Our Team

The project’s overall intellectual direction is set out by the Coordinating Committee comprised of the project’s principal investigator and eight theme leaders, two for each of the four project themes of Approaches to Care, Work Organization, Accountability and Financing and Ownership.

The team brings together not only academic researchers from a variety of social science and humanities disciplines and universities but also researchers with considerable policy experience and health professionals who not only do research but also provide care, with organizations representing workers, employers, seniors and families.

Dr. Pat Armstrong is a distinguished research professor of sociology at York University in Toronto. She held a CHSRF/CIHR Chair in Health Services and Nursing Research, and has published on a wide variety of issues related to long-term care, health care policy, and women’s health. Edited books include A Place to Call Home: Long Term Care in Canada, and Women’s health: Intersections of Policy, Research and Practice.

Dr. Annmarie Adams is the William C. Macdonald professor and director of the School of Architecture at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. Her primary areas of research interest include gender, sexuality and space, long-term care institutions, history of hospital architecture and vernacular architecture. Theme group: Approaches to Care


Dr. Hugh Armstrong is a professor with the School of Social work and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Dr. Armstrong’s major research interests include long-term care, the political economy of healthcare, unions and public policy, the organization of work and family and household structures. Theme group: Accountability


Dr. Donna Baines is a professor jointly appointed to the Schools of Labour Studies and Social Work at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. Dr. Baines is also a coordinator of the Work and Society graduate program. Her current areas of interest include the impact of restructuring on social service work, caring labour, women and social policy, and paid and unpaid work in social services. Theme group: Financing & Ownership


Susan Braedley (MSW, Ph.D.) is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Dr. Braedley’s research focuses on the political, economic and cultural construction of contemporary care relations and their implications for equity. Her current research takes up questions of care and aging in light of welfare state change. She is co-editor with Meg Luxton of Neoliberalism and Everyday Life (2010 McGill-Queens UP). Theme group: Approaches to Care


Dr. Paul Leduc Browne is the director of the Department of Social Sciences at Université du Québec en Outaouais in Gatineau, Quebec. Dr. Leduc Browne’s areas of research interest include political thought, public policy, social policy and health, social economy, and ideologies and social movements. Theme group: Approaches to Care


Dr. Sally Chivers is an associate professor in the Departments of Canadian Studies and English at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. The author of From Old Woman to Older Women: Contemporary Culture and Women’s Narratives (2003) and The Silvering Screen: Old Age and Disability in the Cinema (2011), and the co-editor of The Problem Body: Projecting Disability on Film (2010), Dr. Chivers maintains a research focus on the relationship between aging and disability in the Canadian public sphere and beyond from an interdisciplinary perspective. Committed to old age as a vital category of analysis, she has published a number of essays on disability and aging in film and television, as well as pieces on aging in auto/biography, the Canadian disability movement, disability in the Canadian public sphere, the image of the wounded warrior, and long term care in the cultural imagination. Theme group: Approaches to Care


Dr. Jacqueline A. Choiniere is an associate professor with the School of Nursing, Faculty of Health, at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Choiniere’s primary areas of research include health policy, women’s work and health, health-care reform, and accountability and political economy. Theme group: Accountability


Dr. Tamara J. Daly is an associate professor with the School of Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health, at York University in Toronto, Ontario and York’s Faculty of Graduate Studies programs in Critical Disability Studies, Women’s Studies and Health Policy & Equity. She is also the CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health. Her research focuses on health care work, aging and long-term care policy, and gender and health policy. Theme group: Work Organization


Dr. Megan Davies is an associate professor with the Department of Social Sciences in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Davies’ research interests include health history, old age, British Columbia history, women and health and midwifery and alternative births. For additional information, visit her profile. Theme group: Approaches to Care


Dr. Malcolm Doupe is an associate professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dr. Doupe is also a senior research scientist at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy. He conducts research on issues related to care continuity for older adults, factors that affect quality care and functional status in nursing homes, risk factors of home care and nursing home uses, and health service utilization. Theme group: Work Organization


Dr. Monika Goldmann is a senior researcher and consultant at Sozialforschungsstelle in Dortmund, Germany. Dr. Goldmann is also Chair of the board for the “Dortmund Association of Women and Economy”. Her fields of research interest include a sociological focus on gender equality in employment, gender and diversity policy, and demographic change. She also conducts empirical research in the fields of human resources policy and organizational developments. Theme group: Work Organization


Dr. Charlene Harrington is a professor emeritus of sociology and nursing with the Department of Social & Behavioral Science at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Harrington is also the director of the UCSF National Center for Personal Assistance Services and the CalQualityCare long-term care website project for the California Healthcare Foundation. Her major research interests include nursing home care (quality access, and utilization), home and community based care, and personal care services. Theme group: Financing & Ownership


Dr. Frode F. Jacobsen is a professor in elderly care at Bergen University College, Norway, and research director at the Centre for Care Research – Western Norway. Dr. Jacobsen is also a part-time professor at Betanien University College of Nurses in Bergen. His research interests include elderly care, health professionals, work culture, local knowledge systems and social and cultural aspects of health and sickness. Theme group: Work Organization


Dr. Robert James has been a family doctor for the past 35 years, and a medical director at Wentworth Lodge, a not-for-profit long-term care facility in Dundas, Ontario, for 14 years. He retired in September, 2011, but continues to contribute to the MRCI project. He has a keen interest in making long-term care better and contributes his practical on-the-ground experience for the benefit of the project. Theme group: Accountability


Dr. Monique Lanoix is an associate professor of public ethics and philosophy at Saint Paul University in Ottawa. Dr. Lanoix’s areas of research interest include political philosophy, feminist philosophy and medical ethics. Theme group: Approaches to Care


Dr. Joel Lexchin is a professor teaching health policy in the School of Health Policy & Management, Faculty of Health at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Lexchin is also an associate professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto and works as a doctor in the emergency department at the University Health Network. His research interests include physician prescribing behavior, pharmaceutical promotion, drug approval process and access to medications in the developing world. Theme group: Financing & Ownership


Dr. Liz Lloyd is a senior lecturer in social gerontology with the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. Dr. Lloyd’s research interests include health and social care policies on aging and the relationship between social justice and care. Other interests include unpaid and family care, supported housing and the end of life.Theme group: Approaches to Care


Dr. Martha MacDonald is a professor of economics with the Department of Economics at the Sobey School of Business at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dr. MacDonald is also currently involved with the Women’s Studies and Atlantic Canada Studies programs. Her areas of specialization include economic restructuring, gender and the economy, social security policy and restructuring in rural Atlantic Canada. Theme group: Financing & Ownership


Dr. Margaret McGregor MD, MHSc is a clinical associate professor with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Department of Family Practice and a research associate with the UBC Centre for Health Services Policy Research and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Evaluation. She is a family physician at the Mid Main Community Health Centre in Vancouver, where as part of her practice, she provides care to patients in residential long-term care. She has completed a number of research projects in the area of nursing home health services delivery. Her research has included investigating staffing levels, hospitalization rates and site of death at long-term care facilities, and facility ownership and organizational characteristics. Theme group: Accountability


Dr. Kathryn McPherson is an associate professor of history and interdisciplinary studies with the School of Women’s Studies at York University in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. McPherson’s areas of research interest include nursing history, women and health, gender and colonialism in the Canadian West and rural women. Theme group: Financing & Ownership


Professor Allyson Pollock is a professor of Public Health Research and Policy with the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Queen Mary University of London in London, England. She trained in medicine and is a public health physician. Her research interests include globalization, privatization, health services, regulation, pharmaceuticals and clinical trials. She has coauthored two books on the NHS, including NHS Plc: The Privatisation of Our Health Care, published by Verso. For additional information, visit her website. Theme group: Financing & Ownership


Dr. James Struthers is a professor of history and Canadian studies at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Dr. Struthers is also a member of the Centre for Health Studies at Trent. His research interests include aging and long term care policy, growth and regulation of private and public nursing homes, evolution of home care policies, modern Canadian social welfare history and veterans and Canadian social policy. Theme group: Work Organization


Dr. Marta Szebehely is a professor of social work and social care with the Department of Social Work at Stockholm University in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Szebehely’s research interests include gender, social policy and care, everyday life perspectives on home-based and residential care, and living conditions and use of care among elderly and disabled people. Theme group: Financing & Ownership


Dr. Hildegard Theobald is a professor of Organizational Gerontology at the University of Vechta in northwestern Germany. Dr. Theobald skills and expertise include gender studies, qualitative analysis, international comparative research in social care, political sociology, professionalism and intersectionality. Theme group: Work Organization


Dr. Pauline Vaillancourt Rosenau is a professor at the University of Texas-Houston School of Public Health. She is the author/editor of seven books and more than 70 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topics of comparative international health policy, public/private policy partnerships, competition, the implications of investor status for the provision of health services, pharmacy policy, and post-modernism. Dr. Rosenau authored The Competition Paradigm: America’s Romance with Conflict, Contest, and Commerce (Rowman & Littlefield). She edited Public/Private Policy Partnerships (MIT Press) and Health Reform in the Nineties (SAGE Publications). She is the author of several other books including Post-Modernism in the Social Sciences (Princeton, 1992) that has been translated into Chinese, Korean, and Turkish. Two of her books received Choice Magazine’s Annual Outstanding Academic Books Awards. She is currently working on a co-authored book about the US health system for the World Health Organization which will be published in 2012. Theme group: Accountability

Post-doctoral Fellows

Dr. Albert Banerjee is a postdoctoral research fellow with research interests in the sociology of care and health sustainability. He completed his dissertation – “On the Frontlines: Structural Violence in Canadian Long-term Care” – in 2010. It combines a feminist political economy lens with Johan Galtung’s theory of violence, to reveal the multiple forms of violence Canadian careworkers endure on the job. In collaboration with British Columbia’s Fraser Health Authority, Albert is investigating a promising practice that seeks to improve working conditions and quality of care by engaging residential care workers in identifying and resolving workplace challenges. Theme group: Approaches to Care

Dr. Ruth Lowndes is a post-doctoral research fellow with research interests in diabetes care in the population of seriously mentally ill adults residing in residential care facilities. She completed her doctoral dissertation “Diabetes Care and Serious Mental Illness: An Institutional Ethnography” in 2012. In this ethnographical study, Ruth used observation and interviewing to examine the everyday actualities of living with both mental illness and diabetes within the constraints of group home care. This research orientation, with an interest in improving health care and outcomes for those living and working in long-term care facilities, continues in her current post-doctoral work within the “Re-imagining Long-Term Residential Care: An International Study of Promising Practices” interdisciplinary study. Ruth Lowndes is also registered with the College of Nurses of Ontario and is a Certified Diabetes Educator. Theme group: Accountability

Dr. Nasreen Khatri is a clinician associate with the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Her research focus is on cognitive therapy, theory and the brain mechanisms underlying depression in mid-life and older adults.