- Access to services for rural and northern residents
- Health of rural seniors
- Community health indicators
- Community-based research
- Mixed methods research
Dr. Jeffery began working with SPHERU in 2000 as a research faculty member, and served as Director from 2006-2012. A professor in the Faculty of Social Work, she has maintained a long-standing commitment to access to post-secondary education for rural and northern residents. In her research, this commitment extends more broadly to influence policies that impact access to a variety of services for rural and northern residents, particularly for older adults. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto and an interdisciplinary PhD in Health Services Research and Social Work from the University of British Columbia.