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Our faculty research include a wide range of topics, including:

Housing neighbourhoods and population health; family and intergenerational relationships; portrayals of health and/or aging in the arts and media; service provision and the formulation of public policies; geographies of nursing and medicine; aging and the workplace; social systems and global health; community-based cancer activism, care and support; globalization and pandemics.

Our department's graduate students are paired with one of the following faculty members, who acts as an advisor/supervisor to the student throughout the duration of the program:

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Gavin Andrews

Professor | Acting Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging

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Jim Dunn

Professor | Department Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society | Director of McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments

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Chelsea Gabel

Associate Professor | Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Well-Being, Community Engagement, and Innovation

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James Gillett

(Health, Aging & Society), B.A. Hons. (Calgary), M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster)

Associate Dean, Grad Studies and Research, of Faculty of Social Sciences | Associate Professor

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Amanda Grenier

(Health, Aging & Society), B.S.W. (Windsor), M.S.W., Ph.D. (McGill)

Professor | Gilbrea Chair in Aging & Mental Health | Director of the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging (on leave)

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Michel Grignon

Professor | Graduate Chair of the Department of Health, Aging & Society | Associate Scientist of Institut de Recherche et Documentation en Èconomie de la Santé | Editor-in-chief of Health Reform Observer - Observatoire des Réformes de Santé

Associate Members

Our department's associate members can act as instructors for grad course HLTH AGE 706 (Independent Study), second readers for the MA Major Research Paper, and/or members of a thesis supervisory committee:

Jane Aronson

Jane Aronson is interested in women and social welfare, particularly in long-term care as an arena for understanding how government cuts and the managerial organization of services shift the work and costs of caring to families and poorly paid care providers and reduce elderly people's entitlement to public support.  Current research on social workers in positions of leadership in social and health service organizations: the tensions between managing with a commitment to care and social justice and the imperatives of efficiency-driven organizational structures.

Alan Bishop

Alan Bishop is a Professor Emeritus in English (more than 30 years). Rhodes University, South Africa M.A.(1961) Oxford University, U.K. D.Phil (1969). His involvement in Gerontology was fostered by volunteering with and for Seniors, together with an interest in the depiction of aging and old age in literature and other arts.

Roy Cain

Roy Cain is a professor in the School of Social Work. He studies how people with HIV view their health and health care, and on the changing context of HIV/AIDS social services. His previous research examined complementary therapy use among people living with HIV, the involvement of service users in community based service organizations, and the evolution of community based HIV/AIDS services. Dr. Cain has a successful track record of peer reviewed publications. He has been involved in supervising numerous social work masters students.


David Clark

David Clark is an expert in the fields of contemporary critical theory, especially the later work of Jacques Derrida. His current project on Kant explores the bodies and pleasures haunting the philosopher's last published writings, while his work on Schelling discusses the unsettling role that resistant negativities play in the mourning work of German idealism. At the undergraduate and graduate level Dr. Clark primarily teaches courses in critical theory, although he has also taught courses in Romantic literature and culture. He has also offered courses on the discourses of HIV/AIDS, a topic about which he has also supervised several undergraduate and graduate theses. Dr. Clark has extensive experience with graduate level education.


William Coleman

William Coleman does most of his research in the area of public policy, focusing in particular on North America and the European Union. His current research involves examining the processes associated with the internationalization of public policy. In this area, Dr. Coleman focuses principally on financial services, agricultural policy and biotechnology. Dr. Coleman is also associated with the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University. In this area, he is interested in learning more about the phenomenon of globalization and what impact it has on individuals and communities. Dr. Coleman has published peer reviewed articles on the topic of globalization and its impact. His expertise will be valuable to the area of global and international issues related to health and aging. Dr. Coleman also has experience supervising students at the graduate level and has been involved in developing the graduate program in the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster.


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William Coleman

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus | Fellow Royal Society of Canada | Founding Director of the IGHC

Laurie Doering

Laurie Doering received his B.Sc. from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON) followed by his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in developmental neuroscience from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK). He then completed post-doctoral training at McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute under the supervision of Dr. A. Aguayo. He has extensive training and expertise in stem cell biology, tissue culture, neurotransplantation, molecular imaging and animal models of nervous system dysfunction. Dr. Doering directs a basic research program that focuses on regenerative strategies in the nervous system for developmental disorders (Fragile X) and neuronal death (Parkinson’s).


Sherry Dupuis

Sherry Dupuis is the Director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP), the Director of the Collaborative Ph.D. Program in Aging, Health and Well-Being, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo. She holds adjunct positions in the Gerontology Program at McMaster University and in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. She has a Bachelor of Music from Queen's University, a joint Master's degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. in Family Studies from the University of Guelph. She also has a number of years experience working in long-term care settings with residents and their families. Sherry’s research program has focused on improving the quality of life for persons living with dementia and their family partners in care and on finding innovative ways of translating research into action


James W. Gladstone

James W. Gladstone has expertise in social work practice, including individual, couple and family counselling and social group work. His research interests focus on the way that relationships are negotiated between individuals (for example, married couples) and between informal and formal systems. This may include, for example, interaction between families and child welfare agencies, families and long-term care facilities or between employees and management in the workplace. Dr. Gladstone has published peer reviewed articles on social relationships as they related to issues of health and the life course. He also has experience supervising at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


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Jeremiah Hurley

Dean of Social Sciences | Professor Economics | Director McMaster Decision Science Laboratory (McDSL)

Jerry Hurley

Jerry Hurley: Since coming to McMaster in 1988, Jeremiah Hurley has carried out research on physician behaviour and physician payment systems; resource allocation and funding models for health care; financial incentives in health care systems; prescriptions drug programs; and normative frameworks for evaluative economic analysis in the health sector. His current work includes an examination of public and private roles in health care financing, policy issues surrounding the use of capitation funding in health care; funding models for home care and community-based services; physician responses to global physician expenditure caps in Canada, and values in Canadian health policy.


Carrie McAiney

Carrie McAiney received her PhD from the Dept. of Health Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, Evaluator with the Geriatric Psychiatry Service at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, and Evaluation Consultant and Seniors Health Initiative Lead with the Hamilton Family Health Team. Her interests include: evaluation and health services research, dementia, geriatric mental health, long-term care, end-of-life care and primary care.


Tina Moffat

Tina Moffat: areas of expertise include child health and nutrition and environmental health as it pertains to urban ecosystems. Her research perspectives are grounded in biocultural and political-economic approaches. Dr. Moffat’s main geographic areas of focus are South Asia and Canada. Recently she completed a school nutrition research project in the City of Hamilton. The project investigated the effects of socially and economically contrasting neighbourhoods on children’s body size, diet and physical activity. Dr. Moffat has published peer reviewed articles on childhood health in Nepal that will be valuable to the global and international field. She has experience supervising at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


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Tina Moffat

Ph.D. Anthropology, McMaster University1998

Associate Professor and Chair

Jenny Ploeg

Jenny Ploeg: School of Nursing in 1988 as a Clinical Lecturer. Jenny has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Western Ontario, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests include evaluation of health services for older adults and their caregivers, evidence-based practice, and qualitative research. She is an investigator on a number of funded research projects.


Byron Spencer

Byron Spencer: is director of the Research Institute of Quantitative Studies in Economics and Population. His research expertise lies in the areas of: population economics, health economics, and econometrics. Dr. Spencer recently received $2.5-million from SSHRC to examine whether social programs and the working-age population can support a rapidly growing aging population. Dr. Spencer has published widely in peer reviewed scholarly journals and has valuable experience supervising graduate students.


Catherine Ward-Griffin

Catherine Ward-Griffin, R.N., Ph.D., is an associate professor (Faculty of Health Sciences) and scientist (Lawson Health Research Institute) in London, Ontario. In addition, she is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Ward-Griffin is currently working in the areas of women's health, health promotion, care-giving, home care, and social policy. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, her current program of research focuses on the care-giving relationships between and amongst health care providers, older adults and their families in both home care and long-term care settings. Dr. Ward-Griffin is currently examining the experiences and health effects of double-duty care-giving--health professionals who provide care both at work and at home to older relatives.


Rachel Zhou

Rachel Zhou is interested in understanding how globalization processes (not limited to economic globalization) have affected people, particularly socially disadvantaged people, in their local settings, and how social work as a profession and discipline has responded to the changing contexts of these issues. Her previous research examined the illness experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS in China through the lens of social justice and local-global connections. Dr. Zhou's current research interests include globalization, immigration, transnationalism; HIV/AIDS, illness narratives, global health; socialy/health policy; civil society, international social work; culture, gender, sexuality; and knowledge production/dissemination. Dr. Zhou has published in interdisciplinary peer reviewed journals and has had supervision experience at the undergraduate level.