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

Postdoctoral Fellows

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.

Yuting Song

Yuting Song (University of Alberta) is a post-doctoral fellow with the Safer Care for Older People (in residential) Environments (SCOPE) intervention. She completed her PhD in August 2017 and started the postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Carole Estabrooks in September 2017. She holds a PhD in Nursing from Duke University (U.S.) and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Shandong University (China). The focus of her research is improving the quality of care in long-term care settings. Particularly, her doctoral work focused on understanding residents’ care needs related to pain and functional limitations and how the care environment supports or fails to support residents’ care needs. She has developed strong expertise in conducting mixed-method research during her doctoral work. In line with her research interest, she aims to develop quality-improvement interventions that integrate both residents, family members, and formal caregivers in providing high-quality care for long-term care residents.

PhD Students

Stephanie Chamberlain

Stephanie Chamberlain (University of Alberta) is a doctoral candidate with Dr. Carole Estabrooks. She is an Alzheimer Society of Canada Doctoral Fellow and a Revera Scholar. Before coming to TREC she was a research coordinator at the Bruyère Research Institute (Ottawa, ON) and a graduate student trainee at the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging (Halifax, NS). Her PhD work will document the prevalence, health, and potentially unmet care needs of residents who are under public guardianship in Alberta nursing homes. Stephanie is currently the Immediate Past President of the Canadian Association on Gerontology Student Association and an executive member of the Alberta Association on Gerontology.

Ibo MacDonald

Ibo MacDonald (University of Ottawa) is a Doctoral student in the School of Nursing (Faculty of Health Sciences) at the University of Ottawa supervised by Drs Janet Squires and Ian Graham. Ibo has worked in the long-term care (LTC) sector for over 12-years as a health care aide, nurse and director of care.  Her most recent role at the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario as a long-term care best practice coordinator, had her assisting LTC homes with the implementation of best practice guidelines (BPGs). These experiences have helped to develop her research interest in best practice utilization by health care aides.  Her research will explore unit-level research use (i.e., use of best practices) by health care aides in LTC through secondary analysis of TREC 1.0 data.

Tim Rappon

Tim Rappon (University of Toronto) is a student in the M.D./PhD program at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and a Vanier Scholar. His clinical training in a rehabilitation and complex care hospital in the first year of the MD/PhD program led to an ongoing and evolving interest in the ways in which the care of complex older adults is organized and delivered. Under the supervision of Drs. Whitney Berta and Samir Sinha, his research examines the sustainability of quality improvement programs in elder care settings. As a TREC Trainee, Tim is studying an intervention to sustain gains in quality of care obtained through a health care aide-led quality improvement initiative (SSaSSy). He is also leveraging the TREC Survey data to explore how health care aides’ work life impacts their work outcomes and the care of residents in long term care homes.

Masters Students

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.

Melissa Demery Varin

Melissa Demery Varin (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 Dr Janet Squires. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from The University of Ottawa. While completing her graduate studies, Melissa works as a Registered Nurse at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) and The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). She also works as a Graduate Research Assistant with Janet Squires, focusing on projects related to the regulated workforce in long-term care, as well as projects in implementation science. Her research interests include research utilization among nursing staff, knowledge translation / implementation research, systematic reviews, nursing education, and surgical-oncology research. Melissa's Masters thesis examines predictors of registered and licensed practical nurse research utilization in long-term care facilities through a secondary analysis of the TREC data.

Helen Doan

Helen Doan (University of Alberta) is a Masters of Nursing student supervised by Dr. Carole Estabrooks. Helen has worked in elder care in various roles, from healthcare aide to floor nurse. Throughout her years as a caregiver Helen has focused on the utilization of best-practices and quality improvement for both patients/residents and their families. Currently, Helen is a Director of Nursing at a facility where she institutes and maintains programs in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team to reduce: wounds, falls, catheters, end-of-life discomfort, overprescribing, and inappropriate antipsychotic use. By working with the TREC team, her goal is to discover innovative ways to further the knowledge and development of best-practices for elder care.

Jasper Yeung

Jasper Yeung (University of Alberta) is a Masters of Science student in the School of Public Health (Clinical Epidemiology) at the University of Alberta supervised by Dr. Adrian Wagg and Dr. Allyson Jones. While completing his graduate studies, Jasper worked as a research assistant with front-line health care staff and care home directors to evaluate the spread and sustainability of a long term care quality improvement program in British Columbia and Alberta. Jasper’s Masters thesis examines predictors of toileting disability in residential long term care facilities through a secondary analysis of the TREC data.

Past Trainees

Postdoctoral Fellows

Maryam Nesari (University of Alberta)
Thomas Lo (University of Alberta)
Amanda Beacom (University of Alberta)

Masters Students

Lauren MacEachern (Mount Saint Vincent University)