Dr. Kevin Willison

External Adjunct Professor - Dept. of Sociology & Contract Lecturer (level 3) - Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies
LU - Faculty of Graduate Studies Member

Office Location: 
3rd Floor - 500 University Avenue,
Orillia Campus
Office Hours: 
By appointment. Please contact me by e-mail to arrange. 
Academic Qualifications: 

BA (Hons) - Queen’s-1991; MA - Lakehead-1993; PhD - U. of Toronto-2009

Date joined Lakehead: 
August 2007
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Research Gate Member - Link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kevin_Willison/

NOTE: If you are a Canadian student (or faculty member) in need of a thesis supervisor or (external) committee member, doing research related to gerontology, health care services research, community based participatory research, community health, and/or a topic related to Medical Sociology / the Sociology of Health and Illness - feel free to contact me at: kdwillis@lakeheadu.ca to discuss further. Thank you. 

Recent / Planned Presentations:

Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Enhancing Social Accountability via a Learning Health System.” Accepted abstract for oral presentation - Building a Socially Accountable Health Workforce session. Canadian Health Workforce Conference - CHWC 2018 - hosted at the Palais des Congrès in Gatineau, QC, October 3-5 (presentation October 4).  http://www.hhr-rhs.ca/

Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Mobilizing Research to help Address Sleep Disturbances Among the Aged.” Poster presentation for: CAG 2018 - 47th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting. Canadian Association on Aging, Vancouver, British Columbia. Conference theme: Making It Matter: Mobilizing Aging Research, Practice and Policy. October 18-20.  http://cagacg.ca/asem/cag2018/

Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Opportunities for Ontario-based Dietitians and Public Policies to Positively Impact Healthy Aging and Age-Friendly Communities.” Invited 40-minute oral presentation. For, the Ontario Society of Nutrition Professionals in Public Health (OSNPPH). Nutrition Exchange Conference, Toronto, Ontario. May 23-24.   Presentation May 24. https://www.odph.ca/annual-nutrition-  exchange


Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Addressing Mental Health and Addiction Care Needs via Engaged Scholarship and Strong Democracy.” Waypoint Research Institute’s 6th Annual Conference – Momentum: Research Realized. May 15. Holiday Inn - Barrie Hotel & Conference Centre, Barrie, Ontario. Sponsors: Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care and, the University of Toronto.

Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Understanding Perceptions Pertaining to Invasive Species in Ontario Using Symbolic Interactionism.” Oral presentation - 35th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, May 18, Fredericton, New Brunswick (Canada). Hosted by St. Thomas University, http://www.qualitatives.ca

 Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Catching the Meaning of Patient Needs and Concerns Through Inter-professional Education and Symbolic Interactionism.” Oral presentation - 35th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, May 18, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Funding to attend provided by Queen’s University (Kingston, Ont.).

Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Sleep Disturbances Among the Aged in North America: A Scoping of the Literature.” Poster presentation - Research in Aging - Dispelling Myths and Building Bridges - symposium. April 26. Sponsor: Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University. Held in Kingston, Ontario.

Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Public Input on Invasive Species in Ontario: Missing in Action.”  Oral presentation -  Sustainability Communities Workshop, Lakehead University (Orillia campus). March 24.

Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Obstructive Sleep Apnea: An Example Chronic Health condition.”  30-minute oral presentation - Champlain Seniors Service Club. Tuesday February 6. Royal Canadian Legion, Orillia Ontario.  

Willison, K.D. (2017). Title: “Understanding the Etiology of Heart Rhythm Dysfunctions via Health /Medical Sociology.” Poster Presentation - Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS) Annual Meeting. Canadian Cardiovascular Society, September 15-16, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Contact: Sara Faubert – faubert@ccs.ca Funding assistance provided by: Lakehead University (Thunder Bay campus).

Willison, K.D. (2017). Title: “Enhancing Mental Health Services via Improved Collaborations Between Symbolic Interactionist and Community Based Participatory Research Advocates.” Oral presentation - 34th Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference, May 17 - 19, Hamilton, Ontario. Hosted by McMaster University. http://www.qualitatives.ca

Teaching Positions / Educator Experience:

External Adjunct Professor - Department of Sociology (since 2016) + Lecturer - Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (since 2007). Lakehead University (Orillia Campus). Sample courses taught: Statistical Methods in the Behavioral Sciences; Research Techniques and Data Analysis; Sociology of Education; Sociology of Health and Illness; Sociology of Aging; Inquiry into Inter-professional Health Education; Sociology of Work; Social Research Traditions (Methodology); and, Perspectives in Social Thought (Social Theory). 

Term Adjunct Assistant Professor - via Distance Education. Academic terms: 2015-2018 (3 intakes); Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario). Faculty of Health Sciences (Aging and Health Programs). School of Rehabilitation Therapy. [ http://rehab.queensu.ca/programs/aghe/faculty

Part-Time College Professor [12-week sessions via contract] 2005, 2009-2015, 2017-2018. Courses: (1) Health Psychology; (2) Advocacy and Health Promotion; (3) Gerontology, Sociology and Special Needs. Location: A-PLUS Institute of Technology, Healthcare and Business (Toronto,Ontario).

Part-Time College Professor [one 13-week session via contract] 2012 Course: Introduction to Research Methods. Location: The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences (Toronto, Ontario). 

Educator / Curriculum Developer 2008-2009 Course: Learning about Health Disciplines: An Inter-professional Approach * Funded by Health Force Ontario (HFO) – Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

University Sessional Instructor [two 14-week courses via contract] 2007-2008 Courses: [1] The New Public Health; and, [2] Selected Topics in Health and Aging (Integrative Medicine). Department of Health, Aging & Society – McMaster University (Hamilton,Ontario).  

College Professor [three 14-week courses via contract] 2006-2007  Course: Health Promotion. Department of Tourism and Recreation. Humber College (North Campus,Toronto,Ontario). 

University Sessional Instructor [one 12-week course via contract] 2006  Course: Adult Development and Aging (CLD409). Department of Early Childhood Education (ECE) - Ryerson University (Toronto,Ontario).

Research Analyst (1-year Contract) 2004-05 Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) (Toronto).

Research Analyst (1-year Contract) 2003-04 University Health Network (UHN) –Toronto General Hospital – Dept. of Nephrology

Administrative Assistant – Research Division (Full-time) 2000-03 The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (Mt.Sinai Hospital - Toronto)

Research Interests: 

Social Justice; Social Determinants of Health; Sociology of Medicine; Sociology of Health and Illness; Social Gerontology; Health Services Research; Public Health; Community-based Participatory Research.

Recent Research / Consulting / Project Experience                                                                         

Research Affiliate  CERAH – the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (Lakehead University - Thunder Bay). General Focus: the Health and Well-Being of Older Individuals. 01/2009 - Present

Former Ethics Review Board Member Public Health Ontario (Toronto). 4 YR Appointment. 10/2012 – 10/2016.

Former National Panel Member - ACP+ Score - (End of Life Care Tool), Kingston General Hospital & Queen’s University, Dept. of Community Health & Epidemiology. 08/2013 – 12/2013 

Former Board Member - Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC). www.ohcc-ccso.ca - 2 YR Appointment. 10/2011 – 10/2013 

Founder & Former Chair,  The Simcoe Community Research Group (SCRG), Focus: Building Community Research Capacity. Orillia, Ontario. 01/2009 – 02/2013

Former Research Lead - Measuring Elder Abuse and Neglect - 2-YR Grant, National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (NICE). Funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC). 01/2010 – 02/2012

Former Curriculum Developer & Instructor -Course: Inquiry into Inter-professional Health Education     Funded by Health Force Ontario (Toronto) – in association with Lakehead University (Thunder Bay).                10/2007 – 04/2010

SAMPLE PUBLICATIONS TO DATE: Life-time summary:   Ʃ = 24 (to date)

Papers in a Refereed (Peer-Reviewed) Journal: 13

Book Chapters: 3    Book(s): 1    Other Reviewed Publications: 7

Willison, K.D. 2017. Contributions to the: Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Sage Publications. Editors: Virgil Zeigler-Hill and Todd K. Shackelford. ISBN: 978-3-319-24612-3  Specific chapter contributions include: [i] Creativity: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1057-1; [ii] Benevolence:doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1048-1; [iii] Type D Behavior: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1116-1

 [-] Willison, K.D., Murray, C., West, D. (2016 – book chapter). Environmental Sustainability via Community Based Participatory Research. Chapter 5 of: Environmental Sustainability. Rosario A. Turvey, Sreekumari Kurissery and, Ionel F. Pendea (editors). John Wiley & Sons Canada. ISBN: 9781119361800.

[-] Willison K.D., Lindsay S., Taylor M., Schroeder H., Andrews G. (2013 – book chapter). Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Aging and Chronic Illness: Towards an Interprofessional Approach in Primary Health Care. Chapter Two of:Adams J, Magin P, Broom A. (Editors) Primary Health Care and Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Research and Practice. London: Imperial College Press. Pages 35-50. ISBN: 978-1-84816-977-7 http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/p875

[-] Willison, K.D. (2013). Maximizing Chronic Disease Prevention and Management through Community Based Participatory Research and Inter-collaborative Practices. Open Journal of Social Science Research 1(1):7-14. DOI 10.12966/ojssr.04.02.2013.

 [-] Willison, K.D. (2011 - book). Massage Therapy Visits by the Aged: Testing a Modified Andersen Model - A Critical Perspective. Lambert Academic Publishing and, VDM Publishing House Limited.Germany. ISBN: 978-3-639-34980-1

 [-] Willison, K.D., Palos, T. (2010).  Enhancing Interprofessional Collaboration and Community-based Participatory Research through Technology. The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society. 6 (4):1-12. URL: http://ijt.cgpublisher.com/product/pub.42/prod.700

[-] Willison, K.D. (2008). Advancing Integrative Medicine through Interprofessional Education (IPE). The International Journal of Health Sociology: Policy, Promotion, Equity and Practice. Special Issue. Health Sociology Review 17(4): 342-353.

[-] Willison K.D. (2008 – book chapter). Strengthening Chronic Disease Management Capacity through Knowledge Mobilization. Chapter Two of: R.W. Pierce and R. Schwartz (Editors). New Perspectives on Knowledge, Attitudes & Practices in Health. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers. Pages 71-93. ISBN-13: 978-1-60456-036-7. URL: www.novapublishers.com

[-] Willison, K.D., Williams, P., Andrews, G.J. (2007).  Enhancing Chronic Disease Management: A Review of Key Issues and Strategies.Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice 13:232-239. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2007.06.002

[-] Willison, K.D. (2007). Assessing Chronic Disease Management Strategies Through Community Based Participatory Research.Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine, June, Vol. 2 (6):336-340. http://old.cjmed.net/html/2007626_107.html

[-] Willison, K.D. (2006). Integrating Swedish Massage Therapy With Primary Health Care Initiatives As Part Of A Holistic Nursing Approach. Complementary Therapies in Medicine; December, 14 (4): 254-260. URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17105695?dopt=Abstract

[-] Willison, K.D. (2006). Promoting Self-Care and Chronic Disease Management through Community Based Research.Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin (OHPE). http://www.ohpe.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7747&Itemid=78

[-] Willison, K.D., Andrews, G.J. (2005). The Potential of Public Health to Enhance Chronic Disease Management.  Public Health– Journal of the Royal Institute of Public Health. Short Communication. December 119 (12):1130-1132. URL: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16084543

[-] Willison, K.D. (2005). Integrating complementary and alternative medicine into primary healthcare in Canada: Barriers and opportunities.Journal of Cancer Integrative Medicine; 3(2):71-74. 

[-] Willison, K.D., Andrews, G.J., Cockerham, W.C. (2005). Life Chance Characteristics of Older Swedish Massage Therapy Users and Former Users. Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice; November, 11 (4):232-241. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctcp.2004.10.003

[-] Willison, K.D., Mitmaker, L., Andrews, G.J. (2005). Integrating Complementary and Alternative Medicine with Primary Health Care through Public Health to Improve Chronic Disease Management.Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine; 2(1) – Article 2. The Berkeley Electronic Press. http://www.bepress.com/jcim/vol2/iss1/2,  DOI: 10.2202/1553-3840.1012

[-] Willison, K.D., Andrews, G.J. (2004). Complementary Medicine and Older People: Past Research and Future Directions. Complementary Therapies in Nursing and Midwifery, 10 (2): 80-91. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1353-6117(03)00106-9

[-] Kopec, J., Willison, K.D. (2003). A Comparative Review of Four Preference-Weighted Measures of Health-related Quality of Life. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 56 (4): 317-325. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0895-4356(02)00609-1