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Paulette Hunter Ph.D.

Department Head, St. Thomas Moore

Faculty Member in Psychology and Health Studies
STM Faculty Member in Psychology and Health Studies

Office
St. Thomas More 444

Research Area(s)

  • Dementia diagnosis and personhood
  • Age and quality of life
  • Psychosocial interventions in long-term care
  • Personal and organizational factors that contribute to health care quality

Publications

ARTICLES ACCEPTED FOR PUBLICATION IN REFEREED JOURNALS

Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., & Kaasalainen, S. (in press). A qualitative study of nursing assistants’ awareness of person-centred approaches to dementia care. Ageing & Society. Available online ahead of print in 2015.

Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Thorpe, L., & Malloy, D.C. The influence of individual and organizational factors on person-centred dementia care. Ageing & Mental Health. Available online ahead of print in 2015.

Venne, R., Goodridge, D., Quinlan, E., & Hunter, P.V. (in press) Let’s talk about dying: Proposals for encouraging discussion of advance care planning. International Journal of Aging and Society.

Eritz, H., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Williams, J., Einarson, K., Martin, R., Lix, L., & Hunter, P.V. (in press). A Life History Intervention for Individuals with Dementia: Nursing Staff Empathy, Perceived Patient Personhood and Aggressive Behaviours. Ageing & Society. Available online ahead of print in 2015.

ARTICLES PUBLISHED IN REFEREED JOURNALS

Goodridge, D., Quinlan, E., Venne, R., Hunter, P.V., & Surtees, D. (2013). Planning for serious illness by the general public: A population-based survey. ISRN Family Medicine.

Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Smythe, W., Malloy, D., Kaasalainen, S., & Williams, J. (2013). The Personhood in Dementia Questionnaire (PDQ): Establishing an association between beliefs about personhood and health providers’ approaches to person-centred care. Journal of Aging Studies, 27(3), 276–287.

Ghandehari, O. O., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Williams, J., Thorpe, L., Alfano, D. P., Dal Bello Haas, V., Malloy, D. C., Martin. R. R., Rahaman, O., Zwakhalen, S. M. G., Carleton, R. N., Hunter, P. V., & Lix, L. (2012). A controlled investigation of continuing pain education for long-term care staff. Pain Research and Management, 18(1),11-18. 

Dever Fitzgerald, T., Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., & Koocher, G. P. (2010). Ethical and legal considerations for Internet-based psychotherapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 39(3), 173-187.

Hadjistavropoulos, T., Hunter, P.V., & Dever Fitzgerald, T. (2009). Pain Assessment in Older Adults: Conceptual Issues and Clinical Challenges. Canadian Psychology, 50(4), 241-254. 

Hunter, P.V. & Antony, M.M. (2009). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Emetophobia: The Role of Interoceptive Exposure. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 16, 84-91.

Selection of Publications (by Year)

  • McKay-McNabb, K., & Hunter, P.V. "Cultural Considerations for the Psychological Wellbeing of Canadian Aboriginal Communities". Psynopsis 36, 3 (2014)
  • Goodridge, D., Quinlan, E., Venne, R., Hunter, P.V., & Surtees, D. "Planning for Serious Illness by the General Public: A Population-Based Survey". Family Practice Article ID 483673 (2013): 1-8.
  • Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., & O'Connell, M. "Psychologists respond to the needs of our aging population". Psynopsis 35, 2 (2013): 9.
  • Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Smythe, W., Malloy, D., Kaasalainen, S., & Williams, J. "The Personhood in Dementia Questionnaire (PDQ): Establishing an association between beliefs about personhood and health providers’ approaches to person-centred care". Journal of Aging Studies 27, 3 (2013): 276-287.
  • O.O. Ghandehari, Hadjistavropoulos, T., Williams, J., Thorpe, L., Alfano, D. P., Dal Bello Haas, V., Malloy, D. C., Martin. R. R., Rahaman, O., Zwakhalen, S. M. G., Carleton, R. N., Hunter, P.V. & Lix, L. "A controlled investigation of continuing pain education for long-term care staff.". Pain Research and Management 18, 1 (2012): 11-18.
  • T. Dever-Fitzgerald, Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., & G.P. Koocher. "Ethical and legal considerations for Internet-based psychotherapy". Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 39, 3 (2010): 173-187.
  • Hunter, P.V., & Antony, M.M. "Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Emetophobia: The Role of Interoceptive Exposure". Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 16 (2009): 84-91.
  • Hadjistavropoulos, T., Hunter, P.V. & Dever Fitzgerald, T. "Pain Assessment in Older Adults: Conceptual Issues and Clinical Challenges". Canadian Psychology 50, 4 (2009): 241-254.
  • Hunter, P.V., , Hadjistavropoulos, T., & Kaasalainen, S. "A qualitative study of nursing assistants’ awareness of person-centred approaches to dementia care.". Ageing & Society In Press
  • Venne, R., Goodridge, D., Quinlan, E., & Hunter, P.V. "Proposals for encouraging discussion of advance care planning.". Journal of Aging and Society Accepted
  • Williams, J., , Hadjistavropoulos, T., Ghandehari, O., Malloy, D.C., Hunter, P.V., & Martin, R.R. "Resilience and Organisational Empowerment Among Long Term Care Nurses: Effects on Patient Care and Absenteeism.". Journal of Nursing Management In Press
  • Hunter, P.V.,, Hadjistavropoulos, T., Thorpe, L., Lix, L., & Malloy, D.C. "The influence of individual and organizational factors on person-centred dementia care". Ageing & Mental Health In Press

Teaching & Supervision

Canadian aging dementia development ethics health psychology

Selection of Courses Taught (by Year)

  • 2011 - Psychology 110 (General Psychology)
  • 2012 - Psychology 216 (Psychology of Aging)
  • 2012 - Psychology 120 (Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology)
  • 2012 - Psychology 213 (Child Psychology)
  • 2013 - Psychology 121 (Social, Clinical, Cultural and Developmental Bases of Psychology)
  • 2013 - Psychology 216 (Psychology of Aging)
  • 2015 - Ethics in Clinical Psychology

Research

Health adult aging dementia development environment identity individual mental health personhood psychology resilience

Funded research projects 

Partnering Together to Improve Palliative Care in Long Term Care Homes. Funded by the CIHR Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) Program. Kaasalainen, S. (NPI), Costello, A., Hunter P.V., Neves, P., Sussman, T., Thompson, G., Venturato, L. (co-PIs) et al. $400,000 over 3 years (2015-2018).

Community partners for this research include Extendicare Saskatoon, Saskatoon Health Region Seniors Health & Continuing Care, and Saskatoon Health Region Palliative Care Services. Saskatchewan site co-investigators and collaborators include T. Hadjistavropoulos, L. Thorpe, D. Goodridge, L. Holtslander, B. Chartier, E. Quinlan, D. Surtees, & K. McKay-McNabb. 

The Feasbility, Acceptability, and Effects of the Namaste Care Program for Residents with Advanced Dementia in Long Term Care. Funded by the Alzheimer Society of Canada. With Kaasalainen S (PI) , dal Bello-Haas V, Dolovich L, Froggatt K, Hadjistavropoulos T, Markle-Reid M, Ploeg J, Thabane L, van der Steen J, & Volicer L. $119,780 over 2 years (2015-2017).

Community partners for this research include Rosthern Mennonite Home & Saskatoon Health Region Seniors Health and Continuing Care. 

Promoting social engagement, independence and productivity of older adults using participatory action research, with Donna Goodridge, (PI), Candace Skrapek, Michael Gertler, Fred Khonje, Audra Kreuger, Elizabeth Quinlan, Doug Surtees, & Rosemary Venne; funded by SSHRC. $74,955 over 2 years (2014-2016).

Community partners for this research include the Saskatoon Council on Aging.  

Montessori-based interventions for long-term care residents with dementia and a series of other projects on quality of life during older adulthood, with the Community and Research Alliance for Quality of Life in Older Adults, co-investigator with Hadjistavropoulos, T. (PI), Thorpe, L., Whiting, S., Alfano, D., Malloy, D., Kaasalainen, S, Dal Bellos Haas, V., Lix, L & Martin, R. (Collaborators: Jaime Williams, Jane Alcorn, Phil Chilibeck, Dan Kohl, Gretta Lynn Ell, Vanessa Ripley, Donna Bleakney); funded by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. $717,881 over 3 years (2014-2017). 

Community partners for this research include Luther Special Care Home & Saskatoon Health Region Seniors Health and Continuing Care.