Freeman, Dr. Shannon

Dr. Shannon Freeman
PhD in Health Studies and Gerontology, University of Waterloo Associate Professor
Email: Phone:
  • Prince George


Dr. Freeman is a member of AGEWELL: Canada’s technology and aging network focusing on innovative solutions to support healthy aging and is leading work examining clinical need for long-term care in rural and northern communities. She is working on developing a safe transition program for residents to return to community-based setting of care. This mixed methods project employs an integrated knowledge translation approach within a knowledge to action’ framework and is conducted in partnership with the Northern Health Authority. Dr. Freeman is also working on closing the gap between technology development and its implementation and sustained use, especially for older adults in rural and northern areas. To that end Dr. Freeman is establishing a Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North – CTAAN - A collaborating center for innovations in technology development and implementation to support older adults in rural and northern communities, which will connect researchers and technology developers with healthcare systems decision-makers, leaders and care providers. Dr. Freeman’s work with CTAAN will focus on adapting, piloting, and implementing new and existing technology solutions tailored to address the challenges experienced by rural and northern communities Dr. Freeman also takes an active role in research focused on hospice palliative and end-of-life care and is a Director of the Prince George Hospice Society. Dr. Freeman has published 37 peer reviewed articles, co-edited a book, written 8 book chapters, and had an active role in the creation of the interRAI Palliative Care Clinical Assessment Protocols.

Research and Expertise

As a social gerontologist, Dr. Freeman incorporates a collaborative approach to engage in a broad range of research activities focusing on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations with specialization in the areas of aging, hospice palliative care, informal caregiving, and centenarians.

Research Fields:
  • Health
  • Northern Issues
  • Rural Health Services
Areas of Expertise:

Age and Risk Factors, Aging Process, Community Health / Public Health, Depression, Family and Care Givers, Health Information Systems, Health Policies, Health Services, Long-Term Care Services, Palliative Care

Currently accepting graduate students

Nursing, Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Northern Medical Program Flex

Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications