Art of Good Care

Current Projects:

Nursing Home Arts Study


This 2-year interdisciplinary team-based arts-informed study of Nova Scotia (NS) nursing home staff mental health and dementia care literacy has the overall goal of operationalizing ‘good’ literacy in relation to quality care, from social and relational perspectives. This goal will be achieved by: 1) Synthesizing realities and trends in mental health and dementia care education and training for front line staff within nursing homes in Nova Scotia, 2) Contextualizing understanding of nursing home mental health and dementia care literacy in NS, by examining administrator and front-line staff perceptions and experiences from a disability studies perspective; 3) Operationalizing ‘good’ mental health and dementia care literacy from a social and relational perspective, using a participatory arts-informed approach; 4) Mobilizing knowledge about mental health and dementia care literacy by documenting, exhibiting and disseminating study results within long-term care, university, not-for-profit and community sectors. 


  • O’Neil, K., Redden, M., & Aubrecht, K. (November 5, 2020). Supporting relationships, providing presence: Arts-informed approaches to LTC staff dementia care literacy. GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online: Turning 75: Why Age Matters. Online. 
  • Aubrecht, K. (November 5, 2020). Work of art, art of work: Artistic literacy and quality in long-term dementia care. GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online: Turning 75: Why Age Matters. Online. 
  • Aubrecht, K., Snyder, D., O’Neil, K., Blinn, L., Keefe, J., Kelly, C., Moody, E., Dupuis, S., Chivers, S., Wilson, K., Gilbert, M., Hickey, E., Brennan, E., O’Keefe, K. (October, 26, 2019). From competencies to conditions: Characteristics of ‘good’ long-term care staff mental health and dementia care literacy. Oral presentation at the Canadian Association of Gerontology Conference, Moncton, New Brunswick.  
  • Snyder, D., & Aubrecht, K. (March 16, 2019). From knowing to doing well: visualizing good long-term care (LTC) staff mental health and dementia literacy. Poster presentation at Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Research Conference, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dr. Christine Kelly

Christine Kelly, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Community Health Sciences and a research affiliate with the Centre on Aging at the University of Manitoba. Informed by feminist and critical disability scholarship, Dr. Kelly uses qualitative methods to explore the politics of care, aging, and Canadian disability movements. She is co-editor of the collection The Aging —Disability Nexus (2020), co-editor of Mobilizing Metaphor: Art, Culture and Disability Activism in Canada (2016), and author of Disability Politics and Care: The Challenge of Direct Funding (2016)all published by UBC Press. Dr. Kelly is recognized for her expertise on directly-funded home care in Canada and is presently leading a second CIHR-funded study on this topic.

Dr. Eliza Chandler

Earning her PhD in Social Justice and Education from the University of Toronto in 2014, Eliza Chandler leads a research program that centres disability arts. This research interest came into focus when, from 2014-16, she was the Artistic Director of Tangled Art + Disability, an organization in Toronto dedicated to showcasing disability arts and advancing accessible curatorial practice. Chandler is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University where she teaches and researches in the areas of disability arts, critical access studies, social movements, and crip necropolitics. She participates in a number of research projects, including co-directing the SSHRC-funded partnership project, Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life. Chandler regularly give lectures on disability arts, accessible curatorial practices, and disability politics in Canada. She sits on the board of directors for the Ontario Arts Council and is a practicing curator. 

Dr. Elaine Moody

Elaine Moody is an Assistant Professor of Nursing whose scholarship is focused on better understanding the context of health and health care for older people, particularly those with complex health and social care needs such as older people with frailty, multimorbidity and dementia. Dr. Moody’s research aims to support older people living in the community and improve the experience of engaging with healthcare. Dr. Moody is a Registered Nurse with clinical experience caring for older people across health settings. 

Dr. Carla Rice

Dr. Janice Keefe

Janice Keefe, PhD is a Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Studies and Gerontology at Mount Saint Vincent University and holds appointments at Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Medicine and Graduate Studies and UNB’s School of Graduate Studies. In 2002, she was selected as Mount Saint Vincent’s first Canada Research Chair in Aging and Caregiving Policy which she held from 2002-2012. Dr. Keefe has received provincial, national and international recognition of her research, most recently receiving the Global Ageing Network 2017 Award for Excellence in Applied Research. In 2006, she was awarded the Lena Isabel Jodrey Chair in Gerontology and appointed Director of the Nova Scotia Centre on Aging. Dr. Keefe’s research areas are caregiving policy and practice, continuing care policy and projecting the needs of older Canadians in the future. In the past decade she has published over 60 articles and technical reports. She teaches courses in social policy and aging in the Master of Arts and Undergraduate Program in Family Studies and Gerontology and provides mentorship and supervision to a number of graduate students and post–doctoral fellows.

Dr. Susan Hardie

Susan Lynn Hardie is the Executive Director of the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Inc. operating as Eviance. She has been working in the cross-disability field, inclusive of mental health, for thirty-five years in various capacities (i.e. advocate, community organizer, researcher, educator, policy analyst, service provider). Susan is known for having a “foot in two worlds” (academe, diverse disability communities). All work at Eviance embraces intersectional, human rights and reflexive approach. Some recent projects at Eviance include local Winnipeg project working with people with communication challenges to enhance positive interactions with First Responders; national projects for - ODI on intersectionality and disability; ESDC on National AccessAbilities Week; Elections Canada; and Transportation Canada on “shared mobility” – to name a few -; and an Independent Evaluation of programs for the International Disability Alliance. Eviance is a consumer-driven, community-based, and informed, organization that is working towards serving as a knowledge hub on disability issues with a vision of “realizing an inclusive, equitable and accessible society that is sustainable for all”.