A palliative approach to care is a group effort


Sharon is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and an associate member of the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster in Hamilton, Ontario. She is also an Honorary Professor at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland. She received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Health Sciences from McMaster University, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto. Her top three research interests are pain management and palliative care in long-term care; improving the quality of life for older adults living in long-term care; and advanced practice nursing roles in long-term care.

Tamara is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She received her undergraduate and master’s degrees at McGill University, and a PhD in Social Work at the University of Toronto, followed by a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo.  Her top three research interests focus on how health services and systems impact older adults and their family members, including spousal careers’ experiences with home care; older adults’ and family members’ experiences with the transition into long-term care; and barriers and facilitators to the delivery of effective interventions for depressed older adults and their care partners.

Paulette Hunter

Ph.D., R.D. Psych.

Paulette is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan. She works half-time as a psychologist at Parkridge Centre, a large long-term care home in Saskatoon. Her research interests emphasize person-centred and palliative approaches to dementia care in Canada’s long-term care system. She teaches on the topics of psychology, aging, and applied ethics.

Lynn is a mental health and gerontological nurse. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, Brock University in St. Catherines, Ontario. She is also the former Past President of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association. Her top three research interests focus on dementia services, transitions in dementia care and dementia caregiving.

Genevieve is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She holds research affiliations with the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba, and with Riverview Health Centre. Her program of research focuses on personhood, dignity, and quality care for older adults living and dying in long-term care (LTC). Her studies have systematically explored issues related to dignity, distress, palliative approaches to end-of-life care, or quality care for older adults living within the LTC environments.

Abigail is working with the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Regina and is also the Gerontology Program Coordinator. She holds degrees from Ryerson University in Toronto and from McMaster University in Hamilton. Her fellowship work evaluated the Palliative Performance Scale use in the long-term care home setting. Her primary research interests are palliative and end-of-life care, dementia care, long-term care and advance practice nursing.

Lorraine is an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and holds the Faculty of Nursing Research Chair in Gerontology. She also co-leads the Hotchkiss Brain Institute’s Dementia and Cognitive Impairment Neuro-Team. Dr Venturato’s work focuses on understanding quality of care and quality of life for older people – particularly older people living with dementia – and emphasizes partnerships between practice, research and education.


Emily is a Research Coordinator in the School of Nursing at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She has a Master’s in Political Science, a Certificate in Project Management and a BAH in European Studies. Her research interests include advance care planning and palliative care in long-term care, knowledge translation, evaluation, tobacco control and public health.


MHLP, PhD Candidate

Danielle is a research assistant for Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen at McMaster University. Danielle has a Master’s in Health Leadership and Policy and is a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto’s Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing in combination with the Institute for Life Course and Aging’s Collaborative Program (Ph.D.) in Aging, Palliative and Supportive Care Across the Life Course. Danielle’s research interest is in exploring the role of the personal support worker in providing palliative care and end-of-life care in long-term care homes to improve the quality of life and quality of care for long-term care residents.

Julia kruizinga

BNSc, RN, MScN Candidate

Julia is a research assistant with Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen at McMaster University. She completed her BNSc at Queen’s University in 2020 and is an MScN candidate at McMaster University’s School of Nursing, where Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen is her supervisor. She proudly works as a registered nurse in hospice and palliative care nursing. Her research interests include early integration of palliative care, quality end-of-life outcomes, and access to palliative care.

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