Brad A. Meisner (York University)


Current Activity
As an interdisciplinary gerontologist, Brad’s research focuses on the interaction of biological, psychological, and social dimensions of aging, adult development, and older adulthood. He is particularly interested in aging adults’ experiences in leisure and recreation as well as the impact of age-based stigma (ageism) on the health and lives of aging adults, including the influence of age stereotypes (beliefs), prejudice (attitudes), and discrimination (behaviour) that manifest at individual, interpersonal, organizational/institutional, and population/policy levels. In his research, Brad uses collaborative and applied approaches as well as mixed- and multi-methodologies.

Areas of Interest

  • Age-friendly communities
  • Health promotion
  • Mobility
  • Caregiver support and education
  • LGBTQ+
  • Sexuality and intimacy 
  • Mental health
  • Policy
  • Socialization and participation
  • Exercise
  • Healthy aging
  • Social isolation and loneliness
  • Ageism
  • Health literacy
  • Indigenous
  • Person-centred care
  • Rural aging
  • Technology

Approaches to Innovation

  • Capacity building and workforce development
  • Policy development
  • Population-based approaches
  • Quality improvement
  • Evaluation
  • Community development
  • Network building
  • Knowledge translation and exchange
  • Program planning


  • Canadian Association on Gerontology 
  • Canadian Journal on Aging 
  • York University Centre for Aging Research and Education 
  • Dalhousie University Healthy Populations Institute

Student Mentorship
Looking to supervise:

  • Undergraduate students
  • Master’s students
  • PhD students
  • Older adults pursuing higher education