Meet CRHESI: Nicole Dalmer

Nicole Dalmer (BSc, MLIS) is a fourth year PhD Candidate in the Library and Information Science program at The Western University of Western Ontario. Her SSHRC-funded doctoral research examines the often-invisible information work done by family caregivers of older adults. She is particularly interested in examining the intersection of information work and caring work; exploring the information related work needed to care for an aging family member and the degree to which this work is recognized in aging in place policy and discourse. Nicole aims to draw attention to the work involved in seeking, sharing and understanding information needed to provide care, information that is often scattered and fragmented across organizations and services. Wearing her other research hat, she also studies and advocates for the development of more responsive public library services for aging populations. Please be in touch through email ( or Twitter (@ndalmer).

Meet CRHESI: Debbie Rudman

Debbie Laliberte Rudman is Associate Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University. Debbie carries out equity-oriented, collaborative research that works with marginalized collectives and community organizations to optimize opportunities for participation. Her work enhances understanding of how social, economic, gendered and other contextual factors lead to situations of inequity in relation to health, social inclusion, and occupation (the range of activities people need and want to do). Debbie’s research has examined social, health and occupational inequities in relation to: retirement and later life work; aging with disabilities; post-secondary education and First Nations youth; barriers to successful integration for immigrants; and precarious employment and long-term employment.  She aims to provoke awareness of inequities and highlight alternative ways stakeholders can re-shape contextual features — such as policies and institutional practices — to promote equity and social inclusion.

Meet CRHESI: Abe Oudshoorn

Abe Oudshoorn is Assistant Professor in the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing at Western University, the Department of Psychiatry Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and Associate Scientist with Lawson Health Research Institute.  Having worked as a nurse with people experiencing homelessness, Abe’s research focuses on health, homelessness, housing policy, and poverty. Outside of the University, Abe has the privilege of chairing the London Homeless Coalition, is a board member with the United Way of London & Middlesex, and sits on the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Poverty.

Meet CRHESI: Melanie Katsivo

Melanie Katsivo is Research Officer and Adjunct Research Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, where her interests and work are focused on innovative and disruptive approaches to dealing with factors that deter the enjoyment of acceptable levels of good health and overall wellness by individuals in communities. Melanie uses a gender- and human-rights framework to interrogate socio-cultural determinants of wellness.

Meet CRHESI: Carri Hand

Carri Hand is Assistant Professor in the School of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Western University. Carri’s research explores physical, social, policy and cultural contextual factors that impact social connectedness, social inclusion and participation in occupations among older adults — all to inform the development of innovative strategies to promote inclusion of older adults in community life. Carri collaborates with community organizations and community members, focusing on vulnerable older adults who may be experiencing poverty, disability, or social isolation. Her current work explores the complex ways in which neighbourhoods can support social connectedness and inclusion; how primary care and neighbourhoods can be integrated to support inclusion and participation; and measurement of meaningful outcomes in primary care as a basis for addressing health inequities.