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Alexander Crizzle

Assistant Professor


BSc Kinesiology and Health Sciences (York University)

MPH Master’s of Public Health (Lakehead University)

PhD Health Studies and Gerontology: Specialization in Aging, Health and Wellbeing (University of Waterloo)

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Department of Occupational Therapy (University of Florida)

Postdoctoral Fellowship: School of Rehabilitation Science (McMaster University)

Contact information

Office: LHN 3708

Phone (519) 888-4567, ext. 31372


Alexander Crizzle.


Teaching interests

Program evaluation; social determinants of health; aging and health

Research interests

Alexander Crizzle is a Gerontologist and Assistant Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. His interests are within the domain of community mobility (driving simulation, on-road testing, naturalistic driving using GPS, falls, pedestrian accidents, wheelchair mobility, rehabilitation, screening, private class and commercial drivers) with a particular interests in those with medical conditions (i.e. Parkinson’s Disease, Epilepsy, Dementia, Stroke). He is also interested in the role of cognition on activities of daily living, as well as examining mobility issues within retirement and long term care homes. Professor Crizzle is a member of the dementia and driving team, as part of the larger Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration and Aging initiative, to develop interventions for driving cessation in those with early to mid-stage dementia and their caregivers. Additionally, Professor Crizzle is also a member of the Canadian Driving Research Initiative for Vehicular Safety in the Elderly (Candrive), an interdisciplinary health-related research program dedicated to improving the safety of older drivers.

Selected publications (since 2012)

  • Crizzle, A.M, Classen, S, LaFranca, C., Silver, W., Eisenschenk, S. The Effect of anti-epileptic drug levels on the driving performance of people with epilepsy. Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, in press.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Myers, A.M., Roy, E., Almeida, Q.J. Associations between Falls, Balance Confidence, Driving Speed, Braking and Other Driving Practices in Parkinson’s disease. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics, in press.   
  • Crizzle, A.M., Vrkljan, B.H., Kajaks, T., Gish, J., Fleisig, R. (2014). A systematic review of driver ingress and egress using passenger vehicles: Considerations for designers. Journal of Ergonomics: Special Issue on Driver Safety, S3: 005. doi: 10.4172/2165-7556.S3-005
  • Vrkljan, B.H., Myers, A.M., Crizzle, A.M., Blanchard, R.A., Marshall, S. (2013). Evaluating medically at-risk drivers: A survey of assessment practices in Canada. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy80(5), 295-303.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Myers, A.M., Roy, E., Almeida, Q.J. (2013). Drivers with Parkinson’s disease: Are the symptoms of PD associated with restricted driving practices? Journal of Neurology260(10): 2562-2568.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Classen, S., LaFranca, C., Roper, S.N., Eisenschenk, S. (2013). Assessing the driving performance of a person with epilepsy pre and post surgery. American Journal of Occupational Therapy67(3):e24-e29.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Classen, S., Lanford, D.N., Malaty, I.A., Okun, M.S., Wang, Y., Wagle Shukla, A., Rodriguez, R.L., McFarland, N.R. (2013). Postural/Gait and cognitive function as predictors of driving performance in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease3(2), 153-160.
  • Rapoport M.J., Naglie, G., Weegar, K., Myers, A.M., Cameron, D., Crizzle, A.M., Korner-Bitensky, N., Tuokko, H., Vrkljan, B., Bedard, M., Porter, M., Mazer, B., Gelinas, I., Man-Son-Hing, M., Marshall, S. (2013). The relationship between cognitive performance, perceptions of driving comfort and abilities, and self-reported driving restrictions among healthy older adults. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 61, 288-295.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Myers, A.M., Almeida, Q.J. (2013). Self-regulatory practices of drivers with Parkinson’s disease: Accuracy of patient reports.Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 19, 176-180.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Myers, A.M. (2013). Examination of naturalistic driving practices in drivers with Parkinson’s disease compared to age and gender-matched controls.  Accident Analysis and Prevention, 50, 724-731.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Classen, S., Uc, E. (2012). Parkinson’s disease and driving: An evidence based review. Neurology, 79, 2067-2074. 
  • Crizzle, A.M., Newhouse, I.  (2012). Themes associated with exercise adherence in Parkinson’s disease: A qualitative study. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 26(2-3), 174-186.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Myers, A.M., Almeida, Q.J. (2012). Drivers with Parkinson’s disease: Who participates in research studies? Parkinsonism and Related Disorders, 18(7), 833-836.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Classen, S., Bedard, M., Lanford, D.N., Winter, S.M. (2012). MMSE as a predictor of on-road driving performance in community dwelling older drivers. Accident Analysis and Prevention: Special Issue on cognitive impairment and driving safety, 49, 287-292.
  • Crizzle, A.M., Classen, S., Winter, S., Silver, S., LaFranca, C., Eisenschenk, S. (2012). Associations between clinical tests and simulated driving performance in persons with epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior, 23, 241-246.

Major funding sources

Canadian Institute of Health Research 

Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration and Aging 

Other affiliations

  • Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging, McMaster University
  • Sun Life Financial Movement Disorders Research and Rehabilitation Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University
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