Lauren Karrys is an MSc Candidate in Evidence-Based Social Intervention. Her current research interests include: intergenerational living, active ageing, mixed methods systematic reviews, strengthening social support networks, and interventions to increase cooperation and cohesion across multiple generations.
This past summer she worked for several addiction treatment and mental health centres in the Edgewood Health Network, where she specialized in research and the quadrennial accreditation process.
Lauren is a recent graduate of McMaster University, majoring in both health studies and gerontology, and with a minor in history. During her time at McMaster, Lauren completed her undergraduate thesis, Transitions into Retirement, New Lifestyles and Social Support Networks Among Retirees in Red Hill, Ontario, where she used qualitative research and narrative-based inquiry to explore the experiences of individuals with their transitions into retirement through urban to rural migration. Additionally, in order to explore feminine sexual identity, ageing and the media’s perceptions, Lauren delved into and became the only (and therefore the leading) Canadian researcher on cougars. Ever the insatiably curious armchair historian, Lauren co-founded and served as two term president of the McMaster Undergraduate History Society.
At Oxford, Lauren is VP Social of the Oxford University Canadian Student Society. Through her intergenerational living research, Lauren hopes to survey and make recommendations on effective interventions to foster strong social support networks, decrease ageist attitudes and ultimately improve the quality of life for seniors