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engAGE Centre for Research on Aging is composed of over 35 Concordia researchers across 18 departments and all four faculties who conduct research on aging.

Regular members

Habib Benali

Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Benali’s area of research is in the modelling of normal and pathological dynamics of the brain's anatomo-functional circuits observed by neuroimaging tools in order to better understand brain activity in healthy aging and disease.

Andreas Bergdahl

Associate Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Kathleen Boies

Professor, Management

Emily Coffey

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Coffey’s research focuses on complex tasks such as hearing-in-noise perception, and how the brain changes with training. She also examines how training and sleep interventions can maintain auditory and language function, and improve learning and quality of life throughout the lifespan.

James Conklin

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Human Sciences

Dr. Conklin conducts research on planned change. Much of his work has focused on efforts to bring improvement to Canada’s health system, particularly to organizations, practices, and programs that deliver health services to the aging population. His work seeks to uncover the factors that facilitate and impede beneficial change.

Giuliana Cucinelli

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Technology

Dr. Cucinelli’s research-creation program focuses on the social, cultural and educational impacts of technology and how technology is experienced as one ages in a networked society. Her research explores intergenerational storytelling and media making for social and civic engagement.

Ann-Louise Davidson

Associate Professor, Educational Technology

Dr. Davidson’s research focuses on developing intergenerational and interdisciplinary workshop models around maker-led activities. Her work revolves around the development of inclusive communities of practice who tinker with open-source technologies and disruptive technologies.

Kate de Medeiros

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Linda Dyer

Professor, Department of Management

Dr. Dyer studies the interpersonal interactions among workers of diverse age groups, and how their beliefs may affect motivation and work performance. She is intrigued by small entrepreneurial businesses, and how aging business owners plan to pass the baton to their successors.

Darla Fortune

Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Human Sciences

Darla Fortune’s research focuses on practices of inclusion and experiences of belonging, particularly within community leisure spaces. She is interested in developing broader perspectives of inclusion and working toward enhancing experiences of belonging for individuals who may be at risk of being stigmatized and excluded.

Shannon Hebblethwaite

Associate Professor, Department of Applied Human Sciences

Dr. Hebblethwaite's research focuses broadly on social inclusion for marginalized communities, including older adults. Her work on aging critically explores intergenerational relationships in families and, most recently, how digital media is implicated in these relationships.

Tracy Hecht

Professor, Management

Yasmin Jiwani

Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Jiwani’s research examines media representations of race and gender as it intersects with sexuality, age, ability and religion. She is currently working on a project on virtual graveyards.

Meghan Joy

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Joy’s research explores the roles, programs, and capacities of municipal governments and non-profit organizations to support senior citizens to age in cities. This interest has led to a focus on the design and implementation of Age Friendly City and Community programs in Canadian cities.

Sylvia Kairouz

Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Tatyana Koreshkova

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Dr. Koreshkova’s research studies economic decisions of the elderly in the context of old-age risks and evaluates effects of government policies on the well-being of the elderly. Her most recent research models look at the demand and supply of long-term care and private long-term care insurance.

Lawrence Kryzanowski

Professor, Department of Finance

Dr. Kryzanowski's research focuses on the empowerment of older individuals through improved financial literacy. He studies the affect on managerial conservatism and decisions when pension benefits represent a greater proportion of an executive’s compensation as the period to retirement declines.

Patrik Marier

Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Marier’s research in social gerontology focuses on the impact of aging populations on a number of public policy fields including pensions, labour, and social services and programs across comparative cases within Canada or with countries such as Sweden, France and South Korea.

Lorraine O'Donnell

Affiliate Assistant Professor, School of Community and Public Affairs

Dr. O'Donnell's research promotes the understanding and vitality of Quebec’s English-language minority communities. She recently contributed to a major study of Quebec's English-speaking seniors, in partnership with the Quebec Community Groups Network. Dr. O'Donnell also conducts historical research on women's work.

Natalie Phillips

Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Phillips’ research explores speech and language processes in older adults and in persons with or at risk for Alzheimer's disease. She also examines how speaking more than one language influences brain processing and structure across the lifespan.

Mary Roberts

Research Associate, Department of Health, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Kim Sawchuk

Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Dr. Sawchuk’s intersectional research on ageing in networked societies challenges lingering ageist assumptions within media studies, where old age and new media are often positioned as incommensurable topics. She has done foundational research on seniors and cell phones and theoretical work on “forced mediatization.”

Janis Timm-Bottos

Associate Professor, Creative Arts Therapies

Dr. Timm-Bottos’ research investigates the community art studio as a therapeutic site for individual, family and community healing. She advocates for the return of small, welcoming, free community art spaces open to everyone, especially older adults.

Vladimir Titorenko

Professor, Department of Biology

Dr. Titorenko investigates molecular mechanisms by which mutations, diets and natural chemicals delay aging of cells. Using the brewer's/baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, he discovered natural chemical molecules that delay cellular aging and kill cultured human neuroblastoma, glioma, prostate and breast cancer cells.

Laurel Young

Associate Professor, Department of Creative Arts Therapies

Dr. Young’s research focuses on developing best practice models for therapeutic and practical applications of music/music therapy within various healthcare, psychosocial, and community contexts. She is interested in understanding how music/music therapy can help individuals and communities reach their full potential for aging well.

Associate members

Christopher Brett

Professor, Biology

Thien Thanh Dang-Vu

Associate Professor, Department of Health, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Dr. Dang-Vu’s research program includes studies investigating the role of sleep in age-related cognitive decline, as well as the impact of sleep disorders and their treatment on cognition in the elderly population.

Arseli Dokumaci

Assistant Professor, Communications

Claudine Gauthier

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Dr. Gauthier’s research investigates the impact of aging and lifestyle on the brain through cerebral metabolic and vascular imaging, functional MRI BOLD signal modeling and quantitative imaging of plasticity.

Jean-Philippe Gouin

Professor, Psychology

Cynthia Hammond

Professor, Art History

Aaron Johnson

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Johnson’s research investigates how the onset of visual impairment impact both functional task performance, and the mental health of the individual that is experiencing the vision loss. He is also interested in the stigma that can be associated with vision loss.

Gillian Leithman

Assistant Professor, Department of Management

Dr. Leithman’s research focuses on mature workers, knowledge sharing in organizations and the retirement transition. Her work explores late career motivation and the design of age friendly workplaces.

Karen Li

Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Li's research centers on age-related changes in complex cognitive performance, such as listening while walking, or rapidly alternating between two tasks. She uses experimental techniques as well as intervention designs to improve listening performance and mobility in older adults.

Veronique Pepin

Associate Professor, Health, Kinesiology & Applied Physiology

Dr. Pepin’s research aims to assess how exercise-training programs affect the health of older adults with various chronic conditions, with a focus on lung conditions. She also has a growing interest in physical activity patterns and their interaction with sleep in adults.

Carsten Wrosch

Professor, Department of Psychology

Dr. Wrosch's research identifies pathways to successful living across the adult lifespan. His  research examines how older adults can effectively manage common age-related challenges and protect their psychological, biological, and physical health.

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