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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) 

BiographyI 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. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology and hold appointments at Dalhousie Faculties of Medicine and Graduate Studies. 

From 2002-2012, I held the Mount’s first Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Aging and Caregiving Policy. Funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation enabled me to develop the Maritime Data Centre for Aging Research & Policy Analysis. In 2006, I was awarded the Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology and appointed Director, Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, and continue to hold both positions. 

My research areas are family/friend caregiving, continuing care policy and practice, social demography, and Alzheimer’s disease & related dementia. I lead and/or co-lead a number of research teams examining these issues in the Canadian, and often Nova Scotian context. I have published many peer-reviewed articles, technical reports, and am often invited to share my research at regional, national, and international conferences. I have received recognition internationally for translating my research into policy, nationally for my contribution to continuing care and provincially for my contributions to Gerontology in Nova Scotia.   

In Spring, 2014 I was honoured to be selected as Expert Advisor to the Minister of Seniors’ Employer Panel for Caregivers, a group seeking to identify best practices for employers seeking to support their employees who serve as family/friend caregivers. 

I teach courses in social policy and aging in the Master of Arts and Undergraduate Program in the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology. I also provide mentorship and supervision to a number of graduate students and am able to provide research assistant/trainee opportunities to students through the Maritime Data Centre and the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging.


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 

Weeks, L. E., Chamberlain, S., & Keefe, J. (in-press). What makes a nursing home a home? Insights from family members. Housing, Care & Support.

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


Chamberlain, S., Keefe, J., & Weeks, L. (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., Baecom, 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.

Panagiotoglou, D., Keefe, J., Fancey, P & Martin-Matthews, A., (2017). Job satisfaction in home care: 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. (2016). Handling missing Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) values: Results from a cross-sectional long-term care study. Journal of Epidemiology,  

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


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.


Rapaport, E., Manuel, P., Krawchenko, T., & 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.


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.


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


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.


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.

Lefrançois, G., Vézina, S., Keefe, J., & Légaré, J. (2013). Trends and characteristics affecting disability among older Canadians living in private households. Canadian Studies in Population, 40(3/4), 174-192.

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.)


    Department of Family Studies and Gerontology
    Mount Saint Vincent University 
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    Halifax, Nova Scotia 
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