Research Scholars

Jennifer Boger, PhD
Senior Research Scholar

Jen Boger is internationally renowned for the human-centric development of cutting-edge technology for supporting aging, quality of life, and wellbeing, including formal research in collaborative technology development. She has been a lead researcher on more than 40 transdisciplinary projects that apply state-of-the-art computer science, engineering, and rehabilitation science resulting in morethan 150 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Boger is an Adjunct Professor in Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo as well as the School of Health and Exercise Sciences, University of British Columbia (Okanagan).

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.

Charlene Chu, PhD
Senior Research Scholar

Charlene Chu is an Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto (2019), and an Affiliate Scientist at KITE Toronto Rehab at the University Health Network. She is also cross-appointment (status only) with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work’s Institute for Life Course & Aging at the University of Toronto.  As a Registered Nurse with 15 years of experience working with older adults across the health spectrum, Dr. Chu’s primary area of research is in designing and evaluating technology-enabled interventions that support the quality of life of older adults in post-acute care settings (e.g., long-term care, rehabilitation, community). The major focuses are: person-centred interventions; co-designing and evaluating innovative technology that is translatable into practice; and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in patient care. She has published over 60 articles, two book chapters in health and AI, holds over $1.6 million in multiple Tri-Council grants, and has 2 patents.

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. 

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 is also an Adjunct Professor in the Gerontology Department at SFU. 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.

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.