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Dr. Peter Brink

Associate Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 807-343-8010ext. 7291
Office Location: 
SN 1006 C
Academic Qualifications: 
  • Ph.D., Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo (2008)
  • MA, Experimental Psychology, Lakehead University (2004)
  • HBA, Psychology, Lakehead University (2002)
Date joined Lakehead: 
Previous Teaching/Work: 
  • HESC 5010: Foundations of Public and Population Health (2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012)
  • HESC 5015: Current Issues & Trends in Health Sciences (2017)
  • HESC 5510: Program Planning & Evaluation (2022)
  • HESC 5710: Tobacco & Health (2012)
  • HESC 5710: Health, Agriculture & Food System (2016)
  • GERO 2010: Intro to Palliative Care (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018)
  • GERO 5010: Current Issues in Gerontology (2023, 2022)
Research Interests: 


The physical, psychological, and spiritual determinants of emergency department and hospital use among terminally ill home care clients. The purpose of the study is to explore the physical, social, and spiritual determinants of emergency department and hospital use among terminally ill home care clients.

Examining the institutional perspectives and challenges of LGBT seniors in long-term care. This project examines the institutional landscape of long-term care as it applies to lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender seniors. This includes an environmental scan to examine what policies are currently in place to care for LGBT seniors, training that is in place for staff and to identify some of their needs.

Examining the lived experiences of long-term care residents who identify as (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) LGBT, in the context of the home’s institutional policies and staff beliefs and attitudes. A segment of the population that continues to be understudied is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) community, leading to a generally poor understanding of this group and their needs. The purpose of this project is to examine sexuality and sexual expression among LGBT residents in long-term care from two perspectives: the organizational/institutional level and also that of the formal caregiver.



Potential graduate students looking for a thesis supervisor are welcome, email is the preferred mode of contact.

As stated above, I am particularly interested in issues related to aging/gerontology, my focus is on research in the following areas:
• Aging
• Gerontology
• LGBT and Aging
• Palliative care
I invite applications from outstanding potential graduate students interested in pursuing research related to any of the research areas described above.
As well, students with a remarkable academic history and who are interested in working in these areas under my supervision should email me a copy of their CV/Resume and unofficial transcript as well as a concise description of their research interests. Applications will be considered for:
• Honors Thesis Students
• Research Opportunity Students
• Volunteer Research Assistants

Research Affiliate - CERAH