Aleksandra Zecevic, PhD

Aleksandra Zecevic

Associate Professor

Room 336, HSB
519 661-2111 x80455


  • MSc, PhD (Western University, Canada)
  • BSc, MSc (University of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Aging and health
  • Gerontology
  • Falls and injury prevention in the elderly (systems approach)
  • Safety culture in health care
  • Dementia, stroke, osteoporosis, arthritis
  • Biomechanics (gait, balance, mobility)
  • Age Friendly Cities
  • Gerentological education

Additional Information

Recent Publications

  • Donelle, L., Regan, S., Kerr, M., Zwarenstein, M., Bauer, M., Warner, G., Isaranuwatchai, W., Zecevic, A., Borycki, E., Forbes, D., Weeks, L., Leipert, B., & Read, E. (2020). Caring near and far by connecting community-based clients and family member / friend caregivers using passive remote monitoring: Protocol for a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 9(1), e15027.
  • Vieira Zamora, F. M. *, Kloseck, M., Fitzsimmons, D. A., Zecevic, A., & Fleming P. (2019). Use of community support and health services in an Age-Friendly City: The lived experience of the oldest old. Cities & Health.
  • Schierholtz, T.*, Carter, D., Kane, A.*, Kemp, O.*, Gallant, C.*, Sheikh, B.*, William, J., Zecevic, A. (2019). Impact of lift assist calls on paramedic services: A descriptive study. Prehospital Emergency Care, 23(2), 233-240.
  • Watson B., * Salmoni, A., Zecevic, A. (2019). Case analysis of factors contributing to patient falls. Clinical Nursing Research, 28(8), 911-930.
  • Sibbald, S. L., Brennan, D., & Zecevic, A. (2018). One-Sentence, One-Word: An Innovative Data Collection Method to Enhance Exploration of the Lived Experiences. The Qualitative Report, 23(12), 3019-3030.
  • Brennan, D., Zecevic, A.A., Sibbald, S.L., & Nolte, V. (2018). “I just roll over, pick myself up, and carry on!” Exploring the fall-risk experience of Canadian masters athletes. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 26, 599-607.
  • Leat, S.J., Zecevic, A.A., Keeling, A., Hileeto, D., Labreche, T., & Brymer, C. (2018) Prevalence of vision loss among hospital in-patients: A risk factor for falls. Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics, 38, 106-114.
  • Hill, E.M. *, Savundranayagam, M.Y., Zecevic, A., & Kloseck M. (2018) Staff perspectives of barriers to access and delivery of palliative care for persons with dementia in long term care. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias, 33(5), 284-291.
  • Ming, Y. *, & Zecevic, A. (2018). Mediations and polypharmacy influence on recurrent fallers in community: A systematic review. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 21(1).
  • Ploeg, J., Ireland, S., Cziraki, K., Northwood, M., Zecevic, A., Davies, B., Murray, M.A., & Higuchi, K. (2018). A sustainability oriented and mentored approach to implementing a fall prevention guideline in acute care over 2 years. SAGE Open Nursing, 4, 1-17.
  • Zecevic, A., Li, A. *, Davy, C. *, Halligan, M. *, & Kothari, A. (2017) Improving safety culture in hospitals: Facilitators and barriers to implementation of Systemic Falls Investigative Method (SFIM). International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 29(3), 371-377.
  • Kricsfalusy, V., Zecevic, A., Assanand, S., Bigelow, A., & Gaudet, M. (2016). The frontiers of service-learning at Canadian universities. Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning, 2(2), 87-102.
  • Jogi, P.*, Zecevic, A.A, Overend, T.J., Spaulding, S.J, & Kramer, J.F. (2016) Force-plate analyses of balance following a balance exercise program during acute post-operative phase in individuals with total hip and knee arthroplasty: A randomized clinical trial. SAGE Open Medicine, 4, 1-9.

Research Affiliations

  • CIHR, RNAO, ONF, OSN, New Horizons for Seniors
  • Simon Fraser University, BC; Gerontology Research Centre, Vancouver, BC
  • Associate Scientist with Lawson Health Research Institute since 2014, collaborator with London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care London
  • The University of Western Ontario collaborators: Ivey School of Business, Social Sciences (Aging and Health Research Centre), Engineering, Teaching Support Centre
  • Community partners: Age Friendly London Network, Alzheimer Society, Parkinson Society, Revera Living, Chelsey Park, Dearness Home, VON, CCAA, Cherryhill Healthy Aging Program
  • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES)
  • Mitacs

Teaching Areas

  • Undergraduate Courses
    • Aging Globally: Lessons from Scandinavia – international course
    • Aging Body – simulation-based and community engaged learning course
    • Gerontology in Practice – community engaged learning course
  • Graduate Courses
    • Current Topics in Health and Aging
    • Bio-Psycho-social Dimensions of Aging
    • Mixed Methods Design


  • STLHE 3M National Teaching Fellow - 2020
  • Fellowship in Teaching Innovation Award from Western University - 2019
  • Western University International Curriculum Development Fund Award for development of the course Aging Globally: Lessons from Japan - 2019
  • Edward G. Pleva Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching at Western University, Recipient - 2018
  • Nominated for the 3M National Teaching Fellowship, Canada’s most prestigious recognition of excellence in educational leadership and teaching at the university level - 2018
  • Western University International Curriculum Development Fund Award for development of the course Aging Globally: Lessons from Scandinavia- 2016
  • International D2L Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning, from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Canada, Winner - 2015
  • Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Western University, Nominee - 2014
  • Pillar Nonprofit Community Innovation Award, Community Collaboration category for the Gerontology in Practice a Community Service-Learning course, Winner - 2012
  • Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching, Western University, Nominee - 2012
  • Western Community Service Learning Award, Winner - 2011
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Award of Excellence, Winner - 2011
  • Bank of Nova Scotia, the UWO Alumni Association and the University Student’s Council Award of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, Winner - 2010
  • Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Institute of Aging ‘Age Plus Prize’ Winner - 2007

Professional Activities

  • Member of the Canadian Association on Gerontology (since 2003)
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (2016) and member since 2003
  • Invited reviewer for Canadian Journal on Aging, the Open Longevity Science Journal, the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, BioMed Central, the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal and the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.
  • Collaborator on the Technology for Injury Prevention in Seniors (TIPS), SFU and UBC, Vancouver, BC.
  • Invited external expert at the European Union consensus building meeting for the FARSEEING project, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Invited expert and panel member for the development of the RNAO Best Practice Guideline: Prevention of Falls and Fall Injuries (2016-2017)