Our affiliates

Our affiliates have expertise in measurement and design of studies evaluating change and impact of lifespan experience, exposures, and interventions on social, psychological, biological, and physical outcomes or functioning. They are engaged in many local, national and international research initiatives.

We welcome you to apply to become an affiliate of the Institute on Aging & Lifelong Health by contacting the Research Manager.

Research Fellow

An IALH research fellow is an established tenure-track faculty researcher at UVic whose primary or secondary research areas align with one or more of IALH’s research initiatives, and one or more of IALH’s cross-cutting research approaches.

Elizabeth Borycki (PhD), Health Information Science

Contact

E-mail: emb@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-472-5432

 

Recent Publications

Kushniruk, A. W., Monkman, H., Kitson, N., & Borycki, E. M. (2019). Development of a video coding scheme for understanding human-computer interaction and clinical decision making. In R. Marcilly, C.E. Kuziemsky, & C. Nøhr (Eds.), Context sensitive health informatics: Sustainability in dynamic ecosystems (pp. 80-85). Retrieved from: https://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=-WOwDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA80&dq=info:kMGMBQ8sY_YJ:scholar.google.com&ots=X8sMB64VDO&sig=yRPyU8_6g4xT-UZ7vIi-n_4E3cU&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

 
Monkman, H., Kushniruk, A. W., Barnett, J., Borycki, E. M., & Sheets D. (2019). In R. Marcilly, C.E. Kuziemsky, & C. Nøhr (Eds.), Context sensitive health informatics: Sustainability in dynamic ecosystems (pp. 189-194). Retrieved from:https://books.google.ca/books?hl=en&lr=&id=-WOwDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA189&dq=info:qYHb9fqOGn8J:scholar.google.com&ots=X8sMB64-HP&sig=2atqnTWV1Rln19Z4UJ8BcQTKkFw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

Brian Christie (PhD), Division of Medical Sciences

Contact 

Phone: 250-472-4244

Recent Publications

Peñasco, S., Rico-Barrio, I., Puente, N., Gómez-Urquijo, S. M., Fontaine, C.J., Egaña-Huguet, J., Achicallende, S., Ramos, A., Reguero, L., Elezgarai, I., Nahirney, P.C., Christie, B.R., & Grandes, P. (2019). Endocannabinoid long-term depression revealed at medial perforant path excitatory synapses in the dentate gyrus. Neuropharmacology, 15(153), 32-40. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2019.04.020.

Denise Cloutier (PhD), Geography

Contact

Phone: 250-853-3286

 

Recent Publications

Kobayashi, K. M., Kampen, R., Cox, A., Cloutier, D., Cook, H., Taylor, D., Gaspard, G., Khan, M.M. (2018). Changing roles of care team members within new models of care delivery in residential care facilities: Implications for the delivery of quality of care. International Journal of Aging Research, 1(4), 17. https://doi.org/10.28933/ijoar-2018-08-0601

Dzifa Dordunoo (PhD), Nursing

Jodie Gawryluk (PhD), Psychology

Contact

Phone: 250 721 7549

 

Recent Publications

Nie, Y., Yasmin,L., Song, Y., Scarapicchia, V., Gawryluk,J.,  Wang, L., Cao, J., &  Nathoo, F.S.(2019). Spectral dynamic causal modelling of resting-state fMRI: Relating effective brain connectivity in the default mode network to genetics. arXiv.org, 7, 1-25. Retrieved from: https://arxiv.org/abs/1901.09975

Scarapicchia, V., Garcia-Barrera, M., MacDonald, S. & Gawryluk, J.R. (2019). Resting state BOLD variability is linked to white matter vascular burden in healthy aging but not in older adults with subjective cognitive decline. Frontiers in Human  Neuroscience, 13(429). doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00429 . Retrieved  from: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2019.00429/full

Scott Hofer (PhD), Psychology

Contact

Phone: 250-853-3862

 

Recent Publications

Zammit, A. R., Piccinin, A. M., Duggan, E. C., Koval, A., Clouston, S., Robitaille, A., (…) Hofer, S. M. (2019). A Coordinated Multi-study Analysis of the Longitudinal Association Between Handgrip Strength and Cognitive Function in Older Adults. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, gbz072. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbz072

Karen Kobayashi (PhD), Sociology

Contact

E-mail: kmkobay@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-721-7574
Website:https://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/sociology/people/faculty/kobayashikaren.php

Recent Publications

Kobayashi, K., Tsz-Kit Chan, K., Roy,A.,  Khan, M.M. and Fuller-Thomson, E. (2019). Diabetes and diabetes care among nonobese Japanese-Americans: Findings from a population-based study, advances in preventive medicine. Advances in Preventive Medicine, 1-8. Doi: 10.1155/2019/3650649

Nathan Lachowsky (PhD), Public Health and Social Policy

Contact 

E-mail: nlachowsky@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-472‐5739
Website: https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/publichealthsocialpolicy/faculty-staff/home/faculty/profiles/lachowskynathan.php

Recent Publications

Wang, L.,  Moqueet, N., Lambert, G., Grace, D., Rodrigues, R., Cox, J., Lachowsky, N. J. (...) Mishra, S. (2019). Quantifying population-level sexual mixing by HIV status and pre-exposure Prophylaxis use among men who have sex with men: Implications for combination HIV prevention Retrieved from: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3373853

Stuart MacDonald (PhD), Psychology

Contact 

Phone: 250-472-5297

 

Recent Publications

Scarapicchia, V., Garcia-Barrera, M., MacDonald, S. & Gawryluk, J.R. (2019). Resting state BOLD variability is linked to white matter vascular burden in healthy aging but not in older adults with subjective cognitive decline. Frontiers in Human  Neuroscience, 13(429). doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2019.00429 . Retrieved from: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnhum.2019.00429/full

 Tamburri, N., Trites, M., Sheets, D. J., Smith, A. P., MacDonald, S. W. S. (2019). The promise of intergenerational choir for improving psychosocial and cognitive health for those with dementia: The Voices in Motion Project. The Arbutus Review, 10 (1).Retrieved from https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/arbutus/article/view/18962

Patrick McGowan (PhD), Public Health and Social Policy

Contact 

Phone: (604) 940-3574

Recent Publications

McGowan, P., Lynch S., & Hensen, F. (2019) The Role and Effectiveness of Telephone Peer Coaching for Adult Patients With Type 2 Diabetes. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 43 (6), 399-405. 

Theone Paterson (PhD), Psychology

Contact

E-mail: tpaterson@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-721-7547
Website: https://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/psychology/people/faculty-directory/paterson-theone.php

Recent Publications

Paterson, T. S. E., O’Rourke, N., Shapiro, R. J., & Thornton, W. J. L. (2018). Medication adherence in renal transplant recipients: A latent variable model of psychosocial and neurocognitive predictors. PLOS ONE. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0204219. Retrieved from: https://www.selfmanagementbc.ca/uploads/Research/Final%20Article%20Coach%20Study.pdf

Ryan Rhodes (PhD), Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

Contact

E-mail: rhodes@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-721-8384
Website: https://www.uvic.ca/education/exercise/people/faculty-directory/rhodes.php
 
Recent Publications

 

Mistura, M., Fetterly, N., Rhodes, R.E., Tomlin, D., 1 & Naylor, P. J. (2019). Examining the efficacy of a ‘feasible’ nudge intervention to increase the purchase of vegetables by first year university students (17–19 Years of Age) in British Columbia: A pilot study. Nutrients, 11(8), 1786, 1-12. doi:10.3390/nu11081786. Retrieved from: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/11/8/1786/htm

Debra Sheets (PhD), Nursing

Contact 

E-mail: dsheets@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-853-3947
Website:
https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/nursing/people/home/faculty/profiles/sheets.php

Recent Publications

Tamburri, N., Trites, M., Sheets, D. J., Smith, A. P., MacDonald, S. W. S. (2019). The promise of intergenerational choir for improving psychosocial and cognitive health for those with dementia: The Voices in Motion Project. The Arbutus Review, 10 (1).Retrieved from https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/arbutus/article/view/18962

Kelli Stajduhar (PhD), Nursing

Contact

E-mail: kis@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-721-7487
Website: https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/nursing/people/home/faculty/profiles/stajduhar.php

Recent Publications

Stajduhar, K., Mollison, A., Giesbrecht, M., McNeil, R., Pauly, B., Reimer-Kirkham, S., Dosani, N., Wallace, B., Showler, G., Meagher, C., Kvakic, K., Gleave, D., Teal, T., Rose, C., Showler, C., & Rounds, K. (2019). “Just too busy living in the moment and surviving”: Barriers to accessing health care for structurally vulnerable populations at end-of-life. BMC Palliative Care, 18(11), Online First. doi:10.1186/s12904-019-0396-7

Jie Zhang (DBA), Gustavson School of Business

Contact 

E-mail: jiezhang@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-472-5736
Website:
https://www.uvic.ca/gustavson/faculty/faculty/faculty/current/jzhang.php

 

Recent Publications

Van Riel, A., Zhang, J., McGinnis, L., Nejad, M., Bujisic, M. & Phillips, P. (2019). A framework for sustainable service system configuration: Exploring value paradoxes with examples from the hospitality industry. Journal of Service Management, 30 (3), 349-368. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOSM-12-2018-0396

 

Field, J., Victorino, L., Buell, R., Dixon, M., Meyer Goldstein, S., Menor, L., Pullman, M., Roth, A., Secchi, E., & Zhang, J. (2018). Service operations: what’s next?. Journal of Service Management, 29(1), 55-97. https://doi.org/10.1108/JOSM-08-2017-0191

Research Scientist

An IALH research scientist is an independent researcher (including post-doc and adjunct faculty) whose primary or secondary research areas align with one or more of IALH’s research initiatives and one or more of IALH’s cross-cutting research approaches.

UVic Research Affiliate

An IALH UVic research affilate is a UVic researcher (post-doctoral level or higher) who is interested in aging and/or lifelong health.

Alexandra Branzan Albu (PhD), Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact

E-mail: aalbu@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-721-8681
Website:https://www.uvic.ca/engineering/ece/faculty-and-staff/home/faculty/branzan-albualexandra.php

Recent Publications

Rezvanifar, A., Porto Marques, T., Melissa Cote, M., Branzan Albu, A., Slonimer, A., Tolhurst, T.,  Ersahin, K.,  Mudge, T., & Gauthier, S. (2019). A Deep Learning-based Framework for the detection of schools of Herring in Echograms. arXiv, 1-5.

Damien Contandriopoulos (PhD), School of Nursing

Mauricio Garcia-Barrera (PhD), Psychology

Contact

E-mail: mgarcia@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-472-5067
Website:https://www.uvic.ca/socialsciences/psychology/people/faculty-directory/garcia-barreramauricio.php

Recent Publications

Garcia-Barrera, M. A. (2019). Unity and diversity of dysexecutive syndromes. In Ardila A., Fatima S., Rosselli M. (Eds), Dysexecutive Syndromes (pp. 3-27). Springer, Cham.

Garcia-Barrera M. A., Agate F. T., Wong R. E., Smart C. M., Karr J. E. (2019). Executive Dysfunction After Traumatic Brain Injury. In Ardila A., Fatima S., Rosselli M. (Eds), Dysexecutive Syndromes (pp. 83-122). Springer, Cham.

Freya Kodar (LLM), Law

Contact

E-mail: fkodar@uvic.ca
Phone: 250 721-8190
Website:https://www.uvic.ca/law/facultystaff/facultydirectory/kodar.php

Recent Publications
Adjin-Tettey, E., Calder, G., Cochran, P., Deckha, M., Kodar, F., Lessard, H., Parmar, P. Plyley, K. & Zion, M. (2018). Claire L'Heureux-Dubé: A Life, Constance Backhouse (Vancouver: UBC Press for the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History 2017) -- A Collective Review.  Alberta Law Review 56(1), 263-274. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3264413

Andre Kushniruk (PhD), Health Information Science

Contact

E-mail: andrek@uvic.ca
Phone: 250-472-5132
Website:https://www.uvic.ca/hsd/hinf/faculty-staff/faculty/kushniruk-andre.php

Recent Publications

Kushniruk, A. (2019). The importance of health information on the Internet: How it saved my life and how it can save yours. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 21 (10), p. 1-4.

Patricia MacKenzie (PhD), Social Work

Helen Monkman (PhD), Health Information Science

Graciela Muniz (PhD), Psychology

Contact

E-mail: gmuniz@uvic.ca

Alison Murray (PhD), Anthropology

Andrea Piccinin (PhD), Psychology

Colette Smart (PhD), Psychology

André Smith (PhD), Sociology

Rebecca Warburton (PhD), Public Administration

UVic Resource

An IALH UVic resource is a UVic researcher whose research does not focus on aging and/or lifelong health per se, but who can speak to issues affecting seniors (e.g., legal or policy decisions).

External Affiliate

A IALH external affiliate is a researcher associated with a non-UVic academic setting, an individual associated with a community-based aging-focused organization, or a retired UVic researcher who is interested in aging and/or lifelong health.

Student Affiliate

An IALH student affiliate is a undergraduate or graduate student who is interested in aging and/or lifelong health. The student does not need to be affiliated with or supervised by a faculty member who is associated with IALH.

Graduate Students

Jordan Ali, Psychology

Research interests: Dementia
Supervisors: Colette Smart (Psychology) and Jodie Gawryluk (Psychology)

Award Recipient of the 2018 Alice Lou-Poy Graduate Scholarship

Masako Anderson, Social Dimensions of Health

Research interests: Death and dying, and end of life care
Supervisors: Karen Kobayashi (Sociology) and Kelli Stajduhar (Nursing)

Camille Angus, Social Dimensions of Health

Research interests: Healthy successful living
Supervisors: Scott Hofer (Psychology) and Denise Cloutier (Geography)

Award Recipient of the 2017 Neena L. Chappell Graduate Scholarship

Marcy Antonio, Interdisciplinary

Research interests: Health equity
Supervisors: Laurene Shields and Francis Lau (Health Information Science

Paule Bellwood, Health Information Science

Research interests: Physical activity and management of chronic disease
Supervisor: Morgan Price (Medical Sciences)

Jessica Percy Campbell, Political Science

Research interests: Aging and technology
Supervisor: Colin Bennett (Political Science)

Matilde Cervantes, Social Dimensions of Health

Research interests: Social and psychological health of individuals with dementia and their caregivers
Supervisor: Debra Sheets (Nursing)

Erin Donald, Nursing

Research interests: Mental illness, advancing life limiting conditions, and health equity
Supervisor: Kelli Stajduhar (Nursing)

Award Recipient of the 2019 Neena L. Chappell Graduate Scholarship

Jenna Grant, Nursing

Research interests: Approaches that support autonomy and health promotion, and reduce isolation
Supervisor: Debra Sheets (Nursing)

Drew Halliday, Psychology

Research interests: Multimodal assessment and intervention
Supervisors: Stuart MacDonald (Psychology) and Mauricio Garcia-Barrera (Psychology)

Award Recipient of the 2019 David Chuenyan Lai Graduate Scholarship
Award Recipient of the 2018 Elaine Gallagher Travel Award

Sabrina Kazi Haq, Sociology

Research interests: Aging and health
Supervisor: Margaret Penning (Sociology)

Sherrin Jamal, Social Dimensions of Health

Research interests: Immigrant and ethno-cultural minority access to care
Supervisors: Kelli Stajduhar (Nursing) and Karen Kobayashi (Sociology)

Jamie Knight, Psychology

Research interests: Early diagnosis of dementia, and cognitive decline
Supervisor: Andrea Piccinin (Psychology)

Award Recipient of the 2019 Alice Lou-Poy Graduate Scholarship

Chantel Mayo, Psychology

Research interests: Cognitive decline, and multiple sclerosis
Supervisor: Jodie Gawryluk (Psychology)

Award Recipient of the 2018 Elaine Gallagher Travel Award

Lisa Ohlhauser, Psychology

Research interests:Healthy aging and neuropsychology
Supervisor: Jodie Gawryluk (Psychology)

Award Recipient of the 2019 UVic Retirees Association Award
Award Recipient of the 2018 Neena L. Chappell Graduate Scholarship

Lori Rietze, Nursing

Research interests: Advance care planning, and end of life decision making
Supervisor: Kelli Stajduhar (Nursing)

Kelsey Rounds, Nursing

Research interests: Trans, two-spirit, and gender diverse aging
Supervisor: Bernie Pauly (Nursing)

Sanjit Roy, Social Dimensions of Health

Research interests: Quality of life and patient oriented research
Supervisor: Debra Sheets (Nursing)

Kimberley Shapkin, Nursing

Supervisor: Esther Sangster-Gormely (Nursing)

Yilan Shen, Interdisciplinary

Research interests: Gerotechnology
Supervisors: Karen Courtney (Health Information Science) and Debra Sheets (Nursing)

Taylor Snowden-Richardson, Medical Sciences

Research interests: Long term effects of concussions
Supervisor: Brian Christie (Medical Sciences)

Shannon Tracey, Social Dimensions of Health

Research interests: Older adults and implementation science
Supervisor: Karen Kobayashi (Sociology)

Award Recipient of the 2018 David Chuenyan Lai Graduate Scholarship

Tiko Yoneda, Psychology

Research interests: Early indicators of cognitive decline
Supervisor: Andrea Piccinin (Psychology)

Award Recipient of the 2017 Elaine Gallagher Travel Award

Undergraduate Students

Shauna Nedelec, Psychology/Biology

Research interests: Neuroimmune functioning in dementia, and the neurobiology of depression
Supervisor: Stuart MacDonald (Psychology)

Sebastian Santana, Psychology

Research interests: Health interventions and health policy
Supervisor: Stuart MacDonald (Psychology)

Amanda Willms, Kinesiology

Research interests: Chronic disease and aging
Supervisor: Sam Liu (Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education)