Marie Laberge, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Contact details (Research)
Centre de recherche du CHU Ste-Justine
Centre de réadaptation Marie Enfant
5200 rue Bélanger
Montréal (Québec) H1T 1C9
Bureau : GR-118
T 514 374-1710 ext. 8606
514 723-7116

Contact details (School of Rehabilitation)
T 514 343-6111 ext. 17354
F 514 343-2105



  • B.Sc. – Occupational Therapy, Université Laval (1994)
  • Specialized Diploma – Ergonomic Intervention in the field of Ocupational Health and Safety (1995)
  • M.Sc. – Biology (Ergonomics), Université du Québec à Montréal (1997)
  • Ph.D. – Biology (Ergonomics), Université du Québec à Montréal (2011)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Institute for Work & Health (2012)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Strategic Training Program on Work Disability Prevention (WDP), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (2011-2013)

Current research projects

  • Utilization-focused evaluation of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) learning tools
  • Unusual-unexpected event management strategies used by young workers in semiskilled trades and their OHS impacts.
  • Workplace-based and system-based return to work disability management interventions: a systematic review of the literature
  • Exploratory study on policies and practices related to the integration and retention of women in non-traditional career job
  • Parents views of 12 to 14 year olds working Project

Selected publications

  • Laberge, M., Vézina, N., Calvet, B., Lévesque, S. Vézina-Nadon, L. 2012. « Supervision of Apprentices in Semi-skilled Trades and OHS: Differences Between Program Stipulations and Workplace Realities ». Relations In-dustrielles/Industrial Relations, 16(2) 199-220.
  • Laberge, M., Vézina, N., Saint-Charles, J. 2012. « Safe and healthy integration into semiskilled jobs: does gender matter? ». Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, vol. 41, suppl.1 , p. 4642-4649
  • Laberge, M. Ledoux, E. 2011. « Occupational Health and Safety Issues Affecting Young Workers: A Review of Literature ». Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, vol. 39, no. 3 p. 215-232.
  • Laberge, M., Vézina, N., Calvet, B. Ledoux, E. 2010. « Le parcours de formation axée sur l’emploi au secondaire : Quelles sont les implications pour la santé et la sécurité du travail? ». Travail et santé, vol. 26, no.2, p. S7-13.
  • Laberge, M. (2011). Accueil et intégration sécuritaire et compétente en emploi des élèves inscrits à la Formation menant à un métier semi-spécialisé du Parcours de formation axée sur l’emploi. Thèse de doctorat. UQAM.

Research interests

Objects :

  • Socio-professional integration of adolescent with diverse kind of difficulties, such physical, mental or behavioral disability. School to work transition. Relationship between working conditions, work activities, skill development and occupational health & safety. Education science and competence approaches. Social constructivist paradigm of human development.
  • Work disability prevention: primary, secondary and tertiary intervention aiming integration, retention and return to work of at-risk or injured workers (work-related musculoskeletal disorders and/or work accidents).
  • Systemic inequities affecting men and women in term of work conditions and health consequences. .
  • Development and implementation of health promotion interventions in school and workplaces

Methods :

  • Eco-health approach: participation, intervention, transdisciplinary, and social justice.
  • Ergonomic analysis of work activity to understand workplace determinants and risk factors of work injury.
  • Gender-sensitive analysis
  • Utilization-focused Evaluation (implementation science)
  • Tools : workplace observations, verbalisations, reflexive methods (e.g. : auto-allo confrontation interviews). Mixed methods.