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Basem Gohar

Assistant Professor   |   PhD, MSc, C.Psych


Dr. Basem (Bas) Gohar is an assistant professor in the Department of Population Medicine. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Guelph's Department of Psychology. Additionally, he is a faculty researcher at Laurentian University's Centre for Research in Occupational Safety & Health (CROSH) and an adjunct professor at the School of Kinesiology & Health Sciences. He holds a PhD in Health Services from Laurentian University and an MSc in Clinical & Counselling Psychology from Springfield College (USA). Clinically, Bas is a registered clinical psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and provides clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults. Much of his work with adults focuses on stress management and safe return-to-work. 


Research Interests

Bas is passionate about employee well-being with a particular focus on prevention. His research focuses on identifying and understanding various occupational risk factors such as sickness absenteeism and work stress using a biopsychosocial lens. In his recent work, he examined the psychosocial well-being of various occupational groups (e.g., healthcare, education) during the COVID-19 pandemic. He values a multidisciplinary approach in research through meaningful collaborations and applies various research methods, including knowledge synthesis (e.g., meta-analyses), qualitative and quantitative designs. Presently, Bas is particularly interested in understanding the psychological impact of moral injury in veterinary care. 

Current Graduate Students

Selected Publications

McKee, H., Gohar, B., Appleby, R., Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Hagen, B.N.M., & Jones-Bitton, A. (2021). High psychosocial work demands, decreased well-being, and perceived well-being needs within veterinary academia during the COVID-19 pandemic. (2021). Frontiers in Veterinary Science (In Press).

Gohar, B., Larivière, M., Lightfoot, N., Larivière, C., Wenghofer, E., & Nowrouzi-Kia, B. (2021). A meta-analysis of demographic, lifestyle, and physical health factors as predictors of sickness absence among nursing staff. Safety and Health at Work (In Press).

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Sithamaparanathan, G., Nadeasar, B., Gohar, B., & Ott, M. (2021) Factors associated with work performance and mental health of healthcare workers during pandemics: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Public Health (In Press). 

Gohar, B., Larivière, M., Larivière, C., Lightfoot, N., Wenghofer, E., & Nowrouzi-Kia, B. (2020). Meta-analysis of nursing-related organizational and psychosocial predictors of sickness absence. Occupational Medicine, 70(8), 593-601. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqaa144

Gohar, B., Larivière, M., Lightfoot, N., Wenghofer, E., Larivière, C. & Nowrouzi-Kia, B. (2020). Understanding sickness absence in nurses and personal support workers: Insights from frontline staff and key informants in Northeastern Ontario. Work, 66(4), 755-766. doi:10.3233/WOR-203222.

Gohar, B., Larivière, M., & Nowrouzi-Kia, B. (2020). Sickness absence in healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Occupational Medicine, 70(5), 338-342. doi:10.109 3/occmed/kqaa093.

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Nadesar, N., Sun, Y., Gohar, B., Casole, J., & Nowrouzi-Kia, B. (2020). Types of ocular injury and their antecedent factors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 63(7), 589-599. doi:10.002/ajim.23117

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Gohar, B., Casole, J., Chidu, C., & Dumond, J. (2018) A systematic review of lost-time injuries in global mining industry. Work, 60(1), 49-61. doi:10.3233/WOR-182715.

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Gohar, B., Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Mintsopoulos, V., McDougall, A., Jordan, G., Casole, J., Larivière, M., & Tremblay, A. (2016). Lost-time illness, injury, and disability and its relationship to obesity in the workplace: A Literature review. International Journal of Occupational & Environmental Health 29(5), 749-766. doi: 10.13075.ijomeh.1896.00725.  

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., E. Giddens, Gohar, B., Bautista, M.C., Shoenberger, S., & Casole, J. (2016). The quality of work life of registered nurses in Canada and the United States: a comprehensive literature review. International Journal of Occupational & Environmental Health, 22(4),341-358. doi:10.1080/10773525.2016.1241920

Nowrouzi-Kia, B. Gohar, B., Nowrouzi-Kia, B. Garbaczewska, M., Chapovalov, O. & Carter, L. (2015). Facilitators and barriers to occupational health and safety in small and medium-sized enterprises: A descriptive exploratory study in Ontario. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics,22(3), 360-366. Doi:10.1080/10803548. 2016.1158591.

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., McDougall, A., Gohar, B., Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Casole, J., & Ali, F. (2015). Weight bias in the workplace: A literature review. Occupational Medicine & Health Affairs,3(3), 1-10. Doi:10.4172/2329-6879.1000206.