Trainees

Working with the Rural Dementia Action Research team many practicum students, and graduate student trainees, have completed or are currently conducting related training and research. Students contribute to and participate in research while receiving first-hand experience working within a multi-disciplinary team.


Papers authored by trainees are highlighted with an asterisk * on our publications page.

Current Trainees

Mel Bayly is doing a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Debra Morgan and the RaDAR team, which will focus primarily on needs and supports for individuals with dementia and their caregivers living in rural areas.  Mel is a recent PhD graduate from the Psychology Department (Culture, Health, and Human Development) at the University of Saskatchewan. Her two areas of research are: 1) caregiving within the context of dementia and chronic health conditions, and 2) reproductive psychology, with a focus on childbirth, reproductive decision making, and models of care. Mel employs both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and has some training and experience in program evaluation.
Camille Branger is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology, in the Department of Psychology and she is supervised by Dr. Megan O'Connell. Camille is investigating the positive aspects of providing care, as an informal caregiver to someone living with dementia. Using a novel method of investigation integrating qualitative and quantitative lines of inquiry, this work aims to elucidate factors that facilitate and hinder the experience of positive aspects of caregiving. For this work, Camille holds an Alzheimer Society of Canada Doctoral Award worth $66,000 (2015-2018). She has experience integrating her clinical experience with research.
Tracy is a PHD Candidate under the supervision of Dr. Debra Moran. Her research focuses on the implementation and sustainability of a dementia specific training program for staff in rural long-term care homes. Specifically, the concept of facilitation within the Promoting Action on Research Implementation in Health Services (PARiHS) framework will be examined.
Virginia is a Masters of Nursing student working on her thesis focussing on non-pharmacological interventions for persons living with dementia while in long term care facilities. The thesis focusses on gaining perspective from the nurse who is often in charge, making choices to administer pharmacological or non-pharmacological interventions to manage, treat and prevent behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia. By focussing on this perspective it is possible to bring insight into why nurses choose to use or not use non-pharmacological interventions. The research aims to shed light into how we might promote best practice and use of non-pharmacological interventions for people living with dementia in long term care facilities.
Dr. Amanda Froehlich Chow has started a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Debra Morgan where she will be working with RaDAR on interprofessional team care for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Amanda recently finished a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the College of Kinesiology at the University of Saskatchewan.
Her research focuses on implementing and evaluating interventions designed to increase physical activity, physical literacy and healthy eating among children, families and educators in rural and remote communities.
​​Ben Gould is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology and he is being supervised by Megan O'Connell. He is working with Abegweit and Lennox Island First Nation communities in exploring mental wellness needs and services for the Mi'kmaq communities of Prince Edward Island. In addition, Ben is exploring the cultural responsiveness of AGE-WELL driven technology to support aging well and meeting the expressed mental wellness needs. For this he holds a University of Saskatchewan Dean's Fellowship and doctoral support from AGE-WELL (a NCE).
Karl Grewal is a Clinical Psychology Masters student in the Department of Psychology and he is being supervised by Megan O'Connell. He is beginning his first year at the University of Saskatchewan, after completing a summer project with the Canadian Frailty Network Summer Student Award program, and being a part of a publication for the Journal of Intelligence during his undergraduate degree.

Sharleen is currently a PhD Candidate in the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan under the co-supervision of Dr. Norma Stewart and Dr. Kelly Penz and committee members Dr. Debra Morgan and Dr. Shelley Kirychuk with CCHSA, and Dr. Judith Kulig with the University of Lethbridge. Her project is titled: The Psychologically Traumatic Experiences of Rural Registered Nurses Who Live and Work in the Same Community. 
Sharleen is passionate about the well-being of nurses is rural and remote communities. Her research is underway to explore the impact of exposure to distressing traumatic events on the psychosocial and physical well-being of RNs who live and work in the same rural agricultural community and the occupational health a safety implications.

August Kortzman is a masters student in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology supervised by Megan O'Connell. Past research has been on the quality of life of young-adults in long-term care. He was recently a member of the Alberta Dementia Strategy and Action Plan care-partner working group and is listed as a contributor to the province’s subsequent dementia strategy document. His current research focus is on enhancing the informal social support network of caregivers of persons with dementia. He holds a University of Saskatchewan Dean’s Scholarship.

Ivan Panyavin, PhD in Clinical Psychology, is supervised by Drs. Megan O’Connell and Debra Morgan. Dr. Panyavin is interested in diagnostic and interventional aspects of aging and dementia in the context of rural and remote service delivery, as well as in caregiver and family well-being. He does research in clinical neuropsychology and rehabilitation medicine. 
Andrea Scerbe is a Masters student in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology supervised by Megan O'Connell. She holds a fellowship from the CCNA project on Technology for Specialist to Rural Primary Care Provider Support for Dementia Diagnosis and Management.
Jake Ursenbach is a Masters student in Clinical Psychology supervised by Megan O'Connell. His research involves developing and implementing programs that support primary health care providers to improve the timely diagnosis of dementia in rural and remote areas (REmote Specialist-to-Primary care support Enriched Care through Technology; RESPECT). For this work, he holds a fellowship from the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA).


Trainee Alumni

Mary Ellen Andrews, MN, PhD, College of Nursing, Thesis title: "Dementia Care in Northern Nursing Practice", Supervisors: Debra Morgan and Norma Stewart.
Mary Ellen Andrews explored dementia care from the perspective of registered nurses who work in northern Saskatchewan. 

Anita Bergen, MSc. Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Thesis Title: "Dementia Care for Residents in Rural Nursing Homes: A Process Evaluation of the Enhancing Care Program," Supervisors: Debra Morgan, Kathryn Green.
Although there have been studies in the past about this care program, Anita Bergen is focusing on the rural experience in small facilities.  The Enhancing Care Program was effective in increasing communication, empowering staff to initiate change, and in sensitizing staff to the unique needs of residents with dementia. 

Rachel Burton, PhD in Psychology, Department of Psychology, 2017. Thesis title: "Cognitive rehabilitation and telehealth videoconferencing: Developing an accessible intervention for subjective cognitive impairment, mild cognitive impairment, and dementia".
Supervisor: Megan O'Connell.

Allison Cammer, PhD in Nutrition, College of Pharmacy and Nutrtion, 2018. Thesis title: "Nutritional care best practices for urban and rural long-term care residents with dementia."  Co-supervisors: Susan Whiting and Debra Morgan. 

Allison completed a MSc in Community Health and Epidemiology in 2007, co-supervised by Dr. Debra Morgan and Dr. Bonnie Janzen. The title of her MSc thesis was “Negotiating Culturally Incongruent Healthcare Systems: The Process of Accessing Dementia Care in Northern Saskatchewan.”

Patrick Corney, PhD in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, 2008 Thesis Title: "Attention in Normal Aging and Alzheimer's Disease".
Supervisor: Margaret Crossley.

Joe Enright, PhD, Department of Psychology, 2016. Thesis title: "Identity and caregiver burden in dementia: An evaluation of telehealth reminiscence for informal caregivers".
Supervisor: Megan O'Connnell.
For his work, Joe held a PHARE fellowship worth $44,000 (2013-2015) and a TVN (a NCE) Fellowship worth $100,000 (2014-2016). Joe completed his pre-doctoral residency in the adult neuropsychology stream at London Health Sciences Consortium (2015-2016). He has experience integrating his clinical experience and research.

Nichole Haugrud, PhD, Department of Psychology, 2013. Thesis title: "Describing cognitive change in normal aging and early-stage dementia using measures of verbal fluency". 
Supervisor: Margaret Crossley.

Julie Kosteniuk, PhD, Psychiatry
Postdoctoral Fellow, Debra Morgan Supervisor
Project: "Dementia Diagnosis and Management: Advancing Strategies to Support Rural and Remote Primary Healthcare Professionals
Kathleen Kulyk, Masters of Nursing, College of Nursing, 2017. Thesis title: "Evaluating a questionnaire assessing healthcare provider perceptions of rural dementia care".
Co-supervisors: Norma Stewart and Shelley Peacock.

Shawnda Lanting, PhD, Department of Psychology, 2011. Thesis title: "Developing an assessment to detect cognitive impairment and dementia in Aboriginal seniors and to investigate cultural differences in cognitive aging". 
Supervisor: Margaret Crossley.

Lisa Lejbak, PhD, Department of Psychology, 2000. Thesis title: "The effects of sex-related differences and estrogen suppression on neuropsychological test performance". 
Supervisor: Margaret Crossley.

Leslie Malloy-Weir, PhD, Health Policy
Postdoctoral Fellow, Debra Morgan SupervisorProject: "Development and pilot testing of a decision aid for dementia patients in long-term care in Saskatchewan and their surrogate decision makers"
Lesley McBain, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Debra Morgan Supervisor
Project: "Telehealth and Geographic Information System Technology in Rural Dementia Care Delivery and Evaluation"

Xiangfei Meng, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Carl D'Arcy and Debra Morgan Co-supervisors
Project: "Connections: Exploring the Link Between Depression and Dementia"

Thamarai Moorthy, PhD, Department of Psychology, 2006. Thesis title: "Predicting Alzheimer Disease". 
Supervisor: Margaret Crossley.

Jocelyn Poock, PhD, Department of Psychology, 2012. Thesis title: "The effect of simple and complex dual-tasks on ambulation in individuals with Alzheimer's Disease and healthy older adults: The role of divided attention and other higher brain functions in gait dual-task performance". 
Supervisor: Margaret Crossley.

 

Students who have trained with the RaDAR Team include:

Medical Students

Izn Shahab, Jennifer Wong, David Peterson, Sydney Lee, Michelle Kushneriuk, Nadine Abu-Ghazaleh, Olivia Philippon, Landon Perlett (2017), Jaylynn Arcand (2017), Ryan Verity (2015), Alex Jahangrivand (Neurology resident, 2014), Drew Hager (2013), Solin Saleh (2012), Catherine Lacny (2011, 2010), Jackie Nneji (2009), Patrick Wong (2008), Marcie Heggie (2008), Andrew Wassef (2007), Wendaline McEarchern (2007), Trevor Steve (2005), Melanie Funk (Physiotherapy student, 2004).

Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Residents

Lisa Bolshin, Chris LePage, Shannon Gelb.

Psychology Practicum Students

Students who have completed a practicum at the Rural and Remote Memory Clinic:
Kelsey Morrison, Jake Ursenbach, Jessica Campoli, Ben Gould, Andrea Scerbe, Trista Friedrich, Camille Branger, Kristen Calverley, Jeffrey Letourneau, Devon Anderson, Meagan Sharp, Ava Agar, Nicole Haugrud, Paulette Hunter, Kristjan Sigurdson, Lindsay Sewell, Larissa Cornelius, Rachel Burton, Joe Enright, Darryl Quinlan, Shannon Gelb, Katerina Tostikova, Tara Gokavi, Agitha Kalialayil, Joceyln Poock, Matt Burnett, Michelle Preniak, Shawnda Lanting, Lisa Lejbak, Patrick Corney, Maxine Holmqvist, Keira Stockdale.

Undergraduate (honours) Students

Gillian Fleury, Kara Selby, Laura Sayer, Samantha McKinnon, Nicole Germaine, Nicole Haugrud, Diane Robertson, Leann Wright, Jocelyn Poock.