Mieke Koehoorn

Partnership Co-director

Professor and Associate Director, Faculty Affairs, UBC School of Population and Public Health

Phone: 604-822-5756
Email: mieke.koehoorn@ubc.ca

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.

Partnership publications

An umbrella review of the work and health impacts of working in an epidemic/pandemic environment

Journal article
Fan J, Senthanar S, Macpherson R, Sharpe K, Peters CE, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB.
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;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

Journal article
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

Journal article
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?

Journal article
Macpherson R, Koehoorn M, Neis B, McLeod C.
Occup Environ Med. 2021 Jan 27;oemed-2020-106917.

Men and women at work in Canada, 1991–2016

Journal article
Quinn E, Harper A, Rydz E, Smith P, Koehoorn M, Peters C.
Labour & Industry. 2021 Jan 20.

Urban-rural Differences in the Duration of Injury-related Work Disability in Six Canadian Provinces

Journal article
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

Journal article
Jones AM, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB.
Healthcare Policy. 2020 Feb;15(3):47-62.

Time to return to work following workplace violence among direct healthcare and social workers

Journal article
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

Journal article
Maas ET, Koehoorn M, McLeod CB.
J Occup Environ Med. 2019 Nov 15. [Epub ahead of print].

Do Differences in Work Disability Duration Between Men and Women Vary by Province in Canada?

Journal article
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

Journal article
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

Journal article
Maas E, Koehoorn M, McLeod C.
PLoS One. 2018 Apr 3;13(4): e0193618.

The relationship between chronic conditions and absenteeism and associated costs in Canada

Journal article
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

Journal article
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

Journal article
Tompa E, de Boer H, Macdonald S, Alamgir H, Koehoorn M, Guzman J.
Workplace Health Saf. 2016 Apr;64(4):163-74.

Gender Inequalities in Access to Health Care among Adults Living in British Columbia, Canada

Socías ME, Koehoorn M, Shoveller J.
Womens Health Issues. 2016 Jan-Feb;26(1):74-9.

Economic evaluation of occupational health and safety programmes in health care

Journal article
Guzman J, Tompa E, Koehoorn M, de Boer H, Macdonald S, Alamgir H.
Occupational Medicine (Lond). 2015 Oct;65(7):590-7.

Prevention in dangerous industries: does safety certification prevent tree-faller injuries?

Journal article
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

Journal article
Koehoorn M, Tamburic L, Xu F, Alamgir H, Demers P, McLeod C.
Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2015; 72(6): 413-20.

Population-based surveillance of asthma among workers in British Columbia, Canada

Journal article
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

Journal article
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.

Descriptive epidemiology of serious work-related injuries in British Columbia, Canada

Journal article
Fan J, McLeod C, Koehoorn M. PLoS ONE. 2012; 7(6): e38750.
Media release.

Surveillance of mesothelioma and workers’ compensation in British Columbia, Canada

Journal article
Kirkham TL, Koehoorn MW, McLeod CB, Demers PA. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2011 Jan;68(1):30-5.
Research summary [472 KB]

Do private clinics or expedited fees reduce disability duration for injured workers following knee surgery?

Journal article
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

Journal article
Fan JK, McLeod CB, Koehoorn M. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health. 2010;36(4):332-338.

Sleep problems and workplace injuries in Canada

Journal article
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.

Population-based asbestosis surveillance in British Columbia

Journal article
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

Journal article
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]

Exposure assessment in epidemiology: does gender matter?

Journal article
Kennedy S, Koehoorn M. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2003; 44(6):576-583.

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