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Research Collaborators

Dr. Pierre Allard

Pierre Allard obtained his Medical degree from Laval University in 1971. After a few years of Family Medicine practice at Pointe St-Charles Community Clinic, Montreal, he completed the Community Medicine specialty training at Laval University and a Master Degree in Epidemiology. In 1988, he obtained a doctorate degree in Clinical epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. He pursued a Clinical Investigator career in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine of Laval University Faculty of Medicine up to summer 2000, while practicing Palliative Medicine at Maison Michel Sarrazin in Quebec City. Then, he was appointed Chief of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Institute of Palliative care at the Bruyere Continuing Care Center. Following the completion of his leadership appointment in summer 2008, he continued to practice Palliative Medicine at the Ottawa Hospital and pursued his academic involvement as a Full Professor of the Division of Palliative care, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

Dr. Susan Brajtman

Dr. Susan Brajtman is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing in the University of Ottawa and a Associate Scientist at the Elisabeth Bruyere Research Institute. She is a graduate of the Royal Victoria Hospital School of Nursing, McGill University, and De Montfort University in England. From 1984 till 2002 she lived in Israel, and her clinical experience involved both community health nursing (on a kibbutz) and clinical and administrative experience in palliative care as the head nurse of the Palliative Care Unit in Jerusalem, Israel. Her research interests include end-of-life delirium, enhancing education in end-of- life care and interprofessional education and practice.

Dr. Peter Brink

Dr. Peter Brink is an assistant professor in the Master of Public Health at Lakehead University. His research focuses on the use of administrative data to improve the quality of health care provided in home care and long-term care settings. Other areas of interests include psychological and physical well-being of older adults and issues related to elder abuse.

Dr. Robin Cohen

Dr. Robin Cohen (Ph.D., Psychology) is the Director of Research for the McGill Program in Palliative Care and an Associate Professor in the Departments of Oncology and Medicine. She has focused her research on optimizing the quality of life of palliative care patients and that of their family caregivers. She began by developing measures of their quality of life (MQOL: McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire; QOLLTI-F: Quality of Life in Life-Threatening Illness-Family Caregiver version). With those outcome measures she has conducted some descriptive studies and she is now focusing on developing and testing interventions. She has helped develop palliative care research in Canadathrough leading the CIHR/NCIC STIHR in Palliative Care, the CIHR New Emerging Team in Family Caregiving in Palliative and End of Life Care, and the NCIC Sociobehavioural Cancer Research Network Palliative Care Team.

Dr. Geoff Davis

Geoff Davis M.D., has a clinical background in palliative care and chronic pain management. He is currently Medical Director Palliative Care Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph's care Group as well as Cancer Care Ontario Palliative Care Lead NorthWestern Ontario. His clinical time is spent in a consultation practice in palliative care and family practice at the Spence Clinic, Thunder Bay. His academic involvement includes teaching for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and education events for practicing health care workers. In the past he has been a principal investigator for clinical trials in asthma, diabetes and hypertension. Currently his research projects are confined to palliative care and chronic pain.

Katherine Froggatt

Katherine trained as a nurse in London following completion of her geography degree in Durham. She worked in radiotherapy and the care of older people before moving into research in both higher education and hospital trusts undertaking research and practice development in the areas of oncology and palliative care. Her interests in the care of older people and palliative care have led her to undertake several projects concerned with care homes and care for people with advanced dementia . She now works at the Division of Health Research, Lancaster University and is involved in developing research around older people, palliative care and supportive care. Katherine is the Older Adults Theme co-leader of the Cancer Experiences Collaborative (CECo), for which Lancaster University is one collaborator. Katherine is also the Head of the Division of Health Research, within the School of Health and Medicine.

Dr. Josephine Hockley

Jo Hockley currently works as nurse consultant for care homes at St Christopher's Hospice, London, England. She first worked at St Christopher's in 1978 and since then as a clinical nurse specialist has had a passion for empowering the generalist with appropriate palliative care knowledge to their setting. She set up two hospital-based palliative care teams - one in London, England and one in Edinburgh, Scotland. Since 2000, Jo has concentrated on developing a palliative care approach specific to nursing homes. She undertook a PhD at the University of Edinburgh using action research to research death and dying in nursing care homes. This work now underpins the care home project team at St Christopher's Hospice - now a regional training centre for the Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes.

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Kristen Jones, B.Sc.N., RN, MPH(N)

Kristen Jones is a full-time faculty member in the School of Nursing at Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON. She is a graduate of the Master of Public Health program (specializing in nursing, 2008) and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (2002) at Lakehead University. Currently she is a candidate of the PhD. in Educational Studies program at the Faculty of Education at Lakehead. With professional experience in acute care, correctional nursing, clinical instructing, simulation technologies, and undergraduate nursing education, Kristen has a variety of research interests. These interests include: ethics (everyday ethical issues, ethics in the community care setting, global ethics, and moral distress), community nursing practice, palliative care, mental health nursing, cultural competency, international relations, and high-fidelity simulation.

Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans

Dean Jobin-Bevans received his musical education at the University of Toronto where he obtained a degree in History and Literature of Music, and at McGill University where he completed both a master's and doctorate degree in choral conducting. Until August 2005, Dr. Jobin-Bevans was the Director of the McGill Conservatory of Music where he taught and coached voice. In September 2005 he joined the faculty in the Music Department at Lakehead University where he directs choral activities, and teaches conducting and opera studio. Dr. Jobin-Bevans has diverse research interests that include the music of the English Reformation, the choral music of the English composer Benjamin Britten, and music intervention in long term care as a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH).

Dr. Marg McKee

Marg McKee has undergraduate degrees in nursing and psychology, a masters degree in clinical psychology, and a Ph.D in counselling psychology. She has worked for many years as a counsellor in private practice, and has come to academic life later in her career. She has a special interest in working with women and families, and with people with life-threatening illness. Her research and writing centres around the relationship between theory and practice, how students and experienced practitioners link knowing and doing, and more specifically, how counsellors can become more critically self-reflective about the sources of their knowing.

Kathy Kortes-Miller

Kathy Kortes-Miller, HBMT, MSW has a clinical background in social work and music therapy. She is a sessional lecturer at Lakehead University instructing in the social work and gerontology programs primarily for the palliative care certificate. Presently she is a PhD student in Educational Studies. Kathy has worked as the curriculum developer for palliative care education at the Centre for Education and Research on Aging and Health (CERAH) and on the Hospice Unit at St. Joseph's Care Group. She is a member of the board of directors of Hospice Northwest and has presented at provincial, national and international conferences. Her research interests include enhancing palliative and end-of-life care education, interprofessional education, high fidelity simulation and mentorship.

Jean-Francois Kozak

Jean is the Director of Research in the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence Health Care, research scientist in the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (UBC and PHC) and a faculty member in the School of Population and Public Health (UBC). He currently is the co Director of the Primary Care of the Elderly Research Group (Department of Family and Community Medicine) which arose from his 5-year MSFHR funded BC Home and Community Care Research Network ( His research is in the areas of dementia, abuse and neglect, chronic disease management, and evaluations of health service delivery as related to the elderly and disabled. He has served on numerous national and international committees related to senior’s health and is the past recipient of the Canadian Association on Gerontology’s Award for significant Contribution to Canadian Gerontology. He received his MA (1980) and his PhD (1987) in Psychology from the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Colla MacDonald

Dr. Colla MacDonald, B.Sc.; M.A.; Ed.D., is a Full Professor cross appointed with the Faculty of Medicine, and a Senior researcher at the Élisabeth Bruyère Research Institute. Colla has been designing, delivering, and evaluating online courses and programs and conducting research on eLearning for over a decade. She has twice received the international WebCT Exemplary Course award and the Outstanding Researcher Award at the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Two of her online courses are currently being published as eBooks by Bentham Publishers. Dr. MacDonald runs a research laboratory in Flexible Delivery and Transformative Pedagogies funded by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. She has also designed and published three learning models (the Partnership Model, 1998; The Demand Driven Learning Model (DDLM), 2001; and the W(e)Learn Framework, 2009 ( A few of her recent projects in professional development and training include (a) developing, delivering and evaluating the worlds first online physician wellness program (b) an online workplace health program for health providers; and (c) a face-to-face program for healthcare teams across Ontario. Many of Dr. MacDonald's projects and publications are related to evaluating various online and face-to-face professional education and credit courses; programs and learning objects. In one of her current projects she is validating a toolkit of assessment tools in five countries for interprofessional education. The toolkit (in both French and English) can be seen at: For more information on Dr. MacDonald you can visit her web page at:

Dr. Douglas McGregor

Douglas McGregor trained in Internal Medicine and General Practice in the United Kingdom and worked in the Cancer Centre in Vernon British Columbis for 8 years when he came to Canada. He currently is the Regional Medical Director for Palliative Care for Vancouver Coastal Health and works with the Vancouver Home Hospice Team and the British Columbis Cancer Agency Pain and Symptom Management Team. He also has a small general practice with a focus on HIV AIDS.

Dr. Deborah Parker

Associate Professor Deborah Parker is Director of the UQ/Blue Care Research and Practice Development Centre and Director of the Australian Centre for Evidence Based Community Care (ACEBCC), a collaborating centre of the Joanna Briggs Institute. Deborah has attracted approximately $3 million in research funding primarily in aged care and palliative care, in particular in the long term care setting. She is a member of the European Palliative Care Association Taskforce on Long Term Care. She is co-author of Clinical Practice Guidelines and Care Pathways for People with Dementia Living in the Community and the Guidelines for a Palliative Approach in Residential Aged Care which are NHMRC Endorsed.

Dr. José Pereira

Dr. José Pereira, MBChB, DA, CCFP, MSc (MEd), is the Head and Full Professor of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa and Medical Chief of the Palliative Care programs at Bruyère Continuing Care and The Ottawa Hospital in Ottawa, Canada. Dr. Pereira has published widely in international peer reviewed journals and text books. His research has focused recently on education, particularly the use of simulated patients, evaluation and instructional technologies, and more recently on the diffusion of innovation. Dr. Pereira has received several awards and recognitions over the years for his contributions to project development and teaching and research in palliative care, most notably the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association’s Award of Excellence and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, awarded by the Governor General of Canada in 2002.

Dr. David Richards

Dr. David Richards is an Assistant professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Lakehead University. He has undergraduate degrees in psychology and gerontology, a Master of Social Work, a Master of Business Administration, and a PhD in Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour. His employment involved clinical work in long-term care, hospital, and mental health social work, as well as hospital management prior to pursuing his doctoral studies in 2004. He joined Lakehead University in 2008. His other current research interests include a SSHRC-funded program of research examining the application of attachment and self-determination theories in the workplace, a research collaboration involving ethics in public health, and research investigating work meaning and citizenship behaviour.

Dr. Susan Scott

Dr. Scott has 25 years of social work practice in both social policy/research and clinical practice. Her research interests and practical experiences include justice, mental health, health care planning, children and youth issues, education, young offenders, child welfare, children's mental health, and the court systems. Dr. Scott has worked for federal and provincial governments doing policy, research, business planning, and program development. Also, she has been in private practice consulting for 17 years, providing services to community organizations, governments of all levels, private sector corporations, as well as community-based youth justice programming, children’s mental health, and youth gangs. At Lakehead Orillia, she teaches Social Policy & Social Welfare, and Theory of Social Work Practice.

Dr. Genevieve Thompson

Dr. Genevieve Thompson is a Research Associate with the Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit and Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Manitoba. Her doctoral thesis and post-doctoral work explored “Family Perceptions and Satisfaction with End-of-Life Care in Long-Term Care Facilities”. Dr. Thompson’s general research interest is in exploring issues in the delivery of end-of-life care for older adults with chronic illness and their families. A nurse by background, Dr. Thompson is experienced in critical care and palliative care nursing.

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