CHHM doctoral trainee receives CIHR doctoral research award

CHHM doctoral trainee receives CIHR doctoral research award

Catherine Craven, a trainee at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) is recipient of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Research Award. Catherine has a B.A. in Hispanic Studies from University of Victoria and completed her Masters Degree in Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University. In 2011, Catherine began a doctoral program in the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program at University of British Columbia (UBC). She works under the supervision of Dr. Heather McKay and Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM), and Dr. Anne Martin-Matthews in Sociology. Her doctoral research will focus on the health of older adult immigrants in Canada.

Catherine's research focuses on the physical mobility of foreign-born, visible minority older adults, and examines the features of the local built and social environments that promote or inhibit mobility. With an emphasis on qualitative methods, she is currently "in the field", visiting older adults throughout the Lower Mainland to conduct one-on-one interviews, walking interviews, and senior-specific street audits. Her project falls within a recently funded CIHR Emerging Team grant titled “Walk the Talk: Transforming the Built Environment to Enhance Mobility in Seniors”.  “Catherine is a highly skilled qualitative researcher who is working towards understanding the unique health and mobility needs of older immigrants – she is one of only a handful of researchers working in this area.” says Dr. Joanie Sims-Gould, CHHM Research Associate, Knowledge Translation.

Catherine is also the Project Coordinator for the Nexus Home Care Project at UBC, where she supports a team examining home care services and policy. Catherine has conducted research, worked and volunteered throughout Latin America and Canada.

The objectives of the CIHR Doctoral Research Award are i) to provide recognition and funding to students early in their academic research career, providing them with an opportunity to gain research experience; ii) to provide a reliable supply of highly skilled and qualified researchers.

"Catherine is most deserving, she brings a world of skill and experience to asking and answering important questions that allow us to better understand barriers to older adult mobility.” says CHHM Director, Professor Heather McKay.