Andrea Charise

Principal Investigator and Director

Andrea Charise, PhD, is Associate Professor and Associate Chair-Research in the Department of Health and Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is the author or editor of two recent academic books, including the Routledge Companion to Health Humanities (2020), and The Aesthetics of Senescence (SUNY Press), a finalist for the 2020 British Society for Literature and Science’s Book Prize. Her research and teaching focuses on the connections between arts, health, and community wellness. She curates The Resemblage Project, an award-winning intergenerational digital storytelling initiative (, and is Principal Investigator of “FLOURISH: Community-Engaged Arts as a Method for Social Wellness”, an interdisciplinary research cluster dedicated to advancing creative arts engagement across the lifecourse. Beyond academia, Andrea is a studio-based ceramics artist and an end-of-life doula.


The FLOURISH Collective is supported in part by funding from the New Frontiers in Research Fund,
the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the University of Toronto Connaught Fund