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Linda Rothman

Linda Rothman

Associate Professor
EducationBscOT, MHSc, PhD
OfficeDCC-326, Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 557556
Areas of ExpertiseChild unintentional injury prevention; Determinants of health; Road traffic (cyclist and pedestrian) injury prevention; Built environment; Active transportation.

Dr. Rothman is available to supervise Occupational and Public Health (MSc) students in 2024-2025.

My professional career has included both clinical work and varied experiences in research. I originally trained as an occupational therapist at the University of Toronto, and worked with neurologically impaired children in a variety of settings. After obtaining a master's in Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Toronto, I worked in arthritis epidemiology. I subsequently joined the Research Institute at the Hospital for Sick Children, where I worked and completed a PhD at the Institute for Medical Sciences (IMS), at the University of Toronto. I did my postdoctoral training in Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University. I joined the School of Occupational and Public Health in 2019 as an assistant professor.

My area of expertise is in unintentional injury prevention and I have been involved in research related to sport, playground, road traffic and car occupant injuries. My research focus has been on child pedestrian and cycling injury prevention related to school travel and the built environment. It has recently expanded to include examining safe active transportation for all ages in a healthy cities context. My research projects involve many partners including those from academia, hospitals, not-for-profit organizations, the private sector, school boards and all levels of the government. My research has been presented at many local, national and international conferences as well as in the media.

  • POH 201: Determinants of Health
  • ENH 766: Research Project 1
  • ENH 809: Seminars
  • OP8 901: Research Methodology and Study Design for Occupational and Public Health

Research interests:

  • Children’s injury prevention
  • Road safety as a public health issue
  • Active transportation
  • Cycling and pedestrian motor vehicle collisions
  • Epidemiological methods including observational, spatial and quasi-experimental
  • Multi-disciplinary research collaborations
  • Healthy cities
  • Social equity and collisions
  • Built environment

Research projects:

  • The influence of the built environment on walking to school and child pedestrian injury
  • Social equity and pedestrian collisions and active transportation
  • Effectiveness of road safety design features
  • Evaluation of Toronto’s Vision Zero’s Road Safety Strategy
  • COVID-19 and pedestrian and cycling collisions