Renee-Louise Franche

Senior Psychology Advisor

WorkSafe BC

Renee-Louise Franche

Senior Psychology Advisor

WorkSafe BC

Biography

Dr. Renée-Louise Franche is a Senior Psychology Advisor at WorkSafeBC, and an
evidence-based consultant in work disability prevention and occupational health.
She is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser
University, and at the School of Population and Public Health, University of British
Columbia. She is also an adjunct scientist at the Institute for Work & Health.

Dr. Franche has extensive expertise in return-to-work research, and in translating
this knowledge to front-line return-to-work partners. Her research focuses on
developing a better understanding of how organizational, healthcare, and
individual factors contribute to safe, sustainable, and healthy return to work
following injury or ill health. Her work has helped shape return-to-work
interventions and policies in Workers’ Compensation Systems. She is well-known
for having developed the evidence-based Seven Principles of Workplace-Based
RTW Interventions, when working as a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health.
She has led a longitudinal cohort study of injured workers, the Readiness for RTW
cohort, focusing on quality of life, mental health, and work accommodation
issues. She has also led and participated in a number of systematic reviews, and
led the development of Best Practices for return-to-work/stay-at-work
interventions for workers with mental health conditions. With over 50 published
scientific papers in the area of work disability prevention, she has a strong
commitment to generating research findings to bridge the gap between research
and practice, and to enhance practices in an evidence-based fashion.