Dr. Susan Kirkland

Dr. Susan Kirkland,

Dr. Susan

Professor and Head, University Research Professor 
Institution: Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University
Country: Canada

Primary Research Interests

Research activities relating to ACT Assess & Connect 

Dr. Kirkland leads the SMARTech research project utilizing an innovative person-centered rehabilitation service to enable the use and integration of project partners’ proprietary and off-the-shelf SMART devices to enhance the independence, autonomy, and wellbeing of older adults aging with or into disabilities in continuing care. The rehab service will be guided by participants and their assessments to focus on addressing their prioritised needs.


Dr. Kirkland’s research lies in the areas of chronic diseases and aging; she is particularly interested in understanding the interplay of social, physical, and genetic factors that lead to individual differences in the way people age and develop chronic conditions. Dr. Kirkland is one of three principal investigators leading the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. She also leads studies in lay perspectives of healthy aging, older adult engagement in research, HIV and aging, frailty, cognitive impairment and technologies to support aging in place.