My current research program represents a convergence of several key interests or themes: the use of critical social theory and qualitative research methods to examine the norms and assumptions underpinning care practices in long-term care and rehabilitation settings; a philosophy and approach to person-centred care that emphasize embodied selfhood (the importance of the body--its movements and gestures--for self-expression), individualizing care and psychosocial interventions in the clinical area of dementia; and the development, implementation and evaluation of arts-based approaches such as research-based theatre, improvisational drama, and film to bridge my social science research on person-centred care with practice in long-term care and rehabilitation settings.
Dementia (London). 2016 May;15(3):358-80
Dementia (London). 2016 May;15(3):315-29
Disabil Rehabil Assist Technol. 2016 Apr 7;:1-11
J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb;64(2):347-53
Presence redefined: The reciprocal nature of engagement between elder-clowns and persons with dementia.
Dementia (London). 2015 Apr 23;
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Feb 6;
Traumatic brain injury among men in an urban homeless shelter: observational study of rates and mechanisms of injury.
CMAJ Open. 2014 Apr;2(2):E69-76
Grief, Anger, and Relationality: The Impact of a Research-Based Theater Intervention on Emotion Work Practices in Brain Injury Rehabilitation.
Eval Rev. 2014 Apr 17;38(1):29-67
Embodiment and dementia: exploring critical narratives of selfhood, surveillance, and dementia care.
Dementia (London). 2013 May;12(3):288-302
Dementia (London). 2013 May;12(3):283-7
Senior Scientist, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI)
Associate Professor (status-only), Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto (2013-present)
Adjunct Scientist, Baycrest Health Sciences, Rotman Research Institute (2013-present)
Associate Researcher, Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, McMaster University (2013-present)
Associate SGS Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto (2012-present)
Associate SGS Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto (2011-present)
Academic Fellow, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto (2009-present)