Catherine Tong works with a range of stakeholders to improve the health and wellbeing of older adults, with a dedicated emphasis on foreign-born older Canadians. She does this primarily by engaging in community-based and patient-oriented research, employing qualitative methodologies. Areas of research include ethnicity and aging, home and community care, mobility and physical activity, and multilingual and accessible research design. Her passion for gerontology extends to the university classroom, where she teaches ‘Health and Aging’, ‘Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging’, and ‘Active Bodies in Later Life’.
With the Geriatric Health Systems Research Group, she is involved in a number of projects, principally the CFN-funded study ‘Transforming primary health care for frail elderly Canadians’.
She serves at the Social Science Section Editor for the Canadian Journal on Aging.