Research Chairs

Canada Research Chairs


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Canada Research Chair in Lifespan Cognition

Daniel Bernstein, BA, M.Ps, PhD

Dr. Daniel Bernstein's research allows him to run the Lifespan Cognition Lab, where he and his team study how thinking develops and changes across the lifespan. Preschool children through older adults in studies complete a set of game-like tasks designed to measure perspective taking, memory, and decision making. The CRC also allows Dr. Bernstein to train 10-15 researchers each year. Trainees learn valuable skills, including experimental design, ethical experimentation, computer programming, participant recruitment, participant testing, data analysis and interpretation, and conference abstract and manuscript preparation. Trainees also develop presentation and blogging skills to share their ideas with a wide audience. 

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Canada Research Chair in South Asian Literary and Cultural Studies

Asma Sayed, PhD

Dr. Asma Sayed's research focuses on South Asian Canadian (SAC) artistic contributions between 1910 and 2010, mapping the first century of South Asian creativity in Canada. Studying an underexamined yet significant area of Canadian cultural production, the project addresses the importance of recognizing and building a comprehensive history of how the largest visible minority in Canada has impacted Canadian social justice discourse and political change. The research will examine South Asian Canadian literary and visual texts, both celebrated and lesser known, in English and in heritage languages. 


Sherman Jen Research Chairs 

A major donation from the Dr. Sherman Jen Education Foundation will allow Kwantlen Polytechnic University to expand its applied research capacity. The $3-million gift will also support students pursuing global studies.
Dr. Sherman Jen founded Maple Leaf Educational Systems in 1995, blending the western curriculum and teaching methods with traditional Chinese approaches to education. It has since expanded to 115 schools spanning preschool to high school with a student population of more than 46,000.
Dr. Jen’s innovative educational leadership has been recognized by both Chinese and Canadian governments. Dr. Jen has also been recognized for his services to education and to cross-cultural understanding.

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The Sherman Jen Research Chair in Applied Genomics

Paul Adams, PhD

As the Sherman Jen Research Chair in Applied Genomics, Dr. Adams will work with KPU students and leading researchers at KPU and beyond to improve animal and plant health, sustainability, product development and competitiveness for agricultural sectors in B.C. and Canada.





The Sherman Jen Research Chair in Next-Generation Design

Stephanie Phillips, BAA, MA

As the Sherman Jen Research Chair in Next-Generation Design, Phillips will focus on biodegradable functional materials, exploring how enhanced natural materials that remain recyclable can be used in the apparel industry.




Chancellor's Chair


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Aaron Goodman, BA, MJ, PhD 

KPU researcher Dr. Aaron Goodman was awarded Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s 2020 Chancellor’s Chair Award to support his collaborative research project to commemorate individuals affected by the ongoing opioid overdose crisis.

The award is $60,000 over three years for the project titled ‘Creating a Digital Memorial for People Who Have Experienced Fatal Overdoses: A Community Based Participatory Research Project in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.’

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BC Innovation Chair (formerly Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF))


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Deborah Henderson, B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD

In 2009 the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH) appointed Dr. Deborah Henderson as the Regional Innovation Chair in Sustainable Horticulture. Her leadership is helping ISH make breakthroughs in several areas, including sustainable agri-food systems, bio-control products (an alternative to pesticides), and the potential of geothermal heat as a clean energy source.