Dr. Courtney Kennedy, BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr. Courtney Kennedy, BSc, MSc, PhD
  • Associate Scientific Director, GERAS Centre
  • Assistant Professor (PT), Division of Geriatrics, McMaster University
  • Member, Ontario Osteoporosis Strategy for Long-Term Care​
  • Member, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA)

Email: kennedyc@hhsc.ca


Courtney Kennedy is a Clinical Scientist/Associate Scientific Director at the GERAS Centre at Hamilton Health Sciences. She has a PhD in Health Research Methodology (McMaster), an MSc in Community Health (Queen’s) and a BSc in Psychology (Alberta). Dr. Kennedy is actively involved in trainee development including undergraduate and graduate students and as the Research Director for the Geriatric Medicine Residency program.​

Dr. Kennedy’s areas of expertise include gerontology, clinical epidemiology, and implementation science. Her current research interests are centred on: 
1) mobility in aging 2) improving frailty assessment and care models  3) mind-body interventions for improving cognitive function. She is the research lead for the Dancing for Cognition and Exercise (DANCE) program funded by a 2018 Researcher-Clinician Partnership (RCP2) grant from the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation. She is also co-investigator on the Fit-Joints RCT and Health Tapestry-TRIAGE

Dr. Kennedy was a project recipient of the 2018 Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Gala for her work on creating the Fit-Frailty App to improve the detection of frailty in routine clinical practice. In 2016, she received a Young Investigator Award from the American Society for Bone & Mineral Research and twice received an Osteoporosis Canada /CaMOS Study Fellowship.

She is most passionate about interventions that improve the daily lives of older adults and their ability to function independently!