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Kathleen A. Martin Ginis

Professor and Director of Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, University of British Columbia

Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis is a Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Medicine and the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at The University of British Columbia. Prior to 2016, she was a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, where she also served as Inaugural Director of the McMaster University Physical Activity Centre of Excellence. Dr. Martin Ginis's research focuses on applying behavioural science to design, test and implement health behaviour-change interventions.

Dr. Martin Ginis is the Founding Director of The University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management. The Centre focuses on advancing health science on diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular health, and neurological disorders. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Disability Participation Project, a SSHRC-funded initiative that brings together over 50 university, public, private and government sector partners to improve physical activity, employment and mobility among Canadians with disabilities. She has published over 300 scientific papers and book chapters, and received over $13M in research funding.

Most recently, Dr. Martin Ginis partnered with the Abilities Centre in Ontario to conduct an ongoing Canada-wide survey of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health and well-being of children and adults living with disabilities.

In 2014, the Government of Ontario recognized Dr. Martin Ginis’s long-standing contributions to science that improves the lives of people with disabilities, by awarding her the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor and Chair in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, University of British Columbia
  • 1999–2016
    Professor, McMaster University

Education

  • 1998 
    Wake Forest University, Postdoctoral Fellowship/Behavioural Medicine and Health Psychology
  • 1996 
    University of Waterloo, Ph.D./Kinesiology
  • 1992 
    University of Toronto, B.Sc. Psychology

Honours

Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship; University of British Columbia Distinguished University Scholar; Short-listed for SSHRC 2020 Impact Award