Diversity-and-Inclusion-Speaker Rebecca-Gewurtz

Rebecca Gewurtz, PhD

Occupational Therapist and Assistant Professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University

Dr. Rebecca Gewurtz completed her graduate training in Rehabilitation Science and a collaborative program in Health Services and Policy Research at the University of Toronto. Her program of research revolves around work disability policy and is focused on workplace strategies and disability benefits. She is a co-investigator within the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy, and is involved in projects exploring the experiences of injured workers, people with intermittent work capacity, and workplace accommodation policies and practices. Dr. Gewurtz is currently working with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and a multidisciplinary team of researchers to develop the business case for hiring and supporting employees living with mental illnesses. She is also leading a federally funded study exploring policy strategies for improving employment opportunities for people with mental illness as they enter disability income support systems in Canada.