Institute Members

Cross-Appointed Faculty

Andrews, Gavin: McMaster University – Department of Health, Aging and Society
     Research Interests: Health Geography, Holistic Medicine, Health Care

Allison, Kenneth: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
      Research Interests: Physical Activity and Exercise, Health and Social Services, Health Promotion amongst Youth

Badley, Elizabeth: Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Arthritis, Health Care, Rehabilitative Care  

Bartel, Lee: Faculty of Music (Emeritus)
      Research Interests: Creativity, Arts and Humanities, Social Services

Berry, Brent: Faculty of Sociology
      Research Interests: Demography, Sociology, Minority and Diverse Populations

Berta, Whitney: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
      Research Interests: Organizational Learning, Long-Term Care, Knowledge Transfer

Brown, Eric E: Department of Psychiatry
      Research Interests: Neuroimaging to explore the pathophysiology of psychiatric symptoms and disorders including depression and cognitive impairment, role of environmental exposures on the development of dementia 

Burnes, David: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
      Research Interests: Elder Abuse and Neglect, Adult Protection and Elder Abuse Prevention Services 

Caidi, Nadia: Faculty of Information
      Research Interests: Information Policy and Community Informatics, Cultural Studies, Technology: Applications and Implications

Cameron, Jill: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Affiliate Scientist
      Research Interests: Aging-related Chronic Illnesses, Caregiving and Healthcare, Support Systems

Chasteen, Alison: Department of Psychology
      Research Interests: Ageism, Attitudes about Aging, Cognition and Aging

Chignell, Mark: Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
      Research Interests:  Human Factors Approaches to Information Technology, Healthcare Ergonomics, Applications to Healthcare and e-Commerce

Chu, Charlene: Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
      Research Interests:  designing interventions to support the mobility and daily function of older adults in post-acute care settings, technology development using a user-centered design approach

Cockerill, Rhonda: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Health Promotion, Health Care Education, Community-based Evaluation

Colantonio, Angela: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
      Research Interests: Aging, Long-Term Care, Epidemiology, Cognitive Decline, Gender, Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion

Conn, David: Vice President of Education, Baycrest Health Sciences
      Research Interests: Telepsychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Guidelines and Knowledge Mobilization

Cott, Cheryl: Department of Physical Therapy (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Long-Term Care, Sister Living, Primary Care

Cranley, Lisa: Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
      Research Interests: Health Promotion, Knowledge Translation, Long-Term Care

Einstein, Gillian: Department of Psychology 
      Research Interests: Women’s Health, Effects of Culture and Experience on the Nervous System

Erickson, Bonnie: Department of Sociology
      Research Interests: Minority and Diverse Populations, Health Promotion, Cultural Studies 

Fenton, Aaron: Faculty of Dentistry (Emeritus)
Research Interests: Oral Health, Health Care, Aging and Oral Education

Fernie, Geoff: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute Department of Surgery (Emeritus)
      Research Interests: Rehabilitative Care, Technology: Applications and Implications, Transportation Mobility

Fuller-Thomson, Esme: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
      Research Interests: Health Impacts of Adverse Childhood Experience, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Social Determinants of Disability Among Older Adults

Goldlist, Barry: Department of Medicine
      Research Interests: Dementia, Acute Hospital Care, Falls Prevention 

Goldman, Marlene: UTSC Department of English
      Research Interests:  Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia Canadian Women’s Writing Theory

Greenwood, Carol: Department of Nutritional Sciences (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Nutrition, Cognition and Aging, Impact of Diabetes

Grenier, Amanda: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
      Research Interests:  Gerontological Social Work, Life Course, Aging, Qualitative Research, Inequality

Gunderson, Morley: Department of Economics (Emeritus)
      Research Interests:  Economics of Aging, Business of Aging, Employment and Older Workers 

Hewitt, Marsha: Faculty of Divinity
      Research Interests:  Spirituality and Religion, Social Theory, Social Ethics

Howarth Lynne: Faculty of Information
      Research Interests: Knowledge Organization and Management, Cognition, Ageing

Hutcheon, Linda: Department of English (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Arts and Humanities, Contemporary Culture 

Iaboni, AndreaDepartment of Psychiatry and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute
      Research Interests: Dementia, Mental Health Care, Falls Prevention, Technology 

Kelner, Merrijoy: Dalla Lana School of Public Health (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Complimentary and Alternative Medicine

Kokorelias, Kristina M: Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
     Research Interests: interdisciplinary health service, multiple health related topic including issues of home and community care

Krondl, Magdalena:  Department of Nutritional Sciences
      Research Interests: Social Nutrition, Obesity Eating Disorders and Caloric Restriction

Kumar, SanjeevDepartment of Psychiatry
      Research Interests: Treatment Interventions for Alzheimer’s Disease, Neurodegenerative Disorders

Langlois, Sylvia: Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
      Research Interests: Interprofessional Collaborative Competencies; Professionalism and Reflective Practice; Patient/Client Engagement in Education; Student Engagement

Laporte Audrey: Institute of Health Policy, Management  and Evaluation
      Research Interests: Economics in Aging, Health Care, Minority and Diverse Populations

Lo, Chris: Department of Psychiatry
     Research Interests: Existential Psychology, Culture and Development, Methods

Marziali, Elsa: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Online Evidence-Based Intervention Programs, Chronic Disease Management

Marr, Sharon: Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine
     Research Interests: Develop interprofessional education, clinical, and research
strategies which promote innovative evidence-based practice with older adults,
caregivers, and academic/community partners

McCarthy, Lisa: Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
      Research Interests:  Medication safety, prescribing and deprescribing, implementation science, integrated care models, post-acute and primary care

McCleary, Lynn: Brock University – Faculty of Nursing
      Research Interests:  Dementia, Mental Health, Family and Intergenerational Relations, Education, Knowledge Translation

McDonald, Lynn: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work (Emerita)
      Research Interests:  Retirement, Pensions and Poverty, Older Women/Elder Abuse

McGilton, Katherine: Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
      Research Interests: Gerontological Practice, Intervention Studies, Nursing Science, Research Methods and Issues

McKay, Sandra: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation
    Research Interests: Advancing and inspiring improvements in home care through
    research and innovation 

Meier, Rosemary: Department of Psychiatry (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Women and Medical Life Course, Gender, Life Course and Developmental Change

Moscovitch, Morris: Department of Psychology
      Research Interests: Neuroscience, Physiological Processes and Aging, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease, Neuroscience  

Mulligan, Kate: Dalla Lana School of Public Health
    Research Interests: high-impact policy development, advocacy and research on the role of community-scale leadership and intervention in the production of health and wellbeing

Myles, John: Department of Sociology (Emeritus)
      Research Interests: Policy, Politics of Aging, Economics of Aging, Income Inequality

Nalder, Emily: March of Dimes Paul J.J Martin Early Carrier Professorship, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
      Research Interests: Rehabilitative Care, Occupational Therapy, Impact of Cognition on Participation

Nica-Graham, Elena Irina: Department of Psychiatry
Research Interests: Dementia; Geriatric Mental Health; Trauma Informed Care

Peng, Ito: Department of Sociology
      Research Interests: Public Policy, Gender Issues and Family, Economics of Aging, Political Sociology

Pichora-Fuller, Kathy: Department of Psychology, UTM
      Research Interests: Audiological Rehabilitation for Older Adults

Pringle, Dorothy: Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Long-Term care, Family Caregiving, Nursing Science, Quality of Life

Rajji, Tarek: Executive Director, Toronto Dementia Research Alliance (TDRA), and Professor, Department of Psychiatry
     Research Interests: focus on restoring brain function in older patients with severe mental illness and Alzheimer’s disease, and a combination of brain stimulation, cognitive, functional, and pharmacological methods to study and enhance neuroplasticity across the lifespan, with a special focus on late life

Rodin, Gary: Department of Psychiatry
      Research Interests: Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, End-of-Life Care, Psychiatric and Psychosocial Aspects of Illness  

Rotenberg, Shlomit: Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
      Research Interests: Aging; Cognition, Functional; Participation; Ecological Assessments; Intervention Studies

Sadavoy, Joel: Institute of Medical Science
      Research Interests:  Mental Health Care, Geriatric, Dementia

Schafer, Markus: Department of Sociology
      Research Interests: Health Care, Aging, Personal Networks and Religion

Schieman, Scott: Department of Sociology
      Research Interests: Health/Medical Sociology, Work/Stratification, Sociology of Religion

Sekuler, AllisonVP Research, Baycrest Health Sciences, Department of Psychology
      Research Interests: Sensory Perception and Aging, Neural Processing

Shnall, Adriana: Manager and Professional Practice Chief for Social Work at Baycrest Health Sciences
Research Interests: Caregiving, Gerontology

Silver, Ivan: Department of Psychiatry, Vice-President Education, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
      Research Interests:  Late Career Transitions, Life-Long Learning, Interprofessional Collaboration, the Imposter Syndrome

Silver, Michelle: Department of Sociology, Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society, Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation/Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Department of Medicine
      Research Interests:  Work Identity and Retirement, Perceptions about Aging, Pensions, Gerentology

Simpson, John: Department of Sociology (Emeritus)
      Research Interests: Spirituality and Religion

Stermac, Lana: OISE – Applied Psychology and Human Development
      Research Interests: Health Promotion, Mental Illness, Minority and Diverse Population

 St-Cyr, Olivier: Faculty of Information
            Research Interests: training students to consider how to make websites and online information more age-friendly and his work creating engaging videos on modifiable risk factors for dementia

Sumner, Wayne: Department of Philosophy (Emeritus)
      Research Interests: Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy

Taylor, Harry: Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
      Research Interests: Loneliness/Social Isolation among Older African Americans

Taylor, Janelle: Department of Anthropology
      Research Interests: Medical Anthropology; Ethnography; Biomedicine; Care; Dementia; Aging; Medical Education; Narrative; Mixed-methods Health Research

Thomas, Scott: Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
      Research Interests: Cardiovascular Disease, Health Promotion, Life Course and Developmental Change 

Tierney, Mary: Department of Family and Community Medicine
      Research Interests: Cognition and Aging, Primary Care, Alzheimer’s 

Tsang, A. Ka Tat: Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social work
     Research Interests: Globalization and cultural issues, strategies and skills learning and development (SSLD) for older adults with dementia, seniors’ intimacy issues

Verma, Anil: Center for Industrial Relations and Human Resources
      Research Interests:  Economics in Aging, Business and Aging, Employment in Older Workers, Labour Management and Free Trade

Wheaton, Blair: Department of Sociology
      Research Interests: Demography, Mental Health, Longevity and Bio-Makers 

Whitehouse, Peter: Case Western Reserve University  Department of Medicine
      Research Interests: Geriatric Neurology, Behavioral Neurology, Dementia

Widger, Kim: Faculty of Nursing, (Personal website)
      Research Interests: Palliative Care, End-of-Life Care, Pediatrics, Quality of Care  

Wigdor, Blossom: Department of Psychology (Emerita)
      Research Interests: Gerontology, Applied Clinical Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Projective Tests, Personality Assessment

Williams, Paul: Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (Emeritus)
      Research Interests: Health Policy, Home Care, Long-Term Care, populations with multiple, Disabilities and Medical Complexities, Informal Caregivers

Wilson, Kathi: Department of Geography
      Research Interests: Demography, Health Care Promotion, Minority and Diverse Populations, Immigration

Zhang, Weiguo: Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto Mississauga
     Research Interests: social demography, sociology of families, and social policy

Zimmermann, Camilla: Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – Senior Scientist
      Research interests: Palliative Care, Quality of Life, Cancer

Research and Teaching Affiliates

Rabbi Rena Arshinoff: Department of Spiritual Care Baycrest; Division of Palliative Care, University of Toronto
     Research Interests: Palliative Care, Mutuality in Marital Relationships in Movement Disorders and Chronic Illness; Parkinson’s Disease; Aging and Spirituality

Chi, Peggy: Landscape Architect, Postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto
     Research Interests: Research, knowledge mobilization, and use of evidence to inform the design and decision-making of aging / long-term care environments.

Chiu, Mary: Research & Knowledge Mobilization Specialist, Ontario Shores
     Research Interests: Dementia care, Patient-Caregiver Dyad, Caregiver Resilience, Community-based Action Research, Online Adaptation of Clinical Interventions

Davison, Karen: Institute for Life Course and Aging, University of Toronto
Research Interests: Nutrition, Determinants of Health, Chronic Disease, Intersectionality, Mixed Methods, Personalized Health

Dalmer, Nicole: Dept. Health Aging & , McMaster University
Research Interests: Family Caregiving, Dementia, Institutional Ethnography, Information Practices, Information Work, Aging in Place, Critical Qualitative Methods, Library Sciences, Information Practices

Faulkner, Guy: Faculty of Education, School of Kinesiology, UBC
     Research Interests:  Physical Activity and Exercise, Health Promotion and Interventions, Community and Public Health

Grigorovich, Alisa: Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network
     Research Interests: Health Equity and Quality of Care, Structural Stigma, Aging and Disability

Hildebrand, Vincent: York University – Department of Economics
     Research Interests: Labour economics, immigration, population economics, applied econometrics

Hitzig, Sander L: St. John’s Rehab Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute
     Research Interests: Aging and Disability, Social Isolation, Implementation Science, Integrated Models of Care, Quality of Life.

Ho, Mabel: Director of Education and Research, Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care
     Research Interests: Health and well-being of older adults; immigrant, refugee, and racialized populations

Katz, Stephen: Trent University – Department of Sociology
     Research Interests: Social and Cultural Theory, Social Gerontology and Aging, Expertise and the Human Sciences, Sociology of the Body

Kay, Kelly: Executive Director, Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario
     Research Interests: Older Adult Health Policy, Integrated Care, Interprofessional Teams

Klinger, Christopher A: Translational Research Program, University of Toronto and Pallium Canada
  Research Interests: Caregiving, Grief and Bereavement, Health Economics, Health Policy, Health Systems and Services, Hospice Palliative/End-of-Life Care, Knowledge Translation

Liao, Pamela: Department of Family and Community Medicine
Research Interests: neuroendocrine impact of early adversity, disability in medical studies, and clinical topics in care of the elderly and palliative medicine 

Mirza, Raza M: Institute for Life Course and Aging, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, and National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)
Research Interests: Socio-behavioral determinants of health, Medical Decision-Making, Late-life Social, Mental and Physical Well-being and Implications for Social Isolation and Loneliness, Ageism, Intergenerational Engagement, Housing, Research Methods, Knowledge Translation/ Mobilization

Pang, Celeste: Post Doc Fellow, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto
Research Interests: Aging and Disability; Gender and Sexuality; End of Life Care; 2SLGBTQI Aging and Care Access & Equity; Medical Anthropology; Ethnography; Literary Anthropology; Intergenerational Storytelling; Community-engaged Research

Shen, Jing: Analyst, Statistics Canada
Research Interests: Research Interests: Subjective well-being, mental health, health, quantitative and qualitative research methods, immigration and integration, diversity and inclusion and social inequalities

Sheppard, Christine: Researcher, Wellesley Institute
Research Interests: Research Interests: Health Equity, Social Determinants of Health, Social Inclusion, Social Policy, Implementation Science, Program Evaluation, Community-Engaged Research

Sulman, Joanne: Research Analyst, University Health Network, Toronto, Division of Thoracic Surgery
     Research Interests: HRQOL in Esophageal Cancer; Social Groupwork with Cognitively and Physically Impaired Older Adults; ACES and Health Outcomes; Nondeliberative Practice in Social Work with Groups

Tamblyn-Watts, Laura: President and CEO, CanAge, Toronto
Research Interests: Law, Aging, Accessibility, Law Reform, Governance and Knowledge Mobilization

Vellani, Shirin: School of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
     Research Interests: Palliative approach, long-term care home, role of nurse practitioners, advance care planning in early dementia

Weststrate, Nic: Department of Educational Psychology and Center for Research on Health and Aging, Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago
     Research Interests: Psychosocial Development, Wisdom, Generativity, Life Stories, Intergenerational Storytelling, LGBTQ+ Positive Aging

Wilkinson, Andrea: Founder of BrainShape
     Research Interests: Dementia, Ambient Technologies, Meaningful Engagement; Well-being; Human Factors

Willison, Kevin: Dept. of Sociology & Dept. of Interdisciplinary Studies, Lakehead University (Researchgate Profile)
     Research Interests: Inter-professional Education, Inter-collaborative Practice(s), Gerontology, Community Based Participatory Research, Health Care Services Research, Community Health, Sociology of Health and Illness, Chronic Disease Management and Prevention, Health Psychology