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Elizabeth Russell

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Elizabeth Russell

Visiting Assistant Professor


Phone: (709)-637-6214


I have taught courses on individual differences, personality, intelligence, social psychology, developmental psychology, the history of psychology, and introduction to psychology, as well as senior seminars and supervision of honour's and fourth year projects.

From a research perspective, I am broadly interested in the experiences of aging in small towns and rural and remote communities, and the influences of factors such as population decline and community capacity on seniors' health and well-being in these types of geographies. More specifically, I am interested in how the World Health Organization's Age-Friendly Communities model can best be applied in Canadian communities, the impacts of this type of program on seniors, and how best to facilitate effective, sustainable program development at the community level. I am also interested in the research areas of work and health, body image satisfaction, health psychology, the social economy, and applying social capital paradigms to these topics. I also am interested in health policy and program evaluation, and as such, conduct evaluations and reviews for a variety of health boards and public service agencies.


BA (Hons.), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Memorial University)



Peer Reviewed:

Mercer, D., Russell, E., & Arnold, K. (2014). Flexible working arrangements in healthcare: A comparison between managers of shift-workers and 9-5 employees. J Nurs Admin., 44, 1-6.

Russell E., Hawkins J., & Arnold K. (2012). Guidelines for successful self-scheduling on nursing units. J Nurs Admin., 42, 408-409.

Russell, E., & Hawkins, J. (2012). "The social economy: Working alternatives in a globalizing era" – A review. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 3, 104-106.

Government and Nonprofit Sector Reports:

Russell, E. (2015). Program evaluation of the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Program. Department of Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development, Government of NL.

Russell, E. (2015). Age-Friendly Communities in Newfoundland and Labrador: Recommendations for

municipal governments. Department of Seniors, Wellness, and Social Development, Government of NL.

Russell, E. (2013). Evidence update: Examining options for dialysis services in rural and remote Newfoundland and Labrador. NL Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR): Evidence in Context Publication. NLCAHR: St. John's, NL

Russell, E. (2010). Communication in the social economy. Community Sector Council NL, St John's, NL.

Russell, E. (2010). Inclusion program survey statistical findings. Eastern Health, St. John's, NL.

Russell, E. (2010). Flexible scheduling practices in health care organizations. Eastern Health, St. John's, NL.

Russell, E. (2010). Financial impact of language and communication differences between financial and social economy agencies. Community Sector Council NL, St. John's, NL.


Recent Awards:

Award for Teaching Excellence (2015; Memorial University Graduate Student Union)

Professional Development Fund (2015; MUN Office of the Provost and VP Academic)

Healthy Aging Research Program Doctoral Fellowship (2014; Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research)

Canadian Institutes of Health Research Summer Program in Aging (2013; CIHR)


Current research projects and grants:

Institute for Work and Health, Toronto, ON: Engaging healthcare providers in return-to-work.


Research interests and expertise:

Aging, age-friendly communities, aging in rural communities and small towns, community development, health psychology, social capital theory, health policy, program evaluation, work and health.

Chair, Psychology

Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland
20 University Drive, Corner Brook, NL
A2H 5G4, Canada

Office: AS335
Phone: (709) 639-2504