Alisa Grigorovich, PhD

Assistant Professor, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Alisa Grigorovich, PhD

Office: STH 348
905 688 5550 x5387

Alisa Grigorovich is an Assistant Professor  in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies. Her  research focuses on older adults and their formal and informal caregivers, with particular attention to stigma and inequity across diverse care settings. 

She is currently engaged in research across three interconnected areas:

1) Intelligent technologies to improve quality of care and quality of life for older adults;

2) Dementia care;

3) Arts-based and digital knowledge translation for social inclusion and practice change .  

  • Intelligent technologies in care settings  
  • Sexual expression in rural and urban long-term dementia care settings  
  • Community based research with older adults and caregivers  
  • Arts-based approaches  
  • Sexual and gender diversity in care services for older adults  


Selected Journal Articles   

  1. Kia, H., Rutherford, L., Jackson, R., Grigorovich, A ., Lopez, C. Scheim, A., Bauer, G. (2022). Impacts of COVID-19 on transgender and non-binary people in Canada: A qualitative analysis of responses to a national survey. BMC Public Health, 1284, 1-11. Co-Author
  2. Iaboni, A., Quirt, H., Engell, K., Kirkham, J., Stewart, S., Grigorovich, A ., … & Maxwell, C. (2022). Barriers and facilitators to person-centred infection prevention and control: results of a survey about the Dementia Isolation Toolkit. BMC geriatrics, 22 (74), 1-12. Co-Author
  3. Kirkham, J., Shorey, C. L., Iaboni, A., Quirt, H., Grigorovich, A ., Astell, A., … & Maxwell, C. J. (2022). Staff perceptions of the consequences of COVID‐19 on quality of dementia care for residents in Ontario long‐term care homes. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Co-Author
  4. Kokorelias, K. M., Cronin, S. M., Munce, S., Eftekhar, P., McGilton, K. S., Vellani, S., Colella, T., Kontos, P., Grigorovich, A ., Furlan, A., Salbach, N. M., Jaglal, S., Chan, B., & Cameron, J. I. (2022). Conceptualization of frailty in rehabilitation interventions with adults: a scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1–37. Co-Author
  5. Grigorovich, A ., Kontos, P., Jenkins, A., Kirkland, S. (2022). Moving towards the promise of participatory engagement of older adults in gerotechnology. The Gerontologist, 62(3), 324-331.  Principal Author
  6. Kosurko, A., Herron, R., Grigorovich, A ., Bar, R. J., Kontos, P., Menec, V., Skinner, M. W. (2022). Dance wherever you are: The evolution of multi-modal delivery for social inclusion of rural older adults. Innovation in Aging, 6(2), 1-12 Co-Author
  7. Grigorovich, A. , Kontos, P., Heesters, A., Schindel Martin, L., Gray, J., Tamblyn Watts, L. (2022) Dementia and sexuality in long-term care: Incompatible bedfellows? Dementia: the international journal of social research and practice, 21(4), 1077-1097. Principal Author
  8. Grigorovich, A ., Min, X., Lam, N., Pakosh, M., Chan, B. (2021). A systematic review of economic analyses of home-based telerehabilitation. Disability and Rehabilitation, 1–13.  Principal Author
  9. Estrella, M. E., Kirsh, B., Kontos, P., Grigorovich, A ., Colantonio, A., Chan, V., Nalder. E. J. (2021). Critical characteristics of housing and housing supports for individuals with a concurrent traumatic brain injury and mental health and/or substance use challenges: A Qualitative study.  International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(2), 1-19.10.3390/ijerph182212211
  10. Kontos, P., Radnofsky, M., Fehr, P., Belleville, M. R., Bottenberg, F., Fridley, M., Massad, S.,  Grigorovich, A. , … Whitehouse, P. (2021). Separate and unequal: A time to reimagine dementia.  Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 80  (4), 1395-1399 .      
  11. Grigorovich, A. , Kontos, P., Jenkins, A., Kirkland, S. (2021). Moving towards the promise of participatory engagement of older adults in gerotechnology.  The Gerontologist .       
  12. Grigorovich, A. , Kulandaivelu, Y., Newman, K., Iaboni, A., Khan, S., Iaboni, A., McMurray, J. (2021). Factors affecting the implementation, use, and adoption of Real-Time Location System Technology for persons living with cognitive disabilities in long-term care homes: Systematic review.  Journal of Medical Internet Research, 23 (1).      
  13. Kontos, P.,  Grigorovich, A. , Kosurko, A., Bar, R. J., Herron, R. V., Menec, V., & Skinner, M. (2021). Dancing with dementia: Exploring the embodied dimensions of creativity and social engagement.  The Gerontologist ,   61 (5), 714-723.      
  14. Sandberg, L., Bertilsdotter-Rosqvist, H., &  Grigorovich, A.  (2020). Regulating, fostering and preserving: The production of normate sexualities through cognitive ableism and cognitive othering.  Culture, Health and Sexuality.      
  15. Grigorovich, A. , & Kontos, P.    (2020). Towards responsible implementation of monitoring technologies in institutional care.  The Gerontologist, 60 (7), 1194–1201    
  16.   Kosurko, A., Herron, R., Skinner, M., Bar, R., Kontos, P.,  Grigorovich, A. , & Menec, V. (2020). Opportunities and challenges of digital delivery of Sharing Dance Seniors for social inclusion.  Romanian Journal of Communication and Public Relations, 22 (2), 23-37.       
  17. Grigorovich, A.  (2020). Governing ‘risky’ sexualities: Representations of dementia and sexuality in the news media.  Disability Studies Quarterly, 40 (3).       
  18. Kontos, P.,  Grigorovich, A. , & Colobong, R. (2020). Towards a critical understanding of creativity and dementia: New directions for practice change . The International Practice Development Journal 10 , 1-13 .       
  19. Wada, M.,  Grigorovich, A ., Fang, M. L., Sixsmith, J., & Kontos, P. (2020). An exploration of experiences of transdisciplinary research in aging and technology.  Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 21 (1), 1-27.    
  20. Kontos, P.,  Grigorovich, A.,  Dupuis, S., Jonas-Simpson, C., Mitchell, G., & Gray, J. (2020). Raising the curtain on stigma associated with dementia: Fostering a new cultural imaginary for a more inclusive society.  Critical Public Health, 30 (1), 91-102.    
  21.   Grigorovich, A. ,  &  Kontos, P. (2020). Problematizing sexual harassment in long-term residential care: The need for a more ethical prevention strategy . Canadian Journal on Aging 39 (1), 117-127.    
  22. Grigorovich, A. , & Kontos, P. (2019) A critical realist exploration of the vulnerability of staff to sexual harassment in residential long-term care.  Social Science & Medicine, 238,  1-9  
  23.   Grigorovich, A.,  Kontos, P., & Kontos, A. P. (2019). The “violent resident”: A critical exploration of the ethics of resident-to-resident aggression.  Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 16 (2), 173-183.  
  24.   Grigorovich, A ., Fang, M. L., Sixsmith, J., & Kontos, P. (2019). Defining and evaluating transdisciplinary research: Implications for aging and technology.  Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology 14 (6), 533-542.    
  25.   Kontos, P.,  Grigorovich, A. , Colobong, R., Miller, K.L., Nesrallah, G., Binns, M.A., Alibhai, S.M.H., Parsons, T., Jassal, S.V., Thomas, A., & Naglie, G. (2018). Fit for Dialysis: A qualitative exploration of the impact of a research-based film for the promotion of exercise in hemodialysis.  BMC Nephrology, 19,  1-11.   doi: 10.1186/s12882-018-0984-4.    
  26.   Kontos, P., &  Grigorovich, A.  (2018).   Integrating citizenship, embodiment, and relationality: Towards a reconceptualization of dance and dementia in long-term care.  Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 46 (3), 717-723.
  27.   Grigorovich, A. , & Kontos, P. (2018). Advancing an ethic of embodied relational sexuality to guide decision-making in dementia care.  The Gerontologist 58 (2), 219-225.     
  28. Kontos, P., &  Grigorovich, A . (2018). Rethinking musicality in dementia as embodied and relational.  Journal of Aging Studies , Special Issue ( Aging, Body and Society: Key Themes, Critical Perspectives),  45,  39-48.  Principal Author  

  Book chapters  

  1. Grigorovich, A.,  & Kontos, P. (2021). A critical rethinking of sexuality and dementia: A Prolegomenon to future work in dementia studies and critical disability studies. In R. Shuttleworth and L. Mona (Eds.), Handbook of Sexuality and Disability (pp. 85-105). Routledge.   
  2.   Grigorovich, A.,  Kontos, P., Sixsmith, J., Fang, M.L., & Wada, M. (2021). An introduction to transdisciplinary working. In A. Sixsmith, A., J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, and M. L. Fang (Eds.) Knowledge, innovation and impact: A guide for the engaged health researcher (pp. 25-32). Springer.   
  3.   Fang, M.L.,  Grigorovich, A. , Wada, M., Kontos, P., & Sixsmith, J. (2021). Building partnerships and co-creating with diverse stakeholders. In A. Sixsmith, A., J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, and M. L. Fang (Eds.) Knowledge, innovation and impact: A guide for the engaged health researcher (pp. 47-582). Springer.  
  4.   Wada, M.,  Grigorovich, A. , Kontos, P., Fang, M.L., & Sixsmith, J. (2021). Addressing real-world problems through transdisciplinary working. In A. Sixsmith, A., J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, and M. L. Fang (Eds.) Knowledge, innovation and impact: A guide for the engaged health researcher (pp. 69-78). Springer.   
  5.   Sixsmith, J., Fang, M.L.,  Grigorovich, A. , Wada, M., & Kontos, P. (2021). Working together as a transdisciplinary team. In A. Sixsmith, A., J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, and M. L. Fang (Eds.) Knowledge, innovation and impact: A guide for the engaged health researcher (pp. 121-130). Springer.   
  6.   Kosurko, A., Skinner, M., Herron, H., Bar, R.,  Grigorovich, A. , Menec, V., & Kontos, P. (2021). Rural gerotechnology: Arts-based insights into rural ageing and the use of technology. In Skinner, M., Winterton, R., & Walsh, K. (Eds.), Rural Gerontology: Towards Critical Perspectives on Rural Ageing (pp.323-335). Routledge: London (ISBN 9780367894795).   
  7.   Grigorovich, A.  (2020). Satisfaction not guaranteed: Broadening the discourse on quality improvement in the home care system. In E. Mykhalovskiy, J. Choiniere, H. Armstrong, and P. Armstrong (Eds.), Health matters: Evidence, critical social science, and health care in Canada (pp. 131-151). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.   


Current Issues in Gerontology  

Mental Health and Aging  


Foundations in Gerontology  

  • Affiliate Scientist, KITE-Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network  
  • Academic Fellow, Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research, University of Toronto  
  • Member, Socio-Gerontechnology Network  
  • Member, Multi-species Perspectives on Dementia: International Research Network  
  • Member, Canadian Association on Gerontology  


To bridge research with practice and improve access and equity in care I develop and evaluate arts-based and digital knowledge translation initiatives.   

Examples of this work include the following links:  

  1. Dementia in new light
  2. Dementia Isolation Toolkit  
  3. Out at Home  
  4. Transdisciplinarity Game Night