About

Bryn A. Ludlow, PhD is a queer African Canadian artist, researcher, educator, and creative producer. She is an expert in digital storytelling, video elicitation, and body mapping research methods.

Her artistic, research, and pedagogical practice centre around the following objectives: ensuring equitable access to digital technology, improving digital literacy for, and with underrepresented populations, and creating meaningful and memorable arts-based ambient experiences that enhance quality of life for creative producers and the public. Bryn’s research is published in: The American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD); The Medical Post; Ars Medica: A Journal of Medicine, The Arts, and Humanities; The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM); and Forum: Qualitative Social Research (F-QSR). She has presented her research at national and international conferences, including the 8th International Visual Methods Conference in Rome, Italy this year, along with the 9th International Digital Storytelling Conference (Loughbrough University, UK—online, 2021); Canadian Association on Gerontology (2021); ISEA (2015); Congress (2015); ACM-CHI (2014).

Bryn’s doctoral research at York University (October 2022), “Multidisciplinary, and international perspectives on digital stories by youth formerly in foster care in Canada” combined a study of digital storytelling production methods, reflexive praxis, and storytelling facilitation strategies with insights into how researchers can collaborate to improve support for various stakeholders. Bryn completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at OCAD University (2010) in Integrated Media for which she received the Sir Edmund Walker Award for Proficiency in Integrated Media, and a Master of Arts at McMaster University (2012) in Health and Aging. In her Master’s program she explored the use of the arts-based method, “body mapping” with geriatric inpatients receiving daily haemodialysis for End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. For this work, she received the McMaster University Master of Arts Thesis Award (2012).

In-addition to finishing her PhD during the pandemic, Bryn completed two graduate certificates: 1) in Health Equity and Diversity (2017–2019) at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in-partnership with the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Office of Continuing Professional Development, and 2) a graduate certificate in Knowledge Mobilization and Implementation at York University (2020). She shares resources from these programs in research methods courses that she teaches at OCAD University in the Design for Health, and Inclusive Design graduate programs. In 2023, Bryn was nominated and received a Teaching Award in the School of Graduate Studies at OCAD University, where her students in the Design for Health graduate program “praised her exceptional commitment and profound impact on their learning experience”.