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Iffath Unissa Syed

Assistant Professor, The Pennsylvania State University, Penn State

I am an award-winning public health researcher with rapidly growing experience in scientific writing, publication, and knowledge dissemination, as demonstrated by my double-blind peer-reviewed work in scholarly journals and other research outputs.

Yo soy una premiada investigacion en salud publica y una estudiante de doctorado con el rápido crecimiento de la experiencia en la redacción científica, y publicacion cientifica.

Je suis un primé recherche en santé publique et candidat au doctorat avec une expérience dans la rédaction scientifique et la publication scientifique.

Areas of research include: occupational injuries, illness, and disabilities, occupational health inequities, occupational ergonomics; work-related musculoskeletal disorders among non manual and manual occupations; cumulative trauma disorders, working conditions and health, workplace violence, occupational cancers, chronic illnesses in the workplace, labor policies, labor legislation, and health and safety law. My research interests focus on the following groups: women workers, visible minorities, and immigrant populations. Various lenses are used in these endeavors including: political economy, feminism, social justice, human rights, and social determinants of health; which help to examine disparities in the occupational health and safety of workers in a comparative context.


  • 2021–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, University of Toronto
  • 2020–2020
    RA, York University


  • 2019 
    York University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 2011 
    University of Toronto, Master of Public Health


  • 2020
    Racism, Racialization and Health Equity in Canadian Residential Long Term Care, Social Science & Medicine
  • 2020
    Clearing the smoke screen: Smoking, alcohol consumption, and stress management techniques among Canadian long term care workers, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • 2020
    Diet, physical activity, and emotional health: What works, what doesn’t, and why we need integrated solutions for total worker healthmanagement techniques among Canadian long term care workers, BMC Public Health
  • 2020
    Hijab, niqab, and religious symbol debates: Consequences for health and human rights. International Journal of Human Rights., International Journal of Human Rights
  • 2020
    COVID19 and healthcare workers’ struggles in long term care homes. Special Issue: Health of frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Journal of Concurrent Disorders
  • 2019
    In Biomedicine, Thin Is Still In: Obesity Surveillance Among Racialized, (Im)migrant, and Female Bodies., Societies
  • 2016
    A Scoping Literature Review of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders Among South Asian Immigrant Women in Canada. , Journal of Global Health
  • 2016
    How Do Work Hierarchies and Strict Divisions of Labour Impact Care Workers' Experiences of Health and Safety? Case Studies of Long Term Care in Toronto, Journal of Nursing Home Research Sciences
  • 2015
    Labour Exploitation and Health Inequities among Market Migrants: A Political Economy Perspective, Journal of International Migration and Integration
  • 2012
    Forced Assimilation is an Unhealthy Policy Intervention: the Case of the Hijab Ban in France and Quebec, Canada, International Journal of Human Rights