Dr. Courtney Kennedy, BSc, MSc, PhD

  • Clinical Scientist, GERAS Centre
  • Assistant Professor (PT), Division of Geriatrics, McMaster University
  • Member, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA)

Email: kennedyc@hhsc.ca


Courtney Kennedy has a PhD in Health Research Methodology (Clinical Epidemiology; 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 McMaster Geriatric Medicine Residency program.Dr. Kennedy’s current research interests are centred on:  1) mobility in aging 2) frailty assessment and intervention 3) mind-body interventions for older adults (e.g., Dancing for Cognition and Exercise –GERAS DANCE). In collaboration with the mHealth and eHealth Development and Innovation Centre (MEDIC), Dr. Kennedy has created the GERAS Fit-Frailty App  to improve the detection of frailty in routine clinical practice (available soon on the App store). She is a Co-PI on the EMBOLDEN trial (MIRA) and co-investigator on the GERAS Frailty Rehabilitation (CIHR-funded) and Fit-Joints RCTs.

Dr. Kennedy has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and 100 conference abstracts/presentations. She is most passionate about interventions that improve the daily lives of older adults and their ability to function independently! 

Recent Awards (PI or Co-PI): 2018 Researcher-Clinician Partnership (RCP2) grant from the Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI); CABHI SPARK grant (2018-2019); Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation Gala Award Recipient (2018 & 2019); Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation (2018)