Associate Professor / Associate Director, Graduate Research Programs

Co-Director, Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy

Associate Professor (Status), Dalla Lana School of Public Health,

Associate Professor (Status), Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Toronto

Associate Professor (Adjunct), Department of Health, Ageing and Society, McMaster University

Senior Scientist (Adjunct), Institute for Work & Health

Contact information

Office: LHN 3716

Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 37248


Ellen MacEachen

Research interests

My research examines the design and performance of work and health systems to identify how they can be improved and adapted to fast changing economic, social and technological environments of our global economy.

I am particularly interested in international work disability policy and the health risks and opportunities of new forms of work (such as “sharing economy” gigs). I specialise in qualitative and evaluation research methods and my research is informed by a sociological lens, which means that my studies are sensitive to complex interrelationships between individuals and broader contexts. I co-direct the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, where I work closely with community stakeholders.

Graduate supervision and student opportunities

I am currently accepting applications from graduate students with related research interests:

  • Health policy and systems
  • Work and health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Work disability
  • New forms of work

Graduate studies application details

Teaching interests

  • Work and health
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Evaluation research


BA Sociology and Anthropology (1988, Concordia University)

MSc Rehabilitation Sciences (1993, Queen’s University)

PhD Public Health Sciences (2003, University of Toronto)

Selected publications 

See Google Scholar for full list of publications.

MacEachen, E., Kosny, A., Stahl, C., O’Hagan, F., Redgrift, L., Sanford, S., Carrasco, C., Tompa, E., Mahood, Q. Systematic review of qualitative literature on occupational health and safety legislation and regulatory enforcement planning and implementation. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 2016, 42 (1), 3-16.

MacEachen, E., Lippel, K., Saunders, R., Kosny, A., Mansfield, L., Carrasco, C., Pugliese, D. Workers’ compensation experience rating rules and the danger to worker safety in the temporary work agency sector. Policy and Practice in Health and Safety, 2012, 10(1), 77-95.

MacEachen, E., Kosny, A., Ferrier, S., Chambers, L. The ‘toxic dose’ of system problems: why some injured workers don’t return to work as expected, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 2010, 20(3), 349-366.

University of Waterloo