Sherry L Grace


Locations / Contact Info:

368 BC
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 22364

Email address(es):

Web site(s):

PubMed Search for Grace SL Publications
My UHN Lab Website
YorkU Website

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Kinesiology & Health Science


PhD - 2001


Sherry L. Grace, PhD, FCCS holds her primary appointment as Full Professor in the Faculty of Health at York University. She is also appointed at the University Health Network, University of Toronto, as Sr. Scientist with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Prevention Program, and is a member of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.

Prof. Grace’s research centers on optimizing post-acute cardiovascular care globally, as well as cardiac psychology. She has published over 200 papers, and authored clinical practice guidelines. She led the development of the pan-Canadian quality indicators for cardiac rehabilitation, as well as national policy positions on systematic referral and utilization interventions.

Prof. Grace has earned awards from the American and Canadian Associations of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation, among other societies. Finally, she was instrumental in the development of the International Council on Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, serving on the Executive Board since inception. 

Selected Publications

Pesah, E.*, Supervia, M., Turk-Adawi, K., & Grace, S.L. (2017). A review of cardiac rehabilitation delivery around the world. Progress in CVD; 60:267-280. 

Moghei, M.*, Turk-Adawi, K., Isaranuwatchai, W., Sarrafzadegan, N., Oh, P., Chessex, C., & Grace, S.L. (2017). Cardiac rehabilitation costs. International Journal of Cardiology;244:322-32. 

Sumner, J., Grace, S.L. & Doherty, P. (2016). Cardiac rehabilitation utilization in England: Results from the National Audit. Journal of the American Heart Association. Oct 21;5(10). pii:e003903.

Turk-Adawi, K., Sarrafzadegan, N., & Grace, S.L. (2014). Global availability of cardiac rehabilitation. Nature Reviews: Cardiology, 11(10): 586-596. October. 

Samayoa, L.*, Grace, S.L., Gravely, S., Benz Scott, L., Marzolini, S. & Colella, T. (2014). Sex differences in cardiac rehabilitation enrolment: A meta-analysis. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 30: 793-800. August.

Grace, S.L., Bennett, S.*, Ardern, C.I., & Clark, A.M. (2014). Cardiac rehabilitation series: Canada. Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, 56(5): 530-535. March/April.

Grace, S.L., Warburton, D.E.R., Stone, J.A., Sanderson, B., Oldridge, N., Jones, J., Wong, N., & Buckley, J.P. (2013). International charter on cardiovascular prevention and rehabilitation: A call for action. JCRP, 33(2):128-31. March/April.

Polyzotis, P.*, Suskin, N., Unsworth, K., Reid, R., Jamnik, V., Parsons, C., & Grace, S.L. (2013). Primary care provider receipt of cardiac rehabilitation discharge summaries: Are they getting what they want to promote long-term risk reduction? Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality & Outcomes, 6:83-89. January.

Grace, S.L., Arthur, H.M., Chan, S., Cyr, C., Dafoe, W., Martin, J., Oh, P., Suskin, N., & Chessex, C. (2011). Systematizing Inpatient Referral to Cardiac Rehabilitation 2010: Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Canadian Cardiovascular Society Joint Position Paper. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 27(2), 192-199. March/April. 10.1016/j.cjca.2010.12.007 and Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 31(3): E1-E7.

Grace, S.L., Russell, K.*, Reid, R., Oh, P., Anand, S., Rush, J., Williamson, K., Gupta, M., Alter, D.A., & Stewart D.E. (2011). Effect of cardiac rehabilitation referral strategies on utilization rates: A prospective, controlled study. Archives of Internal Medicine, 171(3), 235-241. 

Other Research Outputs

Oh, P., Cyr, C., Grace, S.L., Naidoo, K., Shin, AM., Strong, M., & Suskin, N. (2009). Practice models for cardiac rehabilitation. Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention: Knowledge into Action (3nd Ed). Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation.

Cardiac Rehabilitation Barriers Scale

Grace, S.L., Turk-Adawi, K.I., Contractor, A., Atrey, A., Campbell, N., Derman, W., Ghisi, G.M.G.*, Hu, D., Mendis, S., Oh, P., Oldridge, N., Sarkar, B., & Yeo, T.J., Lopez, F., & Sarrafzadegan, N. (2016). Consensus statement: Cardiac rehabilitation delivery model for low-resource settings. Heart;102:1449-1455 (available on guideline clearinghouses and

Certification program to train healthcare providers and trainees on how to deliver each core component in above low-resource model:

Grace, S.L., Poirier, P., Norris, C.M., Oakes, G., Somanader, D.*, & Suskin, N. (2014). Pan-Canadian development of cardiac rehabilitation and secondary prevention quality indicators. Canadian Journal of Cardiology, 30(8): 945-948. ​




University Health Network -Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
Sr. Scientist, Cardiorespiratory Fitness Team

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Health, & Disease Program, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine

University Health Network – Peter Munk Cardiac Centre
Research Director

Service/Community Activities

Canadian Cardiovascular Society
Chair, Cardiac Rehabilitation / Secondary Prevention Indicators Chapter Working Group, Canadian Cardiovascular Society

International Council of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation


Leadership Prize (Best Manuscript in Women's Health Issues), Jacob’s Institute of Women’s Health - 2003

Journal Paper Award, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine - 2008

New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research - 2007

Outstanding Contributions to Health Psychology, American Psychological Association - 2010

Leadership Award - Knowledge Translation, Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation - 2012

Fellow, Canadian Cardiovascular Society - 2016

Established Investigator Award, American Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation - 2018

Terry Kavanagh Lecture, Canadian Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation - 2018


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

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

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Not Indicated

Current Research

Developing and evaluating cardiac rehabilitation programs for low and middle-income countries.


Research Projects

Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $434,000
Year Funded: 2012
Duration: 6
Funded by: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Sherry L Grace