The Research Team

Roslyn M. Compton, PhD, RN, GNC(C)
Principal Researcher

Roslyn M. Compton received her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Alberta and is currently an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. Her research interests include older adults, ageing-in-place, independence, narrative gerontology, and narrative care. Roslyn’s work recognizes the importance of understanding older adults’ experiences in relation to place and identity, and how social, cultural, and institutional narratives influence the stories told. Roslyn’s research always uses a patient-oriented approach to understand the experiences of older adults and their family caregivers concerning quality of life, interprofessional care, patient-engagement and transitions between services.

Marilyn Barlow
Resident Family Partner Research Assistant

My name is Marilyn Barlow and I am a research assistant working on this research project. I am a retired Registered Nurse and a patient and family advocate offering my perspective and experience to improve the factors that influence the quality of health care and the quality of life of older adults living in long term care facilities.

Laurie Bletsky
Project Coordinator

Laurie received her B.A. (French) from the University of Saskatchewan, followed by a 2-year B.Ed. (After-degree program). She taught French Immersion in Winnipeg for many years before moving back to Saskatchewan in 2004. Her interest in the area of long-term care began when she assisted Dr. Compton with her first research study in 2016-17. She currently works at the Saskatoon Open Door Society as an English for Employment teacher, and is also a part-time student at the U of S in the CERTESL program. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and taking their puppy Mika to the dog park, as well as watching football. They also host many international students at their home through the U of S Homestay program.

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Lisa Cranley, RN, PhD

Lisa is an Assistant Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Her research program aims to improve the quality of health care delivery to older adults and their quality of life in the long-term care sector. Her research is focused in the areas of knowledge translation and relational care, using qualitative and mixed methods approaches. Lisa’s research explores ways to facilitate collaborative approaches to decision-making among staff in long-term care, and by engaging residents, their family members, and staff together in team decision-making. On her time off, Lisa enjoys sailing around Lake Ontario.

Dr. Alison Craswell, RN, BN, BA, Grad Dip Mid, PhD

As a Research Fellow, Alison managed the CEDRiC (Care coordination through Emergency Department, Residential Aged Care and Primary Health Collaboration) project led by Professor Marianne Wallis. CEDRiC is an innovative model of service delivery aiming to strengthen the capacity of the aged care sector to deliver high quality aged care in both primary and secondary settings. Alison is involved in several other research projects including dissemination of the Geriatric Emergency Department Intervention (GEDI) in several emergency departments in Queensland.
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Paulette Hunter

Paulette is an Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan and a registered clinical psychologist at Saskatchewan Health Authority. Her research reflects a long-standing commitment to promoting psychosocial wellbeing in long-term care through person-centred and interdisciplinary approaches. She has a particular interest in the experiences of residents with advanced dementia. Paulette grew up in Saskatchewan, and in her spare time, she celebrates local culture as a novice fiddler learning an Old Time dance repertoire. Many older adults living in Saskatchewan long term care homes are familiar with this tradition, too, having either attended, called, or played at community dances!

Janet Luimes, NP, MScN

Janet is a Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Assistant Professor at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Starting her career as an RN in the emergency department (ED), Janet saw many older adults transferred to the ED for care that could more effectively be provided in the community.  This ignited her interest in applying patient-centred, innovative models of care to improve access and quality of primary care services for older adults.  Janet has worked in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta, witnessing the pros and cons of different healthcare delivery models.  She has three children who keep her busy when she is not working.

Katherine (Katie) Ottley

Katie is a research assistant and first-year Ph.D. student in the Human Development and Culture area of the Psychology department at the University of Saskatchewan. She completed her Master’s degree at Wilfrid Laurier University and her undergraduate degree at the University of Regina. Katie is particularly interested in the experiences of older adults, end of life care, and the impact of caregiving and bereavement on identity. When not busy with her studies Katie is an avid LEGO builder, and her favourite LEGO built is a working Ferris Wheel. Katie can be contacted at

Shawn Emard
Research Assistant

Shawn is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with an honours baccalaureate degree in Anatomy and Cell Biology and with a baccalaureate degree with distinction in Nursing. He is currently a Nursing Master’s student at the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan, and he works as a Registered Nurse in long-term care in Saskatoon. He grew up in a small town near Saskatoon and continues to live in a rural community. He has three pet rabbits. You can contact Shawn at

Candace Skrapek
Patient family Research Collaborator

Candace Skrapek is a retired registered nurse. Following her retirement after a 40-year career, she has continued to utilize her past education, experience and expertise in a range of community volunteer activities and patient advisory roles.

For many years Candace has volunteered with the Saskatoon Council on Aging, focusing on promoting positive ageing and creating a better quality of life for Saskatoon’s older adults. She co-led the Saskatoon Council on Aging’s Age-friendly Saskatoon Initiative, a 5-year community-based participatory action research project aimed at creating a more age-friendly Saskatoon.

Candace’s previous background as a health care provider, administrator and nursing educator combined with her own health challenges and experiences as a patient have led to her involvement as a patient partner in a variety of health research initiatives.

Candace’s roles as a patient partner include engagement in:

– Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research (SCPOR)’s Oversight Committee which provides governance and strategic oversight.
– SCPOR’s Patient Family Advisory Council.
– The CIHR Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research: Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations Network Saskatchewan Jurisdiction Leadership Council.
– The U of S Respiratory Research Centre Patient and Family Advisory Council.
– 3 funded research projects.

Candace is a former president of the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association and a board member of the Canadian Nurses Association. She was an International consultant to assist Indonesia to work toward establishing professional regulation for nursing

In recognition of both her professional and volunteer contributions, Candace received the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and a nomination for the Saskatoon YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 2018.

James Stempien
Professional research Collaborator

James is the Provincial Head of Emergency Medicine for the SHA and a Clinical Associate Professor for the College of Medicine, holding a BSc, MD, CCCP EM, FCFP, CCPE. He has been working as a physician for 33 years. He is interested in providing the best care for geriatric patients in the ER, the handover/interaction with community services is a key part of this. His specific role in this research project is as a good looking content expert. He has lived in Saskatoon since 2007, acreage with chickens, ducks, dogs, cats, and 4 hives of honey bees.

Page last updated July 25, 2021