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Dorothy Forbes, PhD, RN



About Me

My clinical practice has been primarily community nursing in rural and urban settings in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta. On completion of my graduate studies at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, I began my academic career at the University of Saskatchewan, followed by the University of Western Ontario and recently returned to the University of Alberta. I have taught community nursing, research, and systematic review undergraduate and graduate courses. 

I held a CIHR New Investigator award from 2003-2008 and was President of the Canadian Association for Nursing Research from 2003-2007. I currently hold the following positions: Adjunct Professor, College of Graduate Studies and Research, University of Saskatchewan and Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario


My community nursing experiences drive my program of research which focuses on supporting persons with dementia and their caregivers in rural Canada. The aim of my research is to improve the quality of life for persons with dementia, their family caregivers, and formal care providers through integrated knowledge translation strategies that enhance quality and safe dementia care in the home.

I am currently examining the role of a knowledge broker in home care settings in northern Alberta. Strategies that may facilitate the transfer of dementia care evidence to front line providers, persons with dementia, and their family caregivers are being implemented. I continue to conduct Cochrane Reviews on interventions such as exercise and light therapy that manage the symptoms of dementia. 

In addition, I am a co-applicant on several projects (i) Centre for Research in Community Interventions to Promote Optimal Aging at Home (Markle-Reid, M., McMaster University); (ii) Innovative Community Approaches to Promote Optimal Aging for Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions and Their Caregivers (Ploeg, J. & Markle-Reid, M.); (iii) Understanding Emergency Department Care Transitions for Older Adults with Dementia Living in Rural Communities (Hunter, K., & Parke, B.); (iv) Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Provincial Kidney Conservative Care Clinical Pathway(Davison, S.); and (v) CCNA: Team 20: Issues in Dementia Care for Rural & Indigenous Populations (Morgan, D., Jacklin, K., & Bourassa C.).