Gail Low, RN, BSN, MA (Gerontology), PhD (Human and Social Development)

Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing


Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing
4-293 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
11405 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 1C9




  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta (2009-2011)
  • PhD (Nursing) University of Victoria (2006)
  • MA (Gerontology), Simon Fraser University (2000)

Currently, I serve as a reviewer for a number of international journals including Quality of Life Research and Research in Nursing & Health, and for the International Society for Quality of Life and the Canadian Association on Gerontology. I also review grants for the Canadian Lung Association and the Canadian Thoracic Society, and the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. I am on the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research editorial board.


My program of research focuses on factors that enhance and take away from quality of life and psychological well-being at midlife and in older age. I also test measurement instruments and analyze large data sets pertaining to quality of life, psychological well-being, and physically and mentally adapting to aging. I have worked with a number of international students and scholars on projects related to spirituality and religion, living with chronic respiratory disease and stroke, and intimate relationships in older age. 

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Research Methods


  1. Ageism. Discussion seminar. South East Edmonton Seniors Association (SEESA). October 2019. Edmonton.
  2. Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging Living Reference now available. 


Assessing the BRIEF Spiritual and Religious Coping Scale among older Brazilians

Author(s): Luciano Vitorino, Gail Low, Lucilla Vianna
Publication: Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging
Volume: 30
Page Numbers: 354-370

Aging in Place

Author(s): Gail Low, Sofia von Humboldt, Mary Kalfoss, Isabel Leal, Donna Wilson
Publication: Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

Identity processes among older Norwegians living in urban and rural areas.

Author(s): Kalfoss, M., Low, G. & Halvorsrud, L.
Publication: Western Journal of Nursing Research
Volume: 40
Page Numbers: 701-724

Quality of life perceptions of family caregivers of older adult stroke survivors: A longitudinal study

Author(s): Carla Bierhals, Gail Low, Lisianne Paskulin
Publication: Applied Nursing Research
Volume: 47
Page Numbers: 57-62

Where are we now in relation to determining the prevalence of ageism in this era of escalating population ageing?

Author(s): Donna Wilson, Begonia Errasti-Ibarrondo, Gail Low
Publication: Ageing Research Reviews
Volume: 51
Page Numbers: 78-84