Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia

Assistant Professor & Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professor, Workplace Mental Health Photo of Prof. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Room 914
(416) 946-3249

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Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science, where he also holds the inaugural  Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professorship in Workplace Mental Health. Through an occupational lens, his research program is a systematic study of occupations in the areas of work disability prevention, return to work, and disability management. This approach is designed to produce results directly applicable to identify and assess risk and to develop interventions for preventing or improving high-risk behaviours in the workplace. Dr. Nowrouzi-Kia’s work is motivated by efforts in the field of work disability prevention that extends beyond the efforts to prevent or cure diseases from a purely physical perspective, towards more holistic approaches. The major tenets of his work use a biopsychosocial perspective to understand work disability and extend towards incorporating personal characteristics (e.g., psychosocial) and environmental (e.g., healthcare system, workplace, workers’ compensation system) factors in improving health outcomes.

Dr. Nowrouzi-Kia is also the founder of Infinity Health Consulting Group and OT Services North.

Cross Appointments

Rehabilitation Sciences Institute

School of Graduate Studies

Associate Member

Research Keywords

Return to Work; Disability Management; Work Disability Prevention; Occupational Medicine; Occupational Health and Safety; Rehabilitation