Dr. Marcia Finlayson

Ph.D.


Dr. Marcia Finlayson

Contact information:

Louise D. Acton Building, Room 235
Internal telephone extension: 32576 
External telephone: 613-533-2576
e-mail: marcia.finlayson@queensu.ca

Research:

Dr. Finlayson's research program focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating self-management programs and rehabilitation services to enhance the health and well-being of people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS). These people include both individuals with the disease and their family caregivers. The ultimate goal of Dr. Finlayson's scholarship is to enable people affected by MS to lead healthy, meaningful lives, and exert choice and control over their participation in daily activities at home and in the community particularly as they age. Her specific topical interests include falls prevention, fatigue management, caregiver support, and utilization of health-related services. She is the lead and co-founder of the International MS Falls Prevention Research Network, which includes 9 other MS rehabilitation researchers from the US, Ireland, Italy, and the UK.


Teaching:

Areas of teaching expertise include research methods, self-management, and writing for professional publication.

Currently accepting MSc and PhD students in the following areas of research:
  • Falls prevention and management among people with multiple sclerosis
  • Fatigue management among people with multiple sclerosis
  • Supporting caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis
  • Developing tools/resources to translate multiple sclerosis rehabilitation research findings into clinical practice
  • Investigating transitions into nursing home among people with MS

Selected Books and Book Chapters:

  1. Finlayson, M., & Braveman, B. (2006). Chapter 1: Understanding and Applying the Concepts of Evidence-Based Practice to Management. (pp. 1-22). In B. Braveman (Ed.)., Leading and Managing Occupational Therapy Services: An Evidence-Based Approach. Philadelphia: FA Davis.
  2. Braveman, B., & Finlayson, M. (2006). Chapter 15: Introducing Others to Evidence-Based Practice. (pp. 371-394). In B. Braveman (Ed.)., Leading and Managing Occupational Therapy Services: An Evidence-Based Approach. Philadelphia: FA Davis.
  3. Finlayson, M. (Editor) (2012). Multiple Sclerosis Rehabilitation: From Impairment to Participation. CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Publishing.
  4. Finlayson, M. & Preissner, K. (2015). Delivering Fatigue Management Education by Teleconference to People with Multiple Sclerosis. In I. Söderback (Ed.)., International Handbook of Occupational Therapy Intervention - 2nd edition. Springer Publishing.
Selected Peer Reviewed Publications (student authors marked with *):

Falls in MS

  1. Finlayson, M., Peterson, E., & Cho, C.* (2006). Risk factors for falling among people aged 45 to 90 years with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 87, 1274-1279.
  2. Peterson, E., Cho, C.*, & Finlayson, M. (2007). Fear of falling and associated activity curtailment among middle aged and older adults with multiple sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, 13, 1168-1175.
  3. Peterson, E., Cho, C., von Koch, L., & Finlayson, M. (2008). Injurious falls among middle aged and older adults with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89, 1031-1037.
  4. Finlayson, M., Peterson, E., Fujimoto, K.*, & Plow, M. (2009). Rasch validation of the Falls Prevention Strategies Survey. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 90, 2039-2046.
  5. Finlayson, M., Peterson, E., & Cho, C.* (2009). Findings of a pilot study exploring the potential of a fall risk management program for middle aged and older adults with MS. Neurorehabilitation, 25, 107-115.
  6. Peterson, E.W., Asano, M., Ben Ari, E.* & Finlayson, M. (2013). Fall attributions among middle aged and older adults with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 94 (5), 890-895.
  7. Cameron, M., Asano, M., Bourdette, D. & Finlayson, M. (2013). People with MS use many fall prevention strategies but still fall frequently. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, E-pub ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.01.021
  8. Finlayson, M., Peterson, E. & Asano, M. (2013). A cross-sectional study examining multiple mobility device use and fall status among middle-aged and older adults with multiple sclerosis. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. doi: 10.3109/17483107.2013.782578.
  9. Sosnoff, J.J., Finlayson, M., McAuley, E., Morrison, S., & Motl, R.W. (2013). Home-based exercise program and fall-risk reduction in older adults with multiple sclerosis: Phase 1 randomized controlled trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, doi:10.1177/0269215513501092
  10. Coote, S., Finlayson, M. & Sosnoff, J. (2014). Level of mobility limitations and falls status in persons with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.10.018.
  11. Sosnoff, J.J., Moon, Y., Wajda, D.A.*, Finlayson, M.L., McAuley, E., Peterson, E.W., Morrison, S., & Motl, R.W. (2014). Fall risk and incidence reduction in high risk individuals with multiple sclerosis: A pilot randomized control trial. Clinical Rehabilitation, doi: 10.1177/0269215514564899
  12. Bisson, E., Peterson, E., & Finlayson, M. (2015). Delayed initial recovery and long lie following a fall among middle-aged and older adults with multiple sclerosis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.04.012.
  13. Special issue on Falls in MS from the members of the International MS Falls Prevention Research Network - http://ijmsc.org/toc/ijmc/16/4
Caregiving in MS

  1. Blank, C. & Finlayson, M. (2007). Exploring the impact of multiple sclerosis on couples: A pilot study. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 (2), 134-142.
  2. Finlayson, M. & Cho, C. (2008). A descriptive profile of caregivers of older adults with MS and the assistance they provide. Disability & Rehabilitation, 30 (24), 1848-1857.
  3. Finlayson, M., Garcia, J., & Preissner, K. (2008). Development of an education program for caregivers of people aging with multiple sclerosis. OT International, 15 (1), 4-17.
  4. Finlayson, M., Preissner, K., & Garcia, J.D. (2009). Pilot study of an educational program for caregivers of people aging with multiple sclerosis. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72 (1), 11-19.
  5. Preissner, K., Finlayson, M., & Henkel, C. (2012). Recruiting for caregiver education research: Perspectives of caregivers of people with multiple sclerosis. International Journal of MS Care, 14 (4), 188-196
Aging with MS and Health Services Utilization
  1. Finlayson, M., Van Denend, T., & Shevil, E. (2003). Multiple perspectives on the health service need, use and variability among older adults with multiple sclerosis. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 17 (3/4), 5-25.
  2. Finlayson, M. (2004). Concerns about the future among older adults with multiple sclerosis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 58 (1), 54-63.
  3. Garcia, J., & Finlayson, M. (2005). Mental health and mental health services use among people aged 45+ with multiple sclerosis. Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 20 (2), 9-22.
  4. Finlayson, M., Garcia, J., & Cho, C. (2008). Occupational therapy service use among people aging with multiple sclerosis. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62 (3), 320-328.
  5. Finlayson, M., Plow, M., & Cho, C. (2010). Use of physical therapy services among middle aged and older adults with multiple sclerosis. Physical Therapy. doi: ptj.20100072v1-0.
  6. Plow, M., Cho, C., & Finlayson, M. (2010). Utilization of health promotion and wellness services among middle-aged and older adults with multiple sclerosis in the mid-west US. Health Promotion International, 25(3), 318-330. doi:10.1093/heapro/daq023
  7. Finlayson, M., & Cho, C. (2011). A profile of support group use and need among middle-aged and older adults with multiple sclerosis. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54:5, 475-493. link