Research Scholars

Mei Lan Fang, PhD
Senior Research Scholar

Mei Lan Fang is a Lecturer / Assistant Professor in health gerontology, located in the School of and Health Sciences at the University of Dundee. Mei holds a Master’s in Public Health, specializing in social and health inequities, and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies, focused on environmental gerontology. Her post graduate research progresses community-based participatory research concepts, theory, and methods for designing age-friendly environments and was nominated for the MacFarlane Award for most outstanding doctoral research contribution at Heriot Watt University. In the past 10 years, Mei has worked as a transdisciplinary research scientist and health sciences methodologist where she both uses and builds intersectional place theory, methods and practice in health-related areas of critical public health, ethnic and migration studies, environmental gerontology, ageing and technology and global health promotion. Mei has produced over 50 peer-reviewed publications ranging from journal articles, books, book chapters, method protocols to published conference proceedings, that all stem from a broad spectrum of completed and ongoing community-oriented and participatory projects.

Jason Powell, PhD
Senior Research Scholar

Jason is a social gerontologist and until recently was Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise and Professor of Social Gerontology at Staffordshire University, UK. He is an elected Academician of The Academy of Urbanism and elected Companion of The Society of Bereavement Practitioners. He is Editor-in-Chief, Illness, Crisis & Loss (Sage), Associate Editor of The Canadian Journal of Sociology and Series Editor for International Perspectives on Aging (Springer Nature). He has sat on the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Fellowships Committee and ESRC/UKRI College in the UK and has advised global NGOs on care of older people in Uganda, US, Nigeria, Somaliland and EU. He has been awarded $6.2 million in research and knowledge transfer projects and has over 465 publications including over 70 academic books. He has a particular interest in Foucauldian approaches to aging that focuses on power and surveillance in care relations and care settings.

Vicki Komisar, PhD
Senior Research Scholar

Vicki Komisar is an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering with the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus. She completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at SFU. Vicki leverages the tools of biomechanics to understand how people interact with their environment to maintain balance and avoid falls and fall-related injuries, and uses this evidence to inform recommendations for safer built environment and assistive technology design, especially for older adults. Her research findings have informed building codes, product design standards, and occupational safety guidelines related to preventing falls in an aging workforce.

Karen Lok Yi Wong, MA, MSW
Research Scholar

Karen received her MA in social policy at the University of York, United Kingdom and her MSW in social work at University of British Columbia, Canada. She has conducted research and analyzed policies on older adults and healthcare including palliative care, long-term care and family caregiving and published and presented widely academically and professionally. She has received competitive and non-competitive research grants as principal or co-investigators. She is a registered social worker in BC, Canada and has been practicing in diverse settings related to older adults such as community senior services centre, long-term care, and acute care hospital. She is currently practicing social work with Providence Healthcare in Vancouver. She is also a long-term volunteer of Alzheimer's Society. She is serving on the BC Association of Social Workers Multicultural and Anti-racist Committee and Seniors Community of Practice. 

Norm O'Rourke, PhD
Senior Research Scholar

Norm is a clinical psychologist and full professor with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Be'er Sheva, Israel (Department of Public Health). He is also Founding Director of the Foundation for Wellness with Bipolar Disorder, he sat on the executive board of the Society for Clinical Geropsychology (American Psychological Association) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Norm is currently an associate editor of Aging and Mental Health. He has been awarded $1.8M in research funding as principal applicant ($4.6M as part of teams). From 2001 to 2017, Norm was an associate professor with the Interdisciplinary Research in the Mathematical and Computational Sciences (IRMACS) Centre at SFU.