Research and Knowledge Translation
My research experience has been interdisciplinary and collaborative contributing to a broad range of fields of study including: social work, palliative care, health care education,interprofessional education,gerontology, high fidelity simulation, education technology, higher education and continuing education.
I am a founding member of The Diverse Experiences in Aging Research (DEAR) Collaborative, an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional research group whose goal is to account for and understand diversity in aging.
Currently I am a the division lead for palliative care and a research affiliate with the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) at Lakehead University.
2017 /18 Co-Investigator: Intersectionality & Aging: Planning a Way Forward to Improve Policies Related to Aging, Dementia and Mental Health. CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant.
2017/18 Co-Investigator: Aging with HIV in Canada: towards an understanding of psychosocial determinants to support health equity. CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant.
2017/18 Co-Investigator: Palliative Care for First Nations Communities: Supporting Capacity Development. Ministry of Health and LongTerm Care. $1.042,244
2017-2018 Co-Investigator: Getting by with a little help from their friends: the role of support and care networks in moderating health inequalities among lesbian, gay, and bisexual older Canadians. CIHR Catalyst Grant: Analysis of Canadian Longitudinal Study in Aging (CLSA) Data
2016/2017 Principle Investigator Retired Teachers of Ontario:
“Speaking Up and Speaking out: A toolkit for healthcare professionals caring for older LGBT adults facing the end of their lives
2016/2018 Co-Investigator SSHRC Insight Development Grant:
“Valuing the perspectives of LGBT older adults in Canada: An evidence based approach to developing inclusive research and policy agendas”
Death Education: Simulating the End of Life to Beginning Healthcare Providers. Supervisor: Dr. Lisa Korteweg
My doctoral dissertation research involved developing and evaluating an interdisciplinary palliative care education intervention using high fidelity simulation for undergraduate students in health professions. My research recognizes that learner participation in the instructional technological platform of simulation prompts questions about the nature of experiential learning and how it is that learning arises out of simulation. The purpose my research was to explore how the pedagogical uses of simulation technologies may enhance and support interprofessional palliative care education.
Interdisciplinary End-of-Life Care Education Using High Fidelity Simulation in Long Term Care
The overall contribution of this pilot project is to improve the quality of end-of-life care to frail elderly people living and dying in long term care (LTC) homes through providing LTC staff innovative interdisciplinary palliative care education while promoting interdisciplinary teamwork. LTC clinical staff will be offered a series of education modules uniquely designed to strengthen their capacity to provide holistic and skilled palliative care as an interdisciplinary team with an emphasis on caring communication. Education modules will address key issues in end of life care including advanced care planning, teamwork, holistic clinical assessment and end-of-life communication. The specific objective of this educational research is to implement and evaluate high fidelity simulation (HFS) as an immersive experiential approach to teach end-of-life care to teams of LTC staff in a safe, supportive environment.
2016 Co- Investigator Law Society of Ontario.
Project: “Dying alone: perspectives on the final stage of life from LGBT elders living in Ontario”
2014-2016 Research Fellow: Interdisciplinary End-of-Life Care Education Using High Fidelity Simulation in Long Term Care. Funder: Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (TVN)
2012-2014 Co-Investigator Good medicine: Supporting elderly individuals at home in Northwestern Ontario 2013 Funder: Thunder Bay Community
2008-2013 Collaborator on 5 year SSHRC funded Community/University Research Alliances (CURA)
Improving Quality of Life for People Dying in Long Term Care Homes.
Principle Investigator: Dr. Mary Lou Kelley.
2008-2009 Research Coordinator for a national project: Social Work Competencies on Palliative Education (SCOPE)
2006-2007 Member of a Practice Base research team exploring the “Essence of Mentorship
I am committed to improving the care provided at the bedside for our most vulnerable and frail. My career aspirations are to be an activist academic researcher and educator focussing on palliative and end-of life care. My intention is to continue to develop a research portfolio that will influence healthcare education and care at the bedside alongside future aspirations to eventually impact organizational and healthcare policy. I'm interested in interdisciplinary collaboration on research projects so please contact me: