Incorporating Sex and Gender into Applied Ergonomic Research: Important Insights Gained

Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Sinden, RKin, PhD.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Kathryn Sinden is a Registered Kinesiologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Lakehead University. Her research focus is in applied ergonomics and involves collaborations with employers to develop tools that can be used to reduce exposure to risk factors that are linked to workplace injury. Kathryn’s research has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ontario Ministry of Labour; it is currently funded by Lakehead University’s Senate Research Council. Kathryn completed her PhD in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University; her post-doctoral training was completed at Queen’s University and McGill University. Kathryn also has 14 years of experience working as a kinesiologist in disability management and ergonomics.

Webinar Description: Ergonomics aims to improve people’s work performance through modifying tasks to accommodate individual attributes and is comprised of physical, cognitive and organizational domains of work. An important additional consideration is the social dynamics of the work environment and corresponding influence on worker health. Dr. Sinden will discuss highlights from her current research that have investigated the influence of physical constructs and social environment on workers’ health while considering the influence of sex/gender. Incorporating a sex-gender based analysis (SGBA) has elucidated important insights about how women perform work in male-dominant environments that may increase their risk of injury.

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