Associate Professor of Gerontology

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Office: SFU Vancouver, Room 2800

Atiya Mahmood

Dr. Atiya Mahmood is an Associate Professor at the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University. She has a PhD in Architecture/Environment-Behaviour Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her training is in environmental gerontology and her research focuses on health and built environments for older adults with a specific interest in neighbourhood environments, mobility/walkability, active living and pro-social behaviour/social engagement of diverse groups of older adults in community-based and supportive housing. She has over two decades experience in qualitative and mixed methods research in the areas of environment-behaviour studies and aging and built environment.

Dr. Mahmood has served on the Boards of Environment Design Research Association (EDRA) and Housing Education Research Association (HERA). She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing for the Elderly and Housing and Society. Her research interests are in health and the built environment with a focus on housing for older adults, neighbourhood environment, mobility and active living, socio-cultural factors in homecare and gerontechnology.  She is an Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation Fellow in the Experienced Researcher Category.  She has been PI and  co-I on several grants related to aging, health, caregiving and socio-spatial environment. Funders include Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Vancouver Foundation, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), CapitalCare Foundation and Coalition of Health Environments Research (CHER).

Dr. Mahmood is the recipient of the 2014 EDRA Service Award. The award is given to an individual for outstanding contribution and dedication to advance research and practice in the field of environmental design.


  • PhD (Architecture) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MSc (Environmental Design) University of Missouri
  • BArch (Architecture) Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology


Environmental gerontology with a focus on: the interconnections of aging; the built environment; health