Marie Y. Savundranayagam, PhD

Marie Y. Savundranayagam, PhD

Associate Professor - School of Health Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University

Marie Savundranayagam (Western University)


Current Activity

Dr. Savundranayagam conducts research that has an impact on how we care for older adults with dementia and their caregivers, both family and formal caregivers. Within family caregiving, her research is on enhancing our understanding of the contributors of stress and depression among family caregivers, and to use that knowledge to develop, implement, and assess interventions that enrich their caregiving experiences. Within formal caregiving, Dr. Savundranayagam’s research aims to understand the factors that lead to communication breakdown between caregivers and persons with dementia, and to use that knowledge to equip caregivers with the necessary skills to delivery person-centered care.

Areas of Interest

  • Non-pharmacological treatment 
  • Caregivers support and education 
  • Housing 
  • Mental health
  • Policy
  • Socialization and participation
  • Social isolation and loneliness
  • Spirituality
  • Ageism 
  • Dementia 
  • Person-centred care

Approaches to Innovation

  • Capacity building and workforce development
  • Community development 
  • Knowledge translation and exchange 
  • Resource and tool development 


  • Sam Katz Community Health and Aging Research Unit