Oasis Research Team

For inquiries related to the evaluation and expansion of Oasis, please email our research team at oasis.study@queensu.ca

Investigators

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Vincent DePaul, PhD, PT
Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Queen's University

Dr. Vincent DePaul's research expertise includes mobility assessment, aging-in-place, aging, neurological conditions, neuro-rehabilitation, wearable technology, and low-resource settings. Dr. Vincent DePaul is a co-Principal Investigator of this project and co-leads the expansion and evaluation of the Kingston/Quinte Oasis sites. Read more about Dr. DePaul.

Catherine Donnelly, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.)
Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
Queen's University

Dr. Catherine Donnelly's research expertise includes aging-in-place, health service delivery, chronic diseases, interprofessional primary care, program evaluation, knowledge translation, and assistive technologies. Dr. Donnelly is a co-Principal Investigator of this project and co-leads the expansion and evaluation of the Kingston/Quinte Oasis sites. Read more about Dr. Donnelly.

Joan Tranmer, PhD, RN
Professor, School of Nursing and Site Director, IC/ES
Queen's University

Dr. Joan Tranmer's research expertise includes health services research, primary care, chronic disease prevention and management, nursing, analysis of health utilization data, and patient and system outcomes. Dr. Tranmer supports outcome evaluation and analysis related to the Oasis Project. Read more about Dr. Tranmer.

Imaan Bayoumi, MD, FCFP
Assistant Professor, School of Medicine
Queen's University

Dr. Imaan Bayoumi's research expertise includes family medicine, health equity and primary care access for persons with mental illness. Dr. Bayoumi brings a health equity lens to the Oasis Project, emphasizing the consideration and inclusion of marginalized older adults in the research, and leads clinical education activities related to primary care. Read more about Dr. Bayoumi. 

Carri Hand, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.)
Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy
Western University

Dr. Carri Hand's research expertise includes age-friendly communities, aging-in-place, social connectedness and engagement of older adults in community settings, chronic disease, primary care, and occupational therapy. Dr. Hand co-leads the evaluation and expansion of the London Oasis community. Read more about Dr. Hand. 

Debbie Laliberte Rudman, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.)
Professor, School of Occupational Therapy
Western University

Dr. Debbie Laliberte Rudman's research expertise includes aging, community development, social justice, inclusion, participatory methodologies, and digital literacy. Dr. Rudman co-leads the evaluation and expansion of the London Oasis community. Read more about Dr. Rudman.

Colleen McGrath, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.)
Assistant Professor, School of Occupational Therapy
Western University

Dr. Colleen McGrath's research expertise includes environmental access in later life, aging and disability, technology and aging, digital literacy and qualitative research. Dr. McGrath co-leads the evaluation and expansion of the London Oasis community. Read more about Dr. McGrath. 

Lori Letts, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.)
Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
McMaster University

Dr. Letts' research expertise includes interprofessional primary care, chronic disease self-management, supportive environments with older adults, participatory research, evudence-based occupational therapy practice, and program evaluation. Dr. Letts co-leads the evaluation and expansion of the Hamilton Oasis community. Read more about Dr. Letts. 

Julie Richardson, PhD
Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy
McMaster University

Dr. Richardson's research expertise includes aging, chronic conditions, physical functioning, self-management, mobility, disability, randomized controlled trials, community health, public health, and primary care. Dr. Richardson co-leads the evaluation and expansion of the Hamilton Oasis community. Read more about Dr. Richardson.

Sarah Wojkowski, PhD 

Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Science 

McMaster University 

More information coming soon! Read more about Dr. Wojkowski.

Tai Huynh, Master of Design, MBA 
Creative Director, OpenLab
University Health Network 

Tai is Creative Director at OpenLab at the University Health Network, Canada’s largest research hospital. He works with an inter-disciplinary team to come up with creative solutions to pressing issues at the intersection of health and society. Tai is the founding editor-in-chief of The Local, an award-winning magazine exploring urban health and social issues in Toronto, and co-founder of Choosing Wisely Canada. Tai has a Master of Design from OCAD University and MBA from York University. Read more about Tai. 

Staff

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Simone Parniak
Research Project Manager
Queen's University

Simone Parniak holds an MA in Women's Studies and a BSc in Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa. She was hired as a Community Developer and Research Associate for the Oasis Evaluation and Expansion Project in August 2018. In July 2019, Simone transitioned into the role of Oasis Research Project Manager. Her research interests include qualitative research, participatory research, aging, and health policy. 

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Anthony Tapper 
Research Associate
Queen's University

Anthony completed his PhD and Masters of Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo where he examined the long-term cognitive effects of Traumatic Brain Injury. Anthony also has a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor. In October 2021, Anthony was hired as a research associate to help investigate aging in place using the Oasis program.

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Riley Malvern 
Community Developer
Queen's University

Riley holds an MA in Gerontology from Simon Fraser University, and a BA in Sociology from Carleton University. She was hired as a Community Developer for the Oasis Evaluation and Expansion Project in October 2021. Her research interests include aging in place, age- and dementia-friendly communities, participatory research, and the built environment.  

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Kurstin Salisbury
On-Site Program Coordinator 
Queen's University

Kurstin holds an MSc in Aging and Health from Queen's University and a BA in Sociology, with a specialization in Health Sciences and a minor in Indigenous Studies from Trent University. Kurstin joined the Oasis team as an On-Site Program Coordinator in 2019 at a site in Belleville. She returned to the role with an additional site in Kingston in the fall of 2021. Kurstin's research interests include aging in place and fostering age-friendly communities.