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NICE Staff

Lynn McDonald, PhD

Scientific Director



Dr. McDonald is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto's Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Past Director of the Institute for Human Development, Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto. In 2002 she was awarded the Governor General’s Golden Jubilee medal for her contributions to Canadian gerontology, and in 2017 was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. She has been a board director of the Alberta and Canadian Associations of Gerontology and served as Editor, Policy and Practice and Acting Editor, Social Sciences for the Canadian Journal on Aging. She also has been a board director of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Dr. McDonald was a member of the Board of Accreditation of the Canadian Association of the Schools of Social Work, the Social Dimensions of Aging Committee for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and a member of the planning committee for the new Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging. She served as a member of the Expert Advisory Committee for the Report Card on Seniors 2006, published by the National Advisory Council on Aging. She is also a member of the Working Group for the Panel Study of Life Course Dynamics housed in Quebec. Dr. McDonald has held numerous grants from Health Canada, the former HRDC, from SSHRCC, MCRI CIHR, Population Health, and the National Directorate on the Homeless. She is a co-author of a major Canadian textbook, Aging in Contemporary Canada (2003) and has numerous articles and technical reports on aging.

Raza M. Mirza, PhD

Network Manager



Raza M. Mirza, Ph.D., is the Network Manager for the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE;, a knowledge transfer network in the field of aging. 


Dr. Mirza received his MSc and Ph.D. degrees from the Graduate department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Toronto's Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. His areas of research and teaching interest include the socio-behavioral determinants of health in persons aging with a chronic illness, and factors influencing late-life social, mental and physical well-being.

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