Critical social theory applied to health, illness, and disability
Dementia and dementia care
Qualitative and arts-based methodologies and practice
2016 – 2019 Honorary Professor, Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland
2013 – present Adjunct Scientist, Baycrest Health Sciences, Rotman Research Institute
2013 – present Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Music, University of Toronto
2012 – present Associate SGS Member, Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto
2011 – present Associate SGS Member, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto
Primary Teaching Responsibilities
JRP 1000 Theory and method for qualitative researchers: An introduction
Honours & Awards
2012-2017: Early Researcher Award, Ministry of Research and Innovation
2009-2014: Canadian Institutes of Health Research, New Investigator Award
2007-2009: Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Career Scientist Award
Current Research Projects
2017 – 2020 Co-Investigator. “Improving social inclusion for Canadians with dementia and carers through sharing dance”. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Social Inclusion of Individuals with Dementia and Carers Grant. Funded by CIHR.
2017 – 2017 Principal Investigator. “Cracked: Interactive digital research resource”. Funded by the Waugh Family Foundation.
2016 – 2018 Co-Investigator. “Musical engagement and relational dementia care: Evaluating knowledge translation through research-based documentary”. Funded by Alzheimer Society of Canada.
2015 – 2018 Co-Investigator. “Older adults’ active involvement in aging and technology research and development”. Funded by AGE-WELL.
2014 – 2016 Principal Investigator. “Fit for Dialysis: Exploring research-based film as a knowledge translation strategy”. Funded by CIHR.
2014 – 2016 Co-Principal Investigator. “Traumatic brain injury in the workplace: Innovations for prevention”. Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Labour.
Kontos, P., Miller, K-L., Kontos, A.P. Relational citizenship: Supporting embodied selfhood and relationality in dementia care. Sociology of Health and Illness (Special Issue: Ageing, Dementia and the Social Mind). 2017; DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12453.
Kontos, P., Miller, K.L., Mitchell, G., Stirling-Twist, J. Presence redefined: The reciprocal nature of engagement between elder-clowns and persons with dementia. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. 2017; 16(1):46-66.
Kontos, P., Grigorovich, A., Kontos, A.P., Miller, K.L. Citizenship, human rights, and dementia: Towards a new embodied relational ethic of sexuality. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice (Special Issue: Citizenship and Dementia). 2016; 15(3); 315-329.
Kontos, P., Miller, K.L., Colantonio, A., Cott, C. Grief, anger, and relationality: The impact of a research based theatre intervention on emotion work practices in brain injury rehabilitation. Evaluation Review. 2014; 38(1):29-67
Kontos, P., Martin, W. Embodiment and dementia: Exploring critical narratives of selfhood, surveillance, and dementia care. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice (Special Issue: Embodiment and Dementia). 2013; 12(3):288-302