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Senior Scientist, Institute for Work & Health. Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Dr. Peter Smith is president and senior scientist at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto. He also holds an appointment as a professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Smith has a master's in public health from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a PhD from the Institute for Medical Science at the University of Toronto. He is a former recipient of five-year Research Chair in Gender, Work and Health (2014-2018) from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), a CIHR New Investigator Award (2008-2013) and a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council (2012-2014).

Smith has extensive experience conducting research related to work injury and its consequences using large population-based surveys and administrative workers' compensation data. His key research interests include: gender and sex differences in the relationship between work and the risk of chronic disease and work injury; labour market inequalities and their health-related outcomes; the labour market experiences of newcomers, older workers, younger workers and other vulnerable labour force subgroups; chronic illnesses and work injury; and trends in working conditions over time.


  • –present
    Senior scientist, Institute for Work & Health. Associate professor: Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto & School of Population Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, University of Toronto