Global Pride Network

Brian de Vries

San Francisco State University/Simon Fraser University, USA.

Main Research Areas:

LGBT Aging, end of life issues, social relationships


Brian de Vries, Ph.D. received his doctorate in life-span developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1988, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). 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 125 journal articles, book chapters and professional publications; he has given over 200 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

Selected Works:

de Vries, B., Gutman, G., Humble, A., Gahagan, J., Chamberland, L., Aubert, P., Fast, J., & Mock, S. (2019). End-of-Life preparations among LGBT older Canadians: The missing conversations. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 88(4), 358-379.

de Vries, B. (2015). Stigma and LGBT aging: Negative and positive marginality. In N. Orel and C. Fruhauf (Eds.), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender older adults and their families: Current research and clinical applications (pp. 55-71). Washington DC: American Psychological Association Press.