Dr. Daniel R. Y. Gan

CIHR Fellow,
Simon Fraser University
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Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, BC

Dr. Daniel R. Y. Gan

CIHR Fellow,
Simon Fraser University


Hello! I am a postdoctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. I completed my doctoral research on neighbourhood effects and healthy aging at the National University of Singapore, focusing on mixed methods in public housing neighbourhoods. My research lies at the intersection of urban design, environmental gerontology and community psychology. 

I am the founder of Healthy Aging in Place, a nonprofit, and I have carried out several projects in the community. I look forward to exploring such opportunities in relation to research and Age-Friendly Community/Village initiatives. Recent research interest include cognition using large datasets (e.g., the Canadian Longitudinal Study of Aging) and Dementia-Friendly Neighbourhoods.


National University of Singapore
Singapore, Singapore
PhD, 2020
Environmental gerontology
2016 To 2020
Dissertation: Pathways between neighbourhood experiences and mental health among community-dwelling older adults: Towards an urban community gerontology
Advisor: Im Sik Cho & John Fung

Job History

Simon Fraser University
Postdoctoral Fellow
Vancouver, BC, Canada
February 2020 - present

Urban Redevelopment Authority
Singapore, Singapore
June 2014 - July 2016

Areas Of Expertise

  • Cognition
  • Community and Home Care
  • Death and Dying: Grief/Bereavment
  • Dementia: Other
  • Developmental Changes: Psychological
  • Developmental Changes: Social
  • Environmental Planning
  • Ethnic Groups
  • Health Promotion: Stress Reduction
  • Health Services
  • Housing
  • Humanities and the Arts: Philosophy
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Leisure Time and Activity
  • Loneliness
  • Mental Health Dysfunction: Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
  • Mental Health Dysfunction: Depression
  • Mental Health Dysfunction: Stress/Coping
  • Mental Health Therapy: Psychotherapy for Elders without Dementia
  • Personality
  • Recreational Therapy
  • Social Services: Community Social Services
  • Urban Issues
  • Well-Being


  • Gerontology