Linda Garcia


Linda Garcia
Full Professor, Founding Director LIFE Research Institute

1991, Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences (Speech Language Pathology), University of Montreal
1981, M.Sc.A, Speech Language pathology, Mc Gill University
1979, B.A., Psychology, Mc Gill University

Room: Thompson 226
Office: (613) 562-5800 ext. 2199
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Linda Garcia, PhD., is a Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and Founding Director of the Life Research Institute (LRI) at the University of Ottawa. The LIFE Research Institute (LRI) is an action-oriented research hub that takes a comprehensive approach to aging by advancing knowledge and training on the physical, mental and social issues that impact quality of life throughout the life trajectory. Linda Garcia’s personal research interests focus on the impact of physical, social, technological and clinical environments on the quality of life of individuals with neurological disorders, especially dementia. She is interested in developing interventions that include approaches based on human interactions, especially in long-term care living environments. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa in 1993, she worked for over 10 years in a large teaching hospital as a Speech-Language Pathologist. After completing her PhD with Dr. Yves Joanette and helping found the Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Program, she created the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences and became its first Director in 2010, prior to becoming Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences from 2014 to 2017.

Professor Garcia works with colleagues and students to understand how social and physical environments influence our participation in the myriad of events and activities of modern life. More specifically, she is interested in how individuals navigate the dementia journey as they interact with people along the way. Working with colleagues from other professions, she strives to offer solutions that capitalize on ways to facilitate the integration of older adults, especially when their ability to interact is affected. Her more recent work focuses on improving quality of life in long-term care, helping caregivers and understanding how to minimize the impact of behaviours.

Research Interests

  • Role played by environmental factors (social and physical) in the integration of adults with communication disorders of neurological origin (especially dementia and aphasia).
  • Use of disability models to collect information related to the consequences of disease, disorder and trauma.

Selected Publications

Book chapters
  • Garcia, L.J., Kartolo, A., Methot-Curtis, E. (2012). A Discussion of the Use of Virtual Reality in Dementia. In C. Eichenberg,Virtual Reality in Psychological, Medical and Pedagogical Applications (pp. 123-136)Croatia:InTech.  doi: 10.5772/46412
Peer reviewed articles
  • *Aminzadeh, F., Molnar, F., Dalziel, W.B., & Garcia, L.J. (2013). An Exploration of Adjustment Needs and Efforts of Persons with Dementia after Relocation to a Residential Care Facility. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 27(1-2), 221-240. doi: 10.1080/02763893.2012.754824
  • **McCleary, L., Persaud, M., Hum, S., Pimlott, N.J.G., Cohen, C.A., Koehn, S., Leung, K.K., Dalziel, W.B., Kozak, J., Emerson, V.F., Silvius, J.L., Garcia, L., & Drummond, N. (2012). Pathways to Dementia Diagnosis Among South Asian Canadians.Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 0(0), 1-21. doi: 10.1177/147130121444806
  • **Garcia, L.J., Hébert, M., Kozak, J., Sénécal, I., Slaughter, S.E., Aminzadeh, F., Dalziel, W., Charles, J., & Eliasziw, M. (2012). Perceptions of family and staff on the role of the environment in long-term care homes for people with dementia.International Psychogeriatrics, 24(5), 753-65. doi: 10.1017/S1041610211002675
  • **Koehn, S. McCleary, L., Garcia, L., Spence, M., Jarvis, P., Drummond, N. (2011). Understanding Chinese-Canadian Pathways to a Diagnosis of Dementia through a critical-constructionist lens. Journal of Aging Studies, 26(1), 44-54doi: 10.1016/j.jaging.2011.07.002. (Reference: AGISTU430).
  • **Leung, K.K., Finlay, J.L., Silvius, J., Koehn, S., McCleary, L., Cohen, C., Hum, S., Garcia, L., Dalziel, W., Emerson, V.F., Pimlott, N.J., Persaud, M., Kozak, J., & Drummond, N. (2011). Pathways to diagnosis: Exploring the experiences of problem recognition and obtaining a dementia diagnosis among Anglo-Canadians. Health and Social Care in the Community, 19(4), 372-381.
  • **Marziali, E., & Garcia, L. J. (2011). Dementia Caregivers' Responses to Two Internet-based Intervention Programs.American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease & Other Dementias, 26(1), 36-43.
  • **Aminzadeh, F., Dalziel., W.B., Molnar, F., & Garcia, L. (2010). An exploration of adjustment efforts of persons with dementia after relocation to a retirement residence. Published abstract, International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 9(4), 334.
  • **Aminzadeh, F., Dalziel, W.B., Molnar, F., & Garcia, L.J. (2010). Meanings, Functions, and Experiences of Living at Home for Individuals with Dementia at the Critical Point of Relocation. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 36(6),28-37.
  • **Aminzadeh, F., Dalziel, W.B., Molnar, F., Garcia, L., & Eisner, M. (2009). The meaning of home for persons with dementia at the critical point of relocation to a residential care facility. Abstract published in International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 8(3), 41.
  • *Aminzadeh, F., Dalziel, W.B., Molnar, F., & Garcia, L.J. (2009). To be (at home) or not to be: An examination of the meanings, decision making processes, and experiences of persons with dementia at the point of relocation to a residential care facility. Abstract published in Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging, 13(S1), S224.

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