Dr. Kevin Willison

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

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: 


Graduate students  - if you need a supervisor or thesis committee member who has an interest in medical sociology / the sociology of health and illness; the sociology of aging / social gerontology; public health; social determinants of health; and/or the sociology of knowledge - please contact Dr. Kevin Willison at: kdwillis@lakeheadu.ca 


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

Publishing Contributions

 2020:My role - Textbook Reviewer for: New Society, edited by Dr. Robert Brym. 9th Canadian Edition (as a consultant towards the development of a proposed 10th edition).  Publisher: Nelson Education Limited. Contact: Nicola Smith, Content Coordinator, nicola.smith@nelson.com

2020:My role – Report Contributor and Assistant Editor (Rehabilitation Care Alliance, Toronto). Our committee (the Community-based Rehabilitation Advisory Group) contributed information that has led to (in progress):Part 1: The Value of Community-based Rehabilitation * In the coming weeks, our team will also submit Part 2: In Home Rehabilitation. Contact: Gabrielle Sadler, Project Manager, gabrielle.sadler@uhn.ca

2019:My role – Report Contributor (Rehabilitation Care Alliance, Toronto). Our committee (the Access & Restore Frail Senior Advisory Group) contributed information that led to the following completed report: Driving System Change. (refer to page 61 and link below) 


2017:My role – Participant - CIHR Celebrating Health Research Storybook Project. Celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday. Link: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/50395.html

2017:My role – Researcher / Author of three submissions: Contributions to the: Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Edited by Virgil Zeigler-Hill and Todd K. Shackelford. Springer Publishing Company.  ISBN 978-3-319-24610-9.  

 [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 


2015:My role – ACCEPT Study Team Member (via the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET). Our team provided input which significantly contributed towards a publication entitled: “Discordance between patients’ stated values and treatment preferences for end-of-life care: results of a multicentre survey.” BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, vol. 7 (3). http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2015-001056  Contact: team leader and P.I.: Dr. D. Heyland, MD, Kingston General Hospital (Kingston, Ontario).  Email: dhk2@queensu.ca  

2015:My role – Delphi Process Team Member (via the Canadian Researchers at the End of Life Network (CARENET). Our team provided input which significantly contributed towards a publication entitled: “Improving End-of-Life Communication and Decision Making: The Development of Conceptual Framework and Quality Indicators.” Journal of Pain and System Management, 49 (6): 1070-1080. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.12.007  

2015:My role – Curriculum Developer via text PowerPoint slides (24 chapters), for Oxford University Press (Canadian Division). 4th edition of Lorne Tepperman and Patrizia Albanese’s Sociology. Contact: Katherine Skene, Editor-in-Chief, OUP Tel. (416) 441-2941 (x5694).

2013:My role - Textbook Reviewer for: Sociology: A Canadian Perspective, Third Canadian Edition. Publisher: Oxford University Press (Canada).

2011 and 2012:My role - Textbook Reviewer for: Sociology in Our Times, for both 5th and 6th Canadian Editions. Publisher: Nelson Education Limited. (Canada).

2004: My role - Glomerulonephritis - Assistant Registrar / Data monitor. This role included the collection and management of patient data, which contributed towards a publication in the journal Kidney International (Vol. 66, 2004: pages 1199 - 1205). This work was supported in part by a CIHR grant (no. 452773L). Contact: Dr. Daniel Cattran, Toronto General Hospital, Nephrology Division, University Health Network. Email: daniel.cattran@uhn.on.ca  K. Willison cited in acknowledgments: https://www.kidney-international.org/article/S0085-2538(15)50174-9/pdf   

2002: My role - Editor. I assisted in a review and editing of the following published article: Yan, J, Zhang, Y., Jia, Z., Taverna, F.A., McDonald, R.J., Muller, R.U., and Roder, J.C. “Place-Cell Impairment in Glutamate 2 Mutant Mice.” The Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 22: RC204. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.22-03-j0002.2002  - Kevin Willison is cited in: https://www.jneurosci.org/content/jneuro/22/3/RC204.full.pdf

Recent Presentations

Willison, K.D. (2019). “The Rising Tide of Fuzzy Logic within Gerontology.” 48th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting – Navigating the Tides of Aging Together. Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG). https://cag2019.ca/ October 24-26, Moncton, New Brunswick.

Willison, K.D. (2019). “Incorporating Fuzzy Logic within Cancer Research to Help Improve Integrative Health Care and Chronic Disease Management.” Seventh World Congress on Cancer Research Survivorship and Management. August 22-23, Tokyo, Japan.

Willison, K.D. (2019). “Fuzzy Logic as a Contributor to an Ethos of Using Machines.” Research and Innovation Week. Theme: Rise of the Machines. Lakehead University. March 5. Orillia, Ontario.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.30111.61607

Willison, K.D. (2018). Title: “Enhancing Social Accountability via a Learning Health System.” 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 (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.   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 (2016 - 2024) + Lecturer (Level 3) - Department of Interdisciplinary Studies (since 2007). Lakehead University (Orillia Campus). Sample courses taught: 

Introduction to Sociology; Contemporary Sociological Theory; Foundations of Sociological Research; the Sociology of Aging; Inquiry into Interprofessional Education; the Sociology of Education; Research Techniques and Data Analysis; SPSS; Early Sociological Theory;  the Sociology of Health and Illness; Statistical Methods in Behavioral Research; Family Sociology; the Sociology of Work; and the Sociology of Law.

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; Sociological Social Psychology; Social Determinants of Health; Sociology of Health and Illness; Social Gerontology; Health Services Research; Public Health; Community-based Participatory Research; Sociology of Knowledge. 

Recent Research / Consulting / Project Experience                                                                         

Research Affiliate- Institute for Life Course and Aging. University of Toronto (Canada).  

Member - The Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) https://cagacg.ca/ 

Member - The Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) https://www.csa-scs.ca/

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