Faculty - November 2016


Department of Family Studies & Gerontology

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Dr. KeefeJanice Keefe, Ph.D. (Guelph)
Department Chair
(902) 457-6466

Research Interest(s):

  • Family/friend caregiving
  • Alzheimer disease & related dementia
  • Seniors housing
  • Continuing care policy






IMG_0197Áine Humble, Ph.D. (Oregon State)
* On Sabbatical until January 1, 2025
(902) 457-6109

Research Interest(s):

  • Division of unpaid family work
  • Family rituals
  • Healthy aging
  • Intimate relationships
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Qualitative data analysis software
  • Same-sex families
  • Social construction of gender
  • Women and retirement


Norris Headshot 1 2017Deborah Norris, Ph.D. (Dalhousie)
(902) 457-6376

Research Interest(s):

  • Military families
  • Critical theories
  • Family relations and social support
  • Qualitative research
  • Health and social service needs of persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities
  • Family violence



Dr. Zimmer

Zachary Zimmer, Ph.D. (Michigan)
Graduate Program Coordinator
(902) 457-5541

Research Interest(s):

  • Intergenerational relations
  • Disablement
  • Global population aging
  • Migration
  • Demographic change
  • Health disparities



AubrechtKatie Aubrecht, PhD (OISE, University of Toronto)
Adjunct Professor
(902) 789-0800
Email: katie.aubrecht@msvu.ca

Research Interest(s):

  • Dementia care education, policies and practice
  • Mental health and resilience across the life span
  • Health equity and social justice
  • Intersectionality
  • Critical social theory in disability studies and aging studies
  • Qualitative research methodologies


Susan Stevens, BSW, MEd, RSW, CHE, EXTRA Fellow
Adjunct Professor
(902) 579-7796
Email: susan.stevens2@msvu.ca

Research Interest(s):

  • Home care and long term care policy
  • Family/friend care giving
  • Person centred care
  • First Nations continuing care
  • Leadership
  • Quality of work life



John Whelan

John Whelan, Ph.D. (New Brunswick)
Adjunct Professor
Email: John.Whelan2@msvu.ca

Research Interest(s):

  • Social determinants of mental health
  • Military cultural identity and traumatic stress reactions
  • Masculine values in first response organizations
  • Psychological sense of community and mental health
  • Group therapy applications

Contact Us

Department of Family Studies and Gerontology

Mount Saint Vincent University
166 Bedford Highway
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3M 2J6

Department telephone: (902) 457-6321
Department fax: (902) 457-6134
Dept’s main office: Evaristus Hall, Room 331