Desre Kramer

Associate Director

Dr. Desre Kramer is Associate Director and Scientist at the Occupational Cancer Research Centre. She is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and Occupational Health at Ryerson University. Until the end of 2011, she was the Associate Director of the Centre of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD) at the University of Waterloo. She holds an MES in Environmental Studies from York University, an MSc in Public Health Sciences from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from OISE/University of Toronto. Her research interests are in the sociology of knowledge, knowledge transfer, knowledge mobilization, social network analysis, qualitative research, implementation theory, diffusion of innovation, and workplace intervention research. At OCRC, she takes the lead on intervention and prevention research with a focus on occupational cancer and occupational health and safety. She has conducted research in mining, the petrochemical industry, manufacturing, healthcare, and construction. She holds research grants from CCSRI, CIHR, CPAC and the Ministry of Labour.

Key Appointments

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinesiology, at the University of Waterloo
  • Adjunct Professor at the School of Public and Occupational Health at Ryerson University
  • Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Work & Health


  • MES (Work and Health), York University (1997)
  • M.Sc (Sociology of Medicine), University of Toronto (1999)
  • Ph.D. (Adult Education), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (2002)

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