Professor and Associate Director, Faculty Affairs, UBC School of Population and Public Health
Dr. Mieke Koehoorn’s research focuses on current and emerging issues in occupational health. She has a special interest in developing and linking data to enable cutting-edge research on occupational epidemiology. She is involved in research projects investigating sex, gender, work injury, and workers’ compensation; surveillance and compensation of occupational diseases (e.g., respiratory diseases, mesothelioma); the evaluation of workers’ compensation policies and programs (e.g. private clinic or public hospital surgeries, forestry certification); and the epidemiology of occupational disease and injury (e.g. relationship between workplace exposures and cardiovascular disease).
In February 2013 Mieke was named CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health. Her Chair supports Partnership projects investigating gender and sex differences in work injury and illness rates in BC, and gender and sex differences in work disability outcomes across compensation systems in Canada and internationally.
Mieke holds a PhD in epidemiology. She teaches courses in epidemiological methods and surveillance in the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, where she is also the Division Head for Environmental and Occupational Health.
Graduate student opportunities
PhD and Masters research opportunities are available under Mieke’s supervision in the School of Population and Public Health in the area of gender and sex differences in work injury, illness, and disability outcomes. Interested students should contact Mieke with a CV and statement of interest.
Evaluating effectiveness of an integrated return-to-work and vocational rehabilitation program on work disability duration in the construction sector
Macpherson RA, He A, Amick III BC, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB.
Scand J Work Environ Health. 2021 Dec 13. doi:10.5271/sjweh.4006. Published online.
Immigrant status, gender and work disability duration: findings from a linked, retrospective cohort of workers’ compensation and immigration data from British Columbia, Canada
Saffari N, Senthanar S, Koehoorn M, McGrail K, McLeod C.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2021;11(12).
Differences in work disability duration for immigrants and Canadian-born workers in British Columbia, Canada
Senthanar S, Koehoorn M, Tamburic L, Premji S, Bültmann U, McLeod CB.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(22):11794.
Fan J, Senthanar S, Macpherson R, Sharpe K, Peters CE, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021 Jun 25;18(13):6828.
Impact of anxiety and depression disorders on sustained return to work after work-related musculoskeletal strain or sprain: a gender stratified cohort study
Jones AM, Koehoorn M, Bültmann U, McLeod CB.
Scand J Work Environ Health. 2021 Mar 21:3951. Online ahead of print.
Does gradually returning to work improve time to sustainable work after a work-acquired musculoskeletal disorder in British Columbia, Canada? A matched cohort effectiveness study
Maas ET, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Published Online First: 18 March 2021.
Do differences in work disability duration by interjurisdictional claim status vary by industry and jurisdictional context?
Macpherson R, Koehoorn M, Neis B, McLeod C.
Occup Environ Med. 2021 Jan 27;oemed-2020-106917.
Prevalence and risk factors for anxiety and depression disorders in workers with work-related musculoskeletal strain or sprain in British Columbia, Canada: a comparison of men and women using administrative health data
Jones AM, Koehoorn M, Bültmann U, McLeod CB. 2021 Jan 22;oemed-2020-106661. Online ahead of print.
Quinn E, Harper A, Rydz E, Smith P, Koehoorn M, Peters C.
Labour & Industry. 2021 Jan 20.
Macpherson RA, Amick BC, Collie A, Hogg-Johnson S, Koehoorn M, Smith PM, McLeod CB.
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2020 Mar 5. [Epub ahead of print].
Gender Differences in Surgery for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Injury: A Population-Based Cohort Study
Jones AM, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB.
Healthcare Policy. 2020 Feb;15(3):47-62.
Choi K, Maas ET, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2020 Mar;77(3):160-167.
Descriptive Epidemiology of Gradual Return to Work for Workers with a Work-acquired Musculoskeletal Disorder in British Columbia, Canada
Maas ET, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB.
J Occup Environ Med. 2019 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print].
Macpherson RA, Koehoorn M, Fan J, Quirke W, Amick BC, Kraut A, Mustard CA, McLeod CB.
J Occup Rehabil. 2019 Sep; 29(3):560-568.
Age, sex, and the changing disability burden of compensated work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Canada and Australia
Macpherson R, Lane T, Collie A, McLeod C.
BMC Public Health. 2018;18:758.
Return-to-work for multiple jobholders with a work-related musculoskeletal disorder: A population-based, matched cohort in British Columbia
Maas E, Koehoorn M, McLeod C.
PLoS One. 2018 Apr 3;13(4): e0193618.
Zhang W, McLeod C, Koehoorn M.
Scand J Work Environ Health 2016 Sep; 42(5): 413-422.
Measuring gender when you don’t have a gender measure: constructing a gender index using survey data
Smith P, Koehoorn M.
Int J Equity Health. 2016 May 28;15(1):82.
Stakeholders’ Perspectives About and Priorities for Economic Evaluation of Health and Safety Programs in Healthcare
Tompa E, de Boer H, Macdonald S, Alamgir H, Koehoorn M, Guzman J.
Workplace Health Saf. 2016 Apr;64(4):163-74.
Socías ME, Koehoorn M, Shoveller J.
Womens Health Issues. 2016 Jan-Feb;26(1):74-9.
Guzman J, Tompa E, Koehoorn M, de Boer H, Macdonald S, Alamgir H.
Occupational Medicine (Lond). 2015 Oct;65(7):590-7.
McLeod C, Sarkany D, Davies H, Lyons K, Koehoorn M.
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health. 2015 Sep 1;41(5):478-85.
Characteristics of work-related fatal and hospitalised injuries not captured in workers’ compensation data
Koehoorn M, Tamburic L, Xu F, Alamgir H, Demers P, McLeod C.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 72(6): 413-20.
Koehoorn M, Tamburic L, McLeod C, Demers P, Lynd, L, Kennedy S. Chronic Diseases in Canada. 2013; 33(2).
The relationship between age and work injury in British Columbia: Examining differences across time and nature of injury
Smith P, Bielecky A, Mustard C, Beaton D, Hogg-Johnson S, Ibrahim S, Koehoorn M, McLeod C, Saunders R, Scott-Marshall H. Journal of Occupational Health. 2013; 55(2): 98-107.
Fan J, McLeod C, Koehoorn M. PLoS ONE. 2012; 7(6): e38750.
Kirkham TL, Koehoorn MW, McLeod CB, Demers PA. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2011 Jan;68(1):30-5.
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Do private clinics or expedited fees reduce disability duration for injured workers following knee surgery?
Koehoorn, M, McLeod C, Fan J, McGrail K, Barer M, Cote P, Hogg-Johnson S. Healthcare Policy. 2011;7(1):55-70.
Sociodemographic, clinical, and work characteristics associated with return-to-work outcomes following surgery for work-related knee injury
Fan JK, McLeod CB, Koehoorn M. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health. 2010;36(4):332-338.
Kling R, McLeod C, Koehoorn M. Sleep. 2010; 33(5): 611-618.
Commentary: Teodorescu M, Szklo-Coxe M. Sleep well to stay safe: Ready for Primetime? Sleep. 2010; 33(5): 577-578.
Gan W, Demers P, McLeod C, Koehoorn M. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2009;66:766-771.
Research opportunities using administrative databases and existing surveys for new knowledge in occupational health and safety in Canada, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia
Smith P, Stock S, McLeod C, Koehoorn M, Marchand A, Mustard C. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 2009;101(Suppl.1):S46-52.
Research Summary [PDF: 130 KB]
Kennedy S, Koehoorn M. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2003; 44(6):576-583.