RAPP encourages graduate students to learn about research first hand by providing graduate research assistantships (where possible), mentoring, and support. Our alumni are employed in ageing-related policy units, organizations and programs for older adults, and academia.
Dr. Janet Fast holds a doctorate in Family and Consumer Economics from Cornell University. Throughout her career, Janet has engaged in research, policy and practice with a focus on the economics of aging and the paid work and unpaid care work of family members. Her research addresses family, labour, health and continuing care policy issues, and she is often called on to consult with or advise government policy-makers and NGOs on policy related to caregiving and workplace supports. She currently co-leads an international and multidisciplinary research team investigating the intersection of work and care across the life course. She is a member of the leadership teams of two large, transdisciplinary and international research programs: the AGE-WELL National Centres of Excellence, Canada’s aging and technology network; and the UK-based Sustainable Care: Connecting People and Systems program. Dr. Fast was a Visiting Professor, Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Economy, Leeds University, 2014. She was also awarded the Mirabelli-Glossop Award for Distinguished Contribution in 2012 for her exceptional and sustained contributions to the work of the Vanier Institute of the Family.
Dr. Norah Keating is a social gerontologist whose professional life has been devoted to enhancing quality of life of older adults. She has an international reputation for her work in families, liveable communities and care. Dr. Keating is Professor of Rural Ageing, Swansea University; Co-Director of Research on Aging, Policies and Practice at the University of Alberta; and Extraordinary Professor, North-West University, South Africa. As part of her international research and capacity building activities, she is Director of the International Association on Gerontology and Geriatrics’ (IAGG) Global Social Issues on Ageing (GSIA). In 2020, she received the Award of Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) for her contribution to social science.
Dr. Keating is often called on by governments and NGOs to provide evidence to inform social and health policy. Recent consultations include a report on intergenerational relationships for the UK government; and technical advising to the World Health Organization on two initiatives: The World Report on Ageing and Health and Community-based Initiatives to Support Older Adults in Low Income Countries. She is working with the Government of Canada on its’ national campaign to reduce loneliness and social exclusion of older adults.
Dr. Megan Strickfaden’s background includes a PhD in Anthropology & Design Studies from Edinburgh Napier University, Engineering Diploma in Design Research from Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, MDes in Sustainable Design Practice and BA specialization with a double major in Art/Design & Anthropology, both from the University of Alberta. Along with this she has spent more than a decade working as a practicing designer.
One of Dr. Strickfaden’s current research interests are on material culture, design and disability studies, including designing liveable spaces that enhance older adults’ well-being, particularly those persons living with dementia. She is the only researcher in the world who has been allowed to research De Hogeweyk (known as the dementia village) in the Netherlands. She is part of collaborative teams that involve researchers from the University of Alberta and international institutions as well as graduate and undergraduate students.
The work of the RAPP program is supported by Jacquie Eales who has been the RAPP Research Manager for over two decades. She brings to RAPP a background in speech-language pathology (BSc, MSc) with a special focus on aging and communication disorders. In an aging society, her interests are centred around creating a ‘best-fit’ between older adults and the social, physical and community environments in which they live. She fosters collaborative relationships among researchers, policy and practice partners and students who work together to meet the objectives of RAPP research projects. She enjoys translating research knowledge to facilitate the uptake by policy, practice, and community partners. She makes a meaningful difference in her community as Chair of the Greater Edmonton Foundation (GEF) Seniors Housing Board of Directors and Strategic Advisor to the Age-Friendly Edmonton Leadership Table.