Faculty Member

Pia Kontos PhD

Email Address(es)
Office Phone
416-597-3422 x7609
Office Address
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network 550 University Avenue, Suite 11-171 Toronto, ON M5G 2A2
Social & Behavioural Health Sciences Division
Associate Professor
SGS Status
Full Member
Appointment Status
Status Only

Research Interests

  • Critical social theory applied to health, illness, and disability
  • Embodiment theory
  • Ethics
  • Dementia and dementia care
  • Qualitative and arts-based methodologies and practice

Other Appointments

  • 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.

Representative Publications

  • 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
  • Kontos, P. Alzheimer expressions or expressions despite Alzheimer’s?: Philosophical reflections on selfhood and embodiment. Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities 2012; 4(May 31). Retrieved from http://arcade.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/article_pdfs/OCCASION_v04_Kontos_053112_0.pdf.