Marc White, PhD
CEO & President
Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute
Marc White PhD is co-founder and CEO/President of the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute, formerly called the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. Dr. White was a principal investigator affiliated with AUTO21, Networks of Centres of Excellence (2009-2015). He held an appointment as Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and at the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2005 – 2008) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (2003-2005). His interdisciplinary doctoral work at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine was focused on creating a more evidence-informed continuing medical education model to improve knowledge uptake, and its utilization in practice.
Dr. White is the lead investigator for the Health and Work Productivity Web-Portal, an academic community partnership dedicated to identifying and translating best evidence on disability prevention and employee health. As part of this project the organization has produced over 160 “research to practice” webinars which have been well received with over 175,000 views and downloads (2017) on effective workplaces, as well as living well with chronic pain and other chronic health conditions.
As a community organizer and educator for over 30 years, he is passionate about creating and sustaining academic community partnerships to create stakeholder-centred, evidence-informed, systematic action plans to address “real world challenges.” Dr. White’s educational research area has more recently called by research funders “knowledge mobilization” or “knowledge translation and exchange”. A primary objective with academic community partnerships is to facilitate communication and collaboration among researchers and other stakeholders including “target audiences” through a process of problem identification and problem clarification, to create evidence-informed action plans and evaluation frameworks. An important goal is to facilitate the utilization of current high quality research evidence in education, social sciences, and healthcare to inform program planning and its evaluation.
Dr. White has organized over 20 international and national scientific conferences held in Canada, United States, United Kingdom and Europe. Since 1991 Dr. White has engaged community stakeholders in program planning, and often provided opportunities for information sharing between scientists and the public.
He is an invited scientific reviewer for several journals including Canadian Family Physician, Disability and Rehabilitation, Injury Prevention (BMJ), International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Research, Education, and Practice, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Journal of Rheumatology, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Marc is also Patient Representative with CHIR SPOR Chronic Pain Network. He is an active member of two committees - Patient Oriented Research and the Clinical Research Infrastructure Committee to enhance patient engagement in the full research cycle. Marc has a history of arthritis, chronic back pain, whiplash-associated disorders, and peripheral neuropathy.