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Paulette Hunter Associate Professor

STM 336

Research Area(s)

  • Personhood, relationship, and social inclusion in dementia
  • Psychological interventions to promote quality of life in long-term care
  • Palliative care in long-term care
  • Health psychology


  • B.A. (Honours) University of Regina
  • M.A. University of Regina
  • Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) University of Regina

Research Projects

  • Wickson-Griffiths, A., Compton, R., Ottley, K. (Co-Principal Investigators); Barlow, M., Cammer, A., Hunter, P.V., Mills, S. Moorman, M., Tupper, S. (Co-Investigators); Baxter-Jones, A., Brown, L., Flowers, M. & Sommer, L. (Supporters). Building Sustainable Provincial Connections to Maximize Older Adult Quality of Life through Family Integration into Care. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Research Connections Grant, April 30, 2021, $7500 + in-kind.
  • 2020-2021: Kaasalainen, S., McCloskey, R., Wickson-Griffiths, A., Neil-Sztramko, S., Baxter, S. (PIs) with co-PIs Dobbins, M., Boamah, S., Durepos, P., Hunter, PV., Markle-Reid, M., McCleary, L., Sussman, T., Siu, H., Arya, A., Holroyd-Leduc, J., Thompson, G., Venturato, L. Implementing and Scaling Up the Palliative Care Toolkit in Long-Term Care During COVID. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Implementation Science Teams: Teams Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness in Long-Term Care Funding Opportunity, $149,998 (Invited as co-PI/SK site lead but declined in favour of co-I role)
  • 2020-2021. Hunter, P. V. (PI) and (Co-Is): Stewart, B., Tupper, S., Ward, H., Compton, R., Barlow, M., Hutchinson, J., McPhee, J., Kotelmach, A., Landry, S., Sheard, J., Moorman, M., Cammer, A., Goodridge, D., Wickson-Griffiths, A.,Fenske, M., Fanous, S., & Carverhill, P. Establishing a patient-oriented research network to support knowledge mobilization during the COVID-19 pandemic. SHRF: Research Connections COVID-19 Rapid Response - Activity Application, $10,000
  • 2020-2021. Hunter, P. V. (PI) and (Co-Is): Anderson, C., Compton, R., Danylyshen-Laycock, T., Kaasalainen, S., McCleary, L., Remenda, A., Ripley, V., Sussman, T., Thompson, G., Tupper, S., Venturato, L., Wickson-Griffiths, A.W. Using video-assisted patient education to support discussions about palliative care in long- term care. SHRF – Collaborative Innovation Development Grant, $50,000
  • 2020-2021. Compton, R. (PI) and (Co-Is): Barlow, M., Boscart, V., Hunter, P. V. et al. Improving the quality of life for long-term care residents living with frailty: A mixed methods exploration of factors affecting healthcare provision and outcomes. CIHR – Catalyst Grant: Patient-Oriented Research, $97,564
  • 2019-2020. Tupper, S. (PI) and (Co-Is): Gibson, K., Holtslander, L., Compton, R, Hunter, P.V., et al. Pain knowledge needs of family caregivers and persons with dementia: Role of virtual reality as a training modality. SHRF – Collaborative Innovation Development Grant, $49,932
  • 2019-2024. Kaasalainen, S., Hunter, P.V., McCleary, L., Sussman, T., Thompson, G., Venturato, L., Wickson-Griffiths, A. (PIs).  Bourgeois-Guerin, V., Fisher, K., Hadjistavropoulos, T., MacDonald, M., Martin-Misener, R., McClement, S., Penner, J., Ploeg, J., Sinclair, S., & You, J. Implementing, Evaluating, and Scaling Up of the Strengthening a Palliative Approach in Long Term Care (SPA-LTC) Program. CIHR Project Grant, $948,600.
  • 2019-2020. O’Connell, M. E., & Co-Is Rapoport, M., Cammer, A., McWilliams, L., Hunter, P.V., Kirk. A., Morgan. D., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., & Panyivan, I. RAIIN – Remote Assessment and Interprofessional Intervention with Neuropsychology – Remote Treatment of Sleep Disturbance for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF) Collaborative Innovative Development (CID) grant, $50,000.  
  • 2017-2021. Kaasalainen S. (NPI), Hunter P.V. (co-PI) and (Co-Is): Baxter S., Coker E., dal Bello-Haas V., Dolovich L., Hadjistavropoulos T., McAiney C., Ploeg J., Thabane L., Sussman T., Thompson G., Wickson-Griffiths A. Improving Quality of Living and Dying for People Living with Advanced Dementia and their Caregivers. CIHR Operating Grant: Social Inclusion of Individuals with Dementia and Carers, $498,350.
  • 2017-2020 You, J. (NPI), with (PIs) Barwich, D., Gutman, G., Howard, M., Jayaraman, D., Kaasalainen, S., Klein, D., Kobewka, D., Simon, J., Sussman, T. & Urquhart, R., and (Co-Is) Abelson, J., Allatt, P., Bernard, C., Bourgeois-Guérin, V., Day, A., de Vries, M., Dodek, P., Downar, J., Fowler, R., Hunter, P.V.Kryworuchko, J., Ma, I., McCleary, L., Myers, J., Nijjar, A., Sharma, N., Sinuff, T., Slaven, M., Tan, A., Taneja, R., & Thompson, G. Improving advance care planning for frail elderly Canadians. Canadian Frailty Network (a National Centre of Excellence). Grant # TG 2015-03-P. $2,999,990.

Selected Publications and Presentations

Underlined = student contributor

  • Ballantyne, C., Hunter, P. V., Potter, G. K., & Myge, I. (2021). Mindfulness and perceptions of physical health: The mediating role of perceived stress. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/cbs0000255
  • Hunter, P.V., Wickson-Griffiths, A. & the SK LTC Network (2020, Nov. 10). Not just a visitor: The essential role of family members in long-term care. A pre-recorded oral presentation at the RaDAR Dementia Summit, Saskatchewan, Canada. https://betterltc.ca/saskatchewan-long-term-care-network/   
  • Hunter, P. V., Thorpe, L., Hounjet, C. & Hadjistavropoulos, T. "Using Normalization Process Theory to evaluate the implementation of Montessori-based volunteer visits within a Canadian long-term care home." The Gerontologist 60, no. 1 (2020): 182-192. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gny103
  • Kaasalainen, K., Hunter, P. V., Dal Bello-Haas, V., Dolovich, L., Froggatt, K., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Markle-Reid, M., Ploeg, J., Simard, J., Thabane, L., van der Steen, J. T. & Volicer, L. (2020). Evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of the Namaste Care program in long-term care settings in Canada. Pilot and Feasibility Studies. 6(1): 1-12. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40814-020-00575-4
  • Potter, G. K., Hunter, P. V., & Morrison, T. G. (2020). Dispositional Mindfulness in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: the Mediating Role of Symptom Interference and Self-Compassion. Mindfulness, 11(2), 462-471. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-019-01282-9
  • Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., McCleary, L., Thompson, G., Hunter, P.V., Wickson-Griffiths, A., Cook, R., Dal-Bello Haas, V., Hill, C., Venturato, L., Papaioannou, A., You, J., & Parker, D. (2019). A stakeholder analysis of the strengthening a palliative approach in long term care model. Canadian Journal of Nursing Leadership. 32(3): 27-39. http://dx.doi.org/10.12927/cjnl.2019.25974
  • Malik, H., Fick, F., Dal Bello Haas, V., Hunter, P., & Kaasalainen, S. (2019). Fall prevention program characteristics and experiences of older adults and program providers in Canada: A Thematic Content Analysis. Journal of Applied Gerontology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0733464819874600
  • Hill, C., Duggleby, W., Venturato, L., Durepos, P., Kulasegaram, P., Hunter, P.V., McCleary, L., Sussman, T., Thompson, G., Surtees, D., Wickson-Griffiths, A., Kaasalainen, S. (2019). An Analysis of Documents Guiding Palliative Care in Five Canadian Provinces. Canadian Journal on Aging. 38(3): 1-15. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0714980818000594
  • Smith-MacDonald, L., Venturato, L., Hunter, P.V., Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., McCleary, L., Thompson, G., Wickson-Griffiths, A., & Sinclair, S. (2019). Perspectives and experiences of compassion in long-term care facilities within Canada: A Qualitative Study of Patients, Family Members and Health Care Providers. BMC Geriatrics, 19, 128-140. Open access provided through funding from CIHR: https://rdcu.be/bAHnH
  • Hunter, P.V., McCleary, L., Akhtar-Danesh, N., Goodridge, D., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., Thompson, G., Venturato, L., & Wickson-Griffiths, A. Mind the gap: Is the Canadian long-term care workforce ready for a palliative care mandate? Ageing & Society. Open access provided through funding from CIHR & SHRF: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0144686X18001629
  • Thompson, G., Kaasalainen, S., Sussman, T., McCleary, L., Venturato, L., Hunter, P.V., Wickson-Griffiths. (2018). “Who would want to die like that?”: Perspectives on dying alone. Death Studies, 1-12. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07481187.2018.1491484     
  • McCleary, L., Thompson, G., Venturato, L., Wickson-Griffiths, A, Hunter, P.V., Sussman, T., & Kaasalainen, S. (2018). Meaningful connections in dementia end of life care in long term care homes. BMC Psychiatry, 18, 307-317. Open access sponsored by St. Thomas More College's Publication Granthttps://bmcpsychiatry.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12888-018-1882-9
  • Hunter, P.V., Delbaere, M., O’Connell, M.E., Cammer, A., Seaton, J.X., Friedrich, T., & Fick, F. A Review of Internet-Based Information about the Role of Lifestyle in Cognitive Health: Did They Get it Right? BMC Geriatrics, 17, 125-139. Open access sponsored by St. Thomas More College's Publication Grant: https://bmcgeriatr.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12877-017-0515-3
  • Duff, W., Haskey, N., Potter, G., Alcorn, J., Hunter, P.V., & Fowler, S. (2018). Non- pharmacological therapies for inflammatory bowel disease: Recommendations for self-care and physician guidance. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 24 (28). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6064965/pdf/WJG-24-3055.pdf
  • Friedrich, T.Hunter, P.V., & Elias, L. (2018 e-publication). The trajectory of pseudoneglect in adults: A systematic review. Neuropsychology Review. Please access a free copy of this article at: https://rdcu.be/bbNFs 
  • Hunter, P.V., Kaasalainen, S., Froggatt, K., Ploeg, J., Dolovich, L., Simard, J. & Salsali, M. (2017) Using the Ecological Framework to Identify Barriers and Enablers to Implementing Namaste Care in Canada’s Long-term Care System. Annals of Palliative Medicine, 6(4), 340-353. Invited by Dr. L. Volicer, special issue editor. http://apm.amegroups.com/article/viewFile/15630/15666
  • Hadjistavropoulos, T., Williams, J., Kaasalainen, S., Hunter, P.V., Savoie, M. & Wickson-Griffiths, A. (2016). Increasing the frequency and timeliness of pain assessment and management in long-term care: Knowledge transfer and sustained implementation. Pain Research and Management.
  • Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Thorpe, L., Lix, L. & Malloy, D.C. (2016) The influence of individual and organizational factors on person-centred dementia care. Aging & Mental Health, 20 (7), 700-708. (Invited contribution to a special issue on person-centred care.)
  • Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., & Kaasalainen, S. (2016). A qualitative study of nursing assistants’ awareness of person-centred approaches to dementia care. Ageing & Society, 36 (6), 1211-1237.
  • Goodridge, D., Quinlan, E., Venne, R., Hunter, P.V., & Surtees, D. (2013). Planning for serious illness by the general public: A population-based survey. ISRN Family Medicine.
  • Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Smythe, W., Malloy, D., Kaasalainen, S., & Williams, J. (2013). The Personhood in Dementia Questionnaire (PDQ): Establishing an association between beliefs about personhood and health providers’ approaches to person-centred care. Journal of Aging Studies, 27 (3), 276–287.
  • Ghandehari, O. O., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Williams, J., Thorpe, L., Alfano, D. P., Dal Bello Haas, V., Malloy, D. C., Martin. R. R., Rahaman, O., Zwakhalen, S. M. G., Carleton, R. N., Hunter, P.V., & Lix, L. (2012). A controlled investigation of continuing pain education for long-term care staff. Pain Research and Management, 18 (1),11-18.
  • Dever Fitzgerald, T., Hunter, P.V., Hadjistavropoulos, T., & Koocher, G. P. (2010). Ethical and Legal Considerations for Internet-Based Psychotherapy. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 39 (3), 173–187.
  • Hadjistavropoulos, T., Hunter, P.V., & Dever Fitzgerald, T. (2009). Pain Assessment in Older Adults: Conceptual Issues and Clinical Challenges. Canadian Psychology, 50 (4), 241- 254.
  • Hunter, P.V. & Antony, M.M. (2009). Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Emetophobia: The Role of Interoceptive Exposure. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 16, 84-91.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • PSY 120.3 (Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology)
  • PSY 121.3 (Social, Clinical, Cultural and Developmental Bases of Psychology)
  • PSY 216.3 (Psychology of Aging)
  • PSY 858.3 (Ethics in Clinical Psychology)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Member, Canadian Psychological Association Committee on Ethics (2014-)
  • Founding Member, Saskatchewan LTC Network (2020-)
  • Vice President, St. Thomas More College Faculty Union, University of Saskatchewan (2020-)
  • Secretary, St. Thomas More College Faculty Union, University of Saskatchewan (2019-2020)
  • Department Head, Psychology, St. Thomas More College (2018-2019)
  • Research Committee, St. Thomas More College (2014-2017)
  • Member, Clinical Executive Committee, Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan (2011-2019)
  • Corresponding Member, Clinical Executive Committee, Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan (2019-)