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Paula Gardner, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Health Sciences (Public Health), 
Brock University
1812 Sir Isaak Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON  L2S 3A1
Continuing Education Coordinator
Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research
Dalla Lana School of Public Health
University of Toronto 
To contact Paula through her Brock University email, please click here.
Websites & Blogs
Paula’s website can be accessed here:
The Mobility Project is Paula’s blog and a space dedicated to ‘sharing the amazing, cool and unbelievably inspiring images and stories that celebrate our mobility and a place to scream and rage on the barriers that limit our ability to do so’. The site can be accessed here:
Through Their Eyes is a website dedicated to the course-based age-friendly research Paula’s undergraduate students conduct. The project provides hands-on qualitative research experience to students in her Developing Healthy Communities course. The website can be viewed here.
To view Paula's CQ seminar presentation - Think with your senses, feel with your mind- Analyzing multisensory data in qualitative research', please click here.
Paula Gardner is a social gerontologist with a PhD from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and an affiliated faculty member at the Social Justice Research Institute at Brock University. Her program of research explores aging from a critical community-based perspective with a particular focus on community mobility. She has published in this area most recently in the Journal of Disability and Rehabilitation. Paula has accumulated a range of research experience from multiple perspectives, including at the community level through participating in the Age Friendly New York City Project (New York Academy of Medicine); and from the lens of clinical practice as a Research Scientist at a rehabilitation hospital (Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto, ON). At Bridgepoint, Paula led a program of research called “Moving ON!” aimed at understanding and improving the transition from hospital to home for people with mobility disabilities. Paula has published and presented her work nationally and internationally. Her research has been supported by various granting agencies including CIHR, MOHLTC, Green Shield Foundation, and Manulife Financial.
As founding member of the Pacific Rim Gerontological Research Network (PRGRN), Paula also maintains an international program of research on Active Aging (partners: Korea, Japan, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, USA).
Paula is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Brock University where she has been recognized as an outstanding educator receiving two awards: the Brock University Award for Excellence in Teaching for Early Career Faculty and Brock University Chancellors Chair for Teaching Excellence. 
Often referred to as “The Mindful Professor”, Paula uses meditation in her teaching and research in The Mindfulness Experiment. To learn more about what she does, and why, check out:
Paula also co-teaches the CQ workshop Moving Beyond Interviews: Using Creative Methods in Qualitative Health Research. 
Sample Publications:
Gardner, P. (2016). MAPx (Mobility Aid Personalization): Examining why older adults ‘pimp their ride’ and the impact of doing so. Disability & Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 5,1-7. 
*Elliott, M., & Gardner, P. (2016). The role of music in the lives of older adults with dementia aging in place: A scoping review. Dementia: The international journal of social research and practice, 0(0),1-15. (=)
Egan, M., Ceci, C., Gardner, P. Kessler, D., King., J., Lanoix, M., Malhotra, R., McGrath, C. & Rudman, D. (2016). Seniors, risk and rehabilitation: Broadening our thinking. Disability & Rehabilitation, 39(13),1348-1355. (=)
Sibley, K., Brooks, D., Gardner, P., Janaudis-Ferreira, T., McGlynn, M., O'Hoski, S., McEwen, S., Salbach, N., Shaffer, J., Shing, P., Straus, S., & Jaglal, B. (2016). Development of a theory-based intervention to increase clinical measurement of reactive balance in adults at risk of falls: A case report. Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy, 40, 1-7. ()
Seaborn, K., Edey, J., Dolinar, G., Whitfield, M., Gardner, P., Branje, C. & Fels, D. (2016). Accessible play in everyday spaces: Mixed reality gaming for adult power chair users. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), 23(2), Article 12. (=)
Egan, M., Kessler, D., Rudman, D., McGrath, C., Sikora, L., Gardner, P. & Ceci, C. (2016). Problematizing risk in stroke rehabilitation. Disability & Rehabilitation, 38(23), 2334-2344. (=)
Rudman, D.L., Egan, M.Y., McGrath, C.E., Kessler, D., Gardner, P., King, J., & Ceci, C. (2016). Low vision rehabilitation, age-related vision loss and risk: A critical interpretive synthesis. The Gerontologist, 56(3), e32-e45. (=)
Alvaro, C., Wilkinson, A., Gallant, S.N., Kostovski, D., & Gardner, P. (2016). Evaluating intention and effect. The impact of healthcare facility design on patient and staff well-being. Health Environments Research & Design (HERD) Journal, 9(2), 82-104. (=)
Gardner, P., Grose, J. (2015). Mindfulness in the Academy – Transforming our work and ourselves ‘one moment at a time’. Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching (CELT), 8, 35-46. (+)
Gardner, P., Muller, M., Prior, B., So, K., Tooze, J Eum, L., & Kuchur, O.  (2014). Wheelchair Cleaning and Disinfection in Canadian Healthcare Facilities: “That’s Wheelie Gross!” American Journal of Infection Control, 42, 1173-7. (+)
Gardner, P. (2014). The role of social engagement and identity in community mobility among older adults aging in place. Disability & Rehabilitation. 36, 1249-1257. 
Gardner, P., Katagiri, K., Parson, J., Lee, J. & Thevannoor, R.  (2012). “Not for the fainthearted”: Engaging in cross-national comparative research. Journal of Aging Studies, 26, 253-261. (+)
Gardner, P., Netherland, J., Kamber, T. (2012). “Getting Turned On”: Using ICT training to promote active ageing in New York City. Journal of Community Informatics, 8(1),1-16. (+) 
Gardner, P. (2011) Natural Neighborhood Networks – Important social networks in the public lives of older adults aging in place. Journal of Aging Studies, 25, 236-271.