Brad A. Meisner

Assistant Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

356 Norman Bethune College - BC
Keele Campus
Phone (Office): 416-736-2100 Ext. 77451

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Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2011
School of Kinesiology & Health Science
York University

Graduate (Doctoral) Diploma in Health Psychology - 2011
Faculty of Health
York University

MSc - 2007
School of Kinesiology & Health Science
York University

HBSc - 2004
Departments of Psychology & Anthropology (Health Studies)
University of Toronto


I joined the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York University as a faculty member on July 1, 2017. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University (2011-2013) and the School of Health and Human Performance at Dalhousie University (2013-2017). 

My program of research explores a number of psychosocial factors of aging, adult development, and health-related behaviour among middle-aged and older adults or across the life course. I am particularly interested in age-related stereotypes, perceptions, attitudes, and/or discrimination (ageism) in terms of participation in physical activity, exercise, sport, recreation, and/or leisure. In my work, I use mixed methodological and social ecological approaches to understand individual, interpersonal, organizational, institutional, community, and/or policy level factors that affect aging, health, and wellness. 

Selected Publications

  • Miller, L., Brushett, S., Ayn, C., Furlotte, K., Jackson, L., MacQuarrie, M., Massie, A. S., Mathias, H., McKay, M., Meisner, B. A., Moritz, L., Stilwell, C., & Weeks, L. E. (2019). Developing a competency framework for population health graduate students through student and faculty collaboration. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. doi: 10.1177/2373379919859607

  • Spassiani, N. A., Meisner, B. A., Abou Chacra, M. S., Heller, T., & Hammel, J. (2019). What is and isn’t working: Factors involved in sustaining community-based health and participation initiatives for people aging with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 32(6), 1465-1477.

  • Hutchinson, S. L., Lauckner, H., Gallant, K. A., Silversides, C. L., & Meisner, B. A. (2019). What does it take to build sustainable intersectoral recreation initiatives? Learning from the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research. Leisure/Loisir, 43(3), 291-314.

  • Massie, A. S., & Meisner, B. A. (2019). Perceptions of aging and experiences of ageism as constraining factors of moderate to vigorous leisure-time physical activity in later life. Society & Leisure, 42(1), 24-42.

  • Meisner, B. A., Hutchinson, S. L., Gallant, K. A., Lauckner, H., & Stilwell, C. L. (2019). Taking ‘Steps to Connect’ to later life: Exploring leisure program participation among older adults in rural communities. Society & Leisure, 42(1), 69-90.

  • Stilwell, C. L., Hutchinson, S. L., & Meisner, B. A. (2019). ‘I’ve got Parkinson’s and that makes a difference’: Understanding health and leisure through a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. Society & Leisure, 42(1), 43-55.

  • Fiocco, A. J., & Meisner, B. A. (2018). Mindful aging: The association between trait mindfulness and expectations regarding aging among middle aged and older adults. Aging & Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2018.1544216

  • Hutchinson, S. L., Lauckner, H., Meisner, B. A., Gallant, K. A., & Silversides, C. (2017). Fostering self-determination and sense of belonging through leisure education: Reflections on the Steps to Connect program. Society & Leisure, 40(3), 360-376.

  • 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.

  • Meisner, B. A., & Binnington, L. E. (2017). I’m so glad you’re here: Positive aspects of informal caregiving. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 65(1), 25-26.

  • Meisner, B. A., & Levy, B. R. (2016). Age stereotypes’ influence on health: Stereotype Embodiment Theory. In V. Bengtson & R. Settersten (Eds.), Handbook of Theories of Aging (3rd ed., Chap. 14, pp. 259-276). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

  • Malone, M. R., & Meisner, B. A. (2015). Nebraska: Oscar® winning representations of aging and older adults. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health, 10(1), 1-5. 

  • Meisner, B. A. (2014). Aging in Canada. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 105(5), e399.

  • Sparks, C. R., Meisner, B. A., & Young, B. W. (2013). Investigating general and self-expectations regarding aging in a physical activity context. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 44(1), 17-36.

  • Meisner, B. A., & Baker, J. (2013). An exploratory analysis of aging expectations and health care behavior among aging adults. Psychology & Aging, 28(1), 99-104.

  • Meisner, B. A., Weir, P. L., & Baker, J. (2013). The relationship between aging expectations and various modes of physical activity among aging adults. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 14(4), 569-576.

  • Meisner, B. A. (2012). A meta-analysis of positive and negative age stereotype priming effects on behavior among older adults. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences, 67(1), 13-17.

  • Meisner, B. A. (2012). Physicians’ attitudes toward aging, the aged, and the provision of geriatric care: A systematic narrative review. Critical Public Health, 22(1), 61-72.

  • Weir, P. L., Meisner, B. A., & Baker, J. (2010). Successful aging across the years: Does one model fit everyone? Journal of Health Psychology, 15(5), 680-687.

  • Meisner, B. A., Dogra, S., Logan, A. J., Baker, J., & Weir, P. L. (2010). Do or decline: Comparing the effects of physical inactivity on biopsychosocial components of successful aging. Journal of Health Psychology, 15(5), 688-696.


Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG)
Board Director & Chair of the Educational Gerontology Division

Healthy Populations Institute (HPI)
Associate Research Scholar

Canadian Association for Leisure Studies (CALS)


Teaching and Mentorship Excellence Award, School of Health and Human Performance, Dalhousie University - 2016

New Faculty Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts, Ryerson University - 2012


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research