Karen Kobayashi

Karen Kobayashi
Position
Professor, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies), Faculty of Social Sciences
Sociology
Credentials

PhD (SFU, 1999)

Contact
Office: COR A307

Dr. Kobayashi is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and a Research Affiliate with the Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health. She is a social gerontologist who uses a life course perspective to explore the intersections of structural, cultural, and individual factors/experiences affecting health and aging in the Canadian population. She believes that in order to develop a better understanding of the nexus between micro- and macro-levels of analysis in sociological theory, a mixed-method approach to research is needed.

As evidenced in her diverse and on-going research program (described below), her scholarly interests lie broadly in the areas of family and intergenerational relationships, ethnicity and immigration, dementia and personhood, and health and social care.

The vast majority of her research to date has been developed and carried out collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams, spanning disciplines in the social sciences (i.e., sociology, geography, anthropology), human and social development (i.e., nursing, child and youth care), and medicine (i.e., neurology, geriatrics, geriatric psychiatry), and across a number of academic institutions (i.e., UBC, SFU, and Carleton) and departments within the BC Ministry of Health (i.e., Pharmacare, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Healthy Living and Sport (former)).

She has been nominated to and held positions in the Canadian Sociological Association and the Canadian Association on Gerontology, and is currently co-leader of the Ethnicity and Aging theme team for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE). In addition to her participation in organizations at the national level, Karen sits on the CIHR-IA’s Social Dimensions of Aging review committee, and has been a reviewer for SSHRC in both their standard research grant and CURA competitions.

Provincially, she is a member of the MSFHR’s Research Trainee Fellowship Committee in Population Health, and locally is part of the CLSA’s local organizing committee. At the university, she has trained a number of graduate students – Masters and PhDs – with research interests in aging and health either as a supervisor or committee member since coming to UVic in 2003.

With recent funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the BC Ministry of Health, and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, her current research program examines the social, economic, cultural, and health dimensions of an aging population with particular foci on:

  • The relationship between social isolation and health among older adults (with Dr. Denise Cloutier-Fisher).
  • The “healthy immigrant effect” in later life (with Dr. Steven Prus).
  • Evaluating shared site intergenerational programs in the context of social, health, and educational outcomes for older adults and students (with Dr. Valerie Kuehne).
  • Older visible minority immigrant women's health and well-being (with Dr. Sharon Koehn).
  • New and emerging family formations, i.e., stepfamilies and Living-Apart-Together (LATs), and the implications of changing family relationships for social support in later life (with Dr. Laura Funk).
  • Caregiver appraisals of the efficacy of cholinesterase inhibitors (with Dr. Neena Chappell and Dr. Andre Smith).
  • Evaluating the Residential Program Care Delivery Model in the Fraser Health Authority (with Dr. Denise Cloutier-Fisher and Dr. Kelli Stajduhar).

Upcoming projects in these areas include:

  • The application of intersectionality theory to an examination of the "healthy immigrant effect" by gender, class, age, and ethnicity.
  • The development of a socially- and culturally-relevant chronic disease management model for older visible minority immigrant women to address issues of inequality vis-à-vis health and social care access.
  • An expansion of the dementia caregiver appraisal study to include an in-depth exploration of the salient theme of “hope and ambivalence” in the caregivers’ narratives.
  • A qualitative comparative study of the nature of social isolation between men and women in later life.

Interests

  • Aging
  • Ethnicity and immigrant status
  • Family dynamics and intergenerational relationships
  • Health and illness
  • Research methods

Publications and professional activity

Refereed articles

Tong, H., Lung, Y., Kobayashi, K., Lim, S., Davison, K. and Fuller-Thomson, E. (accepted). Refugee Status is Associated with Double the Odds of Psychological Distress in mid-to-late life. Findings from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). International Journal of Sociol Psychiatry

Cortina, M.E. and Kobayashi, K.M. (accepted). Temporary workers, (im)permanent labour: Exploring the lived experiences of Mexican seasonal agricultural workers in British Columbia. The Arbutus Review.

De Souza, L.R., Chan, K.T., Kobayashi, K., Karasiuk, A., & Fuller-Thomson, E. (2020). The prevalence and management of diabetes among Vietnamese Americans: A population-based survey of an understudied ethnic group. Chronic Illness. https://doi.org/10.1177/1742395320959422

Cobigo, V., Czechowski, K., Chalghoumi, H., Gauthier-Beaupre, A., Assal, H., Jutai, J., Kobayashi, K., Grenier, A., & Bah, F. (2020). Protecting the privacy of technology users who have cognitive disabilities: identifying areas for improvements and targets for change. Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineeringhttps://doi.org/10.1177/2055668320950195

Grenier, A., Gontcharov, I., Kobayashi, K., & Burke, E. (2020). Critical Knowledge Mobilization: Directions for Social Gerontology. Canadian Journal on Aging / La Revue Canadienne Du Vieillissement, 1-10, doi:10.1017/S0714980820000264

Fuller-Thomson, E., Saab, Z., Davison, K., Lin, S.L., Taler, V., Kobayashi, K., and Tong, H. (2020). Nutrition, Immigration and Health Determinants are linked to Verbal Fluency among Anglophone Adults in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA). Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging. 24:672-680. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12603-020-1402-8

Davison, K., Lin, S., Kobayashi, K., Tong, H. and Fuller-Thomson, E. (2020). Anxiety disorders in middle and late life: disparities by immigration, nutrition and other determinants of health in the Canadian Longitudinal  Study on Aging (CLSA). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(5), 1493. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17051493

Davison, Karen, Lin, S., Kobayashi, K., Tong, H., Fuller-Thomson, E. (2020). Psychological distress in older adults linked to immigrant status, dietary intake, and physical health conditions in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Journal of Affective Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.01.024

Lin, S., Kobayashi, K., Tong, H., Davison, K., Arora, S. and Fuller-Thomson, E. (2020). Close Relations Matter: The Association between Depression and Refugee Status in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), Journal of Immigrant and Minority Healthhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10903-020-00980-0

Kobayashi, K., Cloutier, D., Khan, M.M., and Fitzgeral, K., (2020). Asset Based Community Development to Promote Healthy Aging in a Rural Context in Western Canada: Notes from the Field. Journal of Community Practicehttps://doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2020.1716911

Davison, K., Lung, Y., Lin, S., Tong, H., Kobayashi, K.M., and Fuller-Thomson, E. (2019). Depresssion in middle and older adulthood: The role of immigration, nutrition, and other determinants of health in theh Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, BMC Psychiatryhttps://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-019-2309-y 

Ivsin, A., VANDU, Benoit, C., Kobayashi, K., and Boyd, S. (2019). From risky places to safe spaces: Re-assembling spaces/places in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. Health and Place. 59 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2019.102164

Grenier, A., Hatzifilalithis, S., Laliberte-Rudman, D., Kobayashi, K., Marier, P., and Phillipson, C. (2019). Precarity and Aging: A Scoping Review. The Gerontologist.https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnz135

Kobayashi, K.M., Chan, K., Roy, A., Khan, M. and Fuller-Thomson, E. (2019). Diabetes and Diabetes Care among Non-Obese Japanese-Americans: Findings from a Population-Based Sudy. Advances in Preventative Medicinehttps://doi.org/10.1155/2019/3650649

Chan, K., De Cruz, L.R., Kobayashi, K.M. and Fuller-Thomson, E. (2019). Diabetes and Diabetes Care mong Non-Obese South Asian Americans: Findings from a Population-Based Study. Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews. 13(1), 96-102.

Kobayashi, K.M. et al. (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. DOI: 10.28933/ijoar-2018-08-0601 

Chan, K.T., Kobayashi, K.M., Fuller-Thomson, E., and Roy, A. (2018). Diabetes, Care of Non-obese Korean Americans: Considerable Room for Improvement. Korean Journal of Family Medicine. DOI: 10.4082/kjfm.18.0002

Kobayashi, K.M., Chan, K.T., and Fuller-Thomson, E. (2018). Diabetes among Asian Americans with BMI less than or equal to 23. Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews. Advance online publication retrieved from:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsx.2017.12.011

Fu.ler-Thomson, E., Roy, A., Chan, K., and Kobayashi, K. (2017). Diabetes among non-obese Filipinos: Findings from a large population based study. Canadian Journal of Public Health, 108(1), 36-42. doi: 10.17269/cjph.108.5761 

Grenier, A., Phillipson, C., Laliberte Rudman, D., Hatzifilathis, S., Kobayashi, K. and Marier, P. (December, 2017). Precarity in late life: Understanding new forms of risk and insecurity. Journal of Aging Studies, 43, 9-14. https://authors.elsevier.com/a/1VgkN3AT7iAsDa

Khan, M., Kobayashi, K.M., Vang, Z.M., and Lee, S.M. (2017). Are Visible Minorities Invisible in Canadian Health Data and Research? A Scoping Review. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. 13(1), 126-143.

Kobayashi, K.M., Funk, L., and Khan, M.M. (2016). Constructing a sense of commitment in "Living Apart Together" (LAT) relationships: LAT partners responding to generalized others. Current Sociology, 65(7), 991-1009.

Cloutier, D., Cox, A., Kampen, R., Kobayashi, K., Cook, H., Taylor, D., and Gaspard, G. (2016). A tale of two sites: Lessons on Leadership from the implementation of a long-term care delivery model in Western Canada Healthcare, 4(1),3, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/healthcare4010003. 

Khan, M.M., and Kobayashi, K.M. (2015). Optimizing Health Promoting Among Ethnocultural Minority Older Adults (EMOA). International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. 11(4), 268-281.

Cloutier-Fisher, D., Kobayashi, K.M. and A.P. Smith (forthcoming). “The subjective dimension of social isolation: A qualitative investigation of older adults’ experiences in small social support networks." Journal of Aging Studies.

Smith, A.P., Kobayashi, K.M., Chappell, N.L. and D. Hoxsey (forthcoming). “The hope and controversy of Alzheimer’s disease pharmacotherapy: a qualitative study of caregivers’ experiences.” Journal of Aging Studies.

Carson, A.J., Kobayashi, K.M., and V. Kuehne (forthcoming) “The Meadow School Project: Case Study of a Unique Shared Site Intergenerational Program.” Journal of Intergenerational Relations.

Kobayashi, K.M. and L. Funk (2010). “Of the Family Tree: Congruence on Filial Obligation and its Implications for Social Support among Older Parents and Adult Children in Japanese Canadian Families.” Canadian Journal on Aging, 29(1):85-96.

Benoit, C., Shumka, L., Vallance, K., Hallgrimsdottir, H., Phillips, R., Kobayashi, K., Hankivsky, O., Reid, C., and Brief, E. (2009) “Engendering the Health Determinants Framework: Implications for Girls and Women in Canada.” Sociological Research Online.

Funk, L. and K.M. Kobayashi (2009). “Family Responsibilities and Choice: The Negotiation of Care Between Adult Children and Aging Parents.” Canadian Review of Sociology, 46(3):235-252.

Kobayashi, K.M., Cloutier-Fisher, D. and M. Roth (2009). “The Link Between Social Isolation and Health Among Older Adults in Small City and Small Town, British Columbia.” Journal of Aging and Health. 21: 374-397.

Cloutier-Fisher, D. and K.M. Kobayashi (2009). “Exploring the Linkages Between Place, Health Status and Health Care Utilization Among Socially Isolated Older Adults in Canada: Findings from the 2000-01 Canadian Community Health Survey.” Gender, Place, and Culture, 16(2):181-199.

Roth, M. and K.M. Kobayashi (2008). “The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Chinese Canadians: Results from a National Survey.” Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 10(6):517-528

Kobayashi, K.M., Prus, S.G. and Z. Lin (2008). “Ethnic Differences in Self-Rated and Functional Health: Does Immigration Status Matter?” Ethnicity and Health, 13(2):129-147.

Mahmood, A., Chaudhury, H., Kobayashi, K.M. and M. Valente (2008). “The Housing and Community Characteristics of South Asian Immigrant Older Adults in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia” Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 25(1):54-75.

Kobayashi, K.M. and S.G. Prus (2005). “Explaining the Health Gap Between Canadian- and Foreign-Born Older Adults: Findings from the 2000/2001 Canadian Community Health Survey.” Recent Advances and Research Updates: Journal of the International Research Promotion Council, 6(3):269-273.

Gee, E.M., K.M. Kobayashi, and S.G. Prus (2004). “Examining the Healthy Immigrant Effect in Mid-to Later Life: Findings from the Canadian Community Health Survey.” Canadian Journal on Aging, 23(Supplement 1):S61-S69.

Kobayashi, K.M. (2003). “Do Intersections of Diversity Matter? An Exploration of the Relationship Between Identity Markers and Health for Mid- to Later Life Canadians.” Canadian Ethnic Studies, XXXV(3):1-14.

Smith, A. and K.M. Kobayashi (2002). “Making Sense of Alzheimer’s Disease in an Intergenerational Context: The Case of a Japanese Canadian Nisei (Second-Generation) – Headed Family.” Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 1(2):213-225.

Kobayashi, K. M. (2000). "The Nature of Support from Adult Children to Older Parents in Japanese Canadian Families." Journal of Cross‑Cultural Gerontology, 15(3):185-205.

Choudhury, S.R., H. Ueshima, Y. Kita, K.M. Kobayashi, A. Okayama, M. Yamakawa, Y. Hirao, M. Ishikawa and Y. Miyoshi (1994). "Alcohol and Serum Lipids in a Japanese Population." International Journal of Epidemiology, 23(5):940‑947.

Books and book chapters

Koehn, S. and K.M. Kobayashi (forthcoming) “Age and Ethnicity.” In Multiple Discrimination From An Age Perspective, M. Sargeant (ed.). London: Cambridge University Press.

Kobayashi, K.M. and Khan, M. (forthcoming). In I. Rootman (eds.), Health Promotion and Older Adults. Toronto: Canadian Scholars.

Gaszo, A., and Kobayashi, K.M. (2021). "Families". In R. Brym (ed.), New Society, 9th edition. Scarborough: Nelson.

Kobayashi, K.M. and M. Khan. (2020). "Precarity, Migration and Aging." In A. Grier, C. Phillipson, and R. Settersten (eds), Precarity and Aging (pp. 115-145), University of Bristol: Policy Press.

Gontcharov, I., Grenier, A., Kobayashi, K., Simeonov, D. (forthcoming). "What is Critical Knowledge Mobilization?" In A. Sixsmith, J. Sixsmith, A. Mihailidis, and M. Lan Fan (eds). Knowledge, Innovation, and Impact in Health: A Guide for the Engaged Researcher. Springer: New York.

Gaszo, A., and Kobayashi, K.M. (Eds.)(2018). Continuity and Innovation: Canadian Families in the New Millennium. Scarborough; Nelson.

Gaszo, A., and Kobayashi, K.M. (2018). "Families as we know and have known them." In A. Gaszo and K.M. Kobayashi (eds), Continuity and Innovation: Canadian Families in the New Millennium (pp. 3-13). Scarboroough: Nelson.

Gaszo, K.M. and Kobayashi, K.M. (2018). "Theorizing and researching family." in A. Gaszo and K.M. Kobayashi (eds), Continuity and Innovation: Canadian Families in the New Millennium (pp. 14-28). Scarborough: Nelson.

Kobayashi, K.M., and Khan, M.M. (2018). "Living Arrangements." In A. Gaszo and K.M. Kobayashi (eds), Continuity and Innovation: Canadian Families in the New Millennium (pp. 48-62). Scarborough: Nelson.

Kobayashi, K.M. and Martin-Matthews, A. (2018). "Understanding the Changing Nature of Relationships in Middle and Later Life Canadian Families." In P. Albanese (ed.), Canadian Families Today: New Perspectives, Fourth Edition (pp. 139-160). Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Khan, M.M. and Kobayashi, K.M. (2018). "No One Should Be Left Behind: Identifying Promising Health Promotion Practices for Immigrants." In I. Rootman, A. Pederson, K. Frohlich and S. Dupéré (eds.), Health Promotion in Canada, 4th edition (po. 203-219). Toronto: Canadian Scholars.

Kobayashi, K.M. and Khan, M.M. (2018). "Understanding the Changing Nature of Relationships in Aging Canadian Families". In P. Albanese, L. Tepperman, and E. Alexander (eds.), Reading Sociology, third edition (pp. 166-170), Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Khan, M.M., Kobayashi, K.M., and Eve, D. (2015). "Optimizing health promotion for ethnocultural minority older adults". In S. Koehn and M. Badger (eds.), Health Care Equity for Ethnic Minority Older Adults (pp. 14-22). Vancouver, BC: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University.

Kobayashi, K.M. and Kampen, R. (2015). "Cohabitation." In S. Quah (ed.) Handbook of Familiies in Asia (pp. TBA). London: Routledge.

Roth, M. and K.M. Kobayashi (2011). The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Chinese Canadians. Hauppage, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Kobayashi, K.M. and S.G. Prus (2011). “Adopting an Intersectionality Perspective to the Study of the “Healthy Immigrant Effect”.” In O. Hankivsky (ed.) Intersectionality and Health Research (pp. 180-197). Vancouver: UBC Press.

Funk, L. and K.M. Kobayashi (2011). “Choice” in Informal Health Care Work: Adult Children with Aging Parents. In C. Benoit and H. Hallgrimsdottir (eds.), Gender, Care, and Care Work (pp. 171-192). Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Kobayashi, K.M. (2010). “Midlife Crises: Understanding the Changing Nature of Relationships in Middle Age Canadian Families.” In D. Cheal (ed), Canadian Families Today, Second Edition (pp. 84-97). Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Kobayashi, K.M. (2008). “Immigration, Ethnicity and Health.” In B. Singh Bolaria and H. Dickinson (eds.), Health, Illness, and Health Care in Canada, Fourth Edition (pp. 204-219). Scarborough: Thomson Nelson

Kobayashi, K.M. (2007). “Midlife Crises: Understanding the Changing Nature of Relationships in Middle Age Canadian Families.” In D. Cheal (ed), Canadian Families Today (pp. 101-116). Don Mills: Oxford University Press.

Gee, E.M., K.M. Kobayashi, and S.G. Prus (2006). “Ethnic Inequality in Canada: Economic and Health Dimensions.” In J.R. Kesselman and D. Green (eds.), Dimensions of Inequality in Canada (pp. 249-271). Vancouver: UBC Press. (Book was awarded 2007 Doug Purvis Prize by the Canadian Economics Association)

Kobayashi, K.M. with T. Okabe, K. Takahashi, and E. Richardson (2005). “People of Japanese Descent.” In J. Anderson, N. Waxler-Morrison, E. Richardson, and N. Chambers (eds.), Cross-Cultural Caring: A Handbook for Health Professionals in Western Canada, Second Edition (pp. 163-196). Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.

Kobayashi, K.M. (2004). Intersections of Diversity and Health Policy. Ottawa: Multiculturalism Program, Department of Canadian Heritage (20 pp). (reprint of Kobayashi, K.M. (2003). “Do Intersections of Diversity Matter? An Exploration of the Relationship Between Identity Markers and Health for Mid- to Later Life Canadians.” Canadian Ethnic Studies, XXXV(3):1-14.)

Kobayashi, K.M. (2003). “Family Loyalty.” In J. Ponzetti (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family Relationships, Second Edition (pp. 605-607). New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

Martin-Matthews, A. and K.M. Kobayashi (2003). “Intergenerational Transmission.” In J. Ponzetti (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Marriage and Family Relationships, Second Edition (pp. 922-927). New York: Macmillan Reference USA.

Grant crafting, fellowships and awards

2020-2021  Canadian Institutes for Health Research Operating Grant: COVID-19 Mental Health and Substance Use Service Needs and Delivery for Tracking the Prevalence and Incidence of Modifiable Suicide Risk Factors During the COVID-19 Pandemic to Inform Targeted Suicide Prevention in British Columbia. Co-Investigator (Co-Principal Investigators: Brianna Turner and Theone Paterson)($189,000)

2020-2021  BC Ministry of Health Grant for COVID-19 and Frality. Principal Investigator ($10,000)

2020-2021  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Development Grant for "Understanding Precarity in British Columbia UP-BC." Co-Investigator (Co-Principal Investigators: Kendra Strauss and Iglika Ivanova)($20,000)

2020-2022  Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Operating Grant: Frality and COVID-19 Grant for "Frality & the Incidence and Course of COVID-19 among 500,000 Older Adults in the UK BIOBANK." Co-Investigator (Co-Principal Investigators: Esme Fuller-Thomson and Karen Davison)($115,000)

2020-2027  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Partnership Grant for "Addressing social isolation among older immigrants in Canada: Developing multi-level, multi-compone t interventions to promote connectedness." Co-Investigator/BC Site Lead (Principal Investigator: Sepali Gurunge)($2,500,000)

2020-2022 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant for "The Well-Being of Older Refugees in Canada: A Mixed-Method Stutdy." Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Jordana Salma)($99,357)

2020-2022  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant for "Supporting Resilience: Wraparound Solutions Homelessness for Older Women." Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Denise Cloutier)($92,306)

2020-2023  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant for "The Well-Being of Older Refugees in Canada: A Mixed-Method Study." Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Esme Fuller-Thomson)($186,988)

2020-2021 Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Catalyst Grant for "Patient-Oriented Research, Building Solutions to Housing, Insecurity and Health for Older Women in Vulnerable Circumstances." Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Denise cloutier)($93,342)

2019-2022 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) Implementation Science Team Grant for "Embedding Health Care Technologies in Real-World Contexts: Developing the Scale-Up, Spread and Sustainability of Assistive Technologies in Homes, Communities, and Health Care Systems." Principal Investigator (with Robin Syme User Co-Lead)($500,000)

2017-2023 Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program Grant for "Visual and Automated Disease Analytics (VADA)." Co-Investigator: Pourang Irani, Andre Kushniruk, Lisa Lix, Elizabeth Borycki)($1,650,000) 

2011-2014 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Health Human Resources Research Program - Innovations for Evaluation Research Grant for "Evaluating the Residential Program Care Delivery Model." Principal Investigator ($225,000)

2011-2012 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Faculty Internal Research Grant for "Bridging the Distance: Exploring the Nature of Living Apart Together (LAT) Relationships." Co-Principal Investigator with Laura Funk ($3,980)

2010-2011 Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute on Aging, Meetings, Planning and Dissemination Grant for "Development of a Chronic Disease Management Model for Ethno-cultural Minority Older Adults.". Co-Principal Investigator with Sharon Koehn ($9,995)

2010-2011 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Faculty Internal Research Grant for the "Meadow School Project: An Examination of a Unique Intergenerational Immersion Program." Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Valerie Kuehne) ($3,900)

2009-2014 Canadian Institutes of Health Research Grant for “Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging.” Co-Investigator (co-Principal Investigators: Parminder Raina, Christina Wolfson and Susan Kirkland) ($23,500,000)

2009-2010 BC Home and Community Care Research Network research development grant for “Taking care of chronic disease: realizing approaches for Canada's aging ethnic population.” Co-Principal Investigator with Sharon Koehn ($5,000)

2009-2010 BC Centre for Excellence in Women’s Health – Women’s Health Research Institute Team Infrastructure Grant for “ICARE: Older Immigrant Women Accessing Care.” Co-Principal Investigator with Sharon Koehn. ($27,500)

2008-2009 Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Knowledge Translation Branch Synthesis Grant for “A Population Health Approach to the Health and Health Care of Ethnocultural Minority Older Adults: A Scoping Review.” Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Jean Kozak, The University of British Columbia) ($49,626)

2008-2009 British Columbia Network for Aging Research Team Building Grant for “Physical Activity and Older Adults Living in Rural/Remote Communities Research Team.” Co-Investigator (Co-Principal Investigators: Denise Cloutier-Fisher, University of Victoria, and Loren Lovegreen, Simon Fraser University) ($4,446)

2008-2009 Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute on Aging, Catalyst Grant: Pilot Projects in Aging Competition for “Intergenerational Programs: Exploration of an Emerging Immersion Model.” Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Valerie Kuehne, University of Victoria) ($49,791)

2007-2010 BC Pharmacare Grant for “Caregiver Appraisal - Alzheimer Drug Therapy Initiative.” Co-Investigator (Co-Principal Investigators: Neena Chappell, Malcolm Maclure, University of Victoria) ($850,000)

2007-2010 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – Research Unit Infrastructure Program Grant for “Vulnerability and health of Individuals, Populations, and Systems.” Qualified Health Researcher/Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Elaine Gallagher, Director, Centre on Aging, University of Victoria) ($687,500) - renewal of 2003-2006 grant

2005-2011 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Major Collaborative Research Initiative Grant for “Social and Economic Dimensions of an Aging Population II – Canada in the 21st Century: Moving Towards an Older Society.” Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Byron Spencer, Professor, Department of Economics, McMaster University) ($2,498,000)

2005-2006 Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute on Aging, Pilot Project Grant for “Making meaningful connections: A pilot study of a telenurse outreach intervention for socially isolated older adults in British Columbia.” Co-Principal Investigator with Denise Cloutier-Fisher ($48,667). Matching funds granted by the BC Ministry of Health Services (total funding: $97,334)

2003-2006 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – Research Unit Infrastructure Program Grant for “Vulnerability and health of Individuals, Populations, and Systems.” Qualified Health Researcher/Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: David Hultsch, Director, Centre on Aging, University of Victoria) ($687,500)

2003-2004 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Faculty Internal Research Grant, University of Victoria ($4,000)

2003-2004 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Housing Research Grant for “Addressing Distinct Housing Needs: An Evaluation of Seniors’ Housing in the South Asian Community.” Co-Principal Investigator with Habib Chaudhury and Atiya Mahmood ($25,000)

2002-2003 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) RIIM-Metropolis Grant for “Exploring the Determinants of Health Status and Health Care Utilization among Mid-life Chinese, South Asian, and British Canadians in the Lower Mainland.” Co-Principal Investigator with Andrew Wister ($14,500)

2002-2002 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship (Population Health)

2001-2003 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant for "Reconceptualizing Family Support Groups: How Do They Work?" Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: Deborah O’Connor, Associate Professor, School of Social Work and Family Studies, UBC) ($53,180)

2000-2002 Alzheimer Society of British Columbia (ASBC) Time‑Limited Grant for "Dementia Caregiving in Japanese Canadian Families: A Multigenerational Perspective." Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator: JoAnn Perry, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UBC) ($31,962)