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Janet Fast


Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Human Ecology

About Me

Job/Research Area: Economics of aging and family/friend care; Family economic issues; Public policy (health and continuing care, labour, income security) 


2004/05 - Killam Annual Professorship 


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests: Dr. Janet Fast holds a PhD in family and consumer economics from Cornell University. Major themes of her research are the economics of aging and the paid and unpaid care work of family members across the life course. Her research addresses family, labour, health and continuing care policy issues and she is often called on to consult with or advise government policymakers and NGOs on policy related to care-giving and workplace supports. In 2013 Dr. Fast was the recipient of the Mirabelli/Glossop Distinguished Contributor Award for her exceptional and sustained contributions to the work of the Vanier Institute of the Family. Dr. Fast is part of the AGE-Well NCE, leading the work package focused on assistive technologies that support family/friend caregivers.

Current Research Grants 

As Principal Investigator:

Health and Creative Aging: Theatre as a Pathway to Healthy Aging. Canadian Institutes for Health Research: $225,000

The Economic Costs of Care. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. $316,000.

As Co-investigator:

Profiles of Canadian Households Undertaking Insolvency Procedures Pre- and Post-Recession. Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy. $170,000.


Graduate students currently supervised and their research topics/areas 

Nicole Gaudet (MSc in Ageing, course-based)

Zhaowen Mei (MSc, Aging) - Well-being of Chinese and Chinese immigrant older adults.

Cecilia Reyes (PhD in Ageing). Thesis title: Understanding Older Adults' Leisure Behaviours in Mexico.