Department of Speech-Language Pathology (University of Toronto)
Rozanne Wilson began her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto in Fall 2004, following the completion of her Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) in Psychology from Simon Fraser University. During her time at Simon Fraser University, Rozanne developed her research interests in language and neurodegenerative disorders while focusing her studies in cognitive neuropsychology. Since beginning the research stream program in the department of Speech-Language Pathology under the supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Rochon, Rozanne successfully reclassified into the PhD program in Fall 2005. In addition, Rozanne works under the supervision of Dr. Alex Mihailidis on a collaborative project with Dr. Elizabeth Rochon. Rozanne is a current doctoral fellow in the Health Care, Technology, and Place (HCTP) CIHR Strategic Training Program, and has completed the Collaborative Program in Aging and the Life Course, attends.
Rozanne’s research interests focus on communication impairments in neurodegenerative dementias. Currently, she is examining communicative function in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Specifically, she is in the process of investigating the Alzheimer resident-formal caregiver dyad and identifying effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies utilized by formal caregivers during an activity of daily living. This research is motivated by the need to develop empirically based evidence for the use of communication strategies currently recommended to formal caregivers. Current and future career goals also include interactions with researchers from a variety of disciplines, fostering a multidisciplinary investigative approach to questions around aging, specifically communication needs of those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Manuscripts in Preparation
Wilson, R., Rochon, E., Mihailidis, A. and Leonard, C. (in preperation). Analysis of communication breakdowns and repairs between formal cargivers and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease duirng an activity of daily living. Manuscript in preparation.
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
Wilson, R., Rochon, E., Mihailidis, A., & Leonard, C. (in review). Quantitative analysis of formal caregivers’ use of communication strategies while assisting individuals with moderate and severe Alzheimer’s disease during oral care.
Wilson, R, Rochon, E., Leonard, C. and Mihailidis. (in review). Formal caregiver’s perceptions of effective communication strategies while assisting residents with Alzheimer’s disease during activities of daily living.
Wilson, R., Rochon, E., Mihailidis, A. and Leonard, C. (2012). Examining success of communication strategies used by formal caregivers assisting individuals with Alzheimer's disease during an activity of daily living. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55(2), 328-341.
Peer Reviewed Journal Extended Abstracts
Wilson, R., Rochon, E., Mihailidis, A., Leonard, C., Lim, M., & Cole, A. (2007). Examining effective communication strategies used by formal caregivers when interacting with Alzheimer’s disease residents during an activity of daily living (ADL). Brain and Language 103(1-2), 199-200. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2007.07.126.
Peer Reviewed Published Conference Proceedings
Wilson, R., Rochon, E., & Mihailidis, A. (2010). Examining effective communication strategies employed by caregivers assisting individuals with Alzheimer’s disease during oral care. Proceedings of the International Society for Gerontechnology’s 7th World Conference on Gerontechnology, Gerontechnolgy, 9 (2), 339. doi:10.4017/gt.2010.09.02.190.00.
Wilson, R., Rochon, E., & Mihailidis, A. (June, 2007). Caregivers communicating with Alzheimer patients: Investigating the use of successful communication strategies. Paper submitted to the 2nd International Conference on Technology and Aging (ICTA) in the Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT), Toronto, Canada.
Wilson, R. (2007). Successfully communicating with Alzhiemer patients [Abstract]. Festival of International Conferneces on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT), 436.
Wilson, R., Rochon, E., & Mihailidis, A. (2005). The Alzheimer patient-formal caregiver dyad: An investigation of optimal verbal and non-verbal components of successful communication. The Canadian Journal of Geriatric Medicine & Psychiatry, 8(3), 113.