Dr. Elaine Gallagher is currently Director of the Centre on Aging and a Professor with the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria. She is a Nurse scientist with a primary interest in how people interact with their environments as they age. In particular, she has focused on falls among seniors in the community and in long term care settings. Recently, she has taken on the role of PI on the World Health Organization age cities friendly project. Her research has involved randomized clinical trials, secondary data analysis and participatory action research and uses both quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection. Her research interests include gerontology, health promotion, community development, elder abuse, falls among the elderly, and evaluation research.
Current Professional Roles
2005 - Present: Scientific Director, (UVic Site) for the BCNAR - BC Network for Aging Research, sponsored by the Michael Smith Foundation.
Current teaching activities include supervision of undergraduate, Masters and PhD students.
PhD: "Emotional, Social and Physical Health Characteristics of Older Men in Prison." Simon Fraser University, 1988.
MN: "Self-care Capacities of Older Diabetics." Duke University, 1975.