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Dr. Sarah Canham

Sarah Canham
PhD, University of Maryland

Research Associate and BC Real Estate Fellow, SFU Gerontology Research Centre

HC2835
E: scanham@sfu.ca
T: 778-782-9876

SFU Department of Gerontology Faculty webpage

Biography

Sarah Canham completed her PhD in gerontology at the University of Maryland (Baltimore Maryland) where she received a pre-doctoral National Institutes on Drug Abuse award to fund her dissertation, The Experience of Benzodiazepine Dependence Among Older Women: A Cultural Analysis. Following the completion of her dissertation, Sarah joined the Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training program in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, also in Baltimore, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow.

Sarah has an active role in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), where she recently took on the role of convener for the Aging, Alcohol, and Addictions Interest Group. Sarah also co-founded and organizes the GSA’s Gerontologists Giving Back Service Event during the annual conference. [see ‘ENGAGING THE WORLD’] To date, Sarah’s interdisciplinary research has revolved around topics of social gerontology and the social context of medication and alcohol use in later life, with specific interests in sleep problems, social isolation, and loneliness in later life. Sarah has used qualitative and quantitative methodologies, both separately and together, in her research.

While at the GRC and as the BC Real Estate Fellow, Sarah is looking forward to being engaged in multiple projects, with much of her time spent collecting and analyzing data on two housing projects, one with Baptist Housing in Victoria, BC which is evaluating the process of transitioning from an institutional care setting into a homelike care environment; a second with Kiwanis Towers in Richmond, BC which examines how older residents engage in place-making. For the Baptist Housing project, Sarah and her co-researchers are seeking to determine the impact of a ‘housing model’ of care on the health and well-being of residents and their family members and on workplace practices, care processes, and outcomes for care staff. The objectives of the Kiwanis project, which is funded by the Vancouver Foundation, are to capture the place-based needs of residents moving into an affordable housing development and to map the place-based needs of these residents to service and amenity space. Sarah is especially interested in conducting research to understand how changes in place and space can influence persons’ health and well-being and ways in which seniors and their caregivers can be optimally supported.

Events

November 2016: GERONTOLOGISTS GIVING BACK SERVICE EVENT being held at the upcoming 2016 Gerontological Society of America (GSA) - Annual Scientific Meeting, 16-20 November 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana

October 2016: RESEARCHING THE CITY: YOUR RESEARCH, YOUR STORY. SFU Vancouver Open House 2016, Segal School of Business, Vancouver, BC.

Selected Publications

Canham, S.L., & Mauro, P.M. (2017). Self-medication with alcohol: Aging issues. In A. Kuerbis, A.A. Moore, P. Sacco, F. Zanjani (Eds.), Alcohol and aging: Clinical and public health perspectives (pp. 201-214). Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47233-1 LINK

Canham, S.L., Peres, H., O’Rourke, N., King, D.B., Wertman, A., Carmel, S., & Bachner, Y.G. (2016). Why do Holocaust survivors remember what they remember? The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw131 LINK

Canham, S.L., Battersby, L., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., Woolrych, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2016). From familiar faces to family: Staff and resident relationships in long-term care. Journal of Aging & Health. DOI: 10.1177/0898264316645550  LINK

Canham, S.L., Mauro, P.M., Kaufmann, C.N., & Sixsmith, A. (2016). Association of alcohol use and loneliness frequency among middle-aged and older adult drinkers. Journal of Aging & Health, 28(2), 267-284. doi: 10.1177/0898264315589579 LINK

Kaufmann, C.N., Mojtabai, R., Hock, R.S., Thorpe, R.J., Canham, S. L., Wennberg, A.M.V., Chen-Edinboro, L., & Spira, A.P. (2016). Racial/ethnic differences in insomnia trajectories among U.S. older adults. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 24(7), 575–584. doi:10.1016/j.jagp.2016.02.049 PMID: 27212222  LINK

O’Rourke, N., Sixsmith, A., King, D., Yaghoubi-Shahir, H., Canham, S.L., & BADAS Study Team (2016). Development and validation of the BD SX: A brief measure of mood and symptom variability for use with adults with bipolar disorder. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 4(8). DOI: 10.1186/s40345-016-0048-2  LINK

Canham, S.L. (Editor & Contributor) (2015- ). Seniors’ Housing Update, 24(1)-.

Canham, S.L. (2015). What’s loneliness got to do with it? Older women’s use of benzodiazepines. Australasian Journal of Ageing, 34(1), E7-E12. doi: 10.1111/ajag.12133 

Canham, S.L., Kaufmann, C.N., Mauro, P.M., Mojtabai, R., & Spira, A.P. (2015). Binge drinking and insomnia in middle-aged and older adults: The Health and Retirement Study. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30(3), 284–291. doi: 10.1002/gps.4139

Canham, S.L., & Rubinstein, R.L. (2015). Sleep disruptions and benzodiazepine use among older women: A qualitative study. Journal of Women & Aging, 27(2). 

Mauro, P.M., Canham, S.L., Martins, S., & Spira, A. (2015). Substance-use coping and self-rated health among US middle-aged and older adults. Addictive Behaviors, 42, 96–100. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.10.031 

O’Rourke, N., Canham, S.L., Wertman, A., Chaudhury, H., Carmel, S., Bachner, Y.G., & Peres, H. (2015). Holocaust survivors’ memories of past trauma and reminiscence functions. The Gerontologist 56(4), 743-752. PMID: 26035885. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu168 LINK

Scherer, M., Harrell, P.T., Trenz, R.C., Canham, S., & Latimer, W.W. (2015). An exploration of alcohol use severity and route of drug administration among persons that use heroin and cocaine. Substance Abuse, 37(2), 343-348. doi:10.1080/08897077.2015.1080207 PMID: 26566678 LINK

Canham, S.L., Mahmood, A., Stott, S., Sixsmith, J., & O’Rourke, N. (2014). ‘Till divorce do us part: Marriage dissolution in later life. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 55(8), 591–612. doi: 10.1080/10502556.2014.959097

Canham, S.L., Gallo, J., & Simoni-Wastila, L. (2014). Perceptions of benzodiazepine dependence among women age 65 and older. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57(8), 872–888. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2014.901470

Reports

Wister, A., Canham, S., & Walker, B.B. (2017). Gaps in facility care for East Asian cultural groups in selected GVRD communities: A geographic information systems and focus. Group report. Vancouver, BC: Simon Fraser University, Gerontology Research Centre. LINK

Canham, S., Battersby, L., & Fang, M.L. (2016). Mapping Metro Vancouver to support housing first implementation: Service barriers, gaps, and recommendations. Vancouver: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. LINK

Mei Lan Fang, Sarah Canham, Lupin Battersby, Judith Sixsmith, Ryan Woolrych, Tori Ren & Andrew Sixsmith. Collaboration Café: Co-creating Solutions with Non-Profit Housing Providers. Vancouver: Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. (November 2016) LINK

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2016). Middle-aged & older adults’ information & communication technology access: A realist review. A SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant Final Report.

Fang, M.L., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Ren, T., & Sixsmith, A. (2016). Our place, our space: Resident stories and place priorities. Gerontology Research Centre, Simon Fraser University. LINK/english; LINK/chinese

Conference Activities

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Krahn, D., Sixsmith, A., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., & Woolrych, R. (2016, November). Health and well-being through transitions: Structural supports. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Wada, M., Fang, M.L., Krahn, D., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, October). Long term care en masse interinstitutional relocations: Interactive guideline development. Poster session presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Canham, S., Battersby, L., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., Woolrych, R., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). The influence of transitions on morale and relationality among long-term care workers. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Canham, S., Battersby, L., Wilson, R., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, October). Middle-aged and older adults’ information and communication technology access: A realist review. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Canham, S., King, D., Mahmood, A., & O'Rourke, N. (2016, October). Alcohol and drug self-medication among middle-aged and older adults with bipolar disorder. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 20-22, 2016, Montreal, QC.

Fang, M.L., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Bell, R., Wada, M., Biggerstaff, S., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). Mapping Metro Vancouver: Exploring implementation possibilities for Housing First. Paper presented at 2016 Pacific Housing Research Network Symposium on Housing Research in British Columbia, November 20-23, 2016, Richmond, BC.

Fang, M.L., Canham, S., Sixsmith, J., & Woolrych, R. (2016, November). Applying intersectionality to capture marginalized experiences of aging-in-place. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Sixsmith, J., Fang, M.L., Woolrych, R., Canham, S., Battersby, L., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). Transition, agency, and oppression: The case of Kiwanis Tower residents. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Sixsmith, J., Wilson, R., Canham, S., Battersby, L., Fang, M.L., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, September). Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life (AGE-WELL): A national research network in technology and aging. E-Poster presented at the 10th World Conference of Gerontechnology, September 28-30, 2016, Nice, France.

Woolrych, R., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., Canham, S., Battersby, L., & Sixsmith, A. (2016, November). Re-building sense-of-place amongst older adults transitioning into affordable housing. Paper presented at the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Woolrych, R., Fang, M., Sixsmith, A., & Sixsmith, J. (2015, October). Long-term care: Inside and out. Poster session presented at the 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 23-25, 2015, Calgary, AB.

Battersby, L., Canham, S., Woolrych, R., Fang, M., & Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2015, July). Long-term care: Inside and out. Poster session presented at the 16th International Medical Geography Symposium, July 5-10, 2015, Vancouver, BC.

Canham, S., Battersby, L., Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2015, October). Interpersonal relationships enhance familiarity and sense of home in long-term care. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 23-25, 2015, Calgary, AB.

Canham, S., Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Battersby, L., & Sixsmith, A. (2015, November). Creating sense-of-place through participatory community mapping workshops with older adults. Paper presented at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 18-22, 2015, Orlando, FL.

Canham, S., King, D., Mahmood, A., & O'Rourke, N. (2015, November). Self-medication by middle-aged and older adults with bipolar disorder. Paper presented at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), November 18-22. Orlando, FL.

Canham, S., Mahmood, A., Stott, S., & O'Rourke, N. (2015, October). The complexities of late life divorce following long-term marriage. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 23-25, Calgary, AB.

Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Canham, S., Battersby, L., & Sixsmith, A. (2015, October). “Integrated working”: Establishing the intricacies of partnership building with stakeholders to achieve sustainable solutions for positive aging in place. Paper presented at the 44th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, October 23-25, 2015, Calgary, AB.

Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., Canham, S.L., Battersby, L. & Sixsmith, A. (2015, April). Place-making with seniors: Transforming affordable housing into home. Paper presented at the International Association of the Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress (IAGG-ER 2015 Congress), 23-26 April 2015, Dublin Ireland.

Fang, M., Canham, S.L., Battersby, L., Woolrych, R., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith A. (2015, March). The faces of long-term care: Familiarity and meaning in the culture of care. Paper presented at the 1st International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS2015), 12-14 March 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Canham, S.L., O’Reilly, C., Fang, M.L., Sixsmith, J., Sixsmith, A., & Woolrych, R. (2015, March). The faces of long-term care: Familiarity and meaning in the culture of care. Paper presented by M. Fang for the International Convention of Psychological Science, MAR 2015, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fang, M., Woolrych, R., Canham, S.L., Sixsmith, J., & Sixsmith, A. (2014, November). Place-making with seniors: Preliminary findings from the Kiwanis towers project. Presentation for the Richmond Intercultural Advisory Committee, NOV 2014, Richmond, BC.

Sixsmith, J., Sixsmith, A., Canham, S.L., & Mihailidis, A. (2015, February). Aging gracefully across environments using technology to support wellness, engagement, and long life (AGE-WELL). 2015 Ageing Summit, FEB 2015, London, UK.

IN THE NEWSLETTER

Canham, S. (2016). GERONTOLOGISTS GIVING BACK: Service event at the 2016 GSA conference. Seniors’ Housing Update, 25(3), 2. LINK

The Heights at Mt. View: Research update. Seniors’ Housing Update, 25(2), 1-2. LINK

Mapping Metro Vancouver to support ‘Housing First’ implementation. Seniors’ Housing Update, 25(2), 5. LINK

Media

Up Nights and Binge Drinking, Featured on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HealthBeat July 26, 2013.