Desre Kramer

Associate Director, Occupational Cancer Research Centre

Desre Kramer.

Dr. Desre Kramer is the associate director and staff scientist at the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC). She is an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, the School of Public and Occupational Health at Ryerson University, and an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). Until the end of 2011, she was the Associate Director of the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) at the University of Waterloo. She holds an MES in Environmental Studies from York University, an MSc in Public Health Sciences from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)/University of Toronto. Her research interests are in knowledge transfer, knowledge mobilization, social network analysis, qualitative research, diffusion of innovation, and workplace intervention research. For the last seven years she has led a research study in the diffusion of innovation to improve the health of construction workers. At OCRC, she takes the lead on intervention and prevention research. Examples of her present research are exploring ways to have questions on occupational exposures included in medical records, investigating the gap between awareness of occupational carcinogens and achieving change in workplaces, and increasing outside workers’ adoption of sun-exposure protection. She has conducted research in the construction, transportation, electrical utilities and manufacturing sectors. She was a journalist for many years and has over 550 articles published.