Hello. I’m Julia Gray.
I’m a researcher, scholar, writer, and artist, and currently an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Health and Society at University of Toronto Scarborough. I help people understand how the social world shapes what they do, as well as imagine, design and lead conversations to advance change, with a focus on health humanities. My work centres on disability and aging inclusion, and I aim to build senses of belonging by engaging different ways of becoming and knowing through performance and the arts.
With over 20 years of experience under my belt, my award-winning research, writing and arts projects have reached a wide range of community and academic audiences. I hold a PhD from the University of Toronto.
Here are a few examples of projects I’ve been lucky enough to work on:
- Developed opportunities for a wide range of dementia care partners and stakeholders to re-think ‘dementia as tragic’ as part of reducing dementia stigma, including changing practices and policy. Aspects of the project included developing a theatre production, a film, workshops, as well as publishing and presenting to engage different types of people.
- Developed a theoretical framework for performance based research called an aesthetic of relationality, that helps to re-think what gets valued as knowledge and the processes to produce that knowledge.
- Conducted research about racism, access and belonging for Black students in physiotherapy training programs in Canada.
- Conducted research and led conversations about the value of the arts, recreation and cultural practices in hospital settings, including educational events, publications and presentations.