Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

About ACHRU

Current Trainees

Megan Barker

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
RPN to BScN Student
McMaster University, School of Nursing
Bio:

Megan is interested in community programs and increasing supports for vulnerable populations in the community. She hopes to continue her educational pursuit through a post-graduate program at McMaster once completing the RPN to BScN program.

Ashley Cornish

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
PhD Student in Nursing
University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing
Bio:

Ashley's area of study: Health Policy

Lisa De Panfilis

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
Master of Science in Nursing student
McMaster University School of Nursing
Bio:

Lisa's area of study is mental health and illness accross the lifespan, specifically in primary care and community settings.

Anna Garnett

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
PhD Student in Nursing
McMaster University, School of Nursing
Bio:

Anna Garnett is a PhD student in the School of Nursing at McMaster working with Dr. Jenny Ploeg on comorbidities in older adults residing in a community setting. Her background is in community nursing. She will begin a new position as an assistant professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University beginning July 1, 2019.

Kara Jonas

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
Undergraduate Nursing Student
McMaster University, School of Nursing
Bio:

Kara is interested in the nurse's role in supporting clients across the lifespan with MCC, especially within the primary health care and palliative care domains. 

Patricia Julian

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
Master of Science in Nursing Student
McMaster University, School of Nursing
Bio:
Patricia Julian is an RN with experience in general medicine, cardiac surgery and vascular surgery. Patricia is interested in family caregivers' experiences caring for older adults living with dementia and/or delirium. 

 

Melissa Northwood

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
PhD Nursing (PT) student, Assistant Clinical Professor
McMaster University
Bio:

Melissa Northwood is a nurse continence advisor who is aware of the challenges diabetes educators face in helping people with diabetes achieves the best possible control of their disease. In this position, she’s noticed incontinence is not included in diabetes clinical practice guidelines and nurses don’t always have the tools, or experience, they need to best support patients. A recipient of the Registered Nurses’ Foundation of Ontario Mary Ann Murphy Memorial Diabetes Award, Melissa will be undertaking research as part of her dissertation with hopes of finding new ways to close this gap. Initially, she uncovered a gap in the quantitative research literature on the prevalence and correlates of incontinence and diabetes, a lack of understanding of the care needs of older adults with diabetes related to incontinence, how health care professionals working with people with diabetes manage incontinence, and how best to provide nursing care to manage both conditions. “The outcome of my research will be to design a potential nursing intervention to manage both diabetes and incontinence in a community setting,” she said. “Receiving this award has made a significant contribution to my expenses as a student in order to be able to pursue this line of research.” Northwood is a PhD Nursing part-time student at McMaster University and Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing. She has worked as a clinical nurse specialist, Continence Care Clinics, at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton as well as in palliative care, complex continuing care, outpatient geriatric medicine and geriatric assessment and rehabilitation. She has held executive positions with numerous organizations serving as Provincial Professional Advocacy Director of the Gerontological Nursing Association Ontario and chair of its Political Action Committee. Melissa successfully completed and defended two comprehensive papers related to multimorbidity and plans to publish them.

Loreen Pollard

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
PhD Student
University of Alberta

Carly Whitmore

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
PhD Student
Bio:

Area of study is community dwelling older adults with depressive symptoms and multiple chronic conditions

Marie-Lee Yous

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
PhD Student
McMaster University, School of Nursing
Bio:

Marie-Lee's area of study is older adults with multiple chronic conditions. She is also interested in the nursing experience of caring for older adults with dementia living with responsive behaviours in acute care.