Suzanne Cook

Suzanne Cook

Research Focus

My post-doctoral fellowship began in November 2010. I am working on the Baycrest Research About Volunteering in Older Adults (BRAVO) study with Dr. Nicole Anderson and the BRAVO team. BRAVO examines the cognitive, physical and psychosocial benefits of volunteering among adults aged 55 and older. It investigates the cognitive, physical and psychosocial demands of the volunteer role and the number of volunteer hours being contributed.

My mixed methods doctoral study focused on the volunteer activities of adults aged 55 to 75 inclusive, and examined lifelong learning and connections to pre-retirement paid work. My key finding was that older adults who are retired and dedicated volunteers have embarked on a new career-related stage.

Publications

Title Source (Journal/Book/Conference) Authors/Presenters Published On Type
The benefits associated with volunteering among seniors: A critical review and recommendations for future research Psychological Bulletin Anderson ND, Damianakis T, Kröger E, Wagner LM, Dawson DR, Binns MA, Bernstein S, Caspi E, Cook SL, BRAVO Team 1408939200 Journal Article
An Exploration of Learning through Volunteering during Retirement International Journal of Volunteer Administration Cook SL 1300075200 Journal Article

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2011: SC-CE Excellence in Research on Aging (ERA) Award, Canadian Association on Gerontology
  • 2010: Emerging Scholar, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)
  • 2010: Institute of Aging’s Summer Program in Aging, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • 2009: Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research 2009 Graduate Student Research Award (ANSER), Association for Nonprofit and Social Economy Research
  • 2008: Doctoral Fellows Program, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)