Aviroop Biswas PhD
- Email Address(es)
- Office Phone
- 416-927-2027 ext. 2290
- Office Address
- Institute for Work & Health 481 University Avenue, Suite 800 Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9
- Institute for Work & Health
- Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
- Assistant Professor
- SGS Status
- Associate Member
- Appointment Status
- Status Only
- Admin Faculty Appointment
- Social & Behavioural Health Science
- Workplace policies, programs, and practices to promote worker health and wellbeing.
- Sex/gender and socioeconomic differences in worker health and wellbeing.
- Examining the complex interplay between work-related and non-work-related factors on worker health.
- The analyses of population surveys, administrative data, and wearable device data.
- Systematic reviews and meta-analyses.
Associate Scientist, Institute for Work & Health
Education & Training History
- Postdoctoral Fellowship, Work and Health – Institute for Work & Health
- PhD., Health Services Research (Outcomes & Evaluation) – Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto
- BSc., Biology – Western University
- BSc., Cell Biology – McGill University
Honours & Awards
- 2015 Most Influential Publication (Rank #2) – American Heart Association Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health.
- Altmetric Top 100 Research Articles of 2015 (#41)
- Ted Goldberg Award for Academic Excellence and Promise in Health Services Research, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.
Current Research Projects
Biswas A (Principal Investigator), Mustard CA, Smith P, Prince-Ware, SA. How much movement do workers need to be healthy? Understanding work-related and non-work contributions to the movement patterns of Canadian workers and their cardiometabolic consequences. Funded by CIHR Fall Project Grant. Ongoing.
Biswas A (Principal Investigator), Smith P, Gignac MA, Van Eerd D. Developing recommendations for workplaces to implement an integrated health protection and health promotion approach. Funded by Alberta Labour. Ongoing.
Biswas A (Principal Investigator), Smith P, Irvin E. Workplace hazard exposure, injuries and illness: What difference do sex and gender make? Funded by WorkSafeBC. Ongoing.
Mustard CA, Biswas A (Co-Investigator), Smith P. Improving information on worker health protection in Ontario. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour Research Opportunities Program. Ongoing.
Biswas A, Dobson KG, Gignac MAM, de Oliveira C, Smith PM (2020). Changes in work factors and concurrent changes in leisure time physical activity: a 12-year longitudinal analysis. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 10.1136/oemed-2019-106158.
Mitchell MS, Orstad SL, Biswas A, Pakosh MT, Faulkner GE (2018). Financial incentives for physical activity in adults: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine. 10.1136/bjsports-2019-100633
Biswas A, Severin C, Smith PM, Steenstra I, Robson LS, Amick III BC (2018). Larger workplaces, people-oriented culture, and specific industry sectors associated with co-occurring health protection and wellness activities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15(12): 2739.
Biswas A, Smith PM, Gignac MA (2018). Naturally-occurring facilities at or near work to increase the leisure time physical activity of workers: a propensity-score weighted population study. Preventive Medicine Reports 10: 263-270.
Biswas A, Smith PM, Alter DA (2018). Is promoting 6 hours of standing an appropriate public health message? European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. 25(7):751-752.
Tremblay MS, Aubert S, Barnes JD, Biswas A etc. [co-author as part of SBRN Terminology Consensus Project Participants] (2017). Sedentary Behavior Research Network (SBRN) – terminology consensus project process and outcome. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 14:75.
Biswas A, Smith PM, Gignac MA (2017). Access to showers and change rooms at work associated with active commuting among older workers: findings from a national population survey. Journal of Applied Gerontology. 1:733464818755313.
Biswas A, Faulkner GE, Oh PI, Alter DA (2017). Patient and practitioner perspectives on reducing sedentary behaviour at an exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation program. Disability and Rehabilitation. 40(19): 2267-2274.
Biswas A, Oh PI, Faulkner GE, Bonsignore A, Pakosh MT, Alter DA (2017). The energy expenditure benefits of reallocating sedentary time with physical activity: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Public Health. 40(2): 295 – 303.
Biswas A, Oh PI, Faulkner GE, Alter DA (2016). Baseline risk has greater influence over behavioral attrition on the real-world clinical effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 79(e1): 55-61.
Biswas A, Oh PI, Faulkner G, Bajaj RR, Silver MA, Mitchell MS, Alter DA (2015). Sedentary time and its independent risk on disease incidence, mortality and hospitalization in adults: a meta-analysis. Annals of Internal Medicine. 163(2): 123