Team

CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

Carri Hand

Carri Hand

Director, EngAGE Research Lab

ABOUT CARRI

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Kristin Prentice

Kristin Prentice

PhD Student, Health and Rehabilitation Science

ABOUT KRISTIN

Kristin is a PhD student in the Health and Aging stream at Western University and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. She previously worked as a recreation therapist with older adults in an adult day program, long term care, hospital, and community settings. Her dissertation focuses on exploring the role of leisure for older adults moving to new homes and how identity and sense of home may be involved in this process.

She is currently working as a research fellow with Dr. Anna Garnett on the project “Social isolation in community-dwelling older adults during COVID-19: Understanding the role of resilience”. Her other research interests include leisure and life transitions in aging, aging well, adapting to new neighbourhoods, and therapeutic recreation with older adults in retirement home and community settings.

Nada Nasir

Nada Nasir

PhD Student, Health and Rehabilitation Science

ABOUT NADA

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Jami McFarland

Jami McFarland

Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research

ABOUT JAMI

Jami is a sixth year PhD candidate in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Western University. She completed her SSHRC-funded Master of Arts degree at the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa in 2013. Jami’s current SSHRC-funded research focuses on the representation of the LGBT/Queer elder in film and television.

Jami has published several articles and book chapters on the intersection of media, sexuality, gender, age, and size, including in Feminizing Theory: Making Space for Femme Theory (forthcoming); The Future is Fat: Theorizing Time in Relation to Body Weight and Stigma (forthcoming)CinéMAS: Journal of Film Studies (forthcoming); The Journal of Lesbian Studies; Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society; and the Journal of Popular Romance Studies. In 2018, Jami also taught her original course “From Golden Girls to Raging Grannies: Feminist Perspectives on Aging” at Western University. Jami currently works as a research assistant for Dr. Carri Hand’s “Aging in Neighbourhoods” study.

 

Jovana Sibalija

Jovana Sibalija

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ABOUT JOVANA

Jovana is a PhD candidate in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (Health & Aging) program at Western University. Her research focuses on family caregiving. Specifically, Jovana is interested in understanding how caregivers of persons living with stroke access and receive support from the people in their social networks and how the receipt of social support influences the caregiving experience.

Kassandra Fernandes

Kassandra Fernandes

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ABOUT KASSANDRA

Kassandra is a PhD student in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program at Western University currently studying aging within the field of Occupational Science. For her Master of Public Health degree, Kassandra explored older adults’ experiences participating in an indoor walking initiative in Northern Ontario. She has also worked on several projects related to dementia and age-friendly communities, as well as palliative care education for Indigenous communities. Kassandra is currently a research assistant for Dr. Carri Hand on the Oasis Senior Supportive Living: A Model for Active Aging-In-Place project.

Her research interests include exploring the socio-environmental aspect of aging, as well as community-based research, program evaluation, and knowledge translation as they relate to the promotion of older adults’ quality of life. She is also interested in better understanding older adults’ participation in meaningful occupation and how the relationship between the environment and place shapes those experiences.

Zahra Fatina

Zahra Fatina

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ABOUT ZAHRA

Zahra is an undergraduate student in Rehabilitation Sciences. She works on the Aging in Neighbourhoods study, through the Undergraduate Student Research Internship and work-study. In the past, she has been involved in the FRESHER project for Western’s HEAL lab. She also has a passion for advocacy, particularly for ethnocultural communities and mental health, which she channels through her leadership activities on campus. She would like to continue exploring her interest in creating social change and improving individuals’ wellbeing through meaningful occupations.

PREVIOUS TRAINEES

Kate Stewart

Kate Stewart

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ABOUT KATE

Kate is a registered occupational therapist in the province of Ontario and holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences from the University of Toronto. Kate was a postdoctoral associate in the EngAGE Research Lab in 2019-2020, contributing to Dr. Hand’s “Aging in Neighbourhoods” project. Currently, Kate serves as the Executive Director of Daya Counselling Centre in London, Ontario.

Josie Siciliano

Former MScOT Student

Rachel Gorjup

Former MSc Student, Health and Rehabilitation Science

Rachael Pack

Former Research Assistant and PhD Student, Women’s Studies and Feminist Research

Carmen Lam

Former MScOT Student

John MacKenzie

Former Research Assistant and PhD Student, Geography

Megan Roussel

Former MScOT Student

Shannon Coffey

Former MScOT Student

Alexandra Schuster

Former MSc Student, Health and Rehabilitation Science

Brennan DeMelo

Former MScOT Student

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