Senior Scientist,Toronto Rehabilitation Institute - University Health Network and Associate Professor, University of Toronto

Pia Kontos’ research program represents a convergence of several key interests or themes: critical interrogation of norms and assumptions underpinning care and relational practices in long-term care and rehabilitation settings; a philosophy and approach to relational care that emphasizes embodied selfhood (the importance of the body – its movements and gestures – for self-expression and reciprocal engagement); and the arts for triggering personal and organizational change, and for life enrichment. The aim of her research is to challenge dominant assumptions, foster critical reflection, and envision new possibilities for supporting, caring, and relating. Pia’s work is interdisciplinary drawing upon philosophy, sociological studies of health, critical social theories, and the arts. Her qualitative research experience includes the use of research-based theatre, improvisational drama, and film, and participant observation, visual and interview methods.


  • –present
    Associate professor of public heath , University of Toronto