University of Manitoba Research affiliates

The following is a list of the current research affiliates of the Centre on Aging, based at our Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses. A number of our research affiliates are also based at Manitoba universities.

UM research affiliates represent 11 faculties across the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.

External Research affiliates

The Centre has researchers affiliated from an additional three post-secondary institutions from across Manitoba. Research information is organized by the name of the institution:

  • Brandon University
  • Canadian Mennonite University
  • University of Winnipeg

UM research affiliates Architecture

City Planning

Richard Milgrom, PhD

Associate Professor

410 Architecture 2 Building | Fort Garry campus

Research Interests

  • 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

Interior Design

Shauna Mallory-Hill, PhD

Associate Professor

206 Architecture 2 Building | Fort Garry campus

Research interests

  • researching building systems
  • universal and sustainable design
  • building performance evaluation
  • how sustainably designed environments impact human health and productivity

UM research affiliates Agricultural and Food Sciences

Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

Christina Lengyel, PhD


405 Human Ecology Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Nutrition and health-related issues of older adults residing in personal care homes assisted living facilities, and in community residences, in both rural and urban areas, to improve their nutritional well-being, longevity and quality of life.

Miyoung Suh, PhD

Principle Investigator, Division of Neurodegenerative Disorders (DND)
Principle Investigator, Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine (CCARM)

St. Boniface Hospital Research Centre
R4052-351 Tache Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6

Research interests

  • 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

UM research affiliates Arts

English, Theatre, Film and Media

Brenda Austin-Smith, PhD


449 University College | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • 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.

French, Spanish, and Italian

Enrique Fernandez, PhD


412 Fletcher Argue Bldg | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Early Modern Spanish Literature;
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature
  • Death and Gender


Roisin Cossar, PhD

Acting Department Head, Professor

454 Fletcher Argue Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Religion and society
  • Late medieval Italy
  • Urban history
  • Gender


Daniel Bailis, PhD

Department Head, Professor

P407 Duff Roblin Bldg | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • 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 behaviours in the self-concept.

Judith Chipperfield, PhD

Professor Emerita

P435G Duff Roblin Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • 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

Steven Greening

Associate Professor
P511 Duff Roblin | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • The neurocognitive mechanisms involved in adapting to and controlling the influence of emotional events across the lifespan
  • How to promote mental wellbeing in both healthy individuals and those with mental illness
  • Emotion regulation
  • Cognitive and emotional aging
  • Exercise and emotion

Debbie Kelly, PhD


P438 Duff Roblin | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • 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

Sunmee Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor

P501 Duff Roblin

Research interests

  • Big data analytics in Psychology and related areas
  • Predictive analytics for longitudinal data
  • Data-driven approaches for risk factors of cognition aging and late-life depression

Richard Kruk, PhD

Associate Professor

P507 Duff Roblin | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Sensory and cognitive development related to reading and language skills

Jonathan Marotta, PhD


P310 Duff Roblin Bldg | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • visual perception
  • visual control of action
  • aging
  • stroke
  • neurological disorders
  • agnosia & prosopagnosia

Corey Mackenzie, PhD

Professor, Director of Clinical Training

P401 Duff Roblin Bldg | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • older adults' mental health
  • caregiver stress
  • geriatric psychiatric epidemiology
  • anxiety disorders
  • mental health service utilization

Kristin Reynolds, PhD

Assistant Professor

P313 Duff Roblin Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Knowledge translation
  • Access to health information and health services
  • Mental health service use
  • Community mental health
  • Geriatric psychology
  • Health psychology

Sociology and Criminology

Christopher J. Fries, PhD

Associate Professor

317 Isbister Bldg | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Health lifestyles and behaviour
  • Critical public health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Complementary/alternative medicine (CAM)

Laura Funk, PhD


307 Isbister Bldg | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • 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

Alexander Segall, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Senior Scholar

Research Interests

  • Social determinants of health
  • Population health assessment
  • Self-health management
  • Healthy aging

UM research affiliates Education

Educational Administration, Foundations and Psychology

Robert Mizzi, PhD

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Queer, Community and Diversity Education

239 Education Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Adult education
  • Social justice and equity studies across the lifespan
  • Gender and sexual diversity


Extended Education

Diedre Desmarais, PhD

Assistant Professor, Area Director, Access and Aboriginal Focus Programs

232 Migizii Agamik | Fort Garry Campus

UM research affiliates Price Faculty of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering

Zahra Moussavi, PhD

Professor and Canada Research Chair

E3-513 Engineering Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s
  • Neuro-cognitive enrichment for aging population
  • Neurological disorder diagnosis and medical technology instrumentations for sleep apnea detection using respiratory sounds

UM research affiliates Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Max Rady College of Medicine

Biochemistry and Medical Genetics

Britt Drögemöller, PhD 

Assistant Professor
Canada Research Chair in Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine

Room 309C – Basic Medical Sciences Building, 745 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Genomics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Precision Medicine
  • Age-related hearing loss

Meaghan Jones, PhD

Assistant Professor

Room 309 – Basic Medical Sciences Building, 745 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Epigenetics
  • DNA methylation changes during development and aging
  • effects of prenatal environmental exposures on long term health
  • epigenetic age

Clinical Health Psychology

Nicole Haverstock, PhD, CPsych

Assistant Professor
Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Geriatric Psychiatry
Brandon Regional Health Centre
A4 Assiniboine Centre, 150 McTavish Ave E, Brandon, MB  R7A 2B3

Research interests

  • Psychosocial factors related to healthy aging
  • Psychological well-being among caregivers
  • Older adult mental health
  • Geropsychology


Lesley P. Koven, PhD, CPsych

Assistant Professor
Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Health Psychology Programme, WRHA
St. Boniface General Hospital
M4-409 Tache, Winnipeg MB  R2H 2A6

Research interests

  • Caregiving stress
  • older adult mental health,
  • mild cognitive impairment, 
  • mental health service utilization
  • geropsychology and health psychology

Colleen Millikin, PhD, CPsych

Assistant Professor, Clinical Health Psychology
St. Boniface General Hospital
M4 – 409 Tache, Winnipeg, MB R2H 2A6

Research interests

  • Mild cognitive impairment;
  • differential diagnosis of dementia;
  • delusions in dementia;
  • neuropsychological and behavioural interventions

Lesley Ritchie, PhD, CPsych, ABPP-CN

Assistant Professor, Clinical Health Psychology
PZ350-771 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Aging and neuropsychology
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment: diagnostic criteria and progression to dementia
  • Stroke and cognitive rehabilitation
  • Concussion

Community Health Sciences

Malcolm Doupe, PhD

Associate Professor
Senior Research Scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy
Director, Western Regional Training Centre, University of Manitoba

442 Brodie Centre | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Utilization of health care services by older adults
  • Alternative care strategies for this population

Christine Kelly, PhD

Associate Professor

S108E-750 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Self-managed/directly-funded home care in Canada
  • Continuing care, personal care homes
  • Intersectionality and feminist theory
  • Health equity
  • Qualitative methods

Kathryn Sibley, PhD

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Integrated Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation Science
Director, Knowledge Translation Platform | Centre for Healthcare Innovation

379-753 McDermot Avenue | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Fall prevention
  • Balance control
  • Exercise
  • Rehabilitation
  • Knowledge translation and implementation science

Kerstin Roger, PhD


220 Human Ecology Bldg | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Family and care provision
  • Aging, dementia, end-of-life
  • Health care and applied ethics
  • Qualitative research

Shahin Shooshtari, PhD


219 Human Ecology Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Aging with disability
  • Dementia epidemiology
  • Health and aging
  • Mental health
  • Health services research
  • Aging and immigration

Robert Tate, PhD

Senior Scholar, Director, Manitoba Follow-Up Study

Research interests

  • Understanding successful aging
  • Long-term cohort studies
  • Biostatistics and epidemiology

Human Anatomy and Cell Science

Jason Peeler, PhD

Associate Professor
Musculoskeletal Medicine Course Director for Undergraduate Medical Education

102–745 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus
204-272-3146 (office) | 204-272-3147 (lab)

Research interests

  • Clinical orthopaedics with an emphasis on validity and reliability testing of clinical orthopaedic assessment rehabilitation techniques designed to enhance patient care and musculoskeletal function

Family Medicine

Gayle Halas, PhD

Assistant Professor
Rady Chair in Interprofessional Collaborative Practice, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Associate Director, Dept of Family Medicine Research, Max Rady College of Medicine
co-Research Lead, Manitoba Primary and Integrated Health care Innovation Network (MPN)

P219-770 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • interprofessional collaboration
  • team-based primary health care
  • care continuum and transitions
  • patient/caregiver experiences of multi-provider care
  • complex needs: multi-morbidity, addiction, chronic illness

Internal Medicine, Section of Geriatric Medicine

Philip St. John, MD, MPH, FRCPC, CCFP

Room 133 - 800 Sherbrook Street | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Rural health
  • Epidemiology of cognitive impairment and depression


Pharmacology and Therapeutics

Daniel Sitar, PhD

Professor Emeritus

753 McDermot Avenue, Chown Building A205 | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Clinical and renal pharmacology

Physiology and Pathophysiology

Eftekhar Eftekharpour, PhD

Associate professor 
Room 631 – Basic Medical Sciences Building, 745 Bannatyne Avenue | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Role of oxidative stress in pathophysiology of neurodegenerative disease
  • Neuroprotection strategies for treatment of spinal cord injury
  • Examination of nuclear events in neurodegenerative diseases
  • Role of thioredoxin system in health and disease
  • Aging and neurodegeneration
  • Neural stem cells biology and their application for human diseases

More about Eftekhar Eftekharpour


Frederick Zeiler, MD, PhD, CIP, FRCSC

Rudy Falk Clinician-Scientist Professor, Director of Research - Neurosurgery
Associate Professor, Section of Neurosurgery, Dept of Surgery
Associate Professor, Dept of Human Anatomy and Cell Science
Core Member, Biomedical Engineering, Price Faculty of Engineering

GF231 Health Sciences Center | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Functional Outcome After Brain Injury
  • Biomedical Engineering/Signal Processing
  • Time-Series Statistical Methodologies
  • Big Data and Impact of Age/Sex
  • Multi-Modal Cerebral Physiologic Monitoring
  • Cerebrovascular Consequences of Injury

College of Nursing

All College of Nursing affiliates

Lorna Guse, PhD

Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, 89 Curry Place | Fort Garry Campus

Research Interests

  • Quality of life
  • Older adults in long-term care settings

Michelle Lobchuk, RN, PhD

Associate Professor
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, Room 315 - 89 Curry Place | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • family caregiver wellness
  • empathic communication
  • perceptual understanding
  • symptom assessment
  • video-feedback intervention

Genevieve Thompson, RN, PhD

Associate Professor
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing, Room 491 - 89 Curry Place | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Palliative care
  • Family caregivers
  • Quality of care
  • Delivery of end-of-life care in long-term care


College of Pharmacy

All College of Pharmacy affiliates

Jamie Falk, BSc (Pharm), PharmD

Associate professor


Research interests

  • Drug utilization and practice patterns
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Shared decision making
  • Burden of care in later stages of life

Christine Leong, BSc, BSc (Pharm), PharmD

Assistant Professor

Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave. | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Medication use
  • Optimization of drug therapy
  • Primary care
  • Pharmacy practice

Lalitha Raman-Wilms, BSc (Pharm), ACPR, PharmD, FCSHP

Dean, Professor

Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave. | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Polypharmacy
  • Deprescribing
  • Geriatrics interprofessional curriculum development
  • Osteoporosis
  • Primary care

Jillian Stobart, BSc, PhD

Assistant professor

Apotex Centre, 750 McDermot Ave. | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Cerebrovascular health in aging, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease



College of Rehabilitation Sciences

Occupational Therapy

Cara Brown, PhD, MSc, BMR (OT)

Assistant professor

Room R125- 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Care transitions from hospital to home
  • Supporting people with chronic disease to live in the community
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation in primary health care

Amine Choukou, PhD

Associate Professor

Room 111 - 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Smart technology, independence, and quality of life
  • Development of immersive simulators for visuomotor skills training
  • Development and use of activity monitoring systems (wearables and non-wearables)
  • Assistive technology and social participation
  • Innovation and technology implementation

Ed Giesbrecht, PhD, MSc Rehab, BMR (OT), BSW

Associate professor

Room R214 - 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Use of assisted technologies and participation
  • Wheeled mobility and participation
  • Effectiveness of wheelchair skills training with older adults

Jacquie Ripat, PhD, MSc, BMR (OT), OT Reg (MB)

Associate Dean (Research), Associate professor

Room 215 - 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Participation amongst assistive technology users across the lifespan
  • 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

Physical Therapy

Ruth Barclay, PhD, MHSc, BMR (PT)

Associate professor

Room 106-771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • 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 modelling

Sandra Webber, PhD, MSc, BMR (PT)

Associate professor

Room RR311 - 771 McDermot Ave | Bannatyne Campus

Research interests

  • Mobility in older adults and people with chronic disease
  • Objective measurement of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
  • Factors that influence community ambulation and social participation in older adults
  • Evaluating capacity and performance related to mobility

UM research affiliates Asper School of Business


Malcolm Smith, PhD

Senior Scholar

Room 450 Drake Centre | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Marketing to older adults
  • Age-related differences in memory for advertising

UM research affiliates Kinesiology and Recreation Management

All Kinesiology and Recreation affiliates

Stephanie Chesser, PhD

Assistant Professor

Research interests

  • Aging issues across the life course
  • Inclusive communities
  • Leisure
  • Health and well-being
  • Gender
  • Citizen science
  • Qualitative research
  • Feminist research

Stephen Cornish, PhD

Associate Professor

117 Frank Kennedy Centre | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Exercise Immunology
  • Nutritional Immunology
  • Exercise and Aging
  • Exercise and Health
  • Oxidative Stress
  • Overtraining/Over-reaching

Todd Duhamel, PhD

Associate Dean (Health Sciences), Faculty of Graduate Studies,

208 Active Living Centre | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Physical activity and health research. Research program focuses on two major research themes:
    • Basic exercise physiology
    • Clinical exercise physiology

Michelle Porter, PhD


338 Isbister Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Age-friendly environments (universities and neighbourhoods)
  • Citizen science
  • Physical activity and aging
  • Ageism
  • Long-term care
  • Driving and aging
  • Mobility and aging

Elizabeth Ready, PhD

Professor Emerita

225 Active Living Centre | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • 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

Ayesha Saleem, PhD

Associate Professor

120 Frank Kennedy Centre | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Decipher the extracellular signalling as mediated through extracellular vesicles that regulates the interplay between host tissue and imposed challenges. These challenges can be
    • physiological (exercise, age),
    • metabolic (cancer, obesity),
    • environmental (smoke, pollutants) or
    • developmental (prenatal).

Veronica Silva, PhD

Assistant Professor

179D Extended Education | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Falls prevention
  • Balance, locomotion, and mobility
  • Visual control of balance and locomotion

Jonathan Singer, PhD

Associate Professor

179 Extended Education | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Biomechanics/neuromechanics
  • Control of static and dynamic stability
  • Gait/locomotor mechanics
  • Falls prevention
  • Development of new measures/techniques to assess balance control

Rodrigo Villar, PhD

Assistant Professor

227 Active Living Centre | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Sex differences and exercise
  • Aging, health and exercise
  • Chronic diseases and exercise
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations to exercise

UM research affiliates Law

All Law affiliates

Mary Shariff, PhD

Associate Dean (J.D. Program), Associate Professor
224 Dysart Road | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • 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

UM research affiliates Science

Biological Sciences

Fuat Balci, PhD

Associate Professor 
222 Biological Sciences Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Cognitive health and training
  • Age dependent alterations of time perception and decision-making
  • Computational models of cognition

Computer Science

Rasit Eskicioglu, PhD

Associate Professor

E2-574 EITC | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Wireless sensor networks and their real-world applications, including indoor localization, object tracking, and monitoring
  • Tracking and monitoring older population with decreased cognitive skills (e.g., Alzheimer’s, Dementia)

Celine Latulipe, PhD


E2-481 EITC | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Technology for aging in place
  • Technology for older adults and caregiving
  • Patient portal use by older adults
  • Older adult and caregiver use of eGovernment, eBanking, eHealth, and eShopping

James Young, PhD


E2-582 EITC | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Robotic assistants, companions, and aides
  • Technology supporting people to continue to live in their homes for longer
  • Human-robot interaction, involving all people affected in technology design

UM research affiliates Social Work

All Social Work affiliates

Hai Luo, PhD

Assistant Professor

212 Tier Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Cross-cultural aging
  • Gerontological social work
  • Active aging
  • Gambling among older adults
  • Healthcare access for older immigrants
  • Global Indigenous aging
  • More about Hai Luo

Blessing Ojembe, PhD

Assistant Professor

Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • gerontology social work
  • loneliness and social exclusion
  • social participation
  • racialized and Black older adults
  • qualitative research method, social justice and empowerment
  • older immigrants
  • gerotechnology
  • Black health and well-being, mobility, and transnational aging

Michael Yellow Bird, PhD

Dean and Professor

522 Tier Building | Fort Garry Campus

Research interests

  • Healthy Indigenous aging
  • Mindfulness and contemplative practices
  • Effects of colonization and methods of decolonization  
  • Ancestral health
  • Cultural significance of Rez dogs
  • More about Michael Yellow Bird

External research affiliates

The Centre on Aging attracts researchers interested in aging from across the province. In addition to the UM, researchers are affiliated from several Manitoba post-secondary institutions.

Brandon University

Scott Forbes

Assistant Professor | Department of Physical Education, Faculty of Education


Research interests

  • Exercise and Aging
  • Exercise and Health
  • Nutrition
  • Muscle Health
  • Brain Health

Rachel Herron

Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Rural and Remote Mental Health | Faculty of Science, Department of Geography


Research interests

  • 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

Associate Professor | Faculty of Science, Department of Psychology


Research interests

  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Age-friendly communities

Canadian Mennonite University

Heather Campbell-Enns, PhD

Associate Professor | Psychology

204-487-3300 (x360)

Research interests

  • Aging and eldercare
  • Family-centred care and caregiving
  • Psychosocial health and wellbeing
  • Social determinants of health

University of Winnipeg

Gina Sylvestre, PhD

Associate Professor | Faculty of Science, Department of Geography



Research interests

  • Rural aging and mobility
  • Winter pedestrianism
  • Aging and socio-spatial exclusion

Contact us

Centre on Aging
338 Isbister Building
183 Dafoe Rd
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm