Prof. Denise Eldemire-Shearer
Professor,  University of the West Indies

A career academic, Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer has been involved in research and teaching since1982.  She is Director for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica.  As Director of Graduate Studies and Research, she is integrally involved in student and staff development initiatives, graduate student supervision, financial support of graduate students through scholarships and bursaries, graduate student integration and enhancing the graduate student experience. Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer is also charged with the responsibility of promoting research initiatives and innovation, quality assurance of graduate programme, research and publication grants, tracking throughput trends, monitoring student intake, student progress and performance.

A member of the National Council for Senior Citizens, the Government’s advisory body on the elderly since 1982 she is currently the Patron.  Her work involves, developing and implementing policies and programmes for seniors in Jamaica to promote their continued participation in all aspects of family, community and national life.

Professor Eldemire-Shearer is the Director of the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre at the University of the West Indies.  The centre is involved in teaching research and advocacy.  An active researcher her ongoing research activities including health and social status, social financial status, dementia and sexual health of older persons.