About Us

Hi everyone, I am Caitlin! I am glad you found your way here, and I just want to tell you a little about me.

Caitlin McArthur – PhD, MScPT, BSc(KIN) – Director

Dr. Caitlin McArthur joined the School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University in September 2020. She completed a BSc in Kinesiology (University of Waterloo), MScPT (University of Toronto), and PhD in Kinesiology with a specialization in aging, health, and well-being (University of Waterloo). Dr. McArthur also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the GERAS Centre for Aging Research within the Department of Medicine at McMaster University.

Dr. McArthur’s research focuses on improving the effectiveness of and access to rehabilitation for people living with chronic health conditions across the continuum of care, particularly home and long-term care. She is interested in fall and fracture prevention and improving functional mobility. With a passion to improve mobility and quality of life of clinically complex older adults, Dr. McArthur is a lead instructor of the continuing education course Bone Fit™ hosted by Osteoporosis Canada which teaches exercise professionals about safe movements, physical activity, and exercise for people with osteoporosis (www.bonefit.ca). Dr. McArthur is also an associate interRAI fellow (www.interrai.org).

Niousha Alizadehsaravi – MSc Rehabilitation Student

Niousha is in her first year of masters in rehabilitation research program at Dalhousie. She completed a BSc in kinesiology (University of New Brunswick) and BSc in Applied Human Nutrition (Mount Saint Vincent University). For her master’s thesis, under supervision of Dr. McArthur, Niousha is looking at developing a resident-centred rehabilitation program for long-term care residents with dementia. She hopes that her research will empower residents and caregivers to vocalize their personal experiences and contribute to improving the quality of care for aging Canadians living with dementia.

Razan Al-Sharkawi – Research in Medicine Student

My name is Razan Al-Sharkawi, and I graduated with a BSc in Medical Sciences with a minor in Bioethics. I am now in my second year of Medicine at Dalhousie. I am working on a project to determine whether the First Falls and Fracture Risk Scales in both Home Care and Long Term Care settings can be validated in international populations! Research in Medicine (RIM) is a part of my education in medicine, and so I have the opportunity to work on a medically related research project. I have worked in research since early in undergrad, and I wanted to expand my skillset and do research in a field I haven’t been exposed to before. After learning about this project, I got curious to learn more and do the actual research – and here we are today doing just that! I cannot wait to see the great things we will accomplish together at the 3F Research Group!

Gabriella Duhaime – Research Assistant

Hello, my name is Gabriella Duhaime and I am a research assistant for the 3F Research Group. I’m a fourth year Kinesiology student at Dalhousie University and I am planning on pursuing a second bachelor’s degree, in Nursing, after graduation. My goal when becoming a research assistant was to learn more about the process of conducting research, to expand my network, and to apply the knowledge I had gained at school, and I can confidently say that I have done that. I am really enjoying my experience working with Dr. McArthur! My role as a research assistant has consisted of completing and submitting ethics applications, creating surveys, recruiting participants, and managing data collections. In April 2021, I started working on the Supporting accurate and meaningful measurement of adherence to resistance and balance training research and I have also taken on a similar role since July 2021 for the Challenging Conversations and Scenarios Lab project.

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