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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.

If you are interested in becoming an IALH affiliate, please contact Dr. Jo Ann Miller, Research Manager, at IALHResearch@uvic.ca 

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

 

Aging and assistive technologies; patient safety and technology; virtual care technologies; data science; human factors

Brewster, Paul

Psychology

 Digital cognitive assessment; early detection of Alzheimer's disease; life course socioeconomic influences on late life cognition;advanced psychometric methods

Brown, Craig

Division of Medical Sciences

Brain plasticity; understanding vascular & immunological contributions to age & related cognitive decline

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; vulnerable populations (stroke-affected, dementia, end-of-life, immigrant older adults, socially isolated, residents of Long Term Care) 

Contandriopoulos, Damien

Nursing

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

Courtney, Karen

School of Health Information Science

Community based health information technology to support older adults in co-managing their health; ethical use of health information technology; use of health information technology to support patients and family caregivers at end of life 

Dordunoo, Dzifa

Nursing

 Cardiovascular health; global health; quality improvement; knowledge translation; metal hypersensitivity

Garcia-Barrera, Mauricio

Department of Psychology

 Executive functioning; neuropsychological assessment; 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, older adults

Giles, Josh

Mechanical Engineering

Musculoskeletal and orthopedic medical device design; patient assessment and rehabilitation; surgical planning; biomechanics; computational modeling; in vitro biomechanical experimentation; statistical morphological analysis

Handlovsky, Ingrid

Nursing

Health needs and experiences of middle-aged and older self-identifying gay men; curriculum development to support nursing care of middle-aged and older self-identifying gay men 

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

Jobarri, Hosna

Computer Science

 

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

Kobayashi, Karen

Sociology

Visible minority; immigrant and refugee health; social isolation and loneliness; assistive technologies and intervention research; knowledge mobilization; implementation science; mental health

Kwon, Jae-Yung

Nursing

Patient-reported outcomes; hermeneutics;knowledge translation; care of older adults with comorbidities

Lachowsky, Nathan

Public Health and Social Policy

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

 Chronic disease prevention and management; mHealth; web-based interventions; big data; data prediction

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; gait; functional biomarkers of cognitive function; variability

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; technology use in health; health informatics

McDanial, Susan

Sociology

Population aging, life course, social determinants of health, social policy

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

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

Murray, Alison

Anthropology

Bone biology, skeletal plasticity to loading; bone hormones

Newton, Lorelei

Nursing

Care of the older person with cancer; nursing ethics

Paterson, Theone

Pyschology

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; impacts of COVID-19 and pandemic on psychosocial and cognitive outcomes

Pauluth-Penner, Trudy

Theatre

advancing lifelong health and well-being through intergenerational applied theatre arts initiatives; how aging is portrayed in the media; aging over time; promoting holistic-person-and-capability-centred care for people with dementia; enhancing quality in residential care with older adults' family perspectives;policy development for psychosocial healthcare in long term care; reminiscence/life review therapeutic interventions for older adults; prevelance of arts in care facilities; supports, barriers in BC and nationally 

Perin, Charles

Computer Science

Visualization; human-computer interaction; health informatics; patient-generated data; quantified self; sports data visualization

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; role of (un)diagnosed ADHD in late life cognitive performance level and change

Rhodes, Ryan

School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education

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

 

Roland, Kaitlyn

Public Health and Social Policy

 

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

Rush, Jonathan

Pyschology

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

Sheets, Debra

Nursing

 

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

Somanath, Sowmya

Computer Science

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

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

Templeman, Nicole

Biology

 

Signaling pathways and molecular mechanisms that coordinate an organism's nutrtional status with metabollic responses, reproduction and maintenance of cell and tissue integrity with age: age-related changes from the molecular and cellular levels to the whole organism

Willerth, Stephanie

Mechanical Engineering/Division of Medical Sciences

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

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 

Anthony Theodore Amato

Social Dimensions of Health

Nathan Lachowsky 

HIV Health promotion in Gay/Bi and other men who have sex with men (MSM); health equity across generations

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

Coady Babin

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisor: Nathan Lachowsky

Health equity – specifically related to LGBTQ community, including autonomy and independence, access, experiences with health care systems

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

Simone Cormier

Social Work

 

Advocacy for self-determination; ageist stereotypes and stigmatization; impacts of stereotypes and stigmatization; impacts of COVID-19 on well-being; support for individuals with COVID-19 related mental health concerns

Erin Donald

Nursing

Supervisor: Kelli Stajduhar

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

Gillian Eades Telford

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisors: Karen Courtney; Anastasia Mallidou

Community dwelling centanarians’ perceptions of life long successful aging predictors; qualitative research

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

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

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

Ashley Mollison

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisor: Kelli Stajduhar

Palliative and end-of-life care; poverty and homelessness; equity-informed care; harm reduction

Jordan Monks

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisors: Charlotte Loppie, Christopher Auld

Healthy aging; sexual health; health economics; older adult sexual health; STI prevention and treatment in older women

Lisa Olhauser

Psychology

Supervisor: Jodie Gawryluk

 Neuropyscholgy; healthy aging;cognitive rehabilitation

Ashleigh Parker

Psychology

Supervisor: Jodie Gawryluk

Neuropsychology; neuroimaging through MRI; Alzheimer’s disease; subjective cognitive decline

Aleah Ross

Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education

Supervisor: Ryan Rhodes

Health psychology; physical activity and health behaviours; clinical populations

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

Healthy aging; quality of life for people living with Alzheimers and related dementias

Sebastian Santana

Psychology

Supervisor: Stuart MacDonald

Health interventions; health policy; cognitive health in later life

Vanessa Scarapicchia

Psychology

Supervisor: Jodie Gawryluk

Using neuroimaging technologyto better understand and prevent environmental and physiological factors that contribute to agerelated cognitive decline 

Morgan Schaeffer

Psychology

Supervisor: Theone Paterson

Determining psychological variables which may predict cognitive decline in older adults (e.g. personality traits; non-pharmalogical interventions for preventing/reversing cognitive decline such as psycho-education, mindfulness)

Kimberly Shapkin

Nursing

Supervisor: Esther Snagster-Gormely

Decision making in older adults; living well with dementia

Audrey Tung

Geography

Supervisor: Denise Cloutier 

Homelessness in older women, social justice, social policy, human rights, social determinants of health

Rebecca Vendittelli

Psychology

Supervisor: Scott Hofer

Use of a mobile-based assessment application to measure psychosocial and lifestyle variables as well as cognition

Mattie Walker

Public Health and Social Policy

Supervisor: Nathan Lachowsky

Trans, Two Spirit and non-binary mental health; safety in the trauma support contexts for gender diverse populations; gender diverse young people; gender-based violence; community based trauma supports and violence response

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

Alex Wells

Public Health and Social Policy

Supervisor: Nathan Lachowsky

Role of LGBTQ2S recreational sports teams and leagues in supporting the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ2S individuals and communities; intergenerational nature of LGBTQ2S sports teams and leagues

Logan White

Social Dimensions of Health

Supervisors: Nathan Lachowsky, Katelin Albert

Chronic health; mental health; lifelong health; global health; First Nations/Indigenous health; refugee health

Tomiko (Tiko) Yoneda

Psychology

Supervisor: Andrea Piccinin

Early indicators for cognitive decline

Alison Ziesel

Computer Science

Supervisor: Alex Thomo & Hosna Jabbari

Changes in gene expression over human aging; epigenetic changes in DNA and RNA over human againg

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
Hetherington, Arne Independent researcher
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