Trainees

Applications are currently being considered for individuals with strong PhD training in one of the health or related disciplines including some training in quantitative methods and analyses, and an interest in health services research/aging, residential care for the elderly, knowledge translation and/or improvement science.  Interested individuals should submit an electronic letter describing their training goals and the potential fit to Dr Carole Estabrooks  carole.estabrooks@ualberta.ca

Postdoctoral Fellows

Amanda Beacom

Amanda Beacom (University of Alberta) is a postdoctoral fellow for TREC's Advice Seeking Networks in Long Term Care Project. Her research focuses on communication in social networks, particularly how knowledge is communicated and diffused in health organizations. Amanda holds a PhD in communication, a Master's degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University. Prior to graduate school, Amanda worked for nine years coordinating educational programs and publications for patients and health professionals. 

Adam Easterbrook

Adam Easterbrook (University of Alberta) is a postdoctoral fellow with TREC’s INFORM project. His research aims to improve the lives of vulnerable populations, such as individuals with disabilities, aging adults, and sexual minorities. To carry out this work he focuses on both quantitative and qualitative research as well as knowledge translation. Adam has also collaborated with government stakeholders on initiatives to enhance data collection, management, and sharing, and used administrative data to profile government service users. He has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology, a Master’s degree in family studies, and a PhD in sociology. Alongside his academic work, Adam has spent several years working directly with children and youth who have developmental disabilities, including creating a program that teaches social and life skills. 

Matthias Hoben

Matthias Hoben (University of Alberta) completed his PhD in April 2014 and started his three year postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Carole Estabrooks in May 2014. Throughout his career, Matthias’ focus was on improving quality of care for older people, especially those with dementia living in residential long term care (LTC) settings. The focus of his postdoctoral research is on improving poor oral health of LTC residents – a pressing and wide spread, but largely neglected problem. His ultimate goal is to develop and pre-test a multi-faceted, theory based knowledge translation intervention directed to care aides in order to improve their practices in oral health care for residents. One of the steps to prepare this intervention study will be the development of robust oral health measures (an index and quality indicators for oral health) based on Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) oral health items. Matthias likes to run and he regularly practices Yoga.

Thomas Lo

Thomas Lo (University of Alberta) began his postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Carole Estabrooks in November 2015. One of the major elements of his role is to conduct quantitative analysis utilizing the TREC Measurement System (TMS) data in support of the studies in the research program. Thomas’ interests include epidemiologic and health economic studies. He received a Master’s degree in clinical epidemiology and completed his PhD in May 2015. His PhD work focused on the methods to more accurately estimate and report the direct medical cost of arthritis. Thomas is experienced with large datasets including survey data such as the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health data and health administrative data such as the Medicare Australia datasets. He enjoys the Canadian winter and was a former member of the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance and the Canadian Ski Patrol System.

Maryam Nesari

Maryam Nesari (University of Alberta) is a postdoctoral fellow with TREC’s SALTY project. She completed her PhD in March 2017 and started her postdoctoral program with Dr. Estabrooks in May 2017. Maryam's clinical background is in cardiology, she worked in coronary care in a teaching hospital in Tehran, Iran. Her research interest is in improving quality of life in adults living with multiple chronic diseases. The focus of her postdoctoral work is on improving quality of life of nursing home residents at the end of life. As the first step, Maryam is working on a knowledge translation project with the aim of developing a set of quality measures to monitor the trajectory of modifiable symptom burden and potentially inappropriate care practices at the end of life in long term care. Maryam plays badminton and practices Yoga in her spare time.

PhD Students

Stephanie Chamberlain

Stephanie Chamberlain (University of Alberta) completed her Masters in May 2014 in Family Studies and Gerontology from Mount Saint Vincent University, under the supervision of Dr Janice Keefe. While at the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging, she assisted in projects focusing on quality of life in long-term care. Her Masters examined family perception of quality of life for residents with cognitive impairment in nursing homes across Nova Scotia. Having worked as a care aide in nursing homes, her research interests focus on the relationship between staff, family caregivers, and quality of life in long-term care.

Masters Students

Erin McAfee

Erin McAfee (Mount Saint Vincent University) is a Masters student in the Family Studies and Gerontology department at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. She has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick. Throughout her graduate degree, Erin worked at the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging as a Research Trainee on the Advice Seeking Networks in Long-Term Care project. Her thesis research stems from this study by examining social isolation among seniors leaders in long-term care in Nova Scotia.

Laura Aloisio

Laura Aloisio (University of Ottawa) is a Masters of Nursing student in the School of Nursing (Faculty of Health Sciences) at the University of Ottawa supervised by Drs Janet Squires and Wendy Gifford. In 2015, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with high distinction from St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. While completing her graduate studies, Laura works as a Registered Nurse in Complex Continuing Care at Ottawa’s St. Vincent's Hospital. Her research interests include quality of life in long term care, job satisfaction among nursing staff, and leadership traits of effective nurse administrators. Laura is combining her interests for her Masters thesis, which will examine predictors of registered and licensed practical nurse job satisfaction in residential long term care facilities through a secondary analysis of the TREC data.