André Smith

André Smith
Associate Professor, Honours Program Advisor
Office: COR A309

Ph.D. (McGill, 2000)

Area of expertise


Dr. André Smith has research interests in the areas of aging, mental health, ethnicity, and blood donation. His research program reflects a desire to understand the intersectionality of health and health-related behavior and their wider socio-cultural, institutional, and familial dimensions.

Dr. Smith is affiliated with the University of Victoria’s Centre on Aging and has received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the Alzheimer Society of Canada. 

Dr. Smith has studied the diagnostic experiences of individuals with dementia and their family caregivers. In collaboration with Dr. Kobayashi, he has also examined how cultural values and immigration history mediate intergenerational understandings of dementia in Japanese Canadian families. As a member of the UBC’s ELDERS research team, he has been involved in research on the social determinants of oral health in elderly populations of Chinese and Punjabi origins.

His current research program examines how institutions, regulatory environments, and organizational cultures influence health care practices with a focus on:

  • The experiences of family caregivers to relatives receiving drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia (with Dr. Neena Chappell and Dr. Karen Kobayashi)
  • The discourse of dementia drugs advertising
  • The social determinants of blood donation (with Dr. Ralph Matthews and Dr. Jay Fiddler).

His articles on aging, dementia, mental health, and blood donation appear in the Journal of Aging Studies, The Journal of Deviant Behaviour, Dementia, and the Canadian Review of Sociology.

Dr. Smith teaches courses in qualitative research methods, mental health, and self and identity. He is available to supervise graduate students in the following areas: aging, dementia, health and health regulation, mental health, qualitative research strategies, self and identity, and interactionist sociology.


  • Aging
  • Dementia
  • Health and illness
  • Health policy
  • Blood donation
  • Mental Illness
  • Qualitative Methodologies
  • Social inequality




Refereed journal articles

Smith, A., Kampen, R., Erb, T., MacDonald, S., Sheets, D. (2022) “Choral singing and dementia: Exploring musicality as embodied and relational accomplishment.” Journal of Aging Studies, 63, 1-8.

Gorenko, J.A., Smith, A.P., Hundza, S.R., Halliday, D.W.R., DeCarlo, C.A., Sheets, D.J., Stawski, R.S., & MacDonald, S.W.S. (2020). “A socially-engaged lifestyle moderates the association between gait velocity and cognitive impairment.” Aging and Mental Health, 10, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1711361. [Epub ahead of print] 

Dodge, C. & Smith, A. (2019). “Successfully transitioning into a caregiving relationship: Well siblings’ experiences of caring for a brother or sister with schizophrenia.” Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 38(2): 35-47.

Abrar, A., Fairbrother, N., Smith, A., Skoll, A., & Albert, A. (2019). “Anxiety among women experiencing medically complicated pregnancy: A systematic review and meta-analysis.” Birth, Jun 21:1–8. doi: 10.1111/birt.12443 

Rodrigues, L.M., Smith, A., Sheets, D., & Hémond, J. (2018). “The meaning of a visual arts program for older adults in complex residential care.” Canadian Journal on Aging. 38(2):143-154.

Berard, A. & Smith, A. (2018). “Post your journey: Instagram as a support community for people with fibromyalgia.” Qualitative Health Research, 29(2), 237-247.

Chappell, N., Dujela, C., Smith, A., (2015). "Caregiver well-being: Intersections of relationship and gender." Research on Aging, 37(6):623-645.

Chappell, N., Dujela, C., Smith, A. (2014). "Spouse/Adult Child Differences in Caregiving Burden." Canadian Journal on Aging. 33 (04); 462-472.

Chappell, N., Dujela, C., Smith, A. (2014). "Caregiver Quality of Life: Intersections of Relationship and Gender." Research on Aging. September 12: 1-23. DOI: 10.1177/0164027514549258

MacEntee, M.I., & Wong, S.T, Smith, A., Beattie, B. Lynn, Brondani, M., Bryant, R., Graff, P., & Shimae Soheilipour. (2014) “Perceptions of oral health amongst older Punjabi-speaking South-Asian immigrants.” Canadian Journal on Aging, Volume 33, Number (2), 1-12.

Smith, A., Matthews, R. & Fiddler, J. (2013) Recruitment and retention of blood donors in four  Canadian cities: An analysis of the role of community and social networks. Transfusion, 53(S5):180S–184S.

Smith, A., MacEntee, M. I., Beattie, B. L., Brondani, M., Bryant, R., Graf, P., Hornby, K.,  Kobayashi, K., Wong, S. T. (2013). "The influence of culture on the oral health- related beliefs and behaviours of elderly Chinese immigrants: a meta-synthesis of  the literature." Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 28:27–47.

Smith, A., & Anaïs, S. (2012). “Self-induced water intoxication in a psychiatric asylum: A  case study of diagnostic categorization and regulation.” The Journal of Deviant  Behavior, 33(4): 324–338. 

Smith, A., Fiddler, J., Walby, K., & Hier, S.P. (2011). “Blood donation and institutional trust: Risk, policy rhetoric, and the men who have sex with men lifetime deferral policy in Canada.” Canadian Review of Sociology, 48(4): 369-389. 

Smith, A., Gair, J., McGee, P., Valdez, J., & Kirk, P. (2011). “Teaching empathy through role-play and fabric art: An innovative pedagogical approach for end-of-life health care providers.” The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, 10: 1-16,

Fisher-Cloutier, D. Kobayashi, K., & Smith, A. (2011). “The subjective dimension of social isolation: A qualitative investigation of older adults’ experiences in small social support networks.” Journal of Aging Studies, 25(4): 407-414

Smith, A., Kobayashi, K., Chappell, N., & Hoxsey, 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(4): 397-406.

Hier, S. P., Lett, D., Walby, K. & Smith, A. (2011). "Beyond Folk Devil Resistance: Linking Moral Panic and Moral Regulation." Criminology and Criminal Justice, 11(3): 261 - 278.

Smith, A., Matthews, R. & Fiddler, J. (2011). “Blood donation and community: Exploring the influence of social capital.” The International Journal of Social Inquiry, 4(1), 45-63.   

O’Connor, D., Phinney, A., Smith, A., Small, J., Purves, B., Perry J.A, Drance, E., Donnelly, M., Chaudhury, H., & Beattie, B.L. (2007). “Personhood in Dementia Care: Developing a research agenda for broadening the vision.”  Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 6(1), 121-142.      

Smith, A. & Kobayashi, K.M.  (2002) "Making sense of dementia 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.

Smith, A. & Beattie B.L. (2001) "Disclosing a diagnosis of Alzheimer disease: Patients and families’ experiences." Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 28(Suppl. 1),S67-S71.

Smith, A. (1996).  "Cross-cultural inquiry into Alzheimer's disease: A critical review." Transcultural Psychiatry, 33(3), 247-276.

Smith G.N., Honer W.G., Kopala L., MacEwan G.W., Altman S., & Smith A. (1995). "Obstetric complications and severity of illness in schizophrenia." Schizophrenia Research. 14(2), 113-20.

Honer W.G., Smith G.N., MacEwan G.W., Kopala L., Altman S., Yorkston N., Ehmann T.S., Smith A., & Lang M. (1994) "Diagnostic reassessment and treatment response in schizophrenia." Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 55(12), 528-32.

Millson, R., Smith A., Koczapski, A., Cook, M., Kragelj, T.L., & Glackman, W.B. (1993). "Self-induced water intoxication treated with psychotherapy." American Journal of Psychiatry, 150(5), 825-826.  


Charbonneau, J. and Smith, A. (eds.)(2016). "Giving Blood: The Institutional Making of Altruism." Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge

Book chapters

Charbonneau, J. & Smith, A. (2016). “Blood Donation and the Range of Historical and Institutional Trajectories.” in J. Charbonneau & A. Smith (eds.). “Giving Blood:  The Institutional Making of Altruism.” Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Smith, A. & J. Charbonneau (2016). “Blood Donation in the Social World: Toward a Critical, Contextualized Paradigm of Understanding.” in Charbonneau & A. Smith (eds.). “Giving Blood: The Institutional Making of Altruism.” Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Smith, A. (2016). “The marketing of blood donation: Organizational discourse, practice, and symbolic tension in a blood donation clinic.” in J. Charbonneau & A. Smith (eds.). “Giving Blood: The Institutional Making of Altruism.” Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Smith, A., Gair, J., McGee, P., Valdez, J., & Kirk, P. (2014). “Teaching empathy through role-play and fabric art: An innovative pedagogical approach for end-of-life health care providers.” In Cheryl McLean (ed.). Creative Arts in Humane Medicine. (pp. 1-23). Toronto, Ont.: Brush Education. 

Smith, A., Matthews, R., and Fiddler, J. (2012). “Capital social, appartenance  communautaire et don de sang : une étude qualitative dans deux villes affichant un  taux élevé de donneurs.” In J. Charbonneau et N. Tran, en coll. avec A. Fantauzzi  (eds.). Le don de sang dans le monde : une réflexion sur l’altruisme, la solidarité et  l’étranger (95-109). Rennes : Presses de l’EHESS.

Walby, K. & Smith, A. (2012). “Sex and sexuality under surveillance: Lenses and binary  frames.” In P. Johnson. and D. Dalton (eds). Policing Sex (pp. 54-66). London:  Routledge.

Lett, D., Hier, S., Walby, K. & Smith, A. (2011). “Panic, regulation, and the moralization of British law and order politics.” In S. Hier (Ed.). Moral Panic and the Politics of Anxiety (pp. 155-170). London: Routledge.

Smith, A. (2009). “Decision-Making as Social Practice: Exploring the relevance of Bourdieu’s Concepts of Habitus and Symbolic Capital.” In D. O’Connor. and B. Purves (eds.). Decision-making, Personhood and Dementia (pp.37-46). Jessica Kingsley Press.

Smith, A. & Fiddler, J. (2008). “Making the gift of life safer: The Canadian tainted blood scandal and its regulatory consequences.” In Bolaria, S. B. and H. Dickinson. (eds.). Health, Illness, and Health Care in Canada. Fourth Edition (pp. 491-505). Scarborough, Ont.: Nelson Thomson Learning.

Other publications

McGowan, B.J. & Smith, A. (2010). “She’s fast for her age! Older women and running culture.” The Arbutus Review. 1, 1-14.

Whitney, A. & Smith, A. (2010). “Exploring death and dying through discourse.” The Arbutus Review. 1, 60-80.

Smith, A. (2008). “Dementia.” Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Smith, A. (2012). “Review of Bartlett, R. and O’Connor, D. (2010). Broadening the Dementia Debate. Canadian Journal on Aging, 31(2), 255-56.

Smith, A. (2009). “Review of Gubrium, J.F. and Holstein, J.A. (2009). Analyzing Narrative Reality.” Canadian Journal on Sociology , 34(4), 1148-49.

Kirmayer, L, Gill, K, Fletcher, C, Ternar, Y, Boothroy, C, Consuelo, Q, Smith, A., Ferrara, N, & Hayton, B (1994)  “Emerging trends in research on mental health among Aboriginal Peoples.  A report prepared for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.” - Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Work Group, Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry, Jewish Hospital, Montreal, QC.