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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 a clinical psychologist. He leads the University of Guelph's Research in Occupational Health & Wellness (UGROHW) lab, which examines occupational risk factors with an emphasis on workplace mental health. 

Other Appointments: 
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Guelph 
Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Public Health Sciences, University of Waterloo
Affiliate Faculty & Adjunct Professor, Centre for Research in Occupational Safety & Health 

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.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS: Dr. Gohar's lab may consider one Ph.D. student with a start date of January or September 2023. If interested, please click here

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

Thompson, R., Hagen, B., Lumley, M., Winder, C., Gohar, B., & Jones-Bitton, A. (2022). Mental health and substance use for farmers in Canada during COVID-19. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  19(20): 13566. doi:10.3390/ijerph192013566

Nowrouzi-Kia, B. Gohar, B., Sithamparanatha, G, Sun, R. & Casole, J. (2022). Workplace mental health characteristics of the Indigenous workforce in Canada: A descriptive study. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation 10.3233/wor-210927

*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, 10(879141), 1-9. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2022.879141

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Dong, J., Gohar, B., & Hoad, M. (2022). Examining the mental health, well-being, participation and engagement of medical laboratory professionals in Ontario, Canada: An exploratory study. International Journal of Health Planning and Management, Online, 1-15. https://doi.org/10.1002/hpm.3460

Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Gohar, B., Sithamparanatha, 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 10.3233/wor-210927

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