Professor – Status only (Primary)
“The focus of my research is on improving the lives of older adults in facility-base settings while also studying the staff and the contextual factors that influence their care.”
Katherine S. McGilton is a Senior Scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute-University Health Network and Professor (Status Only) at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto. Dr Kathy McGilton’s research which has been funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Alzheimer Society of Canada, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, focuses on three complementary objectives: 1) understanding and improving interactions between staff and residents in long term care homes 2) enhancing the supportive leadership capacity of supervisors; and 3) developing interdisciplinary care delivery models for patients with a focus on those with cognitive impairment. The results of her research point to the importance of measuring the influence of patients, staff, system and processes of care variables to understand and determine outcomes. Dr McGilton’s research has led to innovations in models of care and positive outcomes for older adults, care partners and staff.
Dr McGilton has taken on many leadership roles within Canada and internationally with the end goal of influencing practice and policy development. In recognition of Dr McGilton’s national and international reputation, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2016, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2020 and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing in 2022.
Dr McGilton leads investigators, research coordinators and trainees in the Enhancing the Care of Older Adults team at the KITE Research Institute ( Encoar Team ).