Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen, RN, BScN, MSc, PhD

Dr. Sharon Kaasalainen, RN, BScN, MSc, PhD

Professor & Gladys Sharpe Chair in Nursing

Sharon Kaasalainen (McMaster University


Current Activity
The goal of my research program is to improve the quality of living and dying for people who live in long term care homes and their families/partners/significant others within a palliative approach to care.

Areas of Interest

  • End-of-life and/or palliative care 
  • Frailty
  • Pain 
  • Caregiver support and education 
  • Socialization and participation 
  • Dementia 
  • Person-centred care 
  • Long-term care

Approaches to Innovation

  • Capacity building and workforce development 
  • Quality improvement 
  • Evaluation 
  • Network building 
  • Knowledge translation and exchange 
  • Resource and tool development 

Student Mentorship
Looking to supervise:

  • Master’s students
  • PhD students