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Dr. Candace Konnert

Dr. Candace Konnert

E-mail: konnert@ucalgary.ca
Phone:  403-220-4976
Office: Administration 235C

Highest degree/Institution:
Ph.D., University of Southern California (Clinical Psychology, Specialty track: Aging)

Research Interests
Clinical and social aspects of aging, specifically the following areas: mental health in long-term care residents, barriers to mental health care utilization, mental health training among home support workers, education and training in clinical geropsychology.

Prospective Students
I am interested in working with undergraduate and graduate students that have a demonstrated  interest in working with older adults and advancing research and practice in the field of aging.  Students become inspired to work with older adults in many ways – through course work, volunteer activities, work commitments, or research opportunities. If you enjoy older adults and are intrigued by life-span developmental issues, this growing area of research and practice may be for you!

Ph.D. Students

Julie Gorenko

Julie Gorenko

Email: julie.gorenko@ucalgary.ca
Phone: 403-220-4975
Office: Administration 235D

Research Interests
I am interested in psychosocial determinants of well-being across the lifespan. My previous research has focused on the influence of social support on frailty, cognitive impairment and the transition to residential care among older adults. Currently, my focus is on caregivers’ experiences of planning for the transition to long-term care for older relatives. Specifically, what do caregivers wish they had known as part of the planning process and what types of resources would be most helpful in facilitating the transition? This research will identify improvements that could be made to ease the transition to residential care, resulting in better outcomes for older adults and their family members.

Previous Research Assistants and Honours Students

Camille Mori

Camille Mori

Graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Calgary

Claire McGuinness

Graduate student in the School and Applied Child Psychology Program at the University of Calgary

Previous Graduate Students

Calandra Speirs

Dr. Calandra Speirs

Graduated 2020

Dr. Ana Petrovic

Dr. Ana Petrovic

Graduated 2018

Dr. Yvonne Tieu

Dr. Yvonne Tieu

Graduated 2013

Dr. Ashli Watt

Dr. Ashli Watt

Graduated 2007