Bonnie Kirsh

Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy


Rehabilitation Sciences Building
500 University Avenue, Floor 9, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5G 1V7
Research Interests
Occupational Science, Rehabilitation Health Services Studies, Social and Cognitive Rehabilitation Sciences, Stigma Reduction Interventions and their efficacy, Employment and Mental Health Consumers, Workplace Culture and Mental Health, Community Support For Mental Health Consumers, Quality improvement in Community Mental Health, Return-to-Work Issues for Injured Workers, Qualitative Methods, Mixed Methods, Participatory Research.
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Dr. Bonnie Kirsh is a Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and holds cross appointments to the Department of Psychiatry and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto as well as the School of Occupational Therapy at Dalhousie University. She was a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Workforce Advisory Committee from its inception. Her primary research focuses on community and work integration for persons with mental illnesses, and she has conducted studies examining workplace anti-stigma initiatives, organizational culture and mental health, Canadian principles and practices in the area of work integration, social policy as it relates to employment for people with mental illnesses, and supported employment. She uses mixed methods in her research including quantitative, qualitative and participatory research.

Recent Publications

  1. Kirsh, B, Friedland, J., Cho, S, Gobalasundaranathan, N., Orfus, S., Salkovitch, M., Snider, K. & Webber, C. (in press). Experiences of university students living with mental health problems: Interrelations of the self, the social, and the school. WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation.
  2. Gewurtz, R., Rush, B., Cott, C. & Kirsh, B. (2015). How does outcome-based funding affect service delivery? An analysis of consequences within employment services for people living mental illnesses. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 42(1), 19-28.
  3. Stuart, H., Chen,S., Christie, R., Dobson, K., Kirsh, B., Knaak, S., Koller, M., Krupa, T., Lauria-Horner, B., Luong, D., Modgill,G. , Patten, S, Pietrus, M., Whitley, R., & Szeto, A.(2014). Opening Minds in Canada: Targeting change. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 59 (10 Suppl 1), S13-18.
  4. Illman, S., Spence, S., O’Campo, P. & Kirsh, B. (2013). Exploring the occupations of homeless adults living with mental illnesses in Toronto. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy. 80(4), 215-223.
  5. Kirsh, B., Slack, T. & King, C. (2012). The nature and impact of stigma towards injured workers. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 22(2), 143-154.