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Carrie McAiney


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. 

Featured Publications

  • Dham P, Colman S, Saperson K, McAiney C, Lourenco L, Kates N, Rajji TK. Collaborative care for psychiatric disorders in older adults- a Systematic Review. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry(Accepted).
  • Ploeg J, Markle-Reid M, Valaitis R, McAiney C, Duggleby W, Bartholomew A, Sherafali D. Rapid Evidence Review of the Impact of Internet Interventions for Caregivers of Adults with Chronic Conditions Living in the Community. Journal of Medical Internet Research (Accepted).
  • Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Fisher, K., Swindle, J., Chambers, T., Ghosh, S., Peacock, S., Markle-Reid, M., Triscott, J., Williams, A., Forbes, D., & Pollard, L. (2017). Study protocol: Pragmatic randomized control trial of an internet-based intervention (My Tools 4 Care) for family caregivers. BMC Geriatrics. doi:10.1186/s12877-017-0581-6 . url:
  • Ploeg J, Matthew-Maich N, Fraser K, Dufour S, McAiney C, Kaasalainen S, Markle-Reid M, Upshur R, Cleghorn L, Amili A. (2017). Managing multiple chronic conditions in the community: A Canadian qualitative study of the experiences of older adults, family caregivers and healthcare providers. BMC Geriatrics, 17:40. doi: 10.1186/s12877-017-0431-6.
  • McAiney, CA.Hillier, L., Paul, J., McKinnon-Wilson, J., Phelan, A., Wagner, F. (2017). Improving the seniors’ transition from hospital to the community: A case for Intensive Geriatric Service Workers.International Psychogeriatrics, 29(1), pp. 149–163. doi: 10.1017/S1041610216001058.
  • Heckman GA, Boscart VM, D'Elia T, Kaasalainen S, McAiney C, Kelley ML, Stolee P, Strachan P, McKelvie RS. (2017). The role of unregulated care providers in managing heart failure patients in long-term care facilities. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 26(5-6), 849-861.
  • Markel-Reid, M & McAiney C. (2016). Depression care management interventions for older adults with depression using home health services: Moving the field forward. [Editorial] Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 64(11), 2193-2195.
  • Heckman, GA, Boscart, VM, D’Elia, T, Kelley, ML, Kaasalainen, S, McAiney, C, van der Horst, M-L, McKelvie, RS. (2016). Managing heart failure in long-term care: Recommendations from an interprofessional stakeholder consultation. Canadian Journal on Aging, 35(4), 447-464.
  • Prorok, J., Stolee, P., Cooke, M., McAiney, C.A., Lee L. (2015) Evaluation of a dementia education program for family medicine residents. Canadian Geriatrics Journal, 18(2), 57-64.DOI:
  • Wickson-Griffiths, A., Kaasalainen, S., Brazil, K., McAiney, C., Crawshaw, D., Turner, M., & Kelley, ML. (2015). Comfort Care Rounds: A qualitative evaluation of an innovative palliative care improvement strategy.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 41(1), 42-8.
  • Prasad, S., Dunn, W., Hillier, LM., McAiney, CA., Warren, R., Rutherford, P. (2014). Rural Geriatric Glue: A Nurse Practitioner Led Model of Care for Enhancing Primary Care for Frail Seniors Within an Ecosystem Approach. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 62(9), 1772-80.
  • Markle-Reid, M., McAiney, C., Forbes, D., Thabane, L., Gibson, M., Browne, G., Hoch, J., Peirce, T., Busing, B. (2014). An Interprofessional Nurse-Led Mental Health Promotion Intervention for Older Home Care Clients with Depressive Symptoms. BMC Geriatrics,14:62.
  • Dupuis, S., McAiney, C., Fortune, D., Ploeg, J., de Wit, L. (2014). Theoretical foundations guiding culture change: The work of the Partnerships in Dementia Care Alliance. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. doi: 10.1177/1471301213518935.
  • Kaasalainen, S., Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Schindel Martin, L., Donald, F., Martin-Misener, R., Brazil, K., Taniguchi, A., Wickson-Griffiths, A., Carter, N., Sangster-Gormley, E. (2013). Role of the Nurse Practitioner in Providing Palliative Care in Long Term Care Homes. International Journal of Palliative Nursing, 19(10), 477-85.
  • McAiney, CA, Hillier, L, Stole, P, Harvey, D, Michael, J. (2012).‘Throwing a lifeline’: the role of First Link™ in enhancing support for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Neurodegenerative Disease Management, 2(6), 623–638.


  • Ph.D., University of Waterloo, 1998
  • M.A., University of Waterloo, 1992
  • B.A., University of Waterloo, 1990


Research Areas

Health services and evaluation research to enhance quality of care and quality of life for older persons, particularly those living with dementia and their caregivers.

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