Canada Research Chairs

In 2000, the Canada Research Chairs Program was launched by the Government of Canada to promote leading-edge research and innovation in Canadian universities and to attract and retain the world’s best researchers. Currently, Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) hosts four Canada Research Chairs.

The Mount’s Strategic Research Plan for the Canada Research Chairs Program provides an overview of the main research directions of MSVU. The goal of all Canada Research Chairs is to advance the frontiers of knowledge within their fields, not only through their own research, but also by coordinating research efforts of other researchers within their discipline. MSVU currently has four Canada Research Chairs.



Dr. Zachary Zimmer, Professor – Family Studies and Gerontology

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Aging and Community

Dr. Zachary Zimmer holds a Canada Research Chair in Aging and Community and is the Director of the Global Aging and Community Initiative. In his career, he has taught courses in demography, ageing, health policy, research methods, and statistics.

Dr. Zimmer’s research focuses on global issues in health and general well-being of older persons, studied from a demographic perspective. Much of his work has taken place in East and Southeast Asia where population ageing and socioeconomic change has been swift and where older adults face many obstacles related to the changing nature of their social environment.


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Dr. Maya Eichler, Associate Professor – Political Studies and Women’s Studies

Tier II Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement

Dr. Maya Eichler is a Canada Research Chair in Social Innovation and Community Engagement, and Associate Professor in Political Studies and Women’s Studies at the Mount. She leads the Centre for Social Innovation and Community Engagement in Military Affairs.

She completed her PhD at York University and has held post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Southern California, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the University of Toronto. Her academic interests include feminist international relations theory, gender and armed forces, veterans and military families, and security privatization.



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Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac – Assistant Professor – Faculty of Education and Department of Child and Youth Study

Tier II Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions

Dr. Jessie-Lee McIsaac is an Assistant Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Early Childhood: Diversity and Transitions with the Faculty of Education and Department of Child and Youth Study at Mount Saint Vincent University. She leads the Early Childhood Collaborative Research Centre.

She was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Research Scholar with the Healthy Populations Institute at Dalhousie University. She holds a PhD in Public Health and an MSc in Health Promotion, both from the University of Alberta and a BSc in Kinesiology from Dalhousie.

The goal of her program of research is to enhance well-being during early childhood by ensuring policy and practice supports families as they transition across early learning environments. McIsaac studies early childhood and educational policy initiatives using an engaged scholarship approach to co-produce research that mobilizes knowledge and experiences for and with marginalised families. She works collaboratively with researchers, community, policymakers and research participants to inform policy and program design and decision-making.


Dr. Jennifer Khoury – Assistant Professor – Department of Psychology

Tier II Canada Research Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies in Neuroscience

Dr. Jennifer Khoury holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology, both from Ryerson University, and a B.Sc. in Psychology (Honors) from the University of Toronto. After obtaining her Ph.D., Dr. Khoury completed postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard Medical School/Cambridge Hospital (2017-2019) and at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University (2019-2020).

Dr. Khoury has been involved in a number of federally funded neurobiological, developmental, and clinical projects in both Canada and the United Stats, and her work has received national recognition. Recently, Dr. Khoury received a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant to examine the developmental outcomes associated with child maltreatment. Dr. Khoury has also been awarded highly competitive scholarships and fellowships, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Khoury’s research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and national and international conference presentations. Dr. Khoury leads the Developmental Psychobiology Research Centre.