Aging and Long-Term Care


Researchers in this cluster focus on improving the quality of life of long-term care residents, their caregivers, and care workers with a specific focus on caregiving, loneliness, mental health, pain, and palliative care.

Cluster Leader

Natasha Gallant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Regina


Cluster Members

Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, Ph.D., ABPP, FCAHS, Department of Psychology, University of Regina

Abigail Wickson-Griffiths, Ph.D, Faculty of Nursing, University of Regina


Graduate Students

Mir Nabila Ashraf, Aging Studies

Kelsey Haczkewicz, Psychology


Current Projects

  • Presence of caregivers in long-term care during COVID-19 and beyond
  • Establishing research priorities for long-term care residents with mental illness
  • Expressions of belonging (i.e., inclusion/exclusion) within the long-term care sector
  • Patient partner engagement to inform research on time perceptions in dementia

Sample Publications

Gallant, N. L., Hardy, M.-S., Beogo, I., Conklin, J., Connelly, D., Kaasalainen, S., Keefe, J., Robitaille, A., Yous, M.-L., Fanaki, C., & Cameron, C. (2022). Improving family presence in long-term care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare Quarterly.

Gallant, N. L.Hadjistavropoulos, T., Winters, E. M., Feere, E. K., & Wickson-Griffiths, A. (2022). Development, evaluation, and implementation of an online pain assessment training program for staff in rural long-term care facilities: A case series approach. BMC Geriatrics, 22, 336.

Finnegan, H., Daari, L., Jaiswal, A., Sinn, C. J., Ellis, K., Kallan, L., Nguyen, D., & Gallant, N. L. (2022). Changing care: Applying the Transtheoretical Model of Change to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion in long-term care research in Canada. Societies (Special Issue: Corporealities of Care Research, Policy, and Knowledge), 12(3), 87.


For more information, contact Cluster Leader Dr. Natasha Gallant at