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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 and an adjunct professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Guelph. He is also a faculty researcher at the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety & Health (CROSH). He holds a PhD in Health Services and an MSc in Clinical & Counselling Psychology. Clinically, he is a registered clinical psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, providing clinical services to children, adolescents, and adults. Much of his work with adults focuses on stress management and safe return-to-work.

Research Interests

Dr. Gohar's research interests are in public health and epidemiology. He conducts 'prevention-focused' research that helps identify and understand adverse health outcomes in the workplace. He applies various research methods, including knowledge synthesis (e.g., meta-analyses) and mixed methods. Presently, he has two primary areas of focus:

COVID-19: Dr. Gohar has led several studies examining the psychosocial impact of the pandemic on various occupational groups. His research lab is presently examining the mental health of Canadian healthcare providers involved in COVID-19 patient care at the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention. 

Moral Injury: Dr. Gohar is interested in understanding the impact of moral injury in veterinary care and its potential link to organizational commitment, staff shortage, absenteeism, and presenteeism.


Current Graduate Students

Selected Publications

Below is a list of recent publications. Dr. Gohar's full publication list is available on Google Scholar

*denotes students/trainees under Dr. Gohar's supervision

*Serrano, F., Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Oddson, B., *Bishai, R., Casole, J., & Gohar, B. (2022). The perceived impact of COVID-19 on functional abilities among Canadian educational workers: A cross sectional study. Frontiers in Public Health. (In Press). 

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Dong, J., Gohar, B., & Hoad, M. (2022). Examining the mental health, well-being, work participation and engagement of medical laboratory professionals in Ontario, Canada: An exploratory study. Frontiers in Public Health. (In Press). 

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Gohar, B., Sithamparanathan, G., Sun, R.Y, & Casole, J. (2022). Workplace mental health characteristics of the Indigenous workforce in Canada: A descriptive study. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (In Press). 

Cobo-Angel, C., Gohar, B., & Leblanc, S. (2022). Values and risk perception shape Canadian dairy farmers’ attitudes toward prudent use of antimicrobials. Antibiotics, 11, 550. https://doi.org/10.3390/antibiotics11050550 

Gohar, B. & Nowrouzi-Kia, B. (2022). The forgotten (invisible) healthcare heroes: Experiences of Canadian medical laboratory employees working during the pandemic. Frontiers in Psychiatry. 13:854507. doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2022.854507

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Dong, J., Gohar, B., & Hoad, M. (2022). Factors associated with burnout among medical laboratory professionals in Ontario, Canada: An exploratory study during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. International Journal of Health Planning and Management. doi: 10.1002/hpm.3460

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. 8: 1-20. doi:10.3389/fvets.2021.746716

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, 12(4), 536-543. doi:10.1016/j.shaw.2021.07.006

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. doi:10.1093/pubmed/fdab173

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