Neena L. Chappell

Neena L. Chappell
Office: R-Hut 140D

PhD (McMaster, 1978), FRSC (1999), Canada Research Chair in Social Gerontology (2001)

Area of expertise


Neena L. Chappell has focused on social gerontology throughout her 30+ year career. Her interest lies in the demonstration of the value and relevance of sociological thought and research for applied issues in aging. She believes rigorous University-based social science research has a critical role to play in the non-university community.

Emphases on care giving, health and social policy in Canada and cross-nationally characterize her research. She has established two world class university research centers on aging, one at the University of Manitoba and one at the University of Victoria, where she continues to conduct research.

She has published over 300 academic articles and reports and brought in over $45 million in research funding. She has been the Canada Research Chair in Social Gerontology since 2001 and  is currently President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology and president of Academy II (social sciences) of the Royal Society of Canada.

For more information, see Dr. Chappell's Expertise Database profile.


  • Aging (family caregiving, dementia care, cross-cultural comparisons with Chinese society)
  • Health
  • Health care and social policy

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video Neena Chappell discusses her research on the aging population, and how we can improve care for these individuals. She also describes a current project which studies caregiver's perceptions of the effectiveness of medications for Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.


Aging in Contemporary Canada Understanding Health, Health Care and Health Policy in Canada



Chappell, N.L. & Hollander, M. (2013). An Appropriate and Cost-Effective Health Care System for an Aging Society. Oxford University Press.

Chappell, N.L. & Penning, M.J. (2009). Understanding Health, Health Care and Health Policy in Canada, Sociological Perspectives. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.

Chappell, N.L. 2009. Aging in Canada. In Palmore (Ed.), International Handbook on Aging. Connecticut: Praeger Publishers.

Chappell, N.L., & Penning, M.J. 2008. Health and Health Care Throughout the Lifespan. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.

Chappell, N.L., MacDonald, L., & Stones, M. 2008. Aging in Contemporary Canada. 2nd ed. Canada, Toronto: Pearson Educational.

Chappell, N.L., MacDonald, L., & Stones, M. 2007. Aging in Contemporary Canada. 2nd edition. Toronto, Canada: Pearson Educational (1st edition – 2003).

Refereed articles

Funk, L.M., Chappell, N.L. & Lui, G. (2013). Associations between Filial Responsibility and Caregiver Well-Being: Are there Differences by Cultural Group? Research on Aging, 35(1), 78-95.

Charalambous, A., Chappell, N.L., Katajisto, J., & Suhonen, R. (2012). The Conceptualization and Measurement of Individualized Care. Geriatric Nursing, 33(1), 17-27. PMed 22088615

Chappell, N.L. & Funk, L.M. (2012). Social Capital and Health Inequalities. Encyclopaedia of Quality of Life Research, online.

Funk, L.M., Chappell, N.L. & Lui, G. (2011).  Associations between filial responsibility and caregiver well-being: Are there differences by cultural group?  Research on Aging, xx(x), 1-18.

Zheng, W., Schimmele, C.M. & Chappell, N.L. (2012).  Aging and late-life depression.  Journal of Aging and Health, 24(1), 3-28.

Chappell, N.L. & Funk, L.M. (2011).  Filial Responsibility: Does it Matter for Caregiving Behaviours?  Ageing and Society, 1-19.

Chappell, N.L. & Funk, L.M.  (2011).  Filial Caregivers; Diasporic Chinese Compared with Homeland and Hostland Caregivers.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 26, 315-329.

Chappell, N.L. (2011).  Population Aging and the Evolving Care Needs of Older Canadians, An Overview of Policy Challenges.  IRPP, 21, Oct. 1-33.

Smith, A., Kobayashi, K., Chappell, N.L., & Hoxey, D.  (2011).  The controversial promises of cholinesterase inhibitors for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias:  A qualitative study of caregivers’ experiences.  Journal of Aging Studies, 25, 397-406.

Chappell, N.L., & Funk, L.M. (2011). Social Support and Aging in Canada – Revisited. Canadian Journal on Aging, 30 (3) 1-16.

Chappell, N.L. & Chou, K.L. (2010). Chinese Version of Staff-Based Measures of Individualized Care for Institutionalized Persons with Dementia.  Asian Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics, 5 (1): 5-13.

O’Rourke, N., Kupferschmidt, A.L., Claxton, A., Smith, J.Z., Chappell, N.L., & Beattie, B.L. (2010). Psychological resilience predicts depressive symptoms among spouses of persons with Alzheimer’s disease over time. Aging and Mental Health, 14(8), 984-993.
Reid, R.C., Stajduhar, K.I., & Chappell, N.L.  (2010).  The Impact of Work Interferences on Family Caregiver Outcomes.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 29(3): 267-289.          

Chappell, N.L., & Funk, L.M. (2010). Social Capital: Does it Add to the Health Inequalities Debate? Social Indicators Research, 99(3):  357-373.

Parke, B. & Chappell, N.L.  (2010).  Transactions between Older People and the Hospital Environment:  A Social Ecological Analysis.  Journal of Aging Studies, 24, 115-124.

Carson, A.J., Chappell, N.L. & Dujela, C.E.  (2010).  Power Dynamics and Perceptions of Neighbourhood Attachment and Involvement:  Effects of Length of Residency versus Home Ownership.  Housing, Theory & Society, 27(2): 162-177.

Chappell, N.L. & Dujela, C.  (2009).  Caregivers – Who Copes How?  International Journal on Aging & Human Development, 69(3): 221-224.

O’Rourke, N., Chappell, N.L. & Caspar, S.  (2009).  Measurement and Analysis of Individualized Care Inventory Responses Comparing Long-Term Care Nurses and Care Aides.  The Gerontologist, 49(6): 839-846.

Other publications

Chappell, N.L. 2012. Family Still Matters: Intergenerational Caring Across Three Cultural Groups.  In McDaniel & Zimmer (eds). Global Ageing in the 21st Century: Challenges, Opportunities and Implications.  UK: Ashgate Pub., forthcoming.

Chappell N.L. & Cooke H.A. 2011. Age Related Disabilities - Aging and Quality of Life. In: JH Stone, M Blouin, editors. International Encyclopedia of Rehabilitation. Available online:

Chappell, N.L., & Hollander, M.J.  (2011).  Evidence-Based Policy Prescription for an Aging Population.  Invited Essay. HealthcarePapers.  11 (1):8-18.  The volume includes 11 commentaries by diverse experts.  The authors’ response: 86-91.

Hollander, M.J., Liu, G., Chappell, N.L.  (2009).  Who Cares and How Much?  The Imputed Economic Contribution to the Canadian Health Care System of Middle Aged and Older Unpaid Caregivers Providing Care to the Elderly.  Health Care Quarterly, 12(2):  42-49.

Hollander, M.J., Miller, J., MacAdam, M., Chappell, N.L., & Pedlar, D.  (2009). Increasing Value for Money in the Canadian Healthcare System:  New Findings and the Case for Integrated Care for Seniors.  Health Care Quarterly, 12(1), 38-47.

Chappell, N.L. & Penning, M.J.  (2009). Health and Aging.  In Brym (ed.), New Society:  Sociology for the 21st Century. Toronto, ON:  Thompson and Nelson, 6th edition. (pp. 409-428).

Chappell, N.L.  (2009).  Aging in Canada.  In Palmore (Ed.), International Handbook on Aging, Connecticut:  Praeger Publishers (pp. 137-144).

Chappell, N.L. (2009). The Way Ahead. In D. Cloutier-Fisher, H. Foster, & D. Hultsch (Eds.), Health and Aging in British Columbia: Vulnerability and Resilience. Canadian Western Geographical Series, 43, Victoria, BC: Western Geographic Press. (pp. 361-375).