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Lauren Brooks-Cleator

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow

Degrees:PhD, Human Kinetics (University of Ottawa). MA, Human Kinetics (University of Ottawa). BSc, Human Kinetics (University of Ottawa)

About Me:
I am from Bracebridge, Ontario, but have lived in Ottawa for over a decade. Currently, I am an SSHRC-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Social Work working with Dr. Susan Braedley and also a Part-Time Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa. I completed my CIHR-funded PhD in Human Kinetics at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Audrey Giles. In addition to research, I am passionate about volunteering and working in the community, including with the Social Planning Council of Ottawa, the Council on Aging of Ottawa, the United Way East Ontario’s Successful Aging Strategic Council, the Odawa Native Friendship Centre, and The Ottawa Hospital. The relationships that I have built in the community are what motivates me as I move forward with my research.

Research Interests:
As a researcher focused on sociocultural studies of ageing and health, my community-engaged research begins with the conditions and experiences of older adults who are members of marginalized groups within wealthy post-welfare states, such as Indigenous, and ethnocultural minority and immigrant older adults. My research focuses on revealing and critiquing the mechanisms by which inequities and exclusions occur, to identify and imagine how equitable conditions can be realized, and to contribute to policy and practices at multiple levels.

Postdoctoral Research:

  • Including Indigenous Seniors?: Culture, Gender, and Meaning-Making in Age-Friendly Communities; SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Supervisor: Dr. Susan Braedley)

Current Projects:

  • COVID and Seniors at Home: Addressing Diverse Needs, Supporting Seniors’ Service Innovation (PI: Susan Braedley, Carleton University)
  • Indigenous “Communities within Communities”: Aging Well and HIV (PI: Sean Hillier, York University)
  • Imagining Age-Friendly “Communities within Communities”: International Promising Practices (PI: Tamara Daly, York University)
  • Bordering Old Age, Bordering Care: Comparing Welfare State Approaches (PI: Susan Braedley, Carleton University)

School of Social Work Course Development:

  • SOWK 3001: Introduction to Research Methods in Social Work (Online Fall 2020)
  • SOWK 3002: Introduction to Statistical Analysis for Social Work (Online Winter 2021)