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Director Scott Hofer with student affiliate Raquel Graham

Director Dr Scott Hofer with student affiliate Raquel Graham

Self-management BC health coaches at a training workshop at the Victoria site

Self-management BC health coaches at a training workshop at the Victoria site

Valued Elder Recognition Award recipient

From right to left: Executive Director of Eldercare Foundation Lori McLeod, Valued Elder Recognition Award recipient Glennys Hughes, and Institute Director Dr Scott Hofer

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health Ladner site

Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health Ladner site: Suite 210, 4907 Chisholm Street, Delta, BC V4K 2K6

  

IALH affiliates

The Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (IALH) is a network of individuals including university researchers, graduate and post-doctoral students, as well as community members, who are committed to improving the health and quality of life of an increasingly diverse population.

Faculty Affiliates

UVic faculty research affiliates specialize in research related to aging. They include experts in the fields of sociology, geography, psychology, economics, business, law, medical sciences, exercise science, philosophy, engineering, nursing, public health and social policy, child and youth care, social work, and public administration.

Name

Research interests 

Borycki, Elizabeth

Health Information Science

 

Health management, organization, and strategy; disease management, respirology, and geriatrics; nursing informatics and the effect of technology upon nurses' work; evaluation of the impact of information technology in health care; clinical informatics

Branzan Albu, Alexandra 

 Faculty of Engineering

 

 Computer vision; medical imaging; virtual reality; modelling and simulation

Brewster, Paul

Psychology

 Neuropsychology of aging and dementia; socioeconomic influences on late life cognition; advanced psychometric methods 

Brown, Craig

Division of Medical Sciences

Vascular/immunological contributions to age related cognitive decline in animal models

Christie, Brian

Division of Medical Sciences

 Effects of exercise on the human brain; effects of concussions on cognitive health later in life; use of video games to enhance cognitive health later in life

Cloutier, Denise

Department of Geography

 Health services research; healthy aging: healthy communities; social determinants of health; implementation science

Contandriopoulos, Damien

Nursing

 Primary care delievery models; nurses' roles in primary care; home care; social network models; health policy making; knowledge traslation

Dordunoo, Dzifa

Nursing

 Cardiovascular health; global health; quality improvement; knowledge translation

Garcia-Barrera, Mauricio

Department of Psychology

 Executive functioning; neuropsychologicalassessment; concussions; healthy aging

Gawryluk, Jodie

Department of Psychology

 

Neuropsychology and neuroimaging; identification of biomarkers for neurodegenerative disorders; healthy aging; intervention studies; challenges for individuals with cognitive decline and their caregivers

Gifford, Robert

Psychology

 Impacts of climate change on, and by, senior citizens; ability of older adults to help mitigate climate change

Haworth, Brandon

Computer Science

Agent-based modeling; predictive (crowd-aware) environment design; motion capture for biomechanical modeling; human-centred artificial intelligence in design and modeling; simulation for analytics and animation; representation in dynamic simulation, animation and graphics; artificial intelligence in diagnoses; serious games for rehabilitation; partiipatory design

Hofer, Scott

Department of Psychology

 Cognitive health and dementia; digital health technology; longitudinal studies of aging, integrative data analysis

Hundza, Sandra

School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education

Interplay between cognitive and motor decline and the impact on functions; associated assessment techniques and mitigating interventions.

Jobarri, Hosna

Computer Science

 

Bioinformatics; medical informatics; RNA structure-function prediction; RNA therapy; DNA methylation; mechanism of function prediction; artifical intelligence; high throughput sequence data analysis

Kobayashi, Karen

Sociology

 Immigrant and refugee health; social isolation and loneliness; assistive technologies and intervention research; knowledge mobilization

Kodar, Freya

Faculty of Law

 Income support over the life course; pensions; disability law and policy; consumer vulnerability

Kushniruk, Andre

Health Information Science

 Human-computer interaction; user interface design and testing; usability engineering in healthcare; assitive devices

Lachowsky, Nathan

Public Health and Social Policy

nlachowsky@uvic.ca

LGBTQ2+ communities; sexual health across the lifespan; sexually transmitted infections; HIV/AIDs; community-based research; mixed and multi-method studies; prospective cohort design; health equity

Liu, Sam

Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education

samliu@uvic.ca

 Chronic disease prevention and management; eHealth/mHealth; web-based interventions; Big Data and health surveillance; Physical activity; Health promotion

MacDonald, Stuart

Department of Psychology

 

Cognitive aging; early detection of cognitive impairment; lifestyle engagements for successful aging; aging in place; technology in the home; longitudinal data analysis

Mallidou, Anastasia

Nursing

 

Applied health services research; research competencies; knowledge translation competencies; leadership in health care organizations; evidence-based practice and health policy; healthy aging

McGowan, Patrick

Public Health and Social Policy

 

Interventions for individuals with chronic health conditions; implementation, spread and sustainability of interventions; effectiveness of various interventions with specific chronic conditions

Monkman, Helen

Health Information Science

monkman@uvic.ca

eHealth/digital health literacy; consumer health informatics; human factors; human-computer interaction; information visualization

Muniz-Terrara, Graciela

Pyschology

gmuniz@uvic.ca

Application of longitudinal methonds to better understand aging and dementia; harmonization methods for evidence synthesis and reproducible research

Murray, Alison

Anthropology

amacintosh@uvic.ca

Bone biology, skeletal plasticity to loading; bone hormones

Nathoo, Farouk

Mathematics & Statistics

nathoo@uvic.ca

Statistics and biostatistics

Newton, Lorelei

Nursing

lorelei@uvic.ca

Geriatric oncology; prehap/prediagnosis through to survivorship; nursing ethics

Paterson, Theone

Pyschology

tpaterson@uvic.ca

Cognitive and pyschosocial predictors of health behaviours; impact of technology on these behaviours; improved measurement and assessment tools for assessment of cognitive decline; development of interventions with possible impmact on rate of cognitive and/or functional decline

Piccinin, Andrea

Department of Psychology

Trajectories of cognitive change in normal aging and neurodegenerative disorders; impact of physical health changes on these trajectories; longitudinal research

Pauluth-Penner, Trudy

Theatre

troods@uvic.ca

Arts-based health research; non-pharmaceutical interventions for neurodegenerative diseases; incorporation of intergenerational applied theatre arts inititatives into residential care facilities; tracking impact of initiatives on health and quality of life of older adults with dementia and their families

Rhodes, Ryan

School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education

Behavioural medicine and behavioural change interventions; pyschology of physcial activity and sedentary behaviour; theories of motivation

 

Roland, Kaitlyn

Public Health and Social Policy

kroland@uvic.ca

 

Parkinson's disease, caregiving, dementia long-term care, functional ability activities of daily living

Rush, Jonathan

Pyschology

jrush@uvic.ca

Intra-individual processes; well-being; longitudinal methodology and analysis

Somanath, Sowmya

Computer Science

sowmyasomanath@uvic.ca

Human computer interaction; technology to support hands-on activities (e.g. building physical interactive artifacts), co-design, interactive design

Sheets, Debra

Nursing

 

Healthy aging; technologies to support older adults; community-based interventions to support the independence of individuals with dementia; caregiver supports

Smart, Colette

Psychology

 

Bio-behavioural bases of self-regulation; role of self-regulation in trauma and resilience; non-pharmacological interventions for self-regulation; embodied cognition and role of embodiment in self-regulation

Smith, André

Sociology

 

Aging and social capital; role of organizational culture in efforts to reduce anti-pyschotic medication in long term care; choir singing for individuals with dementia and their caregivers

Stajduhar, Kelli

Nursing

 

Chronic and life-limiting conditions; palliative and end-of-life care; vulnerable and marginalized populations; familiy caregiving; health services, systems and policies for an aging population

Warburton, Rebecca

Public Administration

 Patient safety; economic evailuation; use of administrative data for research

Willerth, Stephanie

Mechanical Engineering/Division of Medical Sciences

willerth@uvic.ca

Neural tissue models of age related disorders (e.g. Alzheimer's, Parkinson's)

Zehr, E. Paul

School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education

 Enhanced aging; interventions to improve balance and reduce falls

Zhang, Jie

Gustavson School of Business

jiezhang@uvic.ca

How to deliver home care efficiently with a high level of continuity; how to organize adaptive service systems to support transistions through the aging process

Student Affiliates

Name

Research interests 

Jordan Ali

Psychology

Supervisor: Collette Smart

 Dementia; prodromal dementia; cognitive aging

Masako Anderson

 Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisor: Kelli Stajduhar, Karen Kobayashi

Death and dying; end of life care; advance care planning; older adult mental health; home care; older adult abuse/neglect/self-neglect; vulnerable adults, especially Japanese

Camille Angus

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisor: Scott Hofer 

 Healthy successful aging

Marcy Antonio

Interdisciplinary

Supervisor: Lauren Shield, Francis Lau

Health Equity; COPD; digital technology

Paule Bellwood

Health Information

Supervisor: Morgan Price

 

Physical activity prescribing; physical activity and management of chronic diseases; information technology; design thinking

Jessica Percy Campbell

Political Science

Supervisor: Colin Benett

 Aging and technology; marketing towards senniors; technological solutions

Matilde (Matty) Cervantes

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisor: Debra Sheets

 Social and psychological health of dementia caregivers; community engagement and cognitive declien; health and friendly environments for older people

Erin Donald

Nursing

Supervisor: Kelli Stajduhar

Pre-existing and mental illness and advancing life limiting conditions; health equality

Cheiyenne Fontanilla

 Psychology

Supervisor: Collette Smart

Psychiatric and neurological aspects of mild cognitive impairment and dementia; cognitive and attentional processes associated with subjective cognitive decline; interventions to prevent mild cognitive impairment

Jenna Grant

Nursing

Supervisor: Debra Sheets

 Consumer driven initiatives for aging in place; approaches that support maintaining autonomy , promote health and reduce isolation 

 

Drew Halliday

Psychology

Supervisor: Stuart MacDonald, Mauricio Garcia-Barrera

 Multimodal assessment and intervention

Sabrina Kazi Haq

Sociology

Supervisor: Margaret Penning

Aging and health; cognitive health; race

Sherin Jamal

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisor: Kelli Stajduhar, Karen Kobayashi

 Immigrant and ethno-cultural minorities; access to care; health services research

Jamie Knight

Psychology

Supervisor: Andrea Piccinin

Cognitive and olfaction, early diagnosis; neurodegenerative diseases

Colleen Lacey

Psychology

Supervisor: Jodie Gawryluk

 Using neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessment measures to better understand healthy aging processes and neuropyschological conditions; investigating the use of non-pharmaceutical treatment (e.g. exercise) for neuropyschological conditions

 

Nathan Lewis

Psychology

Supervisor: Scott Hofer

Cognitive reserve & resilience to dementia; early detection of cognitive change; relationship between physiologicalhealth and cognitive functioning

Chantel Mayo

Psychology

Supervisor: Jodie Gawryluk

MS;cognitive decline; caregivers

Cindy McDowell

Psychology

Supervisor: Stuart MacDonald

 Individual differences and cognitive health in the aging population; biological predictors of cognitive decline; risk and preventative factors; dementia symptom reduction reduction and social cognitive lifestyle interventions

Shauna Nedelec 

Psychology

Supervisor: Stuart MacDonald

Neuroimmune functioning in MCI and AD; traumatic brain injury;neurobiologyof depression;exercise science

Lisa Olhauser

Psychology

Supervisor: Jodie Gawryluk

 Neuropyscholgy; healthy aging;cognitive rehabilitation

Lori Rietze

Nursing

Supervisor: Kelli Stajduhar

 Advance care planning; end of life decision making; palliative care

 

Kelsey Rounds

Nursing

Supervisor: Bernie Pauly

 

Trans, two spirit and gender diverse aging; resilience, intersectionality; narrative inquiry

 

Sanjit Roy

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisor: Debra Sheets

 Quality of life; patient-oriented research

Sebastian Santana

Psychology

Supervisor: Stuart MacDonald

Health interventions; health policy; cognitive health in later life

Kimberly Shapkin

Nursing

Supervisor: Esther Snagster-Gormely

Decision making in older adults; living well with dementia

Yilan Shen

Interdisciplinary

Supervisors: Karen Courtney, Debra Sheets

Gerotechnology

Taylor Snowden-Richardson

Medical Sciences

Supervisor: Brian Christie

Long term neuropyschological and cognitive effects of repeated mild traumatic brain injury; neurocognitive training as a beneficial tool

Shannon Tracey

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisor: Karen Kobayashi

Older adults; implementationscience; assistive technologies in home and community care settings

Amanda Webber

Pyschology

Supervisors: Scott Hofer, Mauricio Garcia-Barrera

Examining protective factors (e.g., concussion) that impact cognitive functioning within young adults and aging populations using computerized cognitive tests, behavioural measurement screeners and ecological momentary assesment

Amanda Willms

Kinesiology

Supervisor: Sam Liu

Chronic diseases; aging; physical activity/incentives

Tomiko (Tiko) Yoneda

Psychology

Supervisor: Andrea Piccinin

Early indicators for cognitive decline

Sasha Zinovich

Sociology

Supervisor: Andre Smith

Impact of social influences on healthcare decisions; inequalities in access to healthcare; social influences on moral regualtion and ethical behaviour

External Affiliates

Our 16 external affiliates reside in areas all across the world and conduct research in a variety of ways.

Name Organization
Antifeau, Elisabeth Interior Health Authority
Aoun, Samar Latrobe University
Asche, Carl University of Illinois
Carson, Arlene AJ Carson Consulting & Research
Corbett, Chris CSCW
Dow, Elizabeth Dow Consulting in Gerontology
Grande, Gunn University of Manchester
Hainstock, Taylor Island Health Authority
Koehn, Sharon Simon Fraser University & Sharon Koehn Research Consulting
Koval, Andriy University of Central Florida
Sawatzky, Richard Trinty Western University
Scott, Vicky University of British Columbia
Stanwick, Richard Island Health Authority
Tamblyn Watts, Laura CanAge
Wister, Andrew Simon Fraser University
Zimmer, Zachary Mount St. Vincent University