Rozanne Wilson (Ph.D 2012)
Dr. Rozanne Wilson was a former member of the Language Sciences Lab (2004 – 2012) while earning her PhD in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Toronto under the co-supervision of Dr. Elizabeth Rochon & Dr. Alex Mihaidis (Dept of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy).
Rozanne’s research interests have focused on understanding effective communication approaches to support individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Rozanne’s PhD thesis examined formal caregivers’ use of communication strategies while assisting residents living with moderate and severe Alzheimer’s disease during the completion of daily activities. After completing her PhD, Rozanne's research career has focused on improving person-centred care for individuals living with communication impairments. For example, Rozanne has collaborated on the development of tools (e.g., patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), developed guidelines (e.g., evidence-informed communication strategies), and interventions (e.g., use of mobile communication technology in long-term care homes) that support the social health of older adults living with language and/or cognitive impairments. Rozanne is keenly interested in promoting person-orientated research by including knowledge user's perspectives in various stages of the research process.