About Providence

Director of Research

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Jean-Francois Kozak, PhD, is the Director of Research, Centre for Aging and Health at Providence Health Care and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care and Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kozak brings a wealth of experience not only in conducting and leading research in aging, but also teaching medical and gerontology students.

In his previous role as Director, Clinical Health Intelligence Service at SCO Health Service (Sisters of Charity of Ottawa), Dr. Kozak co-led the Community Dementia Research Network funded at over $1 million by CIHR. His other key accomplishments include a five-year study focused on end-of-life care for seniors also funded by CIHR for over $1 million and a Health Canada grant focused on falls prevention and management. His other interests and publications include prevention of elder abuse and neglect, pain and pain management in the elderly, palliative care and dementia. He has participated in a number of advisory and review committees, including NSERC's Grant Review Committee for Life Sciences, CIHI Expert National Panel on Health Performance Indicators, Chair of the National Planning Committee on End-of-Life Care for Older Canadians, among others. It is no surprise that in 1999, Dr. Kozak was honoured with the Canadian Association on Gerontology Award for his contributions to Canadian Gerontology. Although he comes to us from Ottawa, Dr. Kozak is originally from Vancouver, having completed his MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

As part of his role as Director of Research, Dr. Kozak will develop the Centre's vision for research, which spans clinical and health systems research. As Dr. Kozak builds his research team, the Centre will be in a position to lead innovative outcomes research on older adults and residents and enable Providence to be a recognized academic leader in seniors care.