Ivan Steenstra


Current appointments

2016 - Manager, Research & Analytics, Morneau Shepell

2015 - Adjunct Scientist, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto, Ontario

2015 - Adjunct Faculty, Faculty of Workplace Health Sciences, Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, Port Alberni, British Columbia

2010 - Researcher, Center of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario


Post-Doctorate Diploma, Work Disability Prevention CIHR Strategic Training Program, Canada

Ph.D., Public & Occupational Health, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

M.Sc., Epidemiology, VU University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

M.Sc., Human Movement Sciences, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

B.A., Education, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Areas of Expertise

  • Work Disability Prevention
  • Return-to-Work Management
  • Low back pain
  • Intervention research
  • Prediction
  • Systematic reviews
  • Upper extremity disorders
  • Measurement

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

Steenstra IA, Busse JW, Tolusso D, Davilmar A, Lee H,  Furlan AD, Amick III BC, Hogg-Johnson S. Predicting Time on Prolonged Benefits for Injured Workers with Acute Back Pain. 2015 Jun;25(2):267-78. doi: 10.1007/s10926-014-9534-5. (PMID: 25164779) 

Berolo S, Steenstra IA, Amick III BC, Wells RP. A comparison of two methods to assess the usage of mobile hand-held communication devices. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2015;12(4):276-85. doi: 10.1080/15459624.2014.973111.(PMID: 25436479)

Busse JW, Bruno P, Malik K, Connell G, Torrance D, Ngo T, Kirmayr K, Avrahami D, Riva JJ, Ebrahim S, Struijs P, Brunarski D, Burnie S, LeBlanc F, Coomes EA, Steenstra IA, Slack T, Rodine R, Jim J, Montori V, Guyatt GH. An efficient strategy allowed English-speaking reviewers to identify foreign-language articles eligible for a systematic review". J Clin Epidemiol. 2014 May;67(5):547-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2013.07.022. [Epub 2014 Mar 5.] (PMID: 24613496).

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Recently Funded Grants

Steenstra IA, Lowe G, McIntosh G, Saunders R, Chappel J, Geary J, White M, Beaton DE, Gignac M, Gross DP, Irvin E, Loisel P,  Pransky G, Puts M, Scott-Marshall H, Tompa E, Van Eerd D, Wilkie R, Cielen B, Thorpe K. A review of the role of aging in return to work and stay at work. CIHR Knowledge Synthesis Grant competition $89,622 (Jan 2014 - Jan 2015).

Steenstra IA, Furlan AD, Amick III BC, Hogg-Johnson S, Busse JW, McIntosh G. Predicting successful return to work in worker on disability due to low back pain. CIHR Operating Grant $322,946 (Sep 2014 - Jan 2018).

Gross DP, Steenstra IA, Shaw  WS, Shaw N, Williams-Whitt K, Niemelainen R, Rupert R,  Woodhouse L. Clinical Decision Support Tools for Managing Disabling Musculoskeletal Disorders. WCB Manitoba $88,085 (Sep 2012 - Aug 2014).

To contact: ivan.steenstra@ryerson.ca

For more information, visit: https://www.iwh.on.ca/researchers/ivan-steenstra