Centre on Aging Research Affiliates
Research Affiliates are individuals involved in aging-related research or those who, by nature of their involvement/employment in the field of aging, desire a formal affiliation with the Centre on Aging. 

The following is a list of the current research affiliates of the Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba. A number of our research affiliates are also from the University of Winnipeg, Brandon University, and Athabasca University.

For more specific information on their current projects or areas of interest, please click on the research affiliate's name.

UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA RESEARCH AFFILIATES

*listed alphabetically by last name

NAME

 FACULTY/DEPARTMENT

AREAS OF INTEREST

Benedict Albensi

  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Manitoba Dementia Research Chair
  • Synaptic Plasticity
  • Memory Dysfunction
  • Mitochondrial theory of aging

Rakesh Arora 

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Departments of Surgery, Anesthesia and Physiology
  • Delirium
  • Frailty
  • Cardiac Surgery Associated Acute Kidney Injury
  • Risk Modeling
  • Intensive Care Physician Staffing Models
  • Translational research
Brenda Austin Smith Faculty of Arts, Department of English, Film, and Theatre
  • Intergenerational responses to film; seniors and popular culture; particular interest in film melodrama.
  • Specialization in: Film and emotion; gender and media; audience studies; cinema history and cultural memory; narrative rhetoric in fiction and film; melodrama; Henry James; adaptation

Daniel Bailis

Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology

Social psychology and health, especially:

  • relationships between adaptive traits and defensive cognitions,
  • psychosocial factors in healthy aging (i.e., perceived control and social comparison), and
  • integration of health status and health-related behaviors in the self-concept.

Ruth Barclay

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Rehabilitation Sciences

  • Health related quality of life post stroke
  • Response shift in health related quality of life
  • Outcome measurement
  • Participation post stroke
  • Community ambulation
  • Meta-analysis
  • Structural equation modeling

Shawn Bugden

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy

  • Evidence-based healthcare and biostatistics
  • Pharmacoeconomics and health outcomes
  • Drug use evaluation and safety (pharmacoepidemiology)
  • Health policy and regulatory affairs
  • Knowledge translation and academic detailing
  • Biomedical ethics
  • Pharmacy practice
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and interprofessional education
Arran Caza Asper School of Business, Department of Business Administration
  • Management and influence
  • Inter-generational and lifespan leadership development
  • Cross-cultural leadership

Judith Chipperfield

Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology

  • Conducts research in the Laboratory for Aging and Health Research (LAHR) to examine psychological aspects of health and illness in later life
  • In the Emotion, Motivation, and Control Research (EMCOR) Group, she is studying emotions, motivation, and perceived control among younger and older populations

Donna Collins

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Wheelchairs and Seating
  • Independent Living and Housing Options
  • Seniors Housing
  • Community Service Delivery
Stephen Cornish Faculty of Kinesiology & Recreation Management
  • Exercise Immunology
  • Nutritional Immunology
  • Exercise and Aging
  • Exercise and Health
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Overtraining/Over-reaching
Roisin Cossar Faculty of Arts, Department of History
  • Religion and society
  • Late medieval Italy
  • Urban history
  • Gender
Kelly Cranswick Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences
  • Data housed in Statistics Canada Research Data Centres
Nancy Dixon     Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Cecilia Dong Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Dentistry, Department of Restorative Dentistry
  • Patient-reported symptoms from oropharyngeal cancer patients
  • Dental Caries Diagnosis
  • Dental Materials Research
  • Dental Implant Prosthodontics
  • Teaching & Learning Techniques
  • Prosthodontics
  • Oral Implants
  • Metal-Ceramic Dental Materials
Malcolm Doupe Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences
  • Utilization of health care services by older adults
  • Alternative care strategies for this population
Todd Duhamel Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Physical activity and health research. Research program focuses on two major research themes:

  • Basic exercise physiology
  • Clinical exercise physiology
Enrique Fernandez Faculty of Arts, Department of French, Spanish, and Italian
  • Early Modern Spanish Literature;
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
Jose Francois Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
Christopher J. Fries Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology
  • Health lifestyles and behaviour
  • Critical public health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Complementary/alternative medicine (CAM)
Marcia Friesen Faculty of Engineering, Department of Design Engineering

 

Don Fuchs Faculty of Social Work
  • Group work
  • Social network intervention
  • Self-help and informal helping
  • Community development/organization
  • Social planning
  • Organizational
  • Program evaluation
  • Child abuse prevention
Laura Funk Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology
  • Responsibility, health and care/support across the life course
  • Aspects of the sociology of health, aging, and family as well as the social determinants of health, including social support and care work
  • Current focus: family care provided to older, chronically and terminally ill individuals, understood within broader social, cultural and structural contexts
  • Family caregiver experiences and interactions with home care system; personal care homes
Phillip Gardiner
  • Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
  • Department of Physiology
  • Adaptations that occur in the nervous and neuromuscular systems as a result of increased and decreased physical activity, aging, spinal cord injury, stroke, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  • Adaptations that are of interest include electrophysiology, morphology, and gene expression.
Ed Giesbrecht
  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Use of assisted technologies and participation
  • Wheeled mobility and participation
  • Effectiveness of wheelchair skills training with older adults
Ruby Grymonpre Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy
  • Targets optimal medication use by the aged population including the role of the community pharmacist
  • Rural health and aging
  • Interprofessional education
Lorna Guse Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing
  • Quality of life
  • Older adults in long-term care settings
Grant Hatch
  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Canada Research Chair in Molecular Cardiolipin Metabolism

Focuses on three main areas in whole animal, organ, cellular and molecular biology

  • Biology of Cardiolipin
  • Biology of Human Lipid Disorders
  • Biology of Lipoprotein Metabolism 
     
Tuula Heinonen Faculty of Social Work
  • Older rural women and well-being; gender in rural China
  • health dimensions and determinants
  • photography in qualitative research, refugee and immigrant services and needs
  • international community development and health
  • gender and newcomer settlement in Manitoba
Randall Jamieson Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology
  • How people learn and remember
  • Twin problems of implicit and associative learning
Christine Kelly Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences
  • politics of care, explored through qualitative studies of attendant services, home care and long-term care
  • Canadian disability movements
  • aging studies/cultural gerontology
Debbie Kelly
  • Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology
  • Canada Research Chair in Comparative Cognition
  • Spatial cognition
  • Understanding how spatial abilities change across the lifespan of humans and animals
  • How spatial cue use changes with age in healthy older adults
Richard Kruk Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology
  • Sensory and cognitive development related to reading and language skills
I Fan Kuo Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Pharmacy
  • Health services and policy
  • Medical decision making, shared decision making
  • Decision theory, decision analysis
  • Preference study, utility analysis
  • Knowledge translation
  • Evidence-based medicine
Jason Leboe-McGowan Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology
  • Investigating the rules that govern errors people make in both perceptual and remembering tasks
  • Investigating how people's ability to perform a task in the present is influenced by prior learning
Christina Lengyel Faculty of Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences
  • Nutrition and health-related issues of older adults residing in personal care homes and in community residences
Michelle Lobchuk
  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing
  • Manitoba Research Chair in Caregiver Communication
  • family caregiver wellness
  • empathic communication
  • perceptual understanding
  • symptom assessment
  • video-feedback intervention
Hai Luo Faculty of Social Work
Corey Mackenzie Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology
  • older adults' mental health
  • caregiver stress
  • geriatric psychiatric epidemiology
  • anxiety disorders
  • mental health service utilization
Shauna Mallory-Hill Faculty of Architecture, Department of Interior Design
  • researching building systems
  • universal and sustainable design
  • building performance evaluation
  • how sustainably designed environments impact human health and productivity
Danny Mann  Faculty of Engineering, Department of Biosystems Engineering
  • ergonomics of agricultural machines
  • winter mobility issues
Jonathan Marotta Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology
  • visual perception
  • visual control of action
  • aging
  • stroke
  • neurological disorders
  • agnosia & prosopagnosia
Verena Menec

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences

  • Healthy aging
  • Determinants of healthy aging
  • Age-friendly communities
  • Health care utilization among older adults, particularly at the end of life
Richard Milgrom Faculty of Architecture, Department of City Planning
  • Social impacts of sprawl in a slow growth city
  • Planning and design for age-friendly communities
  • Planning and design with urban aboriginal communities
  • Sustainability and urban design
  • Participatory planning and design processes
Colleen Millikin Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Clinical Health Psychology
  • Mild cognitive impairment;
  • differential diagnosis of dementia;
  • delusions in dementia;
  • language and cultural issues in assessment;
  • neuropsychological and behavioural interventions;
  • repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation
Janine Montgomery Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology

Lifespan perspectives on:

  • Social cognition
  • Autism
  • Clinical assessment
  • Neurodevelopment Disabilities
  • Gender
  • Disability
Elaine Mordoch Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing
  • Child and family health promotion in families living with a mental illness
  • Children's perception of stigma
  • Parenting experiences when living with a mental illness Manifestations of childhood sexual trauma in adults with psychiatric diagnoses
  • Communications in the family living with Alzheimer's disease
  • Rural and remote mental health care
Zahra Moussavi Faculty of Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Verna Pangman Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing
  • Family caregiving
Jason Peeler Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
  • Clinical orthopaedics with an emphasis on validity and reliability testing of clinical orthopaedic assessment rehabilitation techniques designed to enhance patient care and musculoskeletal function
Michelle Porter

Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management

Centre on Aging Director

  • Neuromuscular adaptations with aging
  • Strength training
  • Functional changes with aging and training
  • Driving and aging
  • Mobility and aging
Elizabeth Ready Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
  • Physical health and functional benefits of physical activity in older adults
  • Impact of age friendly neighbourhoods on physical activity and health
  • Benefits of interprofessional collaboration in primary health care
Kristin Reynolds Faculty of Arts, Department of Psychology
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Access to Health Information and Health Services
  • Mental Health Service Use
  • Community Mental Health
  • Geriatric Psychology
  • Health Psychology
Jacquie Ripat  Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Department of Occupational Therapy
  • Participation Amongst Young Adult Assistive Technology Users
  • Development of Client-Centred Practice in entry-level occupational therapy students
  • Development, and use of, universally designed and/or accessible public environments
  • Wheeled mobility in winter environments
Lesley Ritchie Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Clinical Health Psychology
  • Aging and neuropsychology
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment: diagnostic criteria and progression to dementia
  • Stroke and cognitive rehabilitation
  • Concussion
Kerstin Roger Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences
  • Family and care provision
  • Aging, dementia, end-of-life
  • Health care and applied ethics
  • Qualitative research
Jo-Ann Sawatzky Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing
  • Cardiovascular Health and Disease
  • Women’s Health
  • Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health
Frank Schweizer Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology of Aging
  • Development of therapeutic interventions related to bacterial infections and cancer
  • Post-translational modifications in collagen
Alexander Segall
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Faculty of Arts, Department of Sociology
  • Social Determinants of Health Status
  • Self-Health Management and Health Protective Behaviour
  • Population Health Assessment
  • Healthy Aging
Mary J.  Shariff Faculty of Law
  • Bioethics, Biotechnology, Genetics and the Law
  • Life Extension, Anti-aging and mortality and the Law
  • Legal Strategies
  • Natural Resources, the Environment and the Law
  • Legal Pedagogy
Shahin Shooshtari Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences
  • Aging with Disability
  • Dementia epidemiology
  • Health and aging
  • Mental Health  
  • Health Services Research 
  • Aging and Immigration 
Kathryn Sibley

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences  

  • Fall prevention
  • Balance control
  • Exercise
  • Rehabilitation
  • Knowledge translation and implementation science
Jonathan Singer Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Daniel Sitar
  • Professor Emeritus 
  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine (Clinical Pharmacology), Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Clinical and renal pharmacology
Geoffrey Smith Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, Department of Environment and Geography
  • Travel activities of the elderly
  • Geographical distributions of the elderly
  • Geographical aspects of institutional care provision for older adults in the United Kingdom
  • Spatial aspects of the intergenerational relations of senior citizen apartment residents
  • Elderly housing
Malcolm Smith I.H. Asper School of Business, Department of Marketing
  • Marketing to older adults
  • Age-related differences in memory for advertising
Shaelyn Strachan Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
  • Exercise psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Exercise adherence
  • Self and identity and health behaviours
  • Social psychology and health behaviours
Miyoung Suh     Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Department of Human Nutritional Sciences
  • Nutrition and visual function
  • Effects of dietary lipids in retinal diseases (diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, and macular degeneration)
  • Nutrition, alcohol and reproductive function
  • Effects of lipids/functional foods/alcohol in sperm and testosterone production in chronic disease states
Philip St. John Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Rural health
  • Epidemiology of cognitive impairment and depression
Robert Tate Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine, Department of Community Health Sciences
  • Understanding Successful Aging
  • Long-term cohort studies
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Laura Taylor Faculty of Social Work
  • Health, social well-being, and resiliency
  • Focus group research
  • Oral history collection
  • Narrative research
  • Community-based research and development
Sharon Taylor-Henley Faculty of Social Work
  • Aging, gerontological social work
  • Aboriginal people: Development of social institutions within the context of self-government framework, most particularly, facilities for Elders and social welfare institutions to serve Elders
Genevieve Thompson
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing
  • Palliative care
  • Family caregivers
  • Quality of care
  • Delivery of end-of-life care in long-term care
Jason Treberg Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences
  • Comparative metabolic biochemistry
  • mitochondrial metabolism and function
  • nutritional modulation of physiology and energy balance
  • reactive oxygen species
  • envrionmental influences on metabolism
Sandra Webber

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Rehabilitation Sciences

  • Pre and post-operative functional performance after total joint replacement
  • Measuring mobility in older adults, comparing results in rehabilitation and community settings
  • Objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Self-efficacy and outcome expectations related to physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Using activity monitors to measure vertical accelerations important for bone health
Leah Weinberg
  • Senior Scholar
  • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Social cognition in older adults: perceived control, motivation, attributional retraining
  • Interprofessional education

EXTERNAL RESEARCH AFFILIATES

NAME

UNIVERSITY
FACULTY/DEPARTMENT 

 AREAS OF INTEREST

Pamela Hawranik
  • Athabasca University
  • Office of the Vice President, Academic, Dean of Graduate Studies
  • Use of community services by older adults and their informal caregivers
  • Barriers and issues related to the use of community services in rural areas by older adults and their informal caregivers
  • Interventions to assist in improving the quality of life in people with advanced dementia
Rachel Herron
  • Brandon University
  • Faculty of Science , Department of Geography
  • Rural ageing
  • Support for people living with dementia
  • Informal care and caregiving
  • The role of the voluntary sector in service provision
  • Ethics in research with vulnerable populations
  • Gendered dimensions of care and caregiving
Nancy Newall
  • Brandon University
  • Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology 
  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Age-friendly communities
Frances Racher
  • Brandon University
  • Faculty of Health Studies
  • Elderly couples
  • Alzheimer’s disease/dementia
  • Rural population health
  • Access to health services
  • Community development
  • Health promotion
Gina Sylvestre
  • University of Winnipeg
  • Faculty of Science, Department of Geography
  • Rural aging and mobility
  • Winter pedestrianism
  • Aging and socio-spatial exclusion