The Association Between Mental Disorders and Productivity and Interventions to Improve Disability Outcomes

1 Hour (VRA) | taught by Carolyn S. Dewa, MPH, PhD

Course description

The World Health Organization has identified mental disorders as one of the main causes of disability worldwide. For workers and workplaces, this impacts work productivity through work absences, disability leaves, and reduced productivity at work. There are a variety of workplace-based interventions that can help to decrease productivity losses.

Professor Dewa will discuss the magnitude of work productivity losses related to mental disorders and the decreases in costs related to workplace-based interventions.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss factors that are related to the costs of mental illness in the workplace
  • Identify what to target in the workplace to reduce costs
  • Explain types of workplace interventions that can reduce costs
Carolyn S.  Dewa, MPH, PhD
Carolyn S. Dewa, MPH, PhD
Collaborating Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH​)

Carolyn S. Dewa, MPH, PhD is a Collaborating Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).  She received her doctoral degree in health economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and her MPH in health services administration from San Diego State University School of Public Health.  She did a fellowship at the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Policy and Management.

Dr. Dewa is a leader in workplace mental health research, particularly in disability related to mental illness among workers, the effects of mental illness on productivity and interventions to improve disability outcomes. Her awards include a Canadian Institutes of Health Research /Public Health Agency of Canada Applied Public Health Chair for her research in mental illness in the working population.  She has also received a Career Scientist Award from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session