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Associate Professor and Senior Scientist, University of Toronto

Pia Kontos is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, and she is a Senior Scientist at the KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network. She is a critical scholar committed to the transformation of long-term dementia care so it is more humanistic and socially just. She draws on the arts (e.g. music, dance, improvisational play) to enrich the lives of people living with dementia. She also creates research-based drama and film to challenge structural violence in dementia care settings, 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. She has presented and published across multiple disciplines on embodiment, relationality, ethics, and dementia.


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    Associate professor of public heath , University of Toronto