Faculty Researchers

Faculty Researchers 2017-08-21T12:00:24+00:00
Dr. Tammy Eger Associate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
Dr. Eger’s research interests focus around the application of ergonomic and human factors principles in industry. She is a leader in the field of occupational vibration and has done seminal work to document whole-body vibration and foot-transmitted vibration exposure associated with surface and underground mining activities. She is also recognized for her research examining the link between working posture, line-of-sight and mobile equipment design. She is an invited member of the International Standards for Organization technical committee concerned with human vibration.

705-675-1151 ext. 1005

Dr. Sandra DormanAssociate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
Dr. Dorman completed her Bachelors’ degree in Biology from Guelph University and her doctoral degree from McMaster University in Physiology/Pharmacology; specializing in the area of immunology and respiratory physiology. Overall her research interests focus on health promotion and prevention of disease. This diversifies into three primary themes in the occupational setting: 1) airway physiology, specifically the link between the airways and the cardiovascular system in innate inflammatory responses to inhaled particles from various sources including smoke from forest fires, cigarette smoke, ambient pollution and diesel exhaust particles; 2) nutrition, specifically how Calories consumed supports energy demands on the job; 3) reproductive health in the workplace. Ongoing projects in Dr. Dorman’s laboratory include: a novel method for studying diesel particle matter inhalation in humans (in collaboration with researchers at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine); developing a resource guide exploring reproductive hazards for male workers in the mining environment (in collaboration with Dr. Boudreau-Lariviere); and a pilot studying testing Calorie balance in adventure campers.

705-675-1151 ext. 1015 

Dr. Alison GodwinAssociate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
As an emerging leader in OHS research, Dr. Godwin has a consistent track record in publishing original research pertaining to line-of-sight and the reduction of fatal injuries in the workplace. Her occupational health and safety interest include developing a portable data collection tool to gather long-term joint loading data in industrial sectors, using methods of functional data analysis to evaluate the effect of fatigue on cumulative loading waveforms and investigating gender differences that occur in manual material handling tasks.
Dr. Ann PegoraroAssociate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
Dr. Pegoraro is the Director of the Institute for Sport Marketing (ISM) and Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics. She holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an MBA degree from Laurentian University. Dr. Pegoraro’s research focuses mainly on sport communication and sport consumers, including how different forms of media are used to establish connections with consumers of sport at all levels from amateur to professional. Dr Pegoraro’s work has been published in the Journal of Broadcast and Electronic Media, International Journal of Sport Communication, Communication and Sport, American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of Sport Management, the International Journal of Sport Marketing and Management and the Journal of Sponsorship.

705-675-1151 ext. 1011

Dr. Celine LarivièreInterim Dean, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
My research area has been in the field of muscle cell physiology where I have focused my attention on a family of architectural proteins known as the plakins which are expressed in muscle cells and thought to play an important structural role in contractile tissue. More recently, I have developed an interest in matters related to occupational physiology and health. Through emerging collaborations with CROSH researchers, my intention is to expand my scope of research in the area of occupational safety and health.

705-675-1151 x 1003

Dr. Ratvinder GrewalAssociate Professor, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Science, Engineering and Architecture
Dr. Grewal brings innovative ideas into the multi-disciplinary field of human-computer interaction (HCI). His work of using the quantitative electroencephalogaphy (QEEG) to measure the user’s cognitive demand during interface use is a first in the HCI field. His experiments have generated publications in the fields of neuroscience and computer science. In 2007, Dr. Grewal formed the HCI Research Group consisting of collaborators from the Neuroscience Research Group and industry partners.

705-675-1151 ext. 2351

Dr. Glenn LegaultAssociate Professor, Department of Psychology
Dr. Legault is a behavioural neuroscientist with a research interest in the relationships between sleeping behaviour and cognition. He investigates basic neurophysiological mechanisms of learning that are thought to occur during sleep. Additionally, Dr. Legault is interested in the consequences of disruptive sleep pathology for the wake time activities that humans engage in. In the context of occupational health and safety, Dr. Legault explores the impact of sleep deprivation and circadian rhythm alterations arising from shift working on cognitive function in the workplace. Dr. Legault’s research is funded by the WSIB, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and Vale.

705-675-1151 ext. 4009 

Judith Horrigan Lecturer, School of Nursing, Faculty of Health
A full time faculty member with the School of Nursing at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, Judith has over 25 years of nursing experience in a variety of urban, rural and remote clinical settings as Northern Ontario and Ethiopia, East Africa. Her research interests include, quality of work life, healthy workplace environments, health services and policy research, , correctional nursing work environments, and telenursing educational needs. Prof. Horrigan is currently exploring the quality of nurse’s worklife in urban, rural, and remote settings as part of her doctoral studies in Rural and Northern Health.

705-675-1151 ext. 3718

Dr. Behdin NowrouziPostdoctoral Fellow, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
Behdin Nowrouzi research activities stems from his clinical work as an Occupational Therapist (www.otservicesnorth.com) and his interests are in the area of occupational health, epidemiology, genetics, social determinants of physical and mental health, physical and mental workplace stress, nutrition, obesity in the workplace and return to work issues. Behdin is the founder of Infinity Health Consulting Group (www.infinityhealthconsultinggroup.com) specializing in delivering tailored made solutions to meet the health and safety needs of workplaces. Dr. Nowrouzi applies a multidisciplinary approach to health research, as it brings together a diverse group of individuals from many disciplines with interests in workplace disability and prevention. Furthermore, he believes this diversity provides a varied perspective on decision-making and helps find innovative solutions to complex health problems.
Dr. Michel LarivièreAssociate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
Dr. Michel Larivière is a practicing clinical psychologist whose current research is focused on mental health in the workplace. In particular, he is interested in identifying the factors that predict injury and absenteeism. Drawing from his work in risk prediction, he intends to develop actuarial-type instruments to assist workplace decision-makers on matters of employee injury and illness. Because of their significant human and economic costs, the factors that predict a timely return to work after an illness or injury are also currently being studied by Dr. Larivière.

The results of several large-scale studies on various occupational groups (e.g. health care workers, correctional workers, administrators, tradespersons/labourers, etc.) have been completed and published by Dr. Larivière and a number of collaborators. A unique contribution of this work is the finding that worker attitudes are strong predictors of a workers’ overall adjustment. Attitudinal variables contribute significantly to job stress, job satisfaction and the commitment to one’s employer. These are in turn related to overall health and putatively, to injury, workplace adjustment, performance, absenteeism, presenteeism, and civility.

705-675-1151 ext. 1202

Dr. Stephen RitchieAssociate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
Stephen Ritchie is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at Laurentian University. He is also a faculty investigator at the Centre for Rural and Northern Health Research, the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health, and he is a core member of the Evaluating Children’s Health Outcomes Research Centre. He is active in a diverse portfolio of research, using diverse methods, with a variety of teams, including several research collaborations with Indigenous communities in rural and remote locations.and a doctoral candidate in the School of Rural and Northern Health. He has also worked in the outdoor field on and off for over 35 years as a guide, teacher, facilitator, and more recently as professor. Over the past 15 years, he has taught a variety of senior level undergraduate courses. Prior to his arrival at the university, Stephen spent six years consulting in the private sector working onsite for several large corporations at various locations across Canada.

As an avid outdoorsman, Stephen has international mountaineering experience scaling peaks throughout Canada, the United States, Alaska, Mexico, and in the Himalayas. He has also canoed, kayaked, and rafted throughout Canada on turbulent whitewater rivers, and he has led several long backcountry wilderness expeditions in some of the most remote regions of Canada. Stephen resides in Sudbury Ontario with his wife Nathalie and their two children Tristan and Ixta. And when he is not too busy with his teaching, research, climbing, or paddling adventures, he can be found lounging on the bank of the Aux Sables River in northern Ontario.

705-675-1151 ext 1046

Dr. Nancy LightfootAssociate Professor, School of Rural and Northern Health, Faculty of Health
Dr. Nancy Lightfoot is an epidemiologist trained in community health with interest in issues relevant to rural and northern health; environmental health (e.g., emergency preparedness for, and health effects of, wildfires; other types of emergency preparedness; recreational water quality; environmental health policy); risk factors for various chronic diseases; occupational health (e.g., quality of worklife; recruitment and retention of health care professionals; risk factors for chronic diseases; mortality and cancer incidence surveillance); and medical ethics. Some of her current studies include studies of the respiratory health and emotional impact of wildfires, and community preparedness for wildfires; client satisfaction with the Sudbury satellite congenital heart disease clinic and impact of long distance travel for care; and mortality and cancer incidence in nickel workers.

705-675-1151 ext. 3972

Dr. W. Brent LieversPermanent Sessional Lecturer, Bharti School of Engineering
My research interests lie at the intersection of biology and engineering. Specifically, I seek to experimentally characterize the mechanical and failure behaviours of biological tissues and systems, and then simulate those behaviours using finite element method (FEM) modeling. This information can then guide injury prevention and mitigation strategies.

705-675-1151 ext. 2382

Dr. Rueben RothAssociate Professor, Department of Sociology
Dr. Roth’s research interests include: the auto industry (Canada), occupational health and safety, social class, working class consciousness, social stratification, sociology of work, education and work, nationalism.

705-675-1151 ext. 4362 

Dr. Elizabeth WenghoferDirector, School of Rural and Northern Health, Faculty of Health
Elizabeth’s research interests lie in the areas of physician performance, continuing medical education/professional development, health human resources planning, professional governance and program evaluation. Her current research activities investigate the factors that influence practice performance throughout a physician’s career, particularly focusing on understanding the relationships between performance, the practice environment and continuing professional development.

705-675-1151 ext 3925

Dr. Line TremblayAssociate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
Dr. Dominique GagnonAssociate Professor, School of Human Kinetics, Faculty of Health
Dr. John LewkoAssociate Professor, Human Development
Dr. Thomas MerrittProfessor, Canada Research Chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Aaron LangilleMaster Lecturer, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Science, Engineering and Architecture
705-675-1151 ext 2335
Dr. Roger Couture