Dr. Peters is an Occupational Hygienist and Epidemiologist in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research. Her research focuses on the impacts of carcinogenic exposures occurring in workplace and community and environments. In particular, she is interested in minimizing exposures to known hazards (whether they be dusts, infectious diseases, various chemicals, exhausts, or radiation) to reduce the risk of occupational diseases including cancer for workers and Canadians in general. Key to these types of investigations is the complicated task of assessing people’s exposures that occurred in the past, and this area of expertise (exposure science or exposure assessment) is key to her program of research.

Dr. Peters worked for 10 years as the Occupational Exposures Lead for CAREX Canada, a national carcinogen exposure surveillance project from Simon Fraser University, and she now co-leads CAREX (as of 2017). CAREX Canada has produced estimates of occupational and environmental carcinogens that detail where and how Canadians are at risk of exposure in their daily lives. Key to the work of Dr. Peters and her team at CAREX has been Knowledge Mobilization, which is the practice of ensuring that these important results make it into the hands of those who can make a difference in cancer prevention. She is also a national expert on UV radiation exposure in outdoor workers, including measurement studies and how to design sun safety programs for outdoor workers. Additionally, she is specially trained in considerations of sex and gender in epidemiological studies, and her Postdoctoral Fellowship focused on men’s occupational cancers and pathways to prevention.

Dr. Peters’ program of research investigates known and emerging causes of cancer and other diseases in workplace and community environments. Her research is varied and includes: bringing increased attention on intervention work for outdoor workers (including exposure assessment), improving existing data sources so that environmental and occupational carcinogen exposure can be examined, developing new estimates of carcinogen exposures within CAREX Canada, identifying policy levers for controlling exposure to antineoplastic drugs and best practices for safe handling of antineoplastic drugs, and assessing whether exposure to ambient air pollution is associated with increased risk of non-lung cancers. Ongoing collaborations include understanding the impact of workplaces on the etiology of prostate cancer, investigating the impact of urban exposures (such as green space and walkability) on health, and studying COVID-19 misinformation and its impacts.

Research Interests

  • Occupational and environmental epidemiology
  • Occupational hygiene
  • Exposure assessment
  • Misinformation
  • Sex- and gender-based analyses
  • Knowledge translation
  • UV radiation

Current Appointments

Research Scientist
Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research
Alberta Health Services, Cancer Care Alberta
Calgary, Alberta

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Oncology & Department of Community Health Sciences
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta

Affiliated Scientist
Occupational Cancer Research Centre
Cancer Care Ontario
Toronto, Ontario

Affiliated Researcher
Canadian Health Adaptations, Innovation, and Mobilization Centre (CHAIM Centre)
Carleton University
Ottawa, Canada

Education and Training

  • 2015-2018  Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Health Sciences, Carleton University and Institut de la recherche scientifique – Institut Armand-Frappier
  • 2010-2015  PhD, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, University of British Columbia
  • 2004-2007  MSc, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, University of British Columbia
  • 1998-2003  BSc Honours, Earth and Ocean Sciences and Geography combined major, University of Victoria