core principal researcher
Dr. Paula van Wyk completed her PhD in Kinesiology at Western University, London, ON. She obtained her Master's in Human Kinetics at the University of Windsor.
Dr. van Wyk’s research interests include person-environment fit required to enable an older adult to remain living at home, cognitive reserve, increasing the quality of life among the increased quantity of life, caregiver burden, education in geriatrics, fall prevention, and rehabilitation interventions. Older adults are essentially a “special population” or a “vulnerable population”. Dr. van Wyk also has research interests focused on improving the quality of care, quality of life and enabling physical abilities of individuals who may be considered a “special population”. In addition to older adults, this includes individuals with Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s and an Autism Spectrum Disorder, to name a few.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)