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

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 (Neuroscience) & Anthropology (Health Studies)
University of Toronto


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

As an interdisciplinary gerontologist, Brad’s research focuses on the intersection of biological, psychological, and social dimensions of aging, adult development, and older adulthood. He is particularly interested in the impact of age-based stigma (ageism) on the health and lives of aging adults, including the influence of age stereotypes (beliefs), prejudice (attitudes), and discrimination (behaviour) that manifest at individual, interpersonal, organizational/institutional, and population/policy levels. Brad uses collaborative research approaches as well as mixed and multi-methodologies in his work.

Selected Publications

  • Meisner, B. A. (2020). Are you OK, Boomer? Intensification of ageism and intergenerational tensions on social media amid COVID-19. Leisure Sciences, 1-6. doi: 10.1080/01490400.2020.1773983 (Click Here)

  • Meisner, B. A., Boscart, V., Gaudreau, P., Stolee, P., Ebert, P., Heyer, M., Kadowaki, L., Kelly, C., Levasseur, M., Massie, A. S., Menec, V., Middleton, L., Sheiban Taucar, L., Thornton, W. L., Tong, C., van den Hoonaard, D. K., & Wilson, K. (2020). Interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches needed to determine impact of COVID-19 on older adults and aging: Canadian Association on Gerontology/L’Association canadienne de gérontologie (CAG/ACG) and Canadian Journal on Aging/La revue canadienne du vieillissement (CJA/RCV) joint statement. Canadian Journal on Aging/La revue canadienne du vieillissement, 1-11. doi: 10.1017/S0714980820000203 (Click Here) (Open Access)

  • Barber, B. V., Weeks, L. E., Spassiani, N. A., & Meisner, B. A. (2020). Experiences of health and aging for younger adults in long-term care: A social-ecological multi-method approach. Disability & Society. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2020.1751074. (Click Here)

  • Fiocco, A. J., & Meisner, B. A. (2020). Mindful aging: The association between trait mindfulness and expectations regarding aging among middle aged and older adults. Aging & Mental Health, 24(4), 591-595. (Click Here)

  • 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 (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)

  • 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. (Click Here)


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)

Canadian Journal on Aging (CJA)
Editorial Board Member & Book Reviews Editor


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