Debbie Barton & Mark Chignell

Biography | Biographie

Debbie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick and a Master of Art’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Michigan State University. She’s worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in hospitals, schools, long-term care, and private practice. In addition, Debbie worked with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and community-based organizations in Ontario, where she developed, implemented, and evaluated various health care initiatives. Debbie’s research interests include healthy aging and technology use among older adults.

Debbie est titulaire d’un baccalauréat en psychologie de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick et d’une maîtrise en orthophonie de la Michigan State University. Elle a travaillé comme orthophoniste dans les hôpitaux, les écoles, les milieux de soins de longue durée, et en clinique privée. De plus, Debbie a travaillé au ministère de la Santé et des Soins de longue durée et dans des organisations communautaires en Ontario, où elle a développé, mis en œuvre et évalué plusieurs initiatives de soins de santé. Les intérêts de recherche de Debbie comprennent le vieillissement en santé et l’usage de la technologie chez les aînés.


Mark Chignell has a Ph.D. in mathematical psychology (University of Canterbury, 1981) and a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Ohio State, 1984). He was an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California from 1984 to 1990. He joined the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Toronto as an Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering in 1990 and is currently a Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, with a status-only appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He was previously the Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute and BUL Chair in Human-Computer Interaction. Currently, he is the director of the Interactive Media Lab and the founder of Centivizer Inc., a University of Toronto spinoff company. He carries out research in human factors and user interface design, with particular interest in aging, interactive machine learning, and healthcare.

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Promoting Physical Activity with Augmented Reality Experiences | Promotion de l’activité physique grâce à des expériences de réalité augmentée

Residents in long-term care facilities typically get insufficient exercise and may have long periods of the day when they are not participating in activities. The Centre for Innovation and Research in Aging (CIRA), in collaboration with researchers from the Université de Moncton and Centivizer, Inc./University of Toronto, are trialing an intervention, called 2RaceWithMe, at York Care Centre (YCC) in Fredericton and at Faubourg du Mascaret in Moncton.

2RaceWithMe is an exercise and virtual touring technology with both hand and foot pedals, that can be used together or separately. Project participants, seated in a chair or wheelchair, can watch videos of scenic areas in Eastern Canada and around the world while “biking” and listening to music.

The aim of this pilot project is to assess the acceptability and benefits of the 2RaceWithMe using a quasi-experimental design without a control group. Both qualitative and quantitative data will be collected pre/post intervention, including the number of pedal revolutions, time spent pedaling, speed of pedaling grip strength, health status information and participant surveys.