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Research & Community Engagement Seminar, Episode 5 featuring Dr. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos

On June 24, 2021 the Calgary Adapted Hub powered by Jumpstart hosted Dr. Kelly Arbour Nicitopoulos in the fifth instalment of the Community Engagement and Knowledge Translation Seminar series. Dr. Arbour Nicitopoulos presentation “Quality Play in Children and Youth with Disabilities – A Right or a Privilege?” is available in full length here.

About the speaker:

Dr. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and an Advisory Member of the Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Centre at the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. 

She is also an Adjunct Scientist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, the Co-Director of Knowledge Mobilization for the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability, and an Associate Editor of Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly. Situated within the field of exercise psychology, her research program is theory-driven, using both quantitative and qualitative methods to measure, understand, and change physical activity behaviour in children and youth experiencing disability. 

Knowledge mobilization is at the heart of her research. As such, she actively collaborates with families as well as community organizations to ensure her research addresses inclusion and access barriers to physical activity within the disability community. She is currently the lead investigator of a national physical activity measurement study of children and youth with disabilities and an inclusive playgrounds project, both of which are funded by Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities. She is also the co-founder of an inclusive community-based physical activity program (Igniting Fitness Possibilities) that reaches out to children and youth with and without disabilities.

Acknowledgements:

The Calgary Adapted Hub powered by Jumpstart would like to thank Dr. Arbour Nicitopoulos for sharing her presentation with our community – and above all else, thank you to those who are joining us on this journey of learning to create a more inclusive and accessible community!