Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

About ACHRU

Current Trainees

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

Montana Fisher-Shotton

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
Undergraduate Kinesiology Student
Bio:

Montana is an undergraduate kinesiology student at McMaster University, with many possible paths she has contemplated going down in the future. Working in ACHRU provides Montana with opportunities to broaden her scope of knowledge and expose her to new fields of practice. She looks forward to seeing where her work with ACHRU leads her down the road.

 

Brittany Friesen

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
Undergraduate Nursing Student
Bio:

Brittany is interested in the narrative aspects of health care along with the exploration of international community & health practices

Anna Garnett, RN, MSc

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 has worked with the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) and continues to work at the Community Care Access Centre in Hamilton, in addition to her studies.

Charmaine Holland

Role in Research Program:
Current Trainee
Current Position:
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Student
Bio:

Charmaine’s true passion for the elderly generation reflects in her academic, volunteer, and extracurricular endeavours. Having a desire to become a geriatric physician, she hopes to inspire others to follow along the same path  albeit one less travelled  through the golden field of geriatrics.

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.

Michelle Pinto

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

Area of study is care of older adults in management of diabetes and multiple chronic conditions

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.