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Dr. Keefe

Janice M. Keefe

Professor, Chair 
Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging
Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology

BA (UPEI), MA, PhD (Guelph)

Phone: (902) 457-6466
Office: McCain 201F


Curriculum vitae

Short Biography PDF (198 KB) 


I received my BA in Sociology from the University of Prince Edward Island, my MA in Sociology/Anthropology from the University of Guelph, and my PhD in Family Relations and Human Development in the Department of Family Studies at the University of Guelph.Prior to coming to Mount Saint Vincent University in 1990, I worked in public municipal home care (1986-1990). I am currently a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology and hold adjunct appointments at Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine and as a research scientist at the Maritime SPOR Unit. 

My research areas include family caregiving policy and practice, home and long term care policy, home and long term care human resources and rural aging.  I have been honoured by numerous award for my research contributions, most recently a Global Aging Research Network Award for Applied Research (2017), and Canadian Association on Gerontology’s Distinguished Member Award (2017). From 2002-12 I was the Mount’s first Canada Research Chair in Aging and Caregiving Policy. Currently, I am the Scientific Director of Seniors: Adding Life to Years (SALTY) a national team to improve the quality of life for residents in long term care in Canada (2016-20) and Principal Investigator on How approaches to care shape the pathways of older adult home care clients (2018-22) – both funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR). I am active on numerous advisory boards including Statistics Canada’s Demographic Advisory committee, the European Union’s More Years Better Lives funding initiative and the Canadian Academy of Health Science expert panel on dementia.  I enjoy teaching in the Masters and Undergraduate Programs in Family Studies and Gerontology and providing mentorship and supervision to a number of graduate students and post–doctoral fellows. 


Research Interests 

  • Family/Friend caregivers to older people needing assistance (including women who combine work and eldercare, rural caregivers, assessment of caregivers, paying family members, and reciprocity between elderly parents and children)
  • Formal caregivers and human resource issues for home care and long term care
    continuum of care system
  • Dementia Care
  • Rural aging

Selected Publications 

Wozney, L., Freitas de Souz, L.M., Kervin, E., Queluz, F., McGrath, P.J., Keefe, J. (accepted, in press) Review of commercially available mobile apps for caregivers of people with Alzheimer's Disease or Other Related Dementias. Journal of Medical Internet Research-Aging (submitted September 2018). 

Cranley, L.A., Keefe, J., Taylor, D., Thompson, G., Beacom, A.M., Squires, J.E., Estabrooks, C.A., Dearing, J.W., Norton, P.G., Berta, W.B. (Accepted) Understanding professional advice networks in long-term care:  An outside-inside view of best practice pathways for diffusion.  Implementation Science

Andrew, M., Dupuis-Blanchard, S., Maxwell, C., Giguere, A., Keefe, J., Rockwood, K., & St. John, P. (2018). Social and societal implications of frailty, including impact on Canadian healthcare systems.  Journal of Frailty and Aging. 7(4), 217-223.

Guberman, N., Keefe, J., & Fancey, P. (published online 05 July 2018). The assessment experience of spousal dementia caregivers. “It’s made me realize that I am a person also”. Ageing & Society. doi:10.1017/S0144686X18000557

Weeks, L. E., Chamberlain, S., & Keefe, J. (2017). What makes a nursing home a home? Insights from family members and friends. Housing, Care & Support, 20(4), 152-163.

Chamberlain, S., Weeks, L.E, & Keefe, J. (2017). Factors influencing family member perception of “homelikeness” in long term care homes. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 1-16. doi:10.1080/02763893.2017.1335672

Dearing, J., Beacom, A., Chamberlain, S., Meng, J., Berta, W., Keefe, J., Squires, J., Doupe, M., Taylor, D., Reid, R.C., Cook, H., Cummings, G., Baumbusch, J., Knopp-Sihota, J., Norton, P., & Estabrooks, C. (2017). Pathways for best practice diffusion: The structure of informal relationships in Canada's long term care sector. Implementation Science, 12(11). doi:10.1186/s13012-017-0542-7


Panagiotoglou, D., Fancey, P., Keefe, J., & Martin-Matthews, A. (2017). Job satisfaction: Insights from home support workers in three Canadian jurisdictions. Canadian Journal on Aging, (36)1, 1-14.

Keefe, J., Dill, D., Ogilvie, R., & Fancey, P. (2017). Examining household model of residential long term care in Nova Scotia. Health Reform Observer, 5(1), 1-10. doi:

Godin, J.,Keefe, J., & Andrew, M.K. (2016). Handling missing Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) values: Results from a cross-sectional long-term care study. Journal of Epidemiology, 27(4), 163-171 doi:10.1016/   

Krawchenko, T., Keefe, J., Manuel, P., & Rapaport, E. (2016). Coastal climate change, vulnerability and age friendly communities: Linking planning for climate change to the age friendly communities agenda. Journal of Rural Studies (44), 55-62.

Aubrecht, K., & Keefe, J. (2016). The becoming subject of dementia. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal. 12(2&3), 137-154.

Aubrecht, K., & Keefe, J. (2016). ‘Everybody has different levels of why they are here’: Deconstructing domestication in the nursing home setting. In M. Rembis (Ed.), Disabling domesticity (pp. 215-239). New York : Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-48769-8

Godin, J., Keefe, J., Kelloway, K., & Hirdes, J. (2015). Nursing home resident quality of life: Testing for measurement equivalence across resident, family, and staff perspectives. Quality of Life Research, 24(10), 2365-2374. doi: 10.1007/s11136-015-0989-4

Rapaport, E., Manuel, P., Krawchenko, T. and Keefe, J. (2015). How can aging communities adapt to coastal climate change? Mapping community asset vulnerability for planning and adaptation. Canadian Public Policy, 41(2), 166-177. doi:

Manuel, P., Rapaport, E., Keefe, J.,Krawchenko, T. (2015). Coastal climate change and aging communities in Atlantic Canada: A methodological approach to community asset and social vulnerability mapping. The Canadian Geographer, 59(2), 1-14. doi: 10.1111/cag.12203

Ward-Griffin, C., Browne, J.B., St-Amant, O., Sutherland, N., Martin-Matthews, A., Keefe, J., Kerr, M. (2015). Nurses negotiating professional-familial care boundaries: Striving for balance. Journal of Family Nursing, 21(1), 57-85. doi: 10.1177/1074840714562645

Andrew, M. K., & Keefe, J. (2014). Social vulnerability from a social ecology perspective: a cohort study of older adults from the National Population Health Survey of Canada. BioMedical Central Geriatrics, 14, 90. doi: 10.1186/1471-2318-14-9

St-Amant, O., Ward-Griffin, C., Browne, J.B., Martin-Matthews, A., Sutherland, N., Keefe, J., Kerr, M. (2014). Professionalizing familial care: Examining nurses’ unpaid family care work. Advances in Nursing Science, 37(2), 117-131. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000023

Research Grants

Co-Investigator: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)(July 2016-July 2023). Foundation Scheme: 2015 2nd Live Pilot: Accessible and cost effective psychosocial health interventions for Canadians. ($4,100,000). (PI: McGrath, P.)


Co-Investigator: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (March 2016 – March 2019). Project Scheme: 2016 1st Live Pilot: Safer care for older persons in residential environments. ($913,577). (PI: Wagg, A.; Co-PI’s: Estabrooks, C. et al)


Co-Investigator: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (June 2016 – June 2018). Operating Grant: Knowledge to Action: Caregivers, the lynchpin to homecare clients remaining at home. (CIHR: $195,000) (Nominated PI: Warner, G.; Co-PI: Campbell, A)


Nominated Principal Investigator & Scientific Lead: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)(May 2016- April 2020). Team Grant: Late Life Issues. Seniors- adding life to years (SALTY). (CIHR Request: $1,397,931; AIHS Partner Funds: $200,000, Alzheimer Society of Canada Partner Funds: $37,500, MSFHR Partner Funds: $200,000, NSHRF Partner Funds: $200,000). (Co-PI: Estabrooks, C.)


Co-Investigator: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) (2015-2018). Transitional Open Operating Grant Competition: Improving Nursing Home Care through Feedback On PerfoRMance Data (INFORM). ($756,827) (Nominated PI: Estabrooks, C.; PI: Wagg et al.)

Co-Investigator: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).Insight Grant. The next generation of retirees: How will demographic trends affect the timing of retirement of Baby Boomers and their standard of living? ($315, 344) (PI: Carriere, Y.)


Co-Investigator: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)(2014-2018). Canadian Consortium of Neurodegeneration and Aging TEAM 18: Dementia family caregivers who are employed in the Canadian workforce ($744,123)  (PI: J. Savoy)

Co-Principal Investigator: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)(Jun 2014 to May 2017).  Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) Advice seeking networks in long term care. ($615,000) (PI: Estabrooks, C.)


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