The Work Wellness Institute (WWI) is a global leader in research. We conduct research, and we support external researchers on topics related to increasing safe, healthy and inclusive workplaces. Our goal is to close the gap between high quality research and practice.
Current Research Project
The creation and implementation of the Organizational Readiness Survey is part of our federally funded project, Harnessing Talent: Recruiting and Retaining Canadians with Disabilities. This survey, developed in conjunction with university researchers, Chartered Professionals in Human Resources Alberta and Chartered Professionals in Human Resources BC & Yukon is a modification of a US-based survey from Cornell University. Our survey, looking at both the private and public sector, aims to identify information needs of human resource practitioners and collect baseline data on current organizational policies and practices related to the recruitment and retention of people with disabilities. This includes pre-employment processes, disability management programs and any barriers to making required changes. Identifying gaps in programs and services will help us develop practical, evidence-based resources and educational material.
Articles (since 2015 from most current, by year)
Wagner S.L., White N., Fyfe T., Matthews L.R., Randall C., Regehr C., White M., Alden L.E., Buys N., Carey M.G., Corneil W., Fraess-Phillips A., Krutop E., Fleischmann M.H., Systematic review of posttraumatic stress disorder in police officers following routine work-related critical incident exposure. Am J Ind Med. 2020;63(7):600‐615. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.23120
Wagner, S. L., White, N., Regehr, C., White, M., Alden, L. E., Buys, N., Carey, M. G., Corneil, W., Fyfe, T., Matthews, L. R., Randall, C., Krutop, E., & Fraess-Phillips, A. (2020). Ambulance personnel: Systematic review of mental health symptoms. Traumatology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/trm0000251
White, M.I., Williams-Whitt. K., Wagner, S.L., Schultz, I.Z., Dionne, C.E., Pomaki. G., Loughlin, C., Tjulin, Å., Runte, M., Gilbert, M., Nellutla, M., Szymanski, T., Horvath, S., Brown, L., Hansen, N., During, D., Sprague, S., Nagy, L., Skeath, K., Riml, S., Spinks, N. (2020) Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Successful Workplace Interventions for Psychologically Healthy and Productive Workplaces: A Pattern Analysis of 57 Systematic Reviews. Published by Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute, Vancouver, BC. ISBN: 978-1-988875-02-6. https://workwellnessinstitute.org/978-1-988875-02-6
Wagner, S. L., White, N., Matthews, L. R., Randall, C., Regehr, C., White, M. I., Alden, L. E., Buys, N., Carey, M. G., Corneil, W., Fyfe, T., Krutop, E., Fraess-Phillips, A., & Fleischmann, M. H. (2019). Depression and anxiety in policework: a systematic review [published online ahead of print August 15 2019]. Policing: An International Journal. https://doi.org/10.1108/PIJPSM-03-2019-0040
Regehr, C., Carey, M. G., Wagner, S. L., Alden, L. E., Buys, N., Corneil, W., Fyfe, T., Fraess-Phillips, A., Krutop, E., Matthews, L., Randall, C., White, M. I., & White, N. (2019). Prevalence of PTSD, Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Correctional Officers: A Systematic Review. Corrections: Policy Practice and Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/23774657.2019.1641765
Regehr, C., Carey, M. G., Wagner, S. L., Alden, L. E., Buys, N., Corneil, W., Fyfe, T., Matthews, L., Randall, C., White, M. I., Fraess-Phillips, A., Krutop, E., White, N., & Fleischmann, M. H. (2019). A systematic review of mental health symptoms in police officers following extreme traumatic exposures. Police Practice and Research: An International Journal. https://doi.org/10.1080/15614263.2019.1689129
White, M. I., Dionne, C. E., Wärje, O., Koehoorn, M., Wagner, S. L., Schultz, I. Z., Koehn, C. V., Williams-Whitt, K., Harder, H. G., Pasca, R., Hsu, V., McGuire, L, Schulz, W., Kube, D., & Wright, M. D. (2016). Physical activity and exercise interventions in the workplace impacting work outcomes: A stakeholder-centered best evidence synthesis of systematic reviews. The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 7(2), 61-74. https://doi.org/10.15171/ijoem.2016.739
Wagner, S. L., Koehn, C. V., White, M. I., Harder, H. G., Schultz, I. Z., Williams-Whitt, K., Warje, O., Dionne, C. E., Koehoorn, M., Pasca, R., Hsu, V., McGuire, L., Schulz, W., Kube, D., & Wright, M. D. (2016). Mental Health Interventions in the Workplace and Work Outcomes: A Best-Evidence Synthesis of Systematic Reviews. The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 7(1), 1-14. https://doi.org/10.15171/ijoem.2016.607
Wagner, S. L., White, M. I., Schultz, I. Z., Williams-Whitt, K., Koehn, C. V., Dionne, C. E., Koehoorn, M., Harder, H. G., Pasca, R., Wärje, O., Hsu, V., McGuire, L., Lama, I., Schulz, W., Kube, D, & Wright, M. D. (2015). Social support and supervisory quality interventions in the workplace: a stakeholder-centered best-evidence synthesis of systematic reviews on work outcomes. The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 6(4), 189-204. https://doi.org/10.15171/ijoem.2015.608
Williams-Whitt, K., White, M. I., Wagner, S. L., Schultz, I. Z., Koehn, C. V., Dionne, C. E., Koehoorn, M., Harder, H., Pasca, R, Warje, O, Hsu, V, McGuire, L., Schulz, W, Kube, D., Hook, A, & Wright, M. D. (2015). Job demand and control interventions: a stakeholder-centered best-evidence synthesis of systematic reviews on workplace disability. The International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 6(2), 61-78. https://doi.org/10.15171/ijoem.2015.553
Lockey, J. E., Redlich, C. A., Streicher, R., Pfahles-Hutchens, A., Hakkinen, P. J., Ellison, G. L., Harber, P., Utell, M., Holland, J., Comai, A., & White, M. I. (2015). Isocyanates and human health: Multi-stakeholder information needs and research priorities. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(1), 44-51. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000278
White, M. I., Wagner, S. L., Schultz, I. Z., Murray, E., Bradley, S. M., Hsu, V., McGuire, L., & Schulz, W. (2015). Non-modifiable worker and workplace risk factors contributing to workplace absence: A stakeholder-centred synthesis of systematic reviews. Work, 52(2), 353-373. https://doi.org/10.3233/wor-152134
WWI hosts research-based conferences focused on mobilizing knowledge to become real world change. Our past conferences include:
- Safe, Healthy and Productive Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice. May 31-June 1 2017. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
- Creating and Sustaining Psychologically Healthy Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice. June 26-27 2014. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
- Isocyanates and Health: Past, Present and Future. April 3-4 2013. Bradford, England.
- Musculoskeletal Disorders and Chronic Pain: Evidence-based approaches for clinical care, disability prevention and claims management. February 10-12, 2011. Los Angeles, California, United States of America.
- BC Summit to Prevent Needless Work Disability. November 25 2008. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- World Congress on Neck Pain. January 20-22 2008. Los Angeles, California, United States of America
WWI presentations in 2018-2019 include:
- Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association National Conference – Rediscover, Reimagine, Reinvent Workplace Rehabilitation Conference, Sydney, Australia
- Keynote Presentation: “Psychosocial Factors contributing to delayed RTW and promising interventions – An international perspective”
- International Forum on Disability Management Conference, Vancouver, Canada
- “Investigating the impact of educational webinars on disability prevention and management”
- “Creating evidence-informed theory-driven interventions to increase hiring practices of people with disabilities”
- BC Teacher’s Federation, Vancouver, Canada
- “Identification, control and prevention of work-related psychosocial hazards and social conditions contributing to mental health disorders”
- Vocational Rehabilitation Association – BC Chapter Training Session, Vancouver, Canada
- “Psychosocial Factors contributing to delayed return-to-work and promising interventions”
- Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR), Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
- “Psychosocial factors contributing to delayed RTW and promising interventions – an international perspective”
EMPOWER: Supporting individuals, strengthening groups, and developing leaders to create healthy workplaces. The mandate of EMPOWER is to identify, develop, and validate healthy workplace best practices, and leverage organizational resources to improve worker health and functioning. https://www.empowerpartnership.org
We have been producing research publications for over 30 years. Highlights since 2015 include:
White, M. I., Wagner, S. L., Williams-Whitt, K., Koehn, C. V., Kube, D., Cornacchia, M., & Wärje, O. (2016). Workplace intervention research: Disability prevention, disability management, and work productivity. In I. Z. Schultz, & R. Gatchel (Eds.), Handbook of return to work: From research to practice (pp. 255-269). Springer.
Research Resources in Development
Health, Work and Productivity Portal
The Health, Work and Productivity Portal will provide the latest evidence-based information and resources to support implementation of best practices in creating and sustaining safe, psychologically healthy and productive workplaces. The Portal will be aimed at human resources professionals and employers as well as labour organizations, insurers, policy makers and people with disabilities.
We are creating a series of e-learning courses related to work wellness, in consultation with educators, academics, professional societies and organizations.
Find out more about "On-Demand" Recorded Webinars
We can help your organization with resources and guides
Growth of the Work Wellness Institute
Entering the new decade, we have tripled our staff and continue to grow.
We expand our public education and training programs and influence policy development. We strive to lead science-based change through our continued commitment to work closely with our partners across academia, industry, government and community.