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, OT Reg. (Ont.), PhD, FRSA, is an occupational therapist and assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. He holds the Emily Geldsaler Grant Early Career Professorship in Workplace Mental Health. Using an occupational lens, Dr. Nowrouzi-Kia’s research program systematically studies occupations in workability, work disability prevention, return to work, and disability management. This approach is designed to produce results directly applicable to identifying and assessing risk and develop interventions for preventing/improving and optimizing functioning in the workplace. Dr. Nowrouzi-Kia’s work is motivated by efforts in the field of work disability prevention that extend 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
  • Institute of Medical Science
School of Graduate Studies

Associate Member

Research Keywords

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