Assistant Professor

Dr. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia, PhD

Position: Assistant Professor

Department: Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Organization: University of Toronto

Dr. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia 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 at the University of Toronto and adjunct faculty in the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at Laurentian University. 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.

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Portrait of CROSH research member Dr. Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia