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Dr. Rozanne Wilson

Research Manager

Audiology & Speech Sciences

Faculty of Medicine

Research Themes: 

The Communicating Mind and Body

Dr. Wilson is the research manager for the Adult Language Processing & Disorders Lab. Broadly, Dr. Rozanne Wilson’s research is focused on the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative solutions to improve social participation in frail elderly adults living with a chronic condition that impacts communication. Specifically, Dr. Wilson’s research has concentrated on supporting social participation in elderly living in long-term residential care (LTRC). In LTRC, interpersonal communication is crucial to residents’ (and caregivers’) quality of life. However, chronic conditions common in LTRC (dementia; aphasia) create communication challenges. Moreover, promoting interpersonal communication is essential to person-centred care. Dr. Wilson’s early research projects focused on identifying effective communication strategies that support resident-caregiver communication during daily activities. These findings were then used to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of a person-centred dementia care communication training intervention. From this experience, Dr. Wilson gained insight into key research gaps in LTRC. Firstly, there is a need for innovative technologies to support communication in LTRC. Secondly, there is a need for valid patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) that assess health-related quality of life of residents’ in LTRC. Thus, Dr. Wilson’s current research interests have evolved to examine the feasibility of using mobile technology to support communication in LTRC.

Research Interests

Development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative solutions to improve social participation in frail elderly adults living with a chronic condition that impacts communication.

Supporting social participation in elderly living in long-term residential care (LTRC)