Dr. McAiney completed her Ph.D. in Health Studies and Gerontology at the University of Waterloo in 1998. She joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences as a part-time member that same year and became a full time member in 2002. Dr. McAiney is currently an Associate Professor in the Department, as well as a Graduate Faculty Member in the School of Nursing at McMaster University. Dr. McAiney served as a member of Health Quality Ontario’s Dementia Care in the Community Quality Standard Advisory Committee, was the Evaluator for Ontario’s first Alzheimer Strategy, and was a subject matter expert for the Alzheimer Society of Canada’s Rising Tide report. She has received research funding from CIHR, SSHRC, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Dr. McAiney is involved in health services research and evaluation aimed at enhancing quality of care and quality of life for older adults, particularly individuals living with dementia, family care partners and care providers. Much of her research is participatory, involving community organizations, individuals living with dementia, family members, providers and policy makers. Dr. McAiney works collaboratively with her partners to identify meaningful research questions, design interventions, and use research findings to inform decision-making related to programming, funding and policy.
Dr. McAiney is currently a Co-Principal Investigator on a pragmatic randomized controlled trial funded by an Ontario SPOR Support Unit Award that is examining the implementation and effectiveness of a transitional care initiative for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and depressive symptoms. She is also a Co-Principal Investigator on an Alzheimer Society of Canada funded project that aims to develop and pilot test a Relational Caring Learning Series for long-term care home staff.
Dr. McAiney is actively involved in teaching and learning in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program at McMaster University. The program is grounded in the pedagogies of Inquiry and self-directed learning. Dr. McAiney is currently working with members of the Bachelor of Health Sciences community on the evaluation of educational approaches used within the program.