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Griffin, Meridith BW


Meridith Griffin’s research uses interviews, observations, and ethnography to understand the barriers and facilitators that older adults experience when they participate in new physical activities. Meredith believes that, although the physical and social benefits of fitness and exercise are generally well-known, research has yet to unravel why many people spend their lives aware of how to stay healthy and exercise, but not taking the appropriate action to do so. As an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society, Meridith is doing innovative work to destabilize long-held self-perceptions to help increase physical participation in older populations. Meredith’s research explores qualitative methods and social aspects of taking up physical activities in later life, and the intersections of disability and physical activities such as sports participation.


Postdoctoral Fellow, European Centre for the Environment and Human Health

Ph.D., Sport and Health Sciences, University of Exeter
MA, Human Kinetics, University of British Columbia
B.Kin Hons, Kinesiology, McMaster University

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