Research Staff


















Shalane Basque, Project Coordinator
Shalane Basque is the Project Coordinator in the CaRe Lab. She has extensive experience with verbal discourse transcriptions, project management, quality assurance, and intervention implementation. Her research interests are in supporting informal and formal caregivers of persons with dementia. She is interested in learning family caregivers’ goals and how their goals vary across the caregiving career. She is equally interested in teaching person-centered communication to Personal Support Workers. She strongly believes in enhancing knowledge of informal and formal caregivers in order to provide quality care to support the needs of persons with dementia.



 Joelle Donato, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Joelle Donato is pursuing an Honors Specialization in Health Sciences at Western University. She is interested in research focusing on older adults. More specifically, her work examines the social history of older adults with dementia.





Hajany Jeyakumar, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Hajany is a fourth undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Health Science with a minor in psychology. She is responsible for assisting in examining language strategies and person-centred care for the Be EPIC project. Her previous experience involves children, youth and developmental disorders. She grew a passion for the geriatric population after exposure to caregiving interventions and research in the CaRe Lab. Her current research interests include both formal and informal caregiving in relation to communication. Hajany hopes to continue working in an applied research setting, especially in a rehabiliation setting working with marginalized populations.