UBC Arts Faces of Research feature: Dr. Christiane Hoppmann

Before the application of research, before the patent, ethics review, donations or grants, there is a person with a desire to discover. They embark into the unknown, making inquiries, investigating what has been and inquiring into the possibilities by asking why not? Through their research, they uncover new truths that result in our lives, and our world, being changed for the better.

Faces of Research was created by UBC Arts as a series showcasing the Canada Research Chairs in the Faculty of Arts, including Dr. Christiane Hoppmann, associate professor in the department of psychology.

Canada is an aging society, with the number of Canadians aged 65 years and older expected to reach more than 10 million by 2036. Given this demographic shift, more research is needed to help older adults age in better health.

Dr. Christiane Hoppmann, Canada Research Chair in Adult Development and Health, is conducting cutting-edge research targeting key psychological factors regarding social resources and motivations to explain why some older adults age relatively well while others have significant health problems. She is conducting in-depth assessments of activities of daily life to provide insights into the behaviours and feelings of older adults, which can shape long-term aging outcomes. ⠀

Hoppmann is also examining how older adults can work together with their spouses to better overcome barriers to daily physical activity and bridge the gap between physical activity goals and actual physical activity. She aims to develop interventions that will capitalize on older adults’ strengths and resources to foster healthy aging. ⠀

Hoppman’s research will provide much-needed information about how older adults can contribute to improved healthy aging.⠀

This article was written by UBC Arts. Read the full Faces of Research feature.⠀⠀⠀