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Junior Researcher Development Program

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What is the program?

VHA Home HealthCare is committed to sponsoring promising young scientists to engage in research that will diversify the research capacity and expertise in the home and community sector. Each year, VHA Home HealthCare co-funds up to three graduate students whose work is aligned with the strategic vision of VHA Research.   

If you would like to learn more about this unique opportunity, please connect with VHA Research at researchhelp@vha.ca

Current junior researchers

Julia Goyal

2021 Junior Research Award Winner

Julia Goyal is currently pursuing a Joint Interdisciplinary PhD between the School of Public Health Sciences and Department of Mechatronics and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo.

Her doctoral research focuses on building and validating data-driven models through a mixed-method design to classify, predict and better understand stress in caregiving work.

Findings will help develop recommendations for frontline and management-level workplace personnel and inform workplace practice to promote sustainable and healthy work for personal support workers. Understanding stress will make an important difference in care work, as the health and well-being of personal support workers, in turn, shapes the quality of care provided to clients at home.

VHA Research Priority: Safer Teams

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Sarah Carbone

2021 Junior Research Award Winner

Sarah Carbone is a PhD candidate in Health Services Research at the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Her research interests include shared decision-making, aging in place and patient and family health care experiences.

Sarah’s current research explores the decision-making of older adults who considered leaving, or left, long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. This work will include the perspectives of older long-term care residents, caregivers, and care providers and offer important insight towards the long-term care to homecare transition process, and the facilitators and barriers of this type of transition.

VHA Research Priority: A More Connected System

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Sheila Addanki

2021 Junior Research Award Winner

Sheila Addanki is a PhD candidate in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University.

Her PhD research will examine the implementation and impact of the Beyond Silence App, a new evidence-based mental health app designed to provide customized information for workers in healthcare. This real-world implementation study will provide key insights to generate recommendations for optimizing the use of mobile health apps to address the complex and evolving mental health needs of frontline workers in healthcare.

VHA Research Priority: Safer Teams

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How do I apply?

We are so glad you are considering applying for the Junior Researcher Development Awards program. It is an excellent opportunity.

Applications are currently closed. They will reopen for the 2022-2023 term. 

If you would like to learn more, please contact VHA’s Research Team at researchhelp@vha.ca in the meantime.