Faculty & School/Dept.
Faculty of Health - School of Nursing
BScN - 1989
PhD Nursing - 2007
University of Toronto
MSc Nursing - 1994
Mary Fox, RN, PhD, an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at York University, is a world-renowned expert in geriatric nursing. Her research focuses on older persons’ functional abilities during illness and responds to profound social and economic changes (e.g., population aging, the movement of care into communities) affecting healthcare in Canada and beyond. Dr Fox is currently leading two CIHR-funded studies on transitional care in rural communities. The recipient of more than $4 million in grants and awards (e.g. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation), she has disseminated the findings of over 30 studies in more than 100 peer reviewed published manuscripts and conference proceedings. Her work has garnered the attention of numerous premiere Knowledge Translation centres (e.g. Centers for Reviews and Dissemination in the United Kingdom), the media (e.g. Zoomer radio), and has been credited with providing the evidence needed to ‘Make the Case for ACE,’ a fundamental pillar of Ontario’s Seniors Strategy.
Fox, M.T., Sidani, S, Butler, J.I., Skinner, M.W., Macdonald, M., Durocher, E., Hunter, K.F., Wagg, A., Weeks, L.E. MacLeod, A. Dahlke, S. (2021). Optimizing hospital-to-home transitions for older persons in rural communities: A participatory, multimethod study protocol, Implementation Science Communications, 2, 81. https://doi.org/10.1186/s43058-021-00179-w
Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Fox, M.T., Sidani, S., Dahlke, S., & Tregunno. D. (2021). The comparison of role conflict among registered nurses and registered practical nurses working in acute care hospitals in Ontario, Canada, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, May 27:8445621211014421. doi:10.1177/08445621211014421. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34042538.
Fox, M. T., Butler, J. I., Sidani, S., Durocher, E., Nowrouzi-Kia, B., Yamada, J., Dahlke, S., Skinner, M. W. Collaborating with healthcare providers to understand their perspectives on a hospital-to-home warning signs intervention for rural transitional care: protocol of a multimethod descriptive study, BMJ Open. 2020; 10:e034698-e034698.
Nowrouzi-Kia, B. & Fox, M.T. (2019). Factors associated with intent to leave in Registered Nurses working in acute care hospitals: A cross-sectional random sample study in Ontario, Canada, Workplace, Health and Safety, 1-8. December, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2165079919884956
Fox, M.T., Sidani, S., Butler, J.I., Skinner, M., & Alzghoul, M. (2019), Protocol of a multi-method descriptive study: Adapting hospital-to-home transitional care interventions to the rural healthcare context in Ontario, Canada, BMJ Open, 9(5), 9:e028050. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028050
Fox, M.T., McCague, H., Sidani, S., Butler, J.I. (2018). The Relationships between the Geriatric Nursing Practice Environment, Geriatric Nursing Practice, and the Quality of Older Adults’ Care in Acute Care Hospitals, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 50(5), 513-521, epub ahead of print, https://doi.org/10.1111/jnu.12414.
Butler, J.I. & Fox, M.T. (2018). Nurses' Perspectives on Interprofessional Communication in the Prevention of Functional Decline in Hospitalized Older People, Health Communication. Mar 22:1-7. doi: 10.1080/10410236.2018.1455141. [Epub ahead of print]
Fox, M.T., Sidani, S., Brooks, D., & McCague, H. (2018). Perceived acceptability and preferences for low-intensity early activity interventions of older hospitalized medical patients exposed to bed rest: A cross sectional study, BMC Geriatrics, 18:53, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-018-0722-6
Fox, M.T., Sidani, S., Butler, J.I., & Tregunno, D. (2017). Nurses’ Perspectives on the Geriatric Nursing Practice Environment and the Quality of Care for Older People’s Care in Ontario Acute Care Hospitals, Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, 49(2), 94-100
Fox, M.T. & Butler, J.I. (2016). Nurses' Perspectives on how Operational Leaders Influence Function-Focused Care for Hospitalized Older People, Journal of Nursing Management, 24(8) 1119-1129. doi: 10.1111/jonm.12421
Fox, M.T., Butler, J., Persaud, M., Tregunno, D., Sidani, S., & McCague, H. (2016). A multi-method study of the geriatric learning needs of acute care hospital nurses in Ontario, Canada. Research in Nursing & Health; 39(1), 66-76, Doi.1002/nur.21699
Other Research Outputs
Presentations as Invited Guest or Keynote Speaker – selected
Fox, M. (June 6, 2019). Keynote Speaker, Exploring Beliefs on Rest and Activity: Helping Older People Stay Functional during Illness. Bellin College’s Gerontology conference entitled “Aging: What Matters Most,” Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, USA. https://www.bellincollege.edu/academics/continuing-education/aging-what-matters-most-conference-videos-and-photo-gallery
Fox, M. (June 7, 2019). Invited Speaker, Hospital Staff Nurses’ Learning Needs in Caring for an Older Population. Bellin College, Gerontology conference entitled “Aging: What Matters Most,” Stone Harbor Resort and Conference Center, Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin, USA.
Fox, M. (Jan 17, 2019). Perceived acceptability and preference for low-intensity early activity in older medical patients. University Health Network. Ontario, Canada.
Fox, M., Flood, K., Fulmer, T., Hastings, N., King, B., & Malone, M. (moderator) (Nov 8, 2018). Invited panelist, Improving the Health Care System for Older Adults, Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Fox, M. (Nov 9, 2018). Updates on Interprofessional Care of Acutely ill & Injured Older Adults. Acute Care for Elders (ACE) National Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.https://cpd.aurora.org/sites/default/files/ACE%20Conference%20Brochure%202018%20FINAL.pdf
Fox, M. (Nov 9, 2018). Exploring Beliefs on Rest and Activity: Helping Older People Stay Functional during Illness. Acute Care for Elders (ACE) National Conference. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Fox, M. (July 4, 2018). Adapting hospital-to-home transitional care interventions to the Ontario rural healthcare context. Board of Directors, Annual General Meeting, South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Ontario.
Fox, M. (May 5, 2018). Back to the future: Perspectives on bed rest and helping older people stay functional during illness. The York Circle, York University. Available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNxJ3uvWOV8
Canadian Assoication on Gerontology
College of Nurses of Ontario
Canadian Gerontological Nursing Assoication
Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario
Rehabilitation Nurses of Ontario
Nursing Research Interest Group of Ontario
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship - 2004
Dorothy M. Pringle Award for Excellence in Research - 2008
Career Scientist Award, Ontario Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care - 2008
Early Researcher Award, Faculty of Health, York University - 2011
2010 Reviewer of the Year Award, Research in Nursing & Health - 2011
Early Researcher Award, Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation & Science - 2014
Special Recognition for Research Leadership (Medal), York University - 2015
Dean's Award for Excellence in Research, Faculty of Health, York University - 2011
Dean's Merit Award - 2012
Dean's Merit Award - 2011
Dean's Merit Award - 2009
Dean’s Catalyst Award, Faculty of Health, York University - 2016
Dean’s Catalyst Award, Faculty of Health, York University - 2014
Dean’s Catalyst Award, Faculty of Health, York University - 2012
Excellence in Leadership Award, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care - 2004
Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes
Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No
I am currently leading 2 research studies funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
Collaborating with healthcare providers to design an implementation plan for an evidence-based hospital-to-home transitional care intervention for older adults in rural communities
Optimizing hospital-to-home transitional care to promote functioning in older persons with dementia in rural communities