market participants: 1993 to 2005. Safety Science, 48 (10), 1296 — 1303.

Smith P and Mustard CA (2009) Comparing the risk of work-related injuries between immigrant and Canadian-born labour market participants. Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 66 (6), 361 — 367.

Smith P, Kosny A and Mustard CA (2009) Differences in access to wage replacement benefits for absences due to work-related injury or illness in Canada. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 52 (4), 341 — 349.

Smith P, Frank JW and Mustard CA (2009) Trends in educational inequalities in smoking and physical activity in Canada: 1974 to 2005. Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, 63 (4), 317 — 323.

Ibrahim S, Smith P, Muntaner C. (2009) A multi-group cross-lagged analyses of work stressors and health using Canadian National sample. Social Science & Medicine, 68(1):49-59

Smith P, Beaton D. (2008) Measuring change in psychosocial working conditions: methodological issues to consider when data are collected at baseline and one follow-up time-point. Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 65(4):288-296.

Smith P, Frank JW, Mustard CA, Bondy S. (2008) Examining the relationships between job control and health status: A path analysis approach. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 62(1):54-61.