Meisner, B. A., Linton, V., Séguin, A., & Spassiani, N. A. (2017). Examining Chronic Disease, Pain-Related Impairment, and Physical Activity Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Canada: Implications for Current and Future Aging Populations. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, 33(3), (182-192). doi:10.1097/TGR.0000000000000154. ISSN 0882-7524
Purpose: With high levels of chronic disease (CD) and pain-related functional impairment (PFI), and low levels of physical activity (PA) among middle-aged and older adults, it...
Spassiani, N. A., Ó Murchadha, N., Clince, M., Biddulph, K., Conradie, P., Costello, F., …Tully, K. (2017). Likes, dislikes, supports and barriers: the experience of students with disabilities in university in Ireland. Disability and Society, 32(6), (892-912). doi:10.1080/09687599.2017.1320272. ISSN 0968-7599
There are more students with disabilities going to college
than ever before. It is important that colleges understand the
experiences of students with disabilities when in uni...
Spassiani, N. A. (in press). It's Okay to Teach People with an Intellectual Disability about Their Disability. The Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability
This paper introduces a newly accredited university programme for students with an intellectual disability (ID). The curriculum is largely based on disability studies pedagogy...
Friedman, C. & Spassiani, N. A. (2017). Getting Out There: Community Support Services for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Medicaid HCBS Waivers. Inclusion. 5(1), 33-44. doi:10.1352/2326-6988-5.1.33. ISSN 2326-6988
Despite an increased number of community-based services, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) continue to struggle with meaningful community participa...
Spassiani, N., Abou Chacra, M. S., & Lunsky, Y. (2017). “Why Are You Here? Can’t You Cope at Home?” The Psychiatric Crisis of People With Intellectual Disabilities and the Community’s Response. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 10(2), (74-92). doi:10.1080/19315864.2016.1278290. ISSN 1931-5864
Introduction: Individuals with intellectual disability (ID) are high
users of emergency mental health services and can experience
stigmatization in these circumstances. The pu...
Spassiani, N. A., Sawyer, A. R., Chacra, M. S. A., Koch, K., Muñoz, Y. A. & Lunsky, Y. (2016). “Teaches People That I'm More Than a Disability”: Using Nominal Group Technique in Patient-Oriented Research for People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 54(2), 112-122. doi:10.1352/1934-9556-54.2.112. ISSN 1934-9556
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) have complex healthcare needs, which are often unmet. Nominal group technique (NGT) uses a mixed-methods app...
Durbin, J., Selick, A., Casson, I., Green, L., Spassiani, N., Perry, A. & Lunsky, Y. (2016). Evaluating the Implementation of Health Checks for Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Primary Care: The Importance of Organizational Context. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. 54(2), 136-150. doi:10.1352/1934-9556-54.2.136. ISSN 1934-9556
Compared to other adults, those with intellectual and developmental disabilities have more health issues, yet are less likely to receive preventative care. One strategy that h...
Spassiani, N. A., Parker Harris, S. & Hammel, J. (2016). Exploring How Knowledge Translation Can Improve Sustainability of Community-based Health Initiatives for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 29(5), 433-444. doi:10.1111/jar.12202. ISSN 1360-2322
Community-based health initiatives (CBHI) play an
important role in maintaining the health, function and
participation of people with intellectual/developmental
Spassiani, N. A. & Friedman, C. (2014). Stigma: Barriers to Culture and Identity for People With Intellectual Disability. Inclusion. 2(4), 329-341. doi:10.1352/2326-6988-2.4.329. ISSN 2326-6988
This exploratory article examines disability culture and identity for people with intellectual disability. In doing so, we argue that the stigma around intellectual disability...
Spassiani, N. A., Jeffery-Tosoni, S., Fraser-Thomas, J. & Kuk, J. (2012). Understanding Youths’ Experiences in a Holistic Weight Management Program. Journal of youth development. 7(2), 19-26. doi:10.5195/jyd.2012.137. ISSN 2325-4017
Given elevated levels of overweight/obesity among
today’s youth (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 2008),
and associated negative physical, emotional, and psychologic...
Bailey, K. A., Baker, J., Spassiani, N. A. & Meisner, B. A. (2012). Gatekeepers of Gerontological Research: A Pilot Study Investigating Factors Influencing Research Compliance. Research on Aging. 34(5), 499-506. doi:10.1177/0164027512444290. ISSN 0164-0275
Gerontological studies note research noncompliance as a limitation of their results; however, few investigations focus on ways to minimize noncompliance.
Additionally, older a...
Spassiani, N. A. & Kuk, J. L. (2008). Exercise and the fatty liver. Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism. 33(4), 802-807. doi:10.1139/h08-059. ISSN 1715-5312
Fatty liver is an increasingly prevalent condition that is associated with several metabolic derangements, thus necessitating the development of effective therapeutic interven...