Anna Garnett, PhD

Anna Garnett

Assistant Professor

Room 2306, FNB
519 661-2111 x80416


  • BA, BScN, MSc, PhD (McMaster)

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Older adults and their caregivers
  • Chronic disease management
  • Physical activity and aging
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to chronic disease management
  • Digital health applications within older adult care
  • Health services research

Additional Information

Recent Publications

A comprehensive list of publications is available through Google Scholar.

  • Garnett, A., & Northwood, M. (2021). Recruitment of community-based samples: Experiences and recommendations for optimizing success. Accepted Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
  • Boulton, M., Garnett, A., & Webster, F. (2021). A Foucauldian discourse analysis of media reporting on the nurse-as-hero during COVID-19. Nursing Inquiry. In press.
  • Garnett, A., Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., & Strachan, P. (2021). Access and use of formal health and social services by stroke caregivers: A scoping review. Canadian Journal of Nursing Research, doi: 10.1177/08445621211019261. In press.
  • Ting, J. & Garnett, A. (2021). E-health decision support technologies in the prevention and management of pressure ulcers: A systematic review. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, June 16. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000780
  • Ting, J., Garnett, A., & Donelle, L. (2021). Nursing education and training on electronic health record systems: An integrative review. Nurse Education in Practice,55, 103168.

Featured Publications/Projects

  • Garnett, A., Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., & Strachan. (2020). Self-report tools for assessing physical activity in community-living older adults with multiple chronic conditions: A systematic review of psychometric properties and feasibility. Canadian Journal on Aging, 39(1), 12-30
  • Garnett, A., Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., & Strachan, P. (2018). Self-management of multiple chronic conditions by community dwelling older adults: A concept analysis. SAGE Open Nursing, 4, 1-16. doi: 10.1177/2377960817752471
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
    “Innovative Community-Based Approaches to Promote Optimal Aging for Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions and their Caregivers”
    Principal Investigators: J. Ploeg, M. F. Markle-Reid, D. Bournes; With: N. Akhtar-Danesh, S. Baptiste, D. Bender, W. Duggleby, A. Emili, S. Feldman, D. A. Forbes, K. D. Fraser, A. Gafni, R. Ganann, A. Garnett, S. Ghosh, M. C. Gibson, L. E. Griffith, N. A. Matthew-Maich, C. A. Mcainey, C.J. Patterson, S. Peacock, C. Rojas-Fernandez, C. A. Sadowski, J. A. Triscott, R. E. Upshur, R. K. Valaitis, A. M. Williams, C. L. Anderson, M. Farrell, S. R. Paetkau.
    2013-2018: $2,500,000

Current Projects

  • SSHRC Partnership Engage Grant – COVID-19 Special Initiative
    “COVID-19: How registered nurses working in long-term care identify and mobilize personal, professional and institutional resiliency in this pandemic”
    Principal Investigator: D. M. Connelly
    Co-investigators: A. Garnett, D. M. Pearson, J. P. Calver, S. M. Salatino, T. A. Smith-Carrier
    2020-2021: $25,000
  • South Western – Local Integrated Health Network
    “The Use of Digital Health Technologies Among Family Caregivers of Individuals Living with Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia Related Diseases”
    Principal Investigators: L. Donelle, J. Hall, M. Kerr
    Co-investigators: D. Lizotte, M. Smith, J. Shelley, M. Savundranayagam, R. Booth, A. Garnett
    2019-2022: $249,000
  • CIHR-CFHI Implementation Science Teams: Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness in Long-term Care
    “COVID-19: Implementation of virtual P.I.E.C.E.STM for resident care planning with family to build and sustain team collaboration and resilience for the workforce in long-term care”
    Nominated Principal Investigator: Denise Connelly
    Co-investigators: A. Garnett, L. Hung
    Co-applicants/collaborators: H. Martin, S. Snelgrove, S.M. Salatino, N. L. Snobelen, M.L. Yous, R. Maunder, L. Schindel Martin, E. Nason, K. Le Clair
    2021-2022: $150,000
  • Western Strategic Support – SSHRC Seed Grant
    “Social isolation in community-dwelling older adults during COVID-19: Understanding the role of resilience”
    Principal Investigator: A. Garnett
    Co-investigators: R. Booth, L. Donelle, J. B. Orange, F. Webster
    Jan-Dec 2021 ($22,639.00)
  • Western Research COVID Catalyst Grant - $46,647.22 – June 28, 2020
    Title: “A needs assessment for a trial to use synchronous video technology (SVT) to easily connect lonely older adults with their pre-existing social support networks”
    Principal Investigator: L. Swartzman
    Co-investigators: J. Burkell, A. Garnett, M. Katchabaw, A. Quan-Haase, A. Vasudev, E. Vingilis, A. Zecevic
    2020-2021: $46,647.22
  • Western Faculty of Health Sciences Research Acceleration Plan
    Title: Apart but together: Understanding connectivity in the context of COVID-19
    Principal Investigator: Anna Garnett
    Co-investigators: Lorie Donelle, Yolanda Babenko-Mould, Cheryl Forchuk, Carri Hand, Abe Oudshoorn
    2020-2021: $30,000

Graduate Student Theses/Dissertations Supervised

  • Chronic disease management in a nurse practitioner led clinic: An interpretive description study. (Natalie Floriancic, MSc, Nursing)
  • Health care providers perceptions of supporting caregivers of stroke survivors’ access to health and social services: A secondary analysis. (Hannah Pollock, MSc, Nursing)
  • Supporting community integration for clients with severe mental illness: A secondary analysis. (Mallory Segade, MSc, Nursing)
  • Challenges and facilitators to care delivery within long-term care settings (Azmat Jehan, PhD, Nursing)

Research Affiliations

  • Lawson Health Research Institute (Associate Scientist)
  • Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging

Teaching Areas

  • Leadership in Nursing and Health Science
  • Health Informatics/Digital Health

Professional Activities

  • Canadian Association of Gerontology, Member
  • Gerontological Nursing Association Ontario, Member
  • Gerontological Society of America