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Habib Chaudhury

Professor and Chair | Associate Director of the Gerontology Research Centre

Dr. Habib Chaudhury, Chair and Professor in the Department of Gerontology, has extensive research experience in the field of environmental gerontology. He conducts research and consulting work in the following areas: physical environment for people with dementia in long-term care facilities, memories of home and personhood in dementia, community planning and urban design for active aging, and dementia-friendly communities. Projects have been funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), CapitalCare Foundation and the Centre for Health Design. Published books include: Environments in an Aging Society: Autobiographical Perspectives in Environmental Gerontology (Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Vol 38, 2018; co-edited with F. Oswald), Remembering Home: Rediscovering the Self in Dementia (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008) and Home and Identity in Later Life: International Perspectives (Springer Publications, 2005; co-edited with G. Rowles). Dr. Chaudhury conducts research consulting with various national and international organizations in the areas of planning and design of seniors housing and long-term care facilities. He is also affiliated with the Centre for Research on Personhood in Dementia at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and Alzheimer Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Aging and Environment.

Dr. Chaudhury received the Excellence in Teaching Award at Simon Fraser University in 2013. He has supervised over forty graduate (MA and PhD) students in gerontology and/or social science disciplines. His students have received external support and recognitions that include: the SSHRC Graduate Scholarship, Michael Smith Foundation Graduate Trainee Award, Best Research Poster Award from the Canadian Association on Gerontology and Best Research Poster Award from the CIHR.


  • PhD (Architecture/Environmental Gerontology) University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • MA (Architecture) Texas A&M University
  • BArch (Architecture) Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology


Aging and the built environment; long-term care; seniors' housing; neighbourhoods for active aging; environments for people with dementia; age-friendly communities; dementia-friendly communities; qualitative research methods

Current/selected grants

Contract/Grant: Contribution Agreement   Awarded: 2021    Period: 2021 - 2023

Project Title: Developing Supportive Neighbourhood Built Environment to Foster Mobility, Engagement and Social Participation Among Community-dwelling Adults Living with Dementia (
Funding: Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)   Type: Grant    Total: $715,801
Involvement: PI; (Co-Is: Lillian Hung, Alison Phinney, Shannon Freeman and Mark Groulx)

Contract/Grant: Grant   Awarded: 2019    Period: 2019 - 2022

Project Title: Understanding How to Improve the Lived Experience of Coping and Managing Health and Function Among People with Spinal Cord Injury
Funding: Spinal Cord Institute   Type: Grant    Total: $121,223.20
Involvement: Co-PI; (Co-PI: Ben Mortenson)

Contract/Grant: Grant  Awarded: 2018    Period: 2018 - 2022

Project Title: Putting Social Citizenship into Practice: Reducing Stigma and Promoting Social Inclusion of People with Dementia
Funding: Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR)   Type: Grant    Total: $669,376
Involvement: Co-I; (PIs: A. Phinney, J. Mann, D. O'Connor)

Selected Publications

Books/Edited Volumes

  • Chaudhury, H & Oswald, F. (2018). Environments in an Aging Society: Autobiographical Perspectives in Environmental Gerontology. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 38, 2018.
  • Chaudhury, H. (2008). Remembering Home: Rediscovering the Self in Dementia. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Chaudhury, H. (Guest Ed.). (2007). Immigrants’ residential experience in North America. Invited theme issue of the Journal of Architectural and Planning Research.
  • Rowles, G., & Chaudhury, H. (Eds.). (2005). Home and Identity in Late Life: International Perspectives. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Chaudhury, H. (Ed.) (2005). Design for diversity. Peer-reviewed conference proceedings of the 36th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Schwarz, B., Chaudhury, H., Brent, R., Cooney, T., Dunne, K., & Bostic, J. (2002). Impact of Design Interventions in Nursing Homes on Residents with Dementia, their Families, and the Staff. Milwaukee, WI: Center for Architecture and Urban Planning Research. University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee.

Book Chapters

  • Chaudhury, H., Murray, K., & Seetharaman, K. (2019). Special Care Units. In D. Gu & M. E. Dupre (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer Nature Switzerland.
  • Chaudhury, H. & Oswald, F. (2018). In the Rearview Mirror: Personal Reflections in Environmental Gerontology. In H. Chaudhury & F. Oswald (Eds.). Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics (pp. 1-16), Vol. 38.
  • Chaudhury, H. & Cooke, H. (2014). Design matters in dementia care: The role of the physical environment in dementia care settings. In M. Downs and B. Bowers (Eds.). Excellence in dementia care (2nd Edition) (pp. 144-158). UK: Open University Press.
  • Chaudhury, H., Cooke, H. & Frazee, K. (2013). Developing a Physical Environmental Evaluation Component of the Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) Tool. In G. Rowles and M. Bernard (Eds.), Environmental gerontology: Making meaningful places in old age. (pp.153-174). New York: Springer Publications.
  • Chaudhury, H., Puurveen, G., & Lyle, J. (2011). Place matters: An exploration of the role of physical environment in end of life care. In M. Gott and C. Ingleton (Eds.). Living with Ageing and Dying: End of Life Care for Older People (pp. 205-214). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Baldwin, C., Bartlett, R., Chaudhury, H., Phinney, A., Purves, B., & O’Connor, D. (2007). Personhood. In C. Baldwin and A. Capstick (Eds.). Tom Kitwood: A critical reader in dementia theory and practice (pp. 173- 187). Buckingham: McGraw Hill/Open University Press.
  • Chaudhury, H., & Rowles, G. (2005). Between the Shores of Recollection and Imagination: Self, Aging and Home. In Rowles, G. and Chaudhury, H. (Eds.). Home and Identity in Late Life: International Perspectives (pp. 3-20). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Rowles, G., & Chaudhury, H. (2005). Leaving home. In Rowles, G. and Chaudhury, H. (Eds.). Home and Identity in Late Life: International Perspectives (pp.379-386). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Weisman, G. D., Chaudhury, H., & Moore, K. D. (2000). Theory and Practice of Place: Toward an Integrative Model. In R. Rubinstein, M. Moss, & M. Kleban (Eds.). The Many Dimensions of Aging: Essays in Honor of M. Powell Lawton (pp. 3-21). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Chaudhury, H. (1997). Victoria Plaza: Description of a Facility. In A. Churchman (Ed.). Victoria Plaza Revisited. (pp. 63-70). Milwaukee, WI: Center for Architectural and Planning Research, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee: Milwaukee.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • Chaudhury, H., & Xu, M. (2022). The Role of the Built Environment on the Quality of Life for Residents in Long-Term Care Facilities in Asia: A Scoping Review, Innovation in Aging, 6(5), https://
  • Ruthier, F., Mortenson, W.B., Demers, L., Mahmood, A., Chaudhury, H, Martin-Ginis, K., & Miller, W. (In Press). Mobility and participation of people with disabilities using mobility assistive technologies: A protocol to identify psychosocial and physical environmental barriers and facilitators. JMIR Research Protocols.
  • Iuglio, S., Chaudhury, H., Slaughter, S. E., Lengyel, C., Morrison, J., Boscart, V., Carrier, N., & Keller, H. (In Press). Construct validation of the Mealtime Relational Care Checklist (M-RCC) for individual resident use in long term care. Journal of Nursing Measurement.
  • Au, A., Lai, D., Yip, H., Chan, S., Lai, S., Chaudhury, H., Scharlach, A, & Leeson, G.  (2020). Sense of Community Mediating Between Age-Friendly Characteristics and Life Satisfaction of Community-Dwelling Older Adults. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(86). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00086.
  • Chaudhury, H., Mahal, T., Seetharaman, K., & Nygaard, H. B. (2020). Community participation in activities and places among older adults with and without dementia. Dementia.
  • Seetheraman, K., & Chaudhury, H. (2020) ‘I am making a difference’: Understanding advocacy as a citizenship practice among persons living with dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 52.
  • Slaughter, S. E., Morrison-Koechl, J. M., Chaudhury, H., Lengyel, C. O., Carrier, N., & Keller, H.H. (2020). The association of eating challenges with energy intake is moderated by the mealtime environment in residential care homes. International Psychogeriatrics, 1-11. doi:10.1017/S1041610219001959.
  • Hung, L., Berndt, A., Wallsworth, C., Horne, N., Gregorio, M., Mann, J., Liu, C., Woldum, E., Au-Yeung, A., & Chaudhury, H. (2020). Involving patients and families in a social robot study. Patient Experience Journal, 6(2), 66- 74.
  • Chaudhury, H., & Oswald, F. (2019). Advancing Understanding of Person- Environment Interaction in Later Life: One Step Further. Journal of Aging Studies, 51, 100821.
  • Hung, L., Gregorio, M., Mann, J., Wallsworth, C., Horne, N., Berndt, A., Liu, C., Woldum, E., & Chaudhury, H. (2019). Exploring the perceptions of people with dementia about the social robot PARO in a hospital setting. Dementia. PMID 31443636
  • Lillian Hung, L., Berndt, A., Wallsworth, C., Horne, N., Gregorio, M., Mann, J., Son, C., Camps, A., Chow, B., O'Neill, R., & Chaudhury, H. (2019). Use of touch screen tablets to support social connections and reduce responsive behaviours among people with dementia in care settings: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open, 9(11), E031653. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-031653.
  • Hung, L., Liu, C., Woldum, E., Au-Yeung, A., Berndt, A., Wallsworth, C., Horne, N., Gregorio, M., Mann, J., & Chaudhury, H. (2019). The benefits of and barriers to using a social robot PARO in care settings: a scoping review. BMC Geriatrics, 19(1), 232.
  • Norouzi, N., Jarrott, S., & Chaudhury, H. (2019). Designing intergenerational space through a human-development lens. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 36(1):35-51.
  • Chaudhury, H., Cooke, H., Cowie, H. & Razaghi, L. (2018). The Influence of the Physical Environment on Residents with Dementia in Long-Term Care Settings: A Review of the Empirical Literature. The Gerontologist, 58(5), e325–e337 doi:10.1093/geront/gnw259.
  • Hung, L., Au-Yeung, A., Helmer, C., Ip, A., Elijah, L., Wilkins-Ho, M., & Chaudhury, H. (2018). Feasibility and acceptability of an iPad intervention to support dementia care in the hospital setting. Contemporary Nurse, 54(4-5), 350-361.
  • Hung, H., Phinney, A., Chaudhury, H., & Rodney. P. (2018). Using video- reflexive ethnography to engage hospital staff to improve dementia care. Global Qualitative Nursing Research, 5, 1-10. doi:10.1177/2333393618785095.
  • Bigonnesse, B., Mahmood, A., Chaudhury, H., Mortenson, W.B., Miller, W.C., & Martin Ginis, K.A. (2018). The role of neighborhood physical environment on mobility and social participation among people using mobility assistive technology. Disability & Society, 33(6), 866- 893. doi: 10.1080/09687599.2018.1453783.
  • Appreciative Inquiry: Bridging Research and Practice in a Hospital Setting. Hung, L., Phinney, A., Chaudhury, H., Rodney, P., Tabamo, J., & Bohl, D. (2018). International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 17, 1–10. doi: 10.1177/1609406918769444
  • Franke, T., Sims-Gould, J., Chaudhury, H., Winters, M., & McKay, H. (2018). ‘It makes your life worthwhile. It gives you a purpose in living’: Mobility experiences among active older adults with low income. Ageing and Society, 1-28. doi:10.1017/S0144686X18000181
  • Keller, H., Lengyel, C., Carrier, N., Slaughter, S., Morrison, J., Duncan, A., Steele, C.M., Duizer, L., Brown, K. S., Chaudhury, H., Yoon, M.N., Boscart, V., Heckman, G., & Villalon, L. (2018). Prevalence of inadequate micronutrient intakes of Canadian long-term care residents. British Journal of Nutrition, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S0007114518000107
  • Iuglio, S., Keller, K., Chaudhury, H., Slaughter, S., Lengyel, C., Morrison, J., Boscart, V., & Carrier, N. (2018). Construct Validity of the Dining Environment Audit Protocol: A Secondary Data Analysis of the Making Most of Mealtimes (M3) Study. BMC Geriatrics, 18(20). doi: 10.1186/s12877-018-0708-4
  • Iuglio, S., Keller, H., Chaudhury, H., Slaughter, S.E., Lengyel, C., Morrison, J., Boscart, V., & Carrier, N. (2018). Construct Validity of the Mealtime Scan: A Secondary Data Analysis of the Making Most of Mealtimes (M3) Study, Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 37(2), 82-104. doi: 10.1080/21551197.2018.1461166
  • Hung, H., Phinney, A., Chaudhury, H. Rodney, P., Tabamo, J., & Doris Bohl, D. (2017). “Little things matter!” Exploring the perspectives of patients with dementia about the hospital environment. International Journal of Older People Nursing, 12(3). doi:10.1111/opn.12153
  • Chaudhury, H., Keller, H., Pfisterer, K., & Hung, L. (2017). Development of a Physical Environmental Observational Tool for Dining Environments in Long-Term Care Settings. The Gerontologist, 57(6), e95-e101.
  • Keller, H., Carrier, N., Slaughter, S., Lengyel, C., Steele, C., Duizer, L., Brown, S. K., Chaudhury, H., Yoon, M., Duncan, A.M., Boscart, V., Heckman, G., & Villalon, L. (2017). Making the Most of Mealtimes (M3): protocol of a multi-centre cross-sectional study of food intake and its determinants in older adults living in long term care homes. BMC Geriatrics, 17(1), 15. doi: 10.1186/s12877-016-0401-4
  • Keller, H., Chaudhury, H., Pfisterer, K., & Susan, S. (2017). Development and Inter-Rater Reliability of the Mealtime Scan for Long Term Care. The Gerontologist, 58(3), 160-167. doi:10.1093/geront/gnw264
  • Chaudhury, H., Hung, L., Rust. T., & Wu, S. (2016). Do physical environmental changes make a difference? Supporting Person-Centered Care at Mealtimes in Nursing Homes. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 16(7), 878-896. doi:10.1177/1471301215622839
  • Chaudhury, H., Campo, M., Michael, Y., & Mahmood, A. (2016). Neighbourhood Environment and Physical Activity in Older Adults. Social Science & Medicine, 149, 104-113.
  • Lee, S. Y., Chaudhury, H. & Hung, L. (2016). Effects of Physical Environment on Health and Behaviors of Residents With Dementia in Long-Term Care Facilities A Longitudinal Study. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 9(2), 81-91.
  • Lee, S., Chaudhury, H., & Hung, L. (2016). Exploring staff perceptions on the role of physical environment in dementia care setting. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. 15(4), 743-755.
  • O’Rourke, N., Canham, S., Wertman, A., Chaudhury, H., Carmel, S., Bachner, Y. G., & Peres, H. (2016). Holocaust Survivors’ Memories of Past Trauma and the Functions of Reminiscence. The Gerontologist, 56(4), 743-752.
  • Hung, L., Chaudhury, H., & Rust. T. (2015). The effect of dining room renovations on person-centered care practice and residents’ dining experiences. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35(2), 1279-1301.
  • O’Rourke, N., Bachner, Y. G., Cappeliez, P., Chaudhury, H., & Carmel, S. (2015). Reminiscence functions and the health of Israeli Holocaust survivors as compared to other older Israelis and older Canadians. Aging and Mental Health, 19(4), 335-346.
  • Lee, S., Chaudhury, H., & Lee, S. (2014). Effect of physical environment on the behaviors of residents with dementia: A comparison between a small- group unit and a traditional care unit. Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, 8(11), 1353-1363.
  • Woolrych, R., Zecevic, A., Sixsmith, A., Sims-Gould, J., Feldman, F., Chaudhury, H., Symes, B., & Robinovitch, S. (2014). Using real life video capture to investigate the causes of falls in long-term care: Opportunities and challenges. The Gerontologist, 13(2), 132 – 133. doi:10.1093/geront/gnu053.
  • Theurer, K., Wister, A., Sixsmith, A., Chaudhury, H., & Lovegreen, L. (2014). The development and evaluation of mutual support groups in long-term care homes. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33(4) 387–415.
  • Chaudhury, H., Hung, L., & Badger, M. (2013). The role of physical environment in supporting person-centered dining in long-term care: A review of the literature. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 28(5), 491-500.
  • Cooke, H., & Chaudhury, H. (2013). An Examination of the Psychometric Properties and Efficacy of Dementia Care Mapping. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 12(6), 790–805.
  • Sixsmith, A., Woolrych, R., Schonopp, R., Robinovitch, S., Chaudhury, H., & Feldman, F. (2013). Understanding contextual factors in falls in long-term care facilities, Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, 14(3), 4-12.
  • Hay, K., & Chaudhury, H. (2013). Exploring the quality of life of younger residents living in long-term care facilities. Journal of Applied Gerontology 34(5), 675-690. doi: 10.1177/0733464813483209
  • O’Rourke N., Carmel, S., Chaudhury, H., Polchenko, N., & Bachner, Y.G. (2012). A cross-national comparison of reminiscence functions between Canadian and Israeli older adults. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68(2), 184-192.
  • Mahmood, A., Chaudhury, H., Gaumont, A., & Rust, T. (2012). The effect of physical environment on medication errors in long-term care facilities. International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, 25(5), 431 - 441.
  • Mahmood, A., Chaudhury, H., Hay, K., Michael, Y., Campo, M., & Sarte, A. (2012). Understanding the role of neighborhood environment on staying active in older adults: A photovoice study in Vancouver and Portland. Social Science and Medicine, 74(8), 1180-1192.
  • Chaudhury, H., Mahmood, A., Michael, Y.L., Campo, M., & Hay, K. (2012).
  • The influence of neighborhood residential density, physical and social environments on older adults' physical activity: An exploratory study in two metropolitan areas. Journal of Aging Studies, 26(1), 35–43.
  • Campo, M. & Chaudhury, H. (2012). Informal social interaction among residents with dementia in special care units: Exploring the role of the physical and social environments. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 11(3), 401–423.
  • Mahmood, A., Chaudhury, H., & Valente, M. (2011). Nurses’ perception of the role of environmental design on nursing and medication errors in acute care settings. Applied Nursing Research, 24, 229–237.
  • Mahmood, A., Chaudhury, H., Sarte, A., & Yon, Y. (2011). The effect of housing characteristics and living arrangements on health and wellbeing of immigrant older adults. Housing and Society, 37(1), 25-52.
  • Chaudhury, H., Sarte, A., Michael, Y. L., Mahmood, A., McGregor, E. M., & Wister, A. (2011). Use of a systematic observational measure to assess and compare walkability for older adults in Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland, Oregon neighborhoods. Journal of Urban Design, 16(4), 433– 454.
  • Hung, L., & Chaudhury, H. (2011). Exploring personhood in dining experiences of residents with dementia in long-term care facilities, Journal of Aging Studies, 25(1), 1-12.
  • Danziger, S., & Chaudhury, H. (2009). Older adults’ use of adaptable design features in housing units: An exploratory study. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 21, 134–148.
  • Chaudhury, H., Mahmood, A., & Valente, M. (2009). The effect of environmental design on reducing nursing and medication errors and increasing efficiency in acute care settings: A review and analysis of the literature. Environment and Behavior, 41(6), 755-786.
  • Mahmood, A., Chaudhury, H., & Gaumont, A. (2009). Environmental issues related to medication errors in long-term care: Lessons from the literature. Health Environments Research and Design Journal, 2(2), 42-59.
  • Michael, Y. L., McGregor, E. M., Chaudhury, H., Day, K., Mahmood, A., & Sarte, A. (2009). Revising the senior walking environmental assessment tool. Preventive Medicine, 48, 247–249.
  • Chaudhury, H., & Mahmood, A. (2008). Immigrants’ residential experience: An overlooked area in environmental design research. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 25(1), 1-5.
  • Mahmood, A., Chaudhury, H., Kobayashi, K., & Valente, M. (2008). Housing and community characteristics of South-Asian immigrant older adults. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, 25(1), 54-75.
  • Feldman, F., & Chaudhury, H. (2008). Falls and the physical environment: A review and a new multi-factorial framework. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 75(2), 82-95.
  • Phinney, A., Chaudhury, H., & O’Connor, D. (2007). Doing as much as I can: Meaningful activity for people with dementia. Journal of Aging and Mental Health, 11(4), 384-293.
  • O’Connor, D., Phinney, A., Smith, A., Small, J., Purves, B., Perry, J., Drance, E., Donnelly, M., Chaudhury, H., & Beattie, L. (2007). Personhood in dementia care: Developing a research agenda for broadening the vision. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 6(1), 121-142.
  • Chaudhury, H., Mahmood, A., & Valente, M. (2006). Nurses’ preference for single versus double-occupancy patient rooms in acute care environments: An exploratory comparative assessment. Applied Nursing Research, 19(3), 118-125.
  • Chaudhury, H., Mahmood, A. & Valente, M. (2005). Advantages and disadvantages of single vs. double occupancy patient rooms in acute care environments: A review and analysis of the literature. Environment and Behavior, 37(6), 760-786.
  • Cappeliez, P., O'Rourke, N., & Chaudhury, H. (2005). Functions of reminiscence and mental health in late adulthood. Journal of Aging and Mental Health, 9(4), 295-301.
  • Schwarz, B., Chaudhury, H., & Tofle, R. B. (2004). Effect of design interventions on a dementia care setting. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. 19(3), 34-43.
  • Chaudhury, H. (2003). Remembering Home through Art. Alzheimers’ Care Quarterly, 4(2), 119-124.
  • Chaudhury, H. (2003). Quality of life and place-therapy. The Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 17(1/2), 85-103.
  • Chaudhury, H. (2002). Journey back home: Recollecting past places by people with dementia. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 16(1-2), 85-106.
  • Chaudhury, H. (2002). Place-biosketch as a tool in caring for residents with dementia. Alzheimer's Care Quarterly, 3(1), 42-45.
  • Chaudhury, H. (1999). Self and Reminiscence of Place: A Conceptual Study.
  • The Journal of Aging & Identity, 4(4), 231-254.
  • Kovach, C., Weisman, G., Chaudhury, H., & Calkins, M. (1997). The Impact of Therapeutic Environments for Dementia Care. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, 12(3), 99-110. 
  • Chaudhury, H. (1997). Self and Reminiscence of Place: Toward a Theory in (Re)Discovering Selfhood for People with Dementia in Long Term Care Settings. Environmental Design Research Association Annual Conference Proceedings (Peer-Reviewed). Montreal, Canada.

Celebrating 40 years