Freeman, Dr. Shannon

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


Dr. Shannon Freeman is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at that University of Northern British Columbia. Dr. Freeman has expertise in the health and social care needs of older adults in rural and northern communities, both among community-dwelling adults and those in long-term care. She holds a PhD in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo and an MSc in Internal Medicine and Rehabilitation from Tohoku University School of Medicine in Japan. Since moving to northern BC in 2014 to pursue research, Dr. Freeman has spearheaded and contributed to a number of cutting-edge projects in the area of aged care, including establishing CTAAN, the Centre for Technology Adoption for Aging in the North in 2019, an AGEWELL national innovation hub and collaborating center dedicated to enhance innovations in technology development and implementation to support older adults in rural and northern communities ( Dr. Freeman was awarded a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research – AGE-WELL Network of Centers of Excellence (NCE) 2020 Scholar Award. Dr. Freeman’s interest in improving quality of life and care for older adults shows through her engagement in a range of community-partnered research activities, which are having a real-world impact on the rural and northern communities where the research is taking place.

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

Languages Spoken:
  • English
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