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Paulette Hunter Associate Professor

STM 336

Research Area(s)

  • Psychological interventions to promote health and quality of life
  • Stigma and personhood in dementia
  • Behavioural support in long-term care
  • End of life in long-term care


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

Research Projects

  • 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.
  • 2017-2019. Sussman, T. (PI), Hunter P.V., Kaasalainen S., McCleary, L., Thompson, G., Venturata, L.,Wickson-Griffiths, A. (Co-Is). Advance Care Planning for Persons with Dementia: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions. Alzheimer Society of Canada, $120,000.
  • 2015-2018. Kaasalainen, S. (NPI), Costello, A., Neves, P., Hunter P.V., Sussman, T., Thompson, G., Venturato, L. (co-PIs/provincial site leads) et al. Partnering Together to Improve Palliative Care in Long Term Care Homes. CIHR Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) Grant. $740,000.
  • 2015-2017. Kaasalainen S (PI) , Hunter, P.V. (site lead) with (Co-Is) dal Bello-Haas V, Dolovich L, Froggatt K, Hadjistavropoulos T, Markle-Reid M, Ploeg J, Thabane L, van der Steen J, & Volicer L.The Feasbility, Acceptability, and Effects of the Namaste Care Program for Residents with Advanced Dementia in Long Term CareAlzheimer Society of Canada Research Program Grant. $119,780.
  • 2015-2016. Sussman, T., & Kaasalainen, K (Co-PIs) with (Co-Is) Bourgeois-Guerin , V., Earl, M., Hunter, P.V., Mccleary, L., Sinclair , S., Surtees, D., Thompson, G., Venturato, L.,   Wickson-Griffiths, A.,  You, J., & Young, L.,  with Baxter, S., Cory , S., Durivage, P., Hanvey, L.,  Holroyd-Leduc, J., Neves, P., O’Leary, J., Pilkington, L., Procter, T.L., Purdon, L., Ripley, V., Schulz, M., & Touchette, C.  Working Together to Support a Palliative Approach in Long-Term-Care: A Pan Canadian InitiativeCIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant. $20,000.
  • 2014-2017. Hadjistavropoulos, T., (PI) with (co-Is/project leads) Thorpe, L., Whiting, S., Hunter, P.V., Alfano, D., Malloy, D., Kaasalainen, S, Dal Bellos Haas, V., Lix, L & Martin, R. and (Collaborators) Jaime Williams, Jane Alcorn, Phil Chilibeck, Dan Kohl, Gretta Lynn Ell, Vanessa Ripley, Donna Bleakney). Research & Community Alliance for Quality of Life in Older Adults (The QOL Team; Renewal). Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. $717,881
  • 2014-2016. Goodridge, D. (PI) with (Co-Is) Skrapek, C., Gertler, M., Khonje, F., Kreuger, A., Quinlan, E., HunterP.V.Surtees, D. & Venne, R. Promoting social engagement, independence and productivity of older adults using participatory action research. Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council – Insight Development Grant. $74,955.
  • 2007-2012. Hadjistavropoulos, T., (PI) et al. Research and Community Alliance for Quality of Life in Long-Term Care (QOL Team). Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation – Health Research Team Grant. $2,408,500

Selected Publications and Presentations

Underlined = student contributor

  • 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., Thorpe, L., Hounjet, C., & Hadjistavropoulos, T. (accepted). Using Normalization Process Theory to evaluate the implementation of Montessori-based volunteer visits within a Canadian long-term care home. The Gerontologist (publication details forthcoming). Article; Table & Figure; Supplement
  • 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
  • Friedrich, T.E., Elias, L.J., & Hunter, P.V. (2017). Crashing left vs. right: Examining navigation asymmetries using the SHRP2 naturalistic driving study data. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, Article 2153. Open Access: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5733005/
  • Friedrich, T. E.Hunter, P.V., & Elias, L.J. (2016). Developmental Trajectory of Pseudoneglect in the Greyscales Task. Developmental Neuropsychology, 52 (11), 1937.
  • 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.
  • Eritz, H., Hadjistavropoulos, T., Williams, J., Einarson, K., Martin, R., Lix, L., & Hunter, P.V. (2016). A Life History Intervention for Individuals with Dementia: Nursing Staff Empathy, Perceived Patient Personhood and Aggressive Behaviours. Ageing & Society, 36(10), 2061-2089.
  • 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.
  • Venne, R., Goodridge, D., Quinlan, E., & Hunter, P.V. (2015) Let’s talk about dying: Proposals for encouraging discussion of advance care planning. International Journal of Aging and Society, 5 (4), 33-46.
  • 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, Clinical Executive Committee, Department of Psychology, University of Saskatchewan