Susan Kirkland


Professor and Head, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University

Susan Kirkland, PhD

Susan Kirkland is a Professor and Head of the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. An epidemiologist by training, Dr. Kirkland’s research lies in the areas of chronic diseases and aging; she is particularly interested in the investigation of the multifactorial determinants of health as they influence healthy aging. Dr. Kirkland is one of three principal investigators leading the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, a prospective cohort of 50,000 men and women who are being followed for 20 years. She also leads studies in physical activity and obesity, HIV and aging, frailty, and technologies to support aging in place. Susan is also the project lead for a number of AGE-WELL projects; OA-INVOLVE, focusing on older adult engagement in research, and SMARTech, focusing on the use of SMART technology in continuing care to enhance older adult autonomy and independence. Additionally, she is the research representative on AGE-WELL’s Board of Directors, a member of CIHR’s Institute of Aging Advisory Board, and a member of the federal Covid-19 Immunity Task Force Leadership Group.