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 (july 1, 2020 – december 31, 2020)
(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)
graduate program coordinator
(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)
(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

susan stevens, bsw, med, rsw
adjunct professor
(902) 457-6321
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



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