Erin Donald is in the second year of her doctoral program with the School of Nursing at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. She is a graduate of Ryerson University and received her MSN in Community and Public Health Program Development and Leadership at Seattle University. Her clinical background is in palliative home care nursing. Her research roles have included working as an iPANEL research assistant and as a nursing research facilitator for Fraser Health Authority. Erin is currently a graduate fellow in the iPANEL study Supporting Family Caregivers.
Erin’s research interests include palliative care, the application of a palliative approach, access to care, home and community based care, and severe persistent mental illness. Her past clinical experience led to her interest in caring for older adults with advanced life-limiting conditions, particularly those with mental illness. Under the guidance of Dr. Kelli Stajduhar, her dissertation research will focus on access to care for people with severe persistent mental illness who are approaching end of life. Erin will study the experiences of older adults with mental illness who are receiving palliative care or who could benefit from a palliative approach to care. She hopes her research will help improve access to appropriate clinical care for this population.
- Univeristy of Victoria (PhD student)
- Supervised by Dr. Kelli Stajduhar
Joyce Lee is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health, and a research associate at Trinity Western University (TWU), School of Nursing. Her academic and professional background includes graduate studies in counseling/psychology and health research on a palliative approach to nursing at TWU and socio-behaviour in survivorship at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. Her research interests encompass psychosocial oncology, family caregiving in critical illness, culturally appropriate care for elderly people with life-limiting illness, health-related quality of life outcomes and mixed-methods research.
In August 2015, Joyce completed a 2 year interdisciplinary fellowship with the Canadian Frailty Network (formerly Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network). Her fellowship research project explored appropriate care in facing serious illness and quality of life outcomes for elderly Chinese people and their family caregivers, with the goal to engage care recipients in improving quality of care. Joyce is delighted to be a part of iPANEL, having the opportunity to enhance her learning in health services research that addresses issues pertinent to the care of persons with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Sherin Jamal is a PhD student in the Social Dimensions of Health program at the University of Victoria and is the Leader for the Centres of Innovation at Providence Health Care (PHC) which includes the Centre for Healthy Aging and Centre for Practitioner Renewal. She has been with PHC since 2005 and has previously worked at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research as well as the Department of Psychiatry, UBC. Sherin has a M.Sc. in Health Services Planning and Administration from UBC as well as a B.Sc. in Cell Biology and a Biomedical Laboratory Science (B.M.L.Sc.) degree. Her research interests include ethno-cultural minority and immigrant older adults and their access to health services particularly residential long-term care and palliative services as well as quality of life in such settings and at end-of-life.
Sherin is excited to have the opportunity to be involved with iPANEL which spans her areas of interest and provides a unique opportunity to work with internationally known experts and to acquire the range of skills required to become a successful independent researcher. She looks forward to participating in iPANEL meetings, conferences and research as well as learning how to conduct practice-relevant research that shortens the gap from knowledge creation to implementation.
- Centres of Innovation, Providence Health Care (PHC)
- University of Victoria (PhD candidate)
- Supervised by Dr. Kelli Stajduhar