Relevant Degree Programs
Robotics and digital health for dementia care
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- Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
- Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
- Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
- Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
- Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
- Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
- Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
- Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
- Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
- Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
- Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
- Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
- Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
- Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
- Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.
- An appreciative inquiry into older adults’ pain experience in long term care facilities: a pain education initiative (2020)
International Practice Development Journal,
- Canadian Guidelines on Opioid Use Disorder Among Older Adults (2020)
Canadian Geriatrics Journal,
- Creating a toolkit with stakeholders for leveraging tablet computers to support person-centred dementia care in hospitals. (2020)
Journal of rehabilitation and assistive technologies engineering,
- Creating dementia-friendly and inclusive communities for social inclusion: a scoping review protocol. (2020)
- Nursing staff needs leadership support to enable shared learning for team capacity in providing palliative care for persons with dementia at home or in nursing home. (2020)
- Using touchscreen tablets to support social connections and reduce responsive behaviours among people with dementia in care settings: A scoping review (2020)
- Using virtual care interventions to provide person-centred care to hospitalised older people with dementia. (2020)
Nursing Older People,
- Virtual special issue COVID19 – Using touchscreen tablets for virtual connection (2020)
- Exploring the perceptions of people with dementia about the social robot PARO in a hospital setting (2019)
- Involving patients and families in a social robot study (2019)
Patient Experience Journal,
- The benefits of and barriers to using a social robot PARO in care settings: a scoping review (2019)
- The experience of hospital staff in applying the Gentle Persuasive Approaches to dementia care (2019)
Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing,
- Use of touch screen tablets to support social connections and reduce responsive behaviours among people with dementia in care settings: a scoping review protocol (2019)
- Appreciative Inquiry: Bridging Research and Practice in a Hospital Setting (2018)
International Journal of Qualitative Methods,
- Co-research with people living with dementia for change (2018)
- Feasibility and acceptability of an iPad intervention to support dementia care in the hospital setting (2018)
- The impact of and using the social robot in care settings (2018)
Innovation in Aging,
- Using Video-Reflexive Ethnography to Engage Hospital Staff to Improve Dementia Care (2018)
Global Qualitative Nursing Research,
- “Little things matter!” Exploring the perspectives of patients with dementia about the hospital environment (2017)
International Journal of Older People Nursing, 12 (3)
- A longitudinal study of the effects of physical environment on behaviors of behaviors of residents with dementia (2017)
Innovative in Aging,
- Development of a Physical Environmental Observational Tool for Dining Environments in Long-Term Care Settings (2017)
- Do physical environmental changes make a difference? Supporting person-centered care at mealtimes in nursing homes (2017)
Dementia, 16 (7), 878-896
- Using appreciative inquiry to research practice development (2017)
International Practice Development Journal,
- Adopting a clinical assessment framework in older adult mental health (2016)
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 54 (7), 26-31
- Effects of physical environment on health and behaviors of residents with dementia in long-term care facilities: A longitudinal study (2016)
Research in Gerontological Nursing, 9 (2), 81-91
- Exploring staff perceptions on the role of physical environment in dementia care setting (2016)
Dementia, 15 (4), 743-755
- The Effect of Dining Room Physical Environmental Renovations on Person-Centered Care Practice and Residents' Dining Experiences in Long-Term Care Facilities (2016)
Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35 (12), 1279-1301
- The impact of an acute psychiatry environment on older patients and their families (2014)
Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40 (9), 50-56
- The role of physical environment in supporting person-centered dining in long-term care: A review of the literature (2013)
American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and other Dementias, 28 (5), 491-500
- Exploring personhood in dining experiences of residents with dementia in long-term care facilities (2011)
Journal of Aging Studies, 25 (1), 1-12
- The dining experience of residents with dementia in long-term care facilities (2008)
Seniors Housing ,