Marie Savundranayagam, PhD

Marie Savundranayagam

Associate Professor

Room 219, HSB
519 661-2111 x82215
msavund@uwo.ca

Education

  • MA, PhD (University of Kansas)
  • B.Arts.Sc. Combined Honours (McMaster)

Academic Appointments

Supervising Graduate Students

  • Yes

Research Interests

  • Communication and formal and informal caregiving
  • Person-centered care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia
  • Caregiver interventions

Additional Information

Featured Projects

Recent Publications

  • Savundranayagam, M. Y., & Moore-Nielson, K. (2015). Language-based communication strategies that support person-centered communication. International Journal of Psychogeriatrics, 27(10), 1707-1718. doi:10.1017/S1041610215000903
  • Savundranayagam, M. Y., Sibalija, J., & Scotchmer, E. (2016). Resident reactions to person-centered communication by long-term care staff. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 31(6) 530-53. doi: 10.1177/1533317515622291
  • Hamad, E. O., Savundranayagam, M. Y., Holmes, J. D., Kinsella, E.A., Johnson, A.M. (2016). Towards a mixed methods research approach to content analysis in the digital age: The combined content analysis model and its applications to healthcare Twitter feeds. Journal of Medical Internet Research. doi:10.2196/jmir.5391
  • Savundranayagam, M. Y. & Lee, C. (2017) Roles of communication problems and communication strategies on resident-related job satisfaction. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Disorders. doi: 10.1177/1533317517689876
  • Kloseck, M., Fitzimmons, D., Speechley, M., Savundranayagam, M. Y., & Crilly, R., (2017). Improving the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis using a senior-friendly peer-led community education and mentoring model: A randomized controlled trial. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 12, 823-833.
  • Hamad, E. O., AlHadi, A. Lee, C., Savundranayagam, M. Y., Holmes, J. D., Kinsella, E.A., Johnson, A.M. (2017). Assessment of caregiving constructs: Toward a personal, familial, group, and cultural construction of dementia care through the eyes of personal construct psychology. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 32(4), 413-431. doi:10.1007/s10823-017-9320-x
  • Garcia Diaz, L., Savundranayagam, M. Y., Kloseck, M., & Fitzsimmons, D. (2017 online first). The role of cultural and family values on social connectedness among ethnic minority elders. Clinical Gerontologist. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2017.1395377
  • Guthrie, D. M., Davidson, J. G. S., Williams, N., Campos, J. Hunter, K., Mick, P., Orange, J. B., Pichora-Fuller, M. K., Phillips, N. A., Savundranayagam, M. Y., Wittich, W. (2018). Combined impairments in vision, hearing and cognition are associated with greater levels of functional and communication difficulties than cognitive impairment alone: Analysis of interRAI data for home care and long-term care recipients in Ontario. PLOS ONE, 13(2), e0192971. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192971
  • Hill, E. M., Savundranayagam, M. Y., Zecevic, A., & Kloseck, M. (2018). Staff perspectives of barriers to access and delivery of palliative care for persons with dementia in long-term care. American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Disorders, http://doi.org/10.1177/1533317518765124.
  • Hamad, E. O., AlHadi, A., Tremblay, P., Savundranayagam, M. Y., Kinsella, E.A., Holmes, J. D., Lee, C., Johnson, A.M. (2018). Reconstruction of a caregiver burden scale: Identifying culturally sensitive items in Saudi Arabia. Canadian Journal on Aging. 1-16. doi:10.1017/S071498081800003X
  • Hamad, E. O., AlHadi, A., Tremblay, P., Savundranayagam, M. Y., Kinsella, E.A., Holmes, J. D., Lee, C., Johnson, A.M. (2018). Reconstruction of a caregiver burden scale: Identifying culturally sensitive items in Saudi Arabia. Canadian Journal on Aging, 37(2), 218-233. doi:10.1017/S071498081800003X [20%, IFR: .734, H index: 34, Journal Ranked Q2 Gerontology]
  • Savundranayagam, M. Y. (2018). Aging through the lens of historical time, space, and place. The Gerontologist, 58(4), 795-796. doi.org/10.1093/geront/gny070
  • Sibalija, J., Savundranayagam, M.Y., Orange, JB., & Kloseck, M. (2018). Social support, social participation, and depression among caregivers and non-caregivers in Canada: A population health perspective. Aging and Mental Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/13607863.2018.1544223
  • Young, J., Lind, C., Orange, JB., Savundranayagam, MY. (2019). Expanding current understandings of epistemic injustice and dementia: Learning from stigma theory. Journal of Aging Studies, 48, 76-84.

Research Affiliations

Teaching Areas

  • Population aging and health
  • Physical and psychological changes associated with aging
  • Vulnerable populations and aging

Awards

  • Faculty of Health Sciences: Recognition of Excellence in Teaching  (2012, 2013)
  • Age Plus Prize: Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aging (2005)

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, The Clinical Gerontologist
  • Editorial Board, Social Work in Health Care
  • Proposal Reviewer – Alzheimer’s Association International Research Grant Program