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Faculty Member

Kathleen Dobson PhD

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

Research Interests

  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • The labour market experience of individuals experiencing mental illness
  • Depression and other mental health conditions
  • Employment and income as social determinants of health
  • Trajectory modelling
  • Longitudinal and correlated data
  • Observational studies using survey and administrative data

Education & Training History

BSc, Health Studies, University of Waterloo (2014)
MSc, Health Research Methodology, McMaster University (2016)
PhD, Epidemiology, University of Toronto (2022)

Current Research Projects

Dobson KG, de Oliveira C, Ferro M, Gignac M, Vigod S, Arim R. TIE-C-MI: Trajectories of Income & Employment among Canadians with Mental Illness. Canadian Institutes of Health Research Project Grant. (2023-2025).

Mustard CA, Wodchis W, Yanar B, Dobson KG. First Responder Mental Health Treatment Services: Formative evaluation of a pilot program. Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board Grant Program. (2022-2024).

Representative Publications

Dobson KG, Gignac MAM, Mustard CA. The working life expectancy of Americans experiencing depression. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2023.

Dobson KG, Carnide N, Furlan A, Smith PM, Mustard C. Association of persistent pain with the incidence of chronic conditions following disabling work-related injury. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health. 2023.

Dobson KG, Vigod SN, Mustard C, Smith PM. Parallel latent trajectories of mental health and personal earnings among youth 16- to 20 entering the US labor force: A 20-year longitudinal study. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. 2022.

Dobson KG, Vigod SN, Mustard C, Smith PM. Major depressive episodes and employment earning trajectories over the following decade among working-aged Canadian men and women. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2021.

Dobson KG, Vigod SN, Mustard C, Smith PM. Trends in the prevalence of depression and anxiety disorders among working-age Canadian adults between 2000 and 2016. Health Reports. 2020.

A complete list of Dr. Dobson’s peer-reviewed publications may be found here.