Michelle Pannor Silver BA, BS, MPP (University of California, Berkeley) PhD (University of Chicago) holds cross appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society.
Her research examines how cumulative life experiences influence health, well-being, and adaptation to later life course transitions. She has examined retirement identity and the relationship between work and retirement, among different subsets of people who share a deep sense of loyalty to and passion for their life’s including physicians, elite athletes, and homemakers. She also studies later life gender disparities in life expectancy and age norms in public pension systems; perceptions about aging and productivity; embodiment, aging and resilience; and health information seeking behaviors. Her work has been supported by grants from the Connaught New Researcher Award, the Mitacs Accelerate Program, the UTSC Research Competitiveness Fund, and the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan. She also holds appointments in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation/Dalla Lana School of Public Health; the Department of Medicine; and the Institute of Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto.