Aging Studies Faculty

Professor of Kinesiology & Health Studies

Cluster Leader: Musculoskeletal Health and Mobility

Research Interests: Use of proprioceptive feedback to control joint interaction torques in multijoint movement, adaptation of neuromuscular control mechanisms to microgravity environments, role of proprioceptive feedback in maintaining joint stability, role of central pattern generators in cyclic upper limb movements, applications of non-linear dynamics systems to the neural control of movement, the impact of deficient proprioception on joint stability and postural control mechanisms in the aging population, the impact of deficient postural control on gait and obstacle avoidance in patients with Parkinson’s disease and the effect of age and osteoarthritis on knee proprioception.

Clinical Interests: improved neuromuscular control through increased physical activity for elderly subjects, rehabilitation programs for patients with shoulder instability.

Associate Professor of Biology

Cluster Leader: Biological Basis of Age-Related Brain Disorders

Research Interests: Dr. Buttigieg’s area of interest is centered on better understanding the pathophysiology associated with diseases such as dementia (e.g. Alzheimer’s), autoimmune diseases (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis), and injury (e.g. stroke or spinal cord injury). Using pharmacological interventions, the aim of Dr. Buttigieg’s research is to mitigate the severity of damage to the CNS. However, once injury has occurred, to use stem cell intervention to reduce or reverse injury and tissue damage.

Professor of Exercise Physiology and Metabolism in Kinesiology & Health Studies

Research Interests: Exercise, Nutrition, and Aging

Research Interests: Attention; cardiac rehabilitation; executive functioning; physical activity.

Clinical Interests: Psychological performance in sport and exercise, goal setting.

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Research Interests:

(1) The influence of psychosocial factors (e.g., ageism, social support, emotions) in the experience of chronic diseases among older persons; (2)  The role of adversity & resilience in the aging process; and (3) Development of policy recommendations aimed at improving the lived experiences of aging populations.

Professor of Kinesiology & Health Studies

Research Interests: Leisure and aging, leisure and chronic conditions, leisure and dementia, the lived experience of dementia, leisure and retirement, Therapeutic Recreation in Long-Term Care, and qualitative methodologies.

Associate Professor, Psychology and Canada Research Chair in Women's Mental Health

Cluster Leader: Aging and Women’s Health

Research Interests: The role of ovarian hormones in the etiology of perimenopausal depression, cardiovascular effects of perimenopausal hormone changes, mechanisms linking hot flashes and increased cardiovascular disease risk

Professor of Psychology and Research Chair in Aging and Health

Cluster Leader: Pain in Old Age

Research Interests: Pain assessment, dementia, gerontology, ethics and standards of professional practice, clinical psychology, and health psychology.

Clinical Interests: Adult Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Adult Psychological Assessment.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Research Interests: Neurorehabilitation, stroke, brain injury, motor learning, motor control.

Clinical Interests: Community exercise and rehabilitation programming.

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

Research Interests: My primary research interests focus on the role of cultural connectedness for Indigenous peoples’ mental health and holistic wellness. My research projects use innovative blends of quantitative, qualitative, and Indigenous methodologies to increase the relevance of my research for Indigenous communities. I specialize in conducting strengths-based, trauma-informed approaches to community-based participatory research, and decolonized nature-based psychotherapy with Indigenous peoples.

Clinical Interests: Culturally-specific psychotherapy with Indigenous populations.

Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Research Interests: Physiological issues related to chronic disease, illness and exercise as they relate to aging, mild traumatic brain injury, and PTSD.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Research Interests: Community-dwelling older adults, phone programs, mood and loneliness, 100-year-olds, patient-oriented research, unique knowledge dissemination methods.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Social Work

Research Interests: LGBTQ+ and aging; transnational migration and aging.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Research Interests: Healthy aging in place, Older adults quality of life, Black older adults social connectedness, Racialized older adults social connectedness, Cohousing community and older adults quality of life.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Nursing

Research Interests: Rurality, access barriers to healthcare, transitions to illness & disease management in rural areas, Parkinson’s disease, newcomer health and wellness in rural areas.

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies

Research Interests: Narrative inquiry, aging, community, lived experience of disability.

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing and Aging Studies Program Coordinator

Aging Studies Program Coordinator

Research Interests: long-term care, dementia care, palliative and end-of-life care, advanced practice nursing