Research Program & Current Studies

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My research program focuses on leadership and innovation in health services using mixed methods.

With my background in kinesiology and nursing, I have many research interests and enjoy collaborating with diverse teams of researchers across the country and internationally.  Instead of a physical “lab” we often work together virtually – therefore I have a “collaboratory” which is a virtual lab/collab (credit for this clever term goes to Dr. Lise Gauvin at the University of Montreal).

My current work focuses on the following areas:

  • Leadership and teamwork in healthcare
  • Workplace relationships and social capital
  • The impact of health technology on healthcare workers, patients, and the healthcare system
  • Healthy work environments
  • Supporting healthy aging
  • Workplace mental health

Current Research:

AGEWELL APPTA National Innovation Hub (co-Principal Investigator)

The Advancing Policies and Practices in Technology and Aging (APPTA) hub is a joint initiative of AGE-WELL and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF). Launched on May 16, 2017, the hub will design innovative solutions to specific policy, program and service challenges, and will develop best practices for rapid adoption of technologies across Canada.

This hub supports governments and policy-makers in adopting best practices, services and programs for Canada’s aging population by:

  • Bridging the knowledge translation gap by connecting researchers and policy-makers in the development of innovative solutions;
  • Creating opportunities for knowledge exchange between Canadian jurisdictions;
  • Fostering an environment of innovation and collaboration.

The hub’s offices are located at the York Care Centre in Fredericton, New Brunswick.


The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation (NBHRF) announce recipients of the 1st New Brunswick Senior’s Care-Strategic Innovation Fund (SC-SIF)

Dr. Erik Scheme and Dr. Emily Read – UNB – for the Validation and Scaling of the Mobile
e-Chart Healthcare Software Platform for Long-Term Care Facilities, and eChart
Healthcare Inc.

New Brunswick Health Research Foundation – News Releases – 2017-12-01cahbi-award.png


Employee and Family Assistance Programs for the Identification and Treatment of Workplace Depression.

This mixed methods study is funded by Healthy Minds Canada, Pfizer Canada, and the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation. For more information about the study, please go here. Co-investigators: Dr. Sue O’Donnell, Dr. Patrick Bruning, Jennifer Donovan.


Caring near and far – a multi-province investigation of remote monitoring technologies connecting community-based older adults and their care team.

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR): eHealth Innovations Partnership Program (eHIPP) with matching funds from NBHRF and in-kind contributions from Carelink Advantage. Donelle, L. (N-PI),  Regan, S. (Co-PI),  Co-Is: Bauer, M., Borycki, E., Forbes, D., Gaudet, A., Hoch, J., Isaranuwatchai, W., Kerr, M., Loyola, M., McCluskey, K., Milak, G., Peters, P., Read, E.A., Ruptash, T., Sangster-Gormley, E., Stevens, S., Warner, G., Zecevic, A., Zwarenstein, M.


Ekso Perspectives.

A pilot study examining the experience of using the Ekso bionic exoskeleton from the perspectives of physiotherapists, patients, and their family members. Co-investigators: Dr. Chris McGibbon & Dr. Colleen O’Connell


Development & Validation of the Nurses’ Workplace Social Capital Questionnaire.

This was my dissertation research and I have recently collected a second sample to cross-validate the instrument.

Stay tuned for more opportunities as I have applied for more research funding (fingers crossed!)