Meet the Team
I am Mariana, Ph.D. student and research assistant in the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. I completed an interprofessional two-year residency program in Aging at the Federal University of São Paulo (Brazil) and a master’s degree at the University of Brasília (Brazil). When I was eleven years old, my grandparents came to live with us; my grandmother used to live with dementia. Living alongside my grandparents was my catalyst to pursue a career caring with older adults. I became a nurse, and throughout my nursing career, I had experiences in gerontological nursing, dementia care, palliative care, and community nursing. My main research interests are older adults living with dementia, family caregivers, and community care.
Erin's teaching, clinical work, and research focuses on optimizing the health and function of older adults. A pharmacist by training, she is particularly interested in optimizing medication use in this population. She loves working with older adults, as well as the multidisciplinary geriatrics team!
I have been involved in Nursing with Older Adults for my entire career which now spans 4 decades. I began working in LTC as a care attendant while I was a diploma nursing student and I never left this field. I have had the opportunity to pursue further education to complete my Master of Nursing degree. Since beginning as a point of care nurse, I have worked in numerous jobs including Director of Care, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Research Assistant, and found my true love as an Educator. Most recently I have been teaching the Care Assistant program and find this to be such a great fit for my skills and passions. I have been involved in several research projects over the past 5 years and it seems this will follow me into my retirement (when I get there!)
Katherine (Katie) Ottley is a PhD student in the Culture, Health and Human Development stream of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed a Honours Degree in Psychology with a second major in Religious Studies at the University of Regina and a Masters Degree in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Katie has a wide range of research interests focused on the lived experience of significant transitions such as death related loss. She is interested in exploring the integration of lived experience into academic research, such as through patient orientated research. In her spare time Katie builds Lego kits and her current favourite build is a working Rollercoaster.
I am a Retired RN, Family caregiver to my mother who passed in 2018 and to my father who lives in a Personal care home currently, and Family Partner in several research projects.