Brian de Vries, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Gerontology at San Francisco State University with adjunct appointments at Simon Fraser University (in Vancouver, BC) as well as the University of Alberta (in Edmonton, AB). He received his doctorate in life-span developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1988, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and former board member of the American Society on Aging and former co-Chair of the LGBT Aging Issues Network. Dr. de Vries served on the Institute of Medicine’s Board on the Health of Select Populations Committee producing The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding (2011). Dr. de Vries is former editor of Sexuality Research and Social Policy (2007-2011) and a former associate editor of The International Journal of Aging and Human Development (2000-2006) and LGBT Health (2013-2015). He has guest edited an additional six journals. In addition, he has edited (or co-edited) five books, including Kinship Bereavement in Later Life (1997), End of Life Issues (1999), Narrative Gerontology (2001), Gay and Lesbian Aging (2004) and Community-Based Research in LGBT Aging (2015); he has authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles, book chapters and professional publications; he has given over 150 presentations to professional audiences on the social and psychological well-being of midlife and older LGBT persons, bereavement, and life stories. His research has been funded by several grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Frailty Network, among other foundations and granting agencies.
Research Interests: LGBT aging; social relationships in later life; bereavement; narrative gerontology