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Conference  Speakers Bios

iLEAD: Inclusive Leadership, Equity, Accommodation, & Disability

Dr. Arla Day is a Professor in Occupational Health Psychology at Saint Mary's University and Director of the CN Centre for Occupational Health & Safety. She is a Fellow of CPA and was a Canada Research Chair for 10 years. She was an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, NZ, and an international advisor at Stockholm Stress Centre. She conducts research and works with organizations to develop initiatives to support workers, authoring many articles and books on healthy and inclusive workplaces, mental health, leadership, stress and well-being, and work-life balance.

Understanding the Bidirectional Relationship Between Work Injuries and Mental Health Problems


Steve Granger (PhD, University of Calgary) is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. He studies healthy work with a focus on individual (e.g., resilience and proactivity), interpersonal (e.g., social support and leadership), and organizational processes (e.g., job design and human resource management practices) that help or hinder individuals’ ability to confront adversity. His work has been published in various outlets, including Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Relations, and Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology and serves as an editorial board member at Human Relations and Journal of Vocational Behavior.


The Critical Role of Strategy in Building Healthy and Safe Work Communities


Dr. David W. Ballard (PsyD, MBA) is a psychologist and organizational consultant with more than 15 years of prior experience as a non-profit executive. David’s work focuses on organizational effectiveness, occupational health promotion, workforce mental health, program design and evaluation, and systems-level workplace interventions. He has provided research, consultation, and training services to government agencies, industry groups, corporations, private equity firms, medical schools, and universities.


During his time at the American Psychological Association, David led APA’s Office of Applied Psychology, Center for Organizational Excellence, and Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. He currently serves as Senior Fellow and Scientific Advisor for Workforce Mental Health at the Health Enhancement Research Organization and Senior Scientist for the Mental Health at Work Index and is on the boards of directors for The Health Project, which presents the C. Everett Koop National Health Awards, and Sound Mind.


David chairs the Society for Occupational Health Psychology's Practitioner Committee, co-chairs the Advisory Committee for The Carolyn C. Mattingly Award for Mental Health in the Workplace, and is a member of NIOSH’s Cross-Sector Council on Healthy Work Design and Well-being and the External Advisory Board for the Johns Hopkins P.O.E. Total Worker Health Center in Mental Health. He received his doctorate in psychology and his MBA in health services administration from Widener University.



Brave New Workplace: Toward a Model of Healthy, Safe & Productive Work


Julian Barling is a Distinguished University Professor at Queen’s and the Borden Chair of Leadership in the Smith School of Business. Julian has written a number of books, including the recent “Brave new workplace: Designing productive, healthy and safe organizations” and “The Science of Leadership: Lessons from research for organizational leaders”. Julian has received numerous awards for his research, including the Outstanding Career Contribution in Occupational Health Psychology from the European Association of Occupational Health Psychology in 2011, the Distinguished Scientific Contribution, Canadian Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (C-SIOP) in 2016, and the Lifetime Career Achievement in Research Award from the American Psychological Association, NIOSH, and the Society for Occupational Health Psychology in 2017. He received the Queen’s University Prize for “Excellence in Research” in 1997.


Julian was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002 and is a fellow of several other international research societies. He was listed in the top 2% of the world’s most cited scientists in 2020.


Julian has received several awards for teaching, such as the National Post “Leaders in Business Education” Award in 2001, Queen’s University’s “Award for Excellence in Graduate Supervision” in 2008, and the Smith School of Business Award for Graduate Supervision in 2019. Maclean’s named Julian as one of Queen’s University “most popular professors” in 1996.



Suffering in Silence: Women’s Health, Pregnancy Loss, Postpartum Depression, and Work


Jennifer K Dimoff, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources at the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa. She is also an Affiliate Faculty member at Oregon Health & Science University in the United States. With a background in occupational health psychology, Dr. Dimoff’s research focuses on mental health, leadership, and training and development. As a scientist-practitioner, Dr. Dimoff bridges the gap between research and business and her work has been featured in top media outlets, including the Globe & Mail, CBC, Today’s Parent, Global News, and the National Post. She has worked with local, national, and international organizations, including Sun Life Financial, Bell Aliant, Northwestern Mutual, the U.S. Department of Defence, and Harvard University. 

In addition to numerous journal publications and chapters, she has also co-edited a book, Leading to Occupational Health and Safety: How Leadership Behaviours Impact Organizational Safety and Well-Being.



Mistreatment and Employees with Disabilities at Work


Dr. Kate Dupré is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University in the occupational health area. Prior to joining Carleton University in 2014, Dr. Dupré held a faculty position in the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2003-2013). She completed her PhD in organizational behaviour at the School of Business, Queen’s University, and her MSc in industrial/organizational psychology at Saint Mary’s University. Dr. Dupré’s research focuses on employee well-being and healthy work. She is especially interested in the personal and familial experiences of workplace mistreatment, safety, and injuries, how the work-life interface affects personal and organizational outcomes, and leadership and well-being. Dr. Dupré places particular focus on understudied populations (e.g., young workers, people with disabilities, single parents, bystanders, family members) in this research.  Across these areas of research, Dr. Dupré aims to contribute to understanding employment such that health and well-being are promoted and enhanced, ultimately generating knowledge that can be used to nurture healthy workplace environments. Dr. Dupré has published numerous articles in leading journals on these topics, and this research has been featured in many media outlets. Dr. Dupré’s research is regularly funded by major funding agencies, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has been the recipient of several teaching and research awards, including the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Research Award at Carleton University, and the President’s Award for Outstanding Research at Memorial University of Newfoundland.



Meeting the Burnout Challenge


Michael P. Leiter, PhD, Professor Emeritus at Acadia University and Adjunct Professor with Saint Mary’s University, is a researcher and writer on psychology, focusing on burnout, work engagement, and social relationships at work. He has been the Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health & Wellbeing at Acadia University and Professor of Organisational Psychology at Deakin University. Recent initiatives include improving the quality of work life through enhancing civility and respect among colleagues. He has written extensively on these issues based on his research in North America and Australia, most recently The Burnout Challenge with Christina Maslach. Residing in Nova Scotia, Canada, he consults with workplaces on making effective use of burnout surveys.



Challenges in Managing Remote Workers: From Managers’ Perspectives


Dr. YoungAh Park is an Associate Professor of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. She earned her PhD in industrial-organizational psychology in 2012 from Bowling Green State University. She studies the intersection of employees’ work-nonwork life, work stress and health, and workplace interpersonal mistreatment, focusing on organizational and psychosocial factors alleviating or aggravating stress processes. Her research has been funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and published in leading journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Management, and Journal of Organizational Behavior, among others. She received Arnold O. Beckman Research Award at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2020 and the Outstanding Practical Implications for Management Paper Award in the Organizational Behavior Division at the Academy of Management in 2015. Media outlets featuring her work include:, Illinois Public Media, Forbes, APA Monitor on Psychology, Science Daily, Scientific American, and etc. She also currently serves as an editorial board member of Journal of Applied Psychology, Human Relations, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice.


Identity Management for Workers with Concealable Disabilities: Consequences for Worker Well-being


Dr. Alecia Santuzzi is a Professor in the Social-Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program and Director of Research Methodology Services at Northern Illinois University. She received her PhD in Psychological Sciences from Tulane University and completed postdoctoral training in Quantitative Methods at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has over 20 years of experience designing and successfully executing research on the experience of social stigma from the target’s perspective, with a particular emphasis on disability stigma and identity management decisions in the workplace. Her most recent work considers social and individual factors that contribute to a worker’s decision to disclose a disability, and the costs and benefits of those decisions.



Workers with concealable disabilities and ability differences may select from a variety of strategies to either conceal or reveal their physical, psychological, or cognitive challenges while at work. Workers may engage in effortful identity management strategies to avoid social stigma, bias, and discrimination at work. However, engaging in effortful identity management may come with a cost to worker health and well-being over time. The presentation will describe recent research examining the day-to-day identity management experiences of workers with disabilities and associations with worker well-being. This work also examines the effectiveness of social and environmental conditions that may buffer the negative consequences of identity management effort on worker well-being.


Workplace Understaffing: A Psychological Perspective on this Prevalent Stressor


Winny Shen is an Associate Professor of Organization Studies at the Schulich School of Business. She conducts high-impact research and is devoted to teaching in an effort to promote inclusive, productive, and healthy work organizations. Specifically, her program of research, currently supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), centers on three themes: (1) organizational leadership, (2) diversity and inclusion in the workplace, with an emphasis on gender-related issues, and (3) worker well-being, particularly work-family issues and the consequences of workplace understaffing. This work has appeared in leading academic outlets, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, and the Leadership Quarterly. She was named a Rising Star in 2016 by the Association for Psychological Science (APS).


Management Systems and Workplace Safety


Dr. Nick Turner is a Professor of Organizational Behavior and Distinguished Research Chair in Advanced Leadership at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary. With previous positions at the University of Manitoba, Queen's University, and the University of Sheffield, his research centers on "healthy work," examining the determinants and consequences of psychologically and physically safe and enriching employment. Presently, he collaborates on studying the links between leadership and occupational safety, workplace injuries and mental health, the impact of management systems on workplace safety, the leadership potential of young individuals, and the role of mentoring in leadership development.



As occupational health psychologists, we primarily focus on individual and group-level perspectives in studying workplace safety. In this presentation, I describe the interaction among management systems, workplace safety, and the psychological experience of them. I begin by outlining management systems, including human resource management (HRM) systems, occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS), lean manufacturing systems, employment relations systems involving union-management dynamics, and labour inspection systems. Next, I provide an overview of the evidence and impact of these systems on safety outcomes. Following that, I discuss a research program investigating the relationship between HRM systems and workplace safety. This research identifies specific HRM practices that enhance safety performance at both individual and organizational levels. Additionally, I explore the psychological mechanisms and some contextual factors shaping the HRM-safety relationship. Understanding these effects allows us to expand the scope of occupational health psychology in considering workplace safety.

Moral Injury Events at Work


E. Kevin Kelloway is a University Research Professor and a Professor of Psychology and Management at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Queen’s University in 1991 and began his career in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph.


In 1999 he joined the Faculty of Commerce at Saint Mary’s University as Professor of Management and Psychology. In 2006 he was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow at the CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety. Dr. Kelloway was the founding Ph.D. Program Director for the Saint Mary’s Faculty of Commerce (2000 – 2003), the founding Director of the CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety and a founding principal of the Centre for Leadership Excellence. In 2009, he was appointed as the Tier I Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health Psychology – a position he retained for a maximum term of 14 years.


Dr. Kelloway is a prolific researcher having published over 200 articles, book chapters, and technical reports in addition to 14 authored/edited books. Active in several professional societies he is Past-Chair of the Canadian Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and in 2016 was President of the Canadian Psychological Association – Canada’s national association for psychology.  As a consultant, Dr. Kelloway maintains an active practice consulting to private and public sector organizations on issues related to leadership, occupational health psychology and human resource management.

Safety Culture Insights for Improvement


Dr. Mark Fleming has been enhancing industrial health and safety management through applied psychology research for over two decades. He joined the department of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in 2001 and in 2002 he was instrumental in founding the CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.


In 2013, Dr. Fleming became the first ever CN Professor of Safety Culture focussed of developing practical tools to assist organizations to prevent harm. He is currently involved in researching safety culture in a wide range of industries including rail, petrochemical, construction and power generation.  He continues to advise numerous Canadian and international organisations on safety culture assessment and improvement, including the International Atomic Energy Agency.  Dr. Fleming’s research aims to provide best practice guidelines to industry and criteria for successful safety programs. Much of his work on safety culture is focussed on translating research into usable practices and guidelines by producing practical tools such as his Changing Minds Guide and the Cultural Maturity Model.


For the past twenty years Dr. Fleming has been collaborating with the public and private sectors to develop tools and metrics aimed at increasing health and safety in industrial and professional environments. His collaborative applied research has spanned offshore oil and gas, patient safety, nuclear power, petrochemical and construction. Some examples of his collaborative research include the development of a healthcare journal to support communication between patients and families and healthcare professionals and collaboration with the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association to identify factors that differentiate low injury rate construction companies from high injury rate companies.

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