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Academic & Research Community

This is the first generation of people with a developmental disability who will enjoy living into old age.  The research literature and the curricula of the helping professions are only beginning to inform our thinking and care-giving capacity related to aging with a developmental disability.  OPADD seeks to engage representatives from both research and the teaching professions to further understanding about aging with a developmental disability. It is important to prepare care-giving professionals with knowledge in the fields of gerontology and developmental disabilities.

Seniors Health Research Transfer Network (SHRTN)

SHRTN is a province-wide knowledge exchange of people involved in seniors’ health care.  SHRTN brings together researchers, policymakers and caregivers for oknowledge exchange facilitated by educators, libraries, members of the SHRTN Communities and Practice and the SHRTN champions.  By exchanging best practices, caregivers learn from each other and benefit from the latest research. Through collaboration with caregivers, researchers and policy makers are better able to respond to the needs of the field.

SHRTN hosts several Communities of Practice which deal with specific issues related to aging.  Learn more about these and the Aging and Developmental Disabilities Community of Practice in which OPADD members are active.

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Some people within the academic and research community who are engaged in work related to aging and developmental disabilities are listed below along with their respective affiliation.

Gavin Andrews, Chair
Health & Aging Society
McMaster University
Kenneth Taylor Hall
1280 Main Street. W, Rm 1280
Hamilton, ON  L8S 4M4
Tel: 525-4198 ext. 4196

Jane Barken, DSW Coordinator
Loyalist College of Applied Art & Tech.
P.O. Box 4200, Wallbridge/Loyalist Road
Belleville, ON  K8N 5B9
Tel: 613-969-1913

Dr. Angela Colantonio
Dept. of Occupational Science And Therapy
University of Toronto
500 University Ave. 9th Floor
Toronto, ON  M5G 1V7
Tel: 416-978-1098

Liliana Coman, Asst. Professor
McMaster University
School of Rehabilitation Science
1400 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON  L8S 1C7
Tel: 905-525-0069

Dave Cooper, Professor
DSW Program
St. Clair College, Chatham Campus
1001 Grand Ave. W.
Chatham, ON N7M 5W4
Tel: 519-354-9714 ext. 3243

Cameron Crawford, President
Roeher Institute
York University
4700 Keele Street, Kinsmen Bldg.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: 416-661-9611

Dr. Peter Dunn, Faculty of Social Work
Wilfrid Laurier Univesity
75 Univesity Ave. West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5
Tel: 519-884-1970

Maria Z. Gitta, Developmental Disabilities Program
University of Western Ontario
850 Highbury Ave.
London, ON  N6A 4H1
Tel: 519-455-5110 ext. 47693

Dr. Roy Hanes, Associate Professor
Carleton University – School of Social Work
509 Dunton Tower
Ottawa, ON  K1S 5B6<
Tel: 613-520-5600

Kristen Hayes, Program Coordinator
School of Health & Community Studies<
Algonquin College of Applied Arts & Tec.
1385 Woodroffe Ave.
Nepean, ON  K2G 1V8

Sandra Hobson, Assoc. Professor
School of Occupational Therapy
University of Western Ontario
1201 Western Road
London, ON  N6G 1H1
Tel: 519 661-2111

Karen Kemp, Program Coordinator – DSW
Confederation College
1450 Nakina Drive, P.O. Box 398, Station F
Thunder Bay, ON P7C 4W1
Tel: 807-475-3739


Sandra Kerr, Director, Seniors Education Programs
Ryerson University
G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON  M5B 2K3
Tel: 416 979-5000

Rosemary Knechtel, Dean
Faculty of Health Sciences & Human Services
Mohawk College
125 Fennell Ave. & West 5th St., Box 2034
Hamilton, ON  L8N 3T2
Tel: 905-540-4247

Marianne Lamb, Professor
Queen’s University
90 Barrie Street, Cataraqui Bldg.
Kingston, ON  K7L 3N6
Tel: 613 533-2669

Lisa Loiselle, Research Associate
University of Waterloo, Murray Alzheimer Research & Ed. Prog.
RBJ Schlegel-UW Research for Aging
200 University Ave. west
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Tel: 519 888-4567

Terry Lowey, Professor, DSW Program
Confederation College
1450 Nakina Drive, P.O. Box 398
Thunder Bay, ON  P7C 4W1
Tel: 807 475-6326

Karen Maddox, Assistant Professor
Lakehead University, School of Nursing
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 5E1
Tel: 807-343-8247

Paris Master-McRae, Program Assistant
School of Disability Studies
Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON  M5B 2K3
Tel:  416 979-5000

Lynn McDonald, Director, Institute for Life Course & Aging
University of Toronto
222 College Street, Suite 106
Toronto, ON  M5T 3J1
Tel: 416 978-0377

Paul McDonald, Dept. of Health Studies
University of Waterloo, Burt Matthews Hall
200 University Ave. West
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3G1
Tel: 519 888-4567

Doris Mclean, School of Applied Arts & Health Sciences
Centennial College
P.O. Box 631, Station A
Scarborough, ON  M1K 5E9
Tel: 289-5303

Joan Morgan, DSW Program Coordinator
Health Sciences Dept.
Georgian College of Applied Arts & Technology
Box 2316, 825 Memorial Ave.
Orillia, ON  L3V 6S2
Tel: 705 325 2740

Felicity Morris, Program Coordinator
 Community Service Program – Gerontology
Seneca College
13990 Dufferin Street
King City, ON  L7B 1C7
Tel:  416 491-5050


Ted Myerscough, Dept. of Occupational Therapy
Quality of Life Research Unit
University of Toronto
500 University Ave. Room 914
Toronto, ON  M5G 1V7
Tel:  416 978-1257

Dr. Rob Nicolson, Chair, Developmental Disabilities Division
University of Western Ontario
850 Highbury Avenue, Room E210 A
London, ON  N6A 4H1
Tel: 519 455-5110 ext. 47694

Joanne Nugent, Program Coordinator – DSW
Humber College
205 Humber College Blvd.
Toronto, ON  M9W 5L7
Tel: 416 675-6622 ext. 3257

Helene Ouellette-Kuntz, Assist. Professor
Dept. of Community Health & Epidemiology
Queen’s University
191 Portsmouth Ave. c/o Ongwanada
Kingston, ON  K7M 8A6
Tel: 613 548-4417

Birgit Pianosi, Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Huntington University
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Tel:  705 673-4126

Ray Pong, Assistant Professor of Gerontology
Huntington University
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON  P3E 2C6
Tel: 705 673-4126

Lindy Powell, Coordinator Elderly Persons Program
Loyalist College of Applied Arts & Techology
P.O. Box 4200, Wallbridge/Loyalist Road
Belleville, ON  K8N 5B9
Tel: 613 969-1913

Desmond Quinn, DSW – Program Coordinator
Northern College
P.O. Box 3211, Hwy. 101 East
Timmins, ON  P4N 8R6
Tel: 705 235-3211

Dr. Marcia Rioux, Chair
Critical Disabilities Studies
York University
4700 Keele Street
North York, ON M3J 1P3
Tel: 416 736-2100 ext. 22112

Dr. Eric Roy, Dept. of Health Studies & Gerontology
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W, Burt Matthews Hall
Waterloo, ON  N2L 3G1
Tel: 519 888-4567

Ellen B. Ryan, Professor, Gerontology
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON  L8S 4M4
Tel: 905 525-9140 ext. 24995

Nancy Singleton, DSW Program Coordinator
St. Lawrence College
100 Portsmouth
Kingston, ON  K7L 5A6
Tel:  544-5400 ext 1335

Pat Spadafora, Director
Sheridan Elder Research Centre
Sheridan College
1430 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON  L6H 2L1
Tel:  905 845-9430

Barbara Stanton, Dev. Consulting Program Coordinator
Queen’s University – Developmental Consulting Program
275 Bagot Street, Suite 201
Kingston, ON K7L 3G4
Tel: 613 544-4885

Kathryn Tamasi, DSW Program Coordinator
Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Techology
1460 Oxford Street East
P.O. Box 7005
London, ON  N5Y 5R6
Tel: 519 452-4430 ext. 4184

Kay Wigle, DSW Coordinator
Fansawe College
1460 Oxford St. East, P.O. Box 7005
London, ON  N5Y 5R6
Tel: 519 452-4430

Ruth Wilford,
Centre for Education & Research on Aging & Health
Lakehead University
955 Oliver Road
Thunder Bay, ON  P7B 5E1
Tel: 807 343-2127



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