Bonnie Kirsh

Photo of Prof. Bonnie KirshProfessor Emeritus
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy



Dr. Bonnie Kirsh, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She is a licensed occupational therapist in Ontario, Canada. Her research focuses on mental health, productivity and inclusion. She has conducted studies examining mental health issues and interventions for postsecondary students, workplace anti-stigma initiatives, organizational culture and mental health, Canadian practices in work integration, social policy regarding employment for people with mental illnesses, and supported employment. She has also addressed issues related to community integration for people with mental illness and those who are homeless. Her research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Health and the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board. She was an invited member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Workforce Advisory Committee as well as the Mental Health Commission’s Opening Minds project, the largest anti-stigma initiative in Canada. She was awarded the Muriel Driver Lectureship in 2015 and the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022.

Cross Appointments
  • Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
  • Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
School of Graduate Studies

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Research Keywords

Student Mental Health; Workplace Mental Health; Stigma Reduction; Housing and Homelessness; Advocacy