Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


ACHRU Research Trainee Chosen for one-year TUTOR-PHC Program at Western University

Lisa Garland Baird, a research trainee with the McMaster’s Aging, Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU), has been awarded a place in a select program in primary health care research at the Western Centre for Public Health and Family Medicine in London, Ontario.

TUTOR-PHC (Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research Primary Health Care) is a one-year, pan-Canadian, interdisciplinary research capacity building program that trains primary and integrated health care researchers and decision-makers in how to tackle complex, real world problems.

The program draws researchers and students from diverse backgrounds – family medicine, nursing, psychology, epidemiology, Social work, Education, police and other disciplines – who together learn about interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary primary health care research.

At McMaster University, Lisa is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Community-Based Primary Health Care Research Trainee with ACHRU.

She is a PhD candidate in nursing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and clinical nursing instructor at the University of Prince Edward Island School of Nursing in Charlottetown where she teaches community health nursing and population health.

Her research interests include primary health care, home care case management of older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their family caregivers, evidence-informed nurse practice and knowledge translation.

“Being chosen to become a trainee in the TUTOR-PHC program affirms the supportive learning and research environment and excellent research mentors, I have had the good fortune and opportunity to learn and collaborate with in the University of Alberta doctoral program and the McMaster ACHRU research training program,” Lisa said.

Her career goals and aspirations for the next five years include working as a clinical nursing instructor, graduate research assistant, graduating with a PhD in nursing in 2017, aspiring for a tenure track faculty position and developing an inter-disciplinary program of research based in PEI with cross-provincial and, potentially, international collaborations. “This fellowship helps to make this future a reality,” she said.

Published on: February 18, 2016

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