Research Team

Current

Mei Lan Fang, PhD
Research Associate

Mei is a Posdoctoral Fellow at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Dundee in Scotland. Her research focuses on three key areas: ageing in place, ageing and technology, and end of life care. At the STAR Institute, she is a visiting Research Associate where she previously led a Vancouver Foundation funded community-based research project, Place-Making with Seniors: Towards Meaningful Affordable Housing. Mei is also completing her doctoral work at Heriot-Watt University, Scotland; investigating how individual experiences and histories shape place transitions and impact unique fluctuations in social isolation and connectedness in older adults.

Lynn Fraser
Technical Editor

J. Lynn Fraser is a technical editor with academic, non-profit, government, industry, and corporate experience. Her writing, over 300 articles, has appeared in national and international magazines and newspapers. Lynn's research experience includes being a member of a research team whose work appeared on the cover of Time magazine and presenting her research at a Canadian Association on Gerontology annual conference. She has a Master’s in Environmental Studies specializing in the political economy of ageing research and policy, an Honours B.A. in Psychology with distinction and specializing in Gerontology, and an Honours B.A. in Sociology. Lynn is the project manager and technical editor for A Guidebook for the Engaged Health Researcher manuscript a project developed by the SFU STAR Institute and AGE-WELL NCE.

Becky Horst, MSc
Research Assistant

Becky is a research assistant at the STAR Institute and supports the research and development of AGE-WELL Network projects. She is currently working on a project which explores the Challenge Areas of Aging and investigating how new opportunities for technology can help Canadian society tackle these challenges. Becky holds an honours BSc in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo and a MSc in Clinical Anatomy from Western University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at Western, focusing on projects that integrate her past experiences of exercise psychology, neuroanatomy and cognition. Her research specifically focuses on older adult’s perceptions of their memory confidence and the influence modifying their efficacy has on neurocognitive components and overall brain health.

Renuga Nagarajan, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Renuga is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the STAR Institute and a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Gerontology at SFU. She has a PhD degree from Faculty of Economics, University of Porto, Portugal. Her PhD thesis concentrated on examining the impact of population ageing on Least Developed Countries. Her research is centered on ageing workforce and human capital, with specific focus on examining the productivity level of ageing workforce by sectors, the contribution of technology (AI) in optimizing the productivity level of ageing workforce and understand the correlation between ageing workforce and human capital. She has articles publish in Review of Development Economics, Singapore Economic Review, Análise Social and Ageing International.

Mineko Wada, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Mineko is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the STAR Institute, a senior research associate in AGE-WELL NCE and a postdoctoral researcher at the Gerontology Research Centre at SFU. With an occupational science and therapy background, Mineko has been involved in researching network members’ experiences of collaborative research, meanings of home for residents in long-term care environments, older adults’ self-presentation in online dating profiles, media analyses of later life sexuality, and conceptions of life balance. Mineko uses both qualitative and quantitative approaches, but is particularly passionate about expanding her capacity to utilize qualitative research methodologies and methods (e.g., phenomenography, participatory action research, and critical discourse analysis).

Former

Lupin Battersby, MA
Research Assistant

Lupin was a research assistant at the STAR Institute and is a PhD student in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Her doctoral research explores integrated knowledge translation for improving practice in long-term care relocations. Knowledge mobilization integrates her background in counseling psychology with her interest in qualitative research. Lupin recently completed a graduate certificate in science and technology commercialization, building capacity to support AGE-WELL projects to commercialize. Lupin has been involved in qualitative research projects related to long-term care relocations, seniors housing, mental health policy, psychiatric deinstitutionalization, and knowledge mobilization.

Greg Christie, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Greg was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the STAR Institute and has a PhD in Psychology from Simon Fraser University where he studied under the supervision of Dr. John McDonald. He also holds degrees in Neuroscience and New Media from the University of Lethbridge, and studied at the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience. His research is centered on the brain processes controlling cognition, with a focus on how we pay attention to certain stimuli, prioritize information, and ultimately make decisions. Currently, Greg spearheads the development of mobile applications at the Digital Health Hub that can improve the cognitive health of children and older adults.

Zhaoxue Ci, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Zhaoxue Ci is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the STAR Institute and is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Calgary. Her primary research field is Health Economics, and she has investigated the relationship between policies and the public wellbeing with interdisciplinary approaches. Currently, Zhaoxue is working to promote collocative projects on aging health. She is interested in transforming creative research into real-world solutions. Her research interest also involves securing the accessibility to health service for older adults in Canada and low-and-middle-income countries.

Katherin Eible, MSc
Research Assistant

Kathrin was a research assistant at the STAR Institute and holds a Master's degree in Health Studies from the University of Applied Sciences in Burgenland, Austria. In her past research, she investigated barriers and intervention strategies to improve the patient flow in New Zealand's emergency departments and hospitals. Furthermore, Kathrin has examined the opportunities and limitations for the implementation of Primary Health Care in Austria by conducting a field study with health care experts. In her research at SFU, she investigated new approaches in regards to the use of technology to improve health in older adults living in lower and middle income countries. Since July 2017, Kathrin has been working as the Quality Improvement Coordinator at Fraser Health Authority, Canada.

Sabrina Ford, MSc
Research Assistant

Sabrina was a research assistant at the STAR Institute. Sabrina aided in the development of specific tools for older adults and their caregivers to use for a variety of challenge areas. She has been in varying research assistant roles at both Western University and the Child and Parent Resource Institute. Sabrina graduated with a BA in Psychology at Western University in 2017, and began a Masters in Neuroscience in the same year. She is currently studying the effects of meditation on older adults and their attention and falls risk. Sabrina plans to continue research with older adults throughout her future education and career in the realm of Neuropsychology.

Alexandra Jackson, BSc
Research Assistant

Alexandra was a research assistant at the STAR Institute and a health and aging graduate student at the University of Western Ontario. Alexandra graduated with a BSc in Kinesiology and a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, Ontario. She volunteers with older adults who participate in a program called Rock Steady Boxing, supported by the Parkinson’s Society. Her interests include promoting physical and recreational activities to support a healthy and meaningful lifestyle for the aging population. Alexandra’s current research is a qualitative approach to determine how leisure physical activity promotes social connectedness within retirement living communities.

Piper Jackson, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Piper was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the STAR Institute and a postdoctoral researcher in Computing Science and Gerontology at SFU. His primary interest is the application of computational methods within the social sciences. His technical expertise spans formal methods, computational modelling, agile development, and data science. Projects he has contributed to include topics from Criminology, Public Safety, Political Science, Public Health, and Gerontology. As a veteran interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary researcher, Piper is very interested in how innovative science can work with industry, government, and communities to support positive social change. Piper's past research was funded by IBM Canada's Centre for Advanced Studies and Mitacs.

Anastasia Korol, BSc
Research Assistant

Anastasia was a research assistant at the STAR Institute and a Point of Care Health Technologies (PCHT) trainee. She was involved in a literature review that investigates the aging populations relationship with e-health, with consideration of socioeconomic and sociodemographic factors. Anastasia also took part in the initial phases of a research project inspecting various Innovation Hubs, and how they operate. Anastasia graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the University of British Columbia with focus on neurochemical, neurophysiological, and psychosocial content with an emphasis on motivation, learning, development, and aging. Her interests include the resources and opportunities provided to aging populations.

Olga Krakovska, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Olga was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the STAR Intitute and a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Gerontology at SFU. With a profound background in mathematical biology and bioinformatics, Olga focused on mathematical and statistical analysis and modeling of complex biological and clinical data. Her projects included analysis of large-scale proteomics data, identifying bio-markers of diseases and recovery, and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases. Olga worked with bio-physiological data, developing and validating advanced machine learning and data mining techniques. She also explored big data in health care to promote healthy aging and individualized medicine.

Emma Rodrigues, MSc
Research Assistant

Emma was a research assistant at the STAR Institute and has an MSc in Biomedical Engineering and is now a PhD student at SFU. Her thesis focused on understanding how lifelong activities impact the lives of older adults, in particular how the independent living and brain health vary between experts and sedentary older adults. Besides being interested in studying ways to maintain or improve cognitive resilience and reserve, Emma's research interests also include using engineering techniques to understand properties of neural systems as a measure of cognitive health and applying this knowledge to the preventative care field, particularly in older adults.

Ellie Siden, BA
Research Assistant

Ellie was a research assistant at the STAR Institute and a Point of Care Health Technologies (PCHT) trainee. Ellie assisted Mei Lan Feng and Dr. Sixmith with their research and publication projects. Among others projects, this involved conducting an overview of strategic priorities of ageing organizations as well as a literary review looking at quantitative research about e-health technology for older people that takes into account socioeconomic dimensions. Ellie is particularly interested in how we communicate about ageing and the end of life, and graduated with a BA in comparative literature and musicology.