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Team Members


Dr. Kimberley Wilson

Kim Wilson (She/Her), is an Associate Professor at the University of Guelph who studies adult development and aging, with a specific focus on aging and mental health. As a social gerontologist, her current research interests include health and mental health, agism, stigma, social and health policy. Dr. Wilson is also interested in the inclusion of social determinants of health and social inclusion/equity lenses in gerontology research. her teaching and research philosophies are influenced by her social work background and her interest in promoting gerontology in higher education. 


Dr. Katherine Kortes-Miller

Kathy Kortes-Miller, MSW, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work and the Director of the Centre for Education and Research on Aging & Health at Lakehead University. Her research is interdisciplinary and collaborative, contributing to a broad range of fields of study including: palliative care, end-of-life, interprofessional education, LGBTQ+, caregiving, social work and gerontology. She was a long-standing member of the board of directors for Hospice Northwest and in 2020 joined the board for Roots to Harvest. In March 2018 Kathy published the book “Talking About Death Won’t Kill You” with ECW Press. 


Dr. Arne Stinchcombe

Arne Stinchcombe is an Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. He maintains expertise in the psychosocial aspects of health, aging, and older adulthood. His research interests include mental health and aging, social determinants, LGBTQ+ aging, community mobility and end of life issues.

Staff & Students


Emma Lipinski

Emma Lipinski (she/her) is a research associate for the DEAR team. She graduated with an MSc from the University of Guelph in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition. Emma’s research interests include aging and intersectionality, with a focus on 2SLGBTQ+ aging experiences. Other interests lie in the mental health of the aging population and the inclusion of diverse older adults in policy, practice, and gerontology education. Emma works to apply her research in her career and personal life to advocate for and support the aging population.  

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Keri-Lyn Durant

Keri-Lyn Durant is an educator (certified in the UK and Ontario), actor, director, and playwright and has been an applied theatre specialist for over three decades, trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in. She and her puppet, Phoebe the Sloth, work in paediatric palliative care and as community death educators. Keri-Lyn is a PhD candidate at Lakehead University where her research involves exploring perceptions of dying, death, and loss through applied theatre. Current projects include research assistant for the DEAR team as well as freelance writer for the Canadian Virtual Hospice. She is also Director of Heartsteps, a grief camp serving children and adolescents in Northwestern Ontario, an initiative that launches in May of 2020. Keri-Lyn lives in Manitoba near Lake Winnipeg, with her beautiful wife and three sweet, kooky dogs

Graduated Students


Holly Donkers

Bachelor in Applied Sciences (B.ASc) Adult Development Program with a minor in Family and Child Studies at the University of Guelph


Hannah Lemon

Honours Bachelor of Arts
in Psychology (B.A)
Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph


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