Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis joined the School of Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in July 2016. She was appointed to the UBC Department of Medicine as the Reichwald Family UBC Southern Medical Program Chair in Preventive Medicine in July 2017. From 1999-2016, she was a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, where she also served as Inaugural Director of the McMaster University Physical Activity Centre of Excellence.
Dr. Martin Ginis is the Founding Director of SCI Action Canada (www.sciactioncanada.ca), a national alliance of community-based organizations and university-based researchers working together to advance physical activity participation in people living with spinal cord injury. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Disability Participation Project (www.cdpp.ca). The CDPP is a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant that brings together nearly 50 university, public, private and government sector partners to enhance community participation among Canadians with physical disabilities.
Dr. Martin Ginis has received nearly $11 million in research funding as a Principal Investigator ($20M in total research funding), including $4M from SSHRC to fund three community-university research partnerships. She has published over 300 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters.
Her research frequently appears in the media and has been featured on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, and in The Globe & Mail, The National Post, The New York Times, “O” The Oprah Magazine, Men’s Health & Fitness, and Shape Magazine, among others.
In 2014, the Government of Ontario recognized Dr. Martin Ginis’s long-standing contributions to science designed to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury, by awarding her the Ontario Medal of Good Citizenship.
Dr. Martin Ginis resides in Kelowna, British Columbia. She is an avid runner and traveler.