Meet the team

 

 

 

 

The STICS project is co-led by Dr. Andrea Iaboni and Dr. Shehroz Khan, and the study is being conducted in collaboration with scientists from locations across Ontario. This group of researchers is divided into three subgroups addressing the clinical, technology, and implementation aims of the project. This study relies upon community partners to form an advisory panel that guides the researchers in the study design, development of the study goals, and the identification of implementation outcome measures. The panel also is engaged in identifying potential ethical issues involved in the use of RTLS systems in LTC settings, potential barriers to clinical implementation, and ways to minimize or resolve these barriers in the ethical design of STICS.

CO-LEADS


DR. ANDREA IABONI

Dr. Iaboni is a geriatric psychiatrist and clinician researcher based at Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI). She is the lead scientist in the Dementia Rehab group as part of the Walter and Maria Schroeder Institute for Brain Health and Recovery based at Toronto Rehab. She is interested in innovative technology for dementia care, with a focus on the development and clinical evaluation of technology for the management of falls risk and neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia.

DR. SHEHROZ KHAN

Dr. Khan is a computer scientist at TRI with a focus on machine learning for the development of assistive technologies in aging. As a member of the Artificial Intelligence and Robotics research team, his main research focus is in the development of machine learning and deep learning algorithms within the realms of ARIAL (Aging, Rehabilitation, and Intelligent Assistive Living). He is also a post-graduate affiliate at the Vector Institute in Toronto.

TECHNOLOGY GROUP

DR. JAMES TUNG

Dr. James Tung is an engineering scientist with expertise in wearable sensors, signal processing, and machine learning for the assessment of human movement. His research focuses on the advancement of human movement research methods and the development of assistive technology for independent mobility and rehabilitation. With a scientific background in neuroscience, biomechanics, and rehabilitation, Dr. Tung works closely with investigators and clinicians in human movement control, with an emphasis on ambulatory measurement to understand complex mobility patterns in real-world conditions.

DR. REZA FAIEGHI

Dr. Faieghi is a technology HQP and biomedical engineering post-doctoral fellow at TRI. He works to monitor the health status of people with dementia using Artificial Intelligence. His main research areas are robotics, artificial intelligence, parallel computing, and control theory.

DR. SOFIJA SPASOJEVIC

Dr. Spasojevic is a technology HQP and a post-doctoral fellow at TRI with expertise in machine learning for health in the study of movement. The focus of her research is the prediction of agitation in dementia patients using a unique multi-modal sensor network that includes a wearable device, ambient sensors, and video cameras.

CLINICAL GROUP

DR. KATHERINE MCGILTON

 

 

 

Dr. McGilton is a senior scientist in nursing research at TRI with expertise in best care practices in long-term care and a Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto.  The focus of her work is on enhancing the care of older adults, especially those with dementia, through the development and application of interventions, outcome measures and models of care in practice.

DR. CHARLENE CHU

 

Dr. Chu is an Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and affiliate scientist at KITE-TRI with expertise in technology in long-term care. Her research disciplines include geriatrics, rehabilitation, person-centered care, user-centered design, and technology for clinicians in various healthcare applications to improve care. Her research also supports the role of the Registered Nurse in long-term care by examining the processes, structures, and outcomes related to nursing care both nationally and internationally.

DR. ALASTAIR FLINT

Dr. Flint is a Senior Scientist in the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, and a Professor and Vice-Chair Research in the University of Toronto Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Flint’s research focuses on geriatric mental disorders, including late-life depression, late-life anxiety, and dementia. Also, he has an interest in the interplay between affective disorders and balance, mobility, and falls in older adults.

DR. DALLAS SEITZ

Dr. Seitz is a senior clinician scientist in geriatric psychiatry and an Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Queen’s University. His research training is in clinical epidemiology and health services research. His research involves evaluation of the safety and effectiveness of interventions for geriatric mental health conditions, and knowledge translation in geriatric mental and health services research.

DR. JULIA KIRKHAM

Dr. Kirkham is a junior scientist in geriatric psychiatry based in Kingston at Queen’s University with expertise in mental health in long-term care. Her research focuses broadly on quality improvement and safety in long-term care, including optimizing the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment options, and quality measurement and monitoring in this setting.

DR. CAITLIN MCARTHUR

Dr. McArthur is the clinical HQP, a post-doctoral fellow at the GERAS Centre, McMaster University and a physiotherapist working to improve rehabilitation for residents living in long-term care. Her research includes examining resident and facility indicators of effective rehabilitation programs in long-term care.

IMPLEMENTATION

DR. JOSEPHINE MCMURRAY

Dr. McMurray is a senior implementation scientist and associate professor at Wilfred Laurier University with expertise in the use of mixed methods to evaluate the adoption of intelligent assistive devices by older adults. Her research explores critical societal issues at the nexus of business, technology and health and aging. She also examines the influence of intelligent non-human agents on human behaviour in domestic environments.

DR. KRISTINE NEWMAN

Dr. Newman is a nursing researcher in knowledge translation in dementia care and an associate professor at Ryerson University. Her research explores healthy aging and dementia, with a focus on knowledge translation/health evidence, assistive technologies to detect agitation in persons with dementia and awareness, intergenerational relations, and caregivers in dementia.

DR. ANDRIA BIANCHI

Dr. Bianchi is a clinical ethicist and scientist based at TRI. Her research interests focus on ethical implications related to persons with dementia, such as the ethical benefits and potential vulnerabilities of new artificial intelligence technologies, decisions related to feeding and risk, and sexual decision-making.

DR. ALISA GRIGOROVICH

Dr. Grigorovich is the implementation HQP and a post-doctoral fellow at TRI.  She is a health services and policy researcher with a focus on the implications of surveillance technologies in dementia. She is also interested in structural stigma and mental health in the context of chronic and complex care (e.g. dementia, brain injury).

TECHNOLOGY PARTNER

ADAM SOBOL

Adam Sobol is the founder and CEO of CareBand, Inc, a wearable technology company dedicated to seniors living with dementia. Adam has been developing web and mobile applications since he was 16. He is a creative innovator focused on social impact projects. In 2017, Adam was named to AARP’s 50+ Innovation Leaders for healthcare. Adam is also active on the Illinois Technology Association’s IoT Council focused in policy and cybersecurity.

advisory panel

 

Long-term care

 Dennis E. Donovan 

Director of Finance and Information Management

Belmont House Long-Term Care, Toronto

 

 Jane Joris

General Manager of the Long-Term Care Division 

Upper-tier Municipality of Lambton County

 

 Pauline Robinson

Executive Director

Revera Inc. Dover Cliffs Long-Term Care Home, Port Dover

 

 Debby Riepert

Chief Operating Officer

Trinity Village, Kitchener

 

 Steve robertson

Director of Technology and Innovation

The Responsive Group, Markham

 

 

Study sites

 Meghan Marcil

Physiotherapist on the Specialized Dementia Unit

Toronto Rehab – University Health Network

 

 Amy cockburn

Occupational Therapist on the Specialized Dementia Unit

Toronto Rehab – University Health Network

 

 Roobika Karunananthan

Social Worker

Lakeside Long-Term Care Centre, Toronto

 

 

family ADVISORS

 Mark schlossberg

 Alicia Damley

 Donald Carty

 Robert Lee

 Helen Notte

 

 

Resident in long-term care

 Bill jarvis

 

 

PARTNERS