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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
July 31, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence
Dr. Paula Fletcher

Dr. Paula Fletcher

Professor, Kinesiology & Physical Education, Graduate Coordinator

Contact Information
Email: pfletcher@wlu.ca
Phone: 519.884.0710 ext.4159   |  lab Science Research Centre, Room SR313D ext.2519
Fax: 519.747.4594
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, Room BA507
Office Hours: By appointment
Languages Spoken

English

Academic Background

BPHE (Laurentian), MA, PhD (University of Waterloo)

Biography

Dr. Fletcher’s research interests are diverse in nature and are linked by the common thread of risk, or more specifically, risk reduction.  Her research program broadly deals with health and well-being.  The overall goal of this research is to determine factors that lead to poor health across the age continuum.  Identification of these risk factors is a crucial prerequisite for the elimination of risk factors, and ultimately, the restoration of well-being. 

Area 1 of her research focuses on seniors at risk.  Instrumental to this research is her affiliation with the Research Advisory Panel to the Canadian Collaborating Centre and the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Series of Instruments.  Specifically, Dr. Fletcher’s research addresses fall prevention, an issue that represents a high cost to seniors and society.  Additionally, she examines issues surrounding health behaviours among the elderly (e.g., screening, influenza vaccination, medication safety).

Her 2nd area of research explores the “lived experiences” of individuals following a chronic condition diagnosis, such as pediatric cancer, irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease.  These experiences are examined from the views of the diagnosed individual, their family members and health care professionals.

 

External Funding: Principal Investigator

Fletcher, P.C., Dalby, D.M., Hirdes, J.P., Babcock, M., Schneider, M. & Swinden, K. (2005-2006). Drum and Bugle Corps Participation: Does it Make you Fit? interRAI .($7500.00).

Fletcher, P.C., Hirdes, J.P., Bryden, P.J. & Williams, E.M.  Determination of Effective Fall Prevention Strategies.  Falls Prevention Initiative sponsored by Health Canada and Veterans Affairs Canada. ($515,000).


External Funding: Co-investigator

Berg K., O’Donnell M., Law M., Miller A., Darrah J., Rook M., Hirdes JP., Morris J., Fletcher P. C., Frijters D., Fries B. (2005-2006).  Developing a common assessment tool for children and youth with special needs. Province of British Columbia. ($350, 000).

Hirdes, J.P., ... Fletcher, P.C. et al. (2004-2006). Enhancing the Use of interRAI Instruments in Primary Health Care: The Next Step toward an Integrated Health Information System.  Primary Health Care Transition Fund sponsored by the Ministry of Health.  ($1,860,000).

Tjam, E.Y., et al. Fletcher, P.C. (2004-2006).  Prevention of avoidable acute care use by retirement and long term care residents: management of chronic heart failure through the use of an innovative interdisciplinary education program for care providers.  Primary Health Care Transition Fund sponsored by the Ministry of Health. ($395,000).

Hirdes, J.P. Berg, K., Teare, G., Smith, T., Fletcher, P.C. et al. (2004).  Evaluation of interRAI instruments for community palliative care, rehabilitation and short stay sevices.  Ontario Ministry of Health & LTC, Community Assessment Project.  ($300,000).

Clarke, J.N. & Fletcher, P.C. (2000-2001).  Women’s health care work with children with cancer. National Network on Environments and Women's Health. ($25,000).

Hirdes, J.P., Stones, M.J., Fletcher, P.C., Smith, T., Teare, G. (1999-2000).  Integrated health information systems for community, institutional and hospital based care. Health Transition Fund, sponsored by Health Canada, ($1,670,000).

 

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journals: Published

Bryden, P.J. & Fletcher, P.C.  (2007). Personal Safety Practices, Beliefs and Attitudes of Academic Faculty on a Small University Campus: Comparison of Males and Females (Part 1). College Student Journal. 41(3): 613-622.

Jamieson, A., Fletcher, P.C. and Schneider, M.A. (2007). Seeking control through the determination of diet: A qualitative investigation of women with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 21 (3): 152-160.

Fletcher, P.C., Bryden P. ., Schneider, M.A., Dawson, K.A. and Vandermeer, A. (2007). Health Issues and Service Utilization of Univeristy Students: Experiences, Practices & Perceptions of Students, Staff and Faculty. College Student Journal. 41 (2): 482-493.

Dawson, K.A., Schneider, M.A., Fletcher, P.C., and Bryden, P.J. (2007). Examining gender differences in the health and lifestyle behaviours of Canadian univeristy students. The Journal for the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health, 127 (1): 1-8.

Fletcher, P.C. and Schneider, M.A. (2006). Is there any food I can eat? Living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and /or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Clinical Nurse Specialist. 20 (5): 241-247.

Fletcher, P.C. and Skinner, K. (2006). Do drinking practices at univeristy differ among students comg from urban and rural centers? A preliminary examination of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs. College Student Journal. 40 (2): 332-342.

Clarke, J.N., Fletcher, P.C. & Schneider, M.A.  (2005). Mother’s home health care work when their children have cancer.  Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing.  22: 365-373.

Bryden, P.J., Bruyn, J. & Fletcher, P.C.  (2005).  Handedness and health: An examination of the association between different handedness classifications and health disorders.  Laterality. 10(5):429-440.

Fletcher, P.C. & Bryden, P.J. (2005). Preliminary examination of cervical health practices and knowledge among university-aged women.  The College Student Journal. 39(3): 469-477.

Fletcher, P.C. & Godin, C.  (2005). A preliminary examination of breast health among elderly women: Health behaviours, screening practices and knowledge. Stride. 7(2): 18-21.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P. (2005). Risk factors for one-time fallers and multiple fallers among institutionalized seniors. Stride. 7(1): 12-17.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P.  (2005). Risk factors for accidental injuries within seniors’ homes: Analysis of the Survey on Ageing & Independence.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 31(2): 49-57.

Clarke, J. & Fletcher, P.C.  (2004). Parents as advocates: Stories of surplus suffering when their child was diagnosed and treated for cancer.  Social Work in Health Care. 39(1/2)107-127.

Fletcher, P.C. & Clarke, J.  (2004). The use of complementary and alternative medicine among pediatric patients.  Cancer Nursing. 27(2): 93-99.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P.  (2004). Restriction in activity-associated with fear of falling among community-based seniors using home care services. Age and Ageing. 273-279.

Tjam, E.Y., Fletcher, P.C. & Chi, E.  (2004). Cultural and gender diversity in health.  Stride.6(1): 4-9.

Fletcher, P.C. & Clarke, J.  (2003). When your child has cancer: A discussion of factors that affect mothers’ abilities to cope.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology.  21(3): 81-99.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P. (2003).  Risk factors for accidental injuries among the elderly.  Stride: Excellence in Seniors Care. 5(2): 10-15.

Clarke, J.N. & Fletcher, P.C. (2003).  Communication issues faced by parents who have a child diagnosed with cancer.  Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 20(4): 175-191.

Williamson, A.T., Fletcher, P.C. & Dawson, K.A.  (2003).  Complementary and alternative medicine: Use in an older population. Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 29(5): 20-28.

Wilson, C. & Fletcher, P.C. (2003).  Dealing with colon cancer: One woman’s emotional journey.  Clinical Nurse Specialist. 16(6): 298-305.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P. (2002).  Risk factors for falling among community-based seniors using home care services.  Journal of Gerontology.   57: M504-M510

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P. (2002).  Assessing the health and functional status of older women with breast cancer using the Minimum Data Set-Home Care (MDS-HC).  Canadian Journal of Public Health. 92(6): 457-459.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P.  (2002).  Risk factors for fall events for community-based seniors from the National Population Health Survey. Canadian Journal on Aging. 21(1): 101-114. 

Fletcher, P.C., Bryden, P.J. & Bonin, E. (2001). Preliminary examination of oral contraceptive use among university aged females.  Contraception.  63: 229-233.

Bryden, P.J. & Fletcher, P.C. (2001).  Knowledge of the risks and benefits associated with oral contraception in a university-aged sample of users and non-users. Contraception.  63: 223-227.


Refereed Journals: Accepted for Publication

Fletcher, P.C. & Camblin, A.  Preliminary examination of first year female university students: smoking practices, knowledge and beliefs in a city with anti-smoking legislation. College Student Journal.

Fletcher, P.C. & Skinner, K.  Do drinking practices at university differ among students coming from urban and rural centers?  A preliminary examination of knowledge, attitudes and beliefs. College Student Journal.

Fletcher, P.C., Bryden, P.J., Schneider, M.A., Dawson, K.A.& Vandermeer, A.  Health Issues and Service Utilization of University Students: Experiences, Practices & Perceptions of Students, Staff and Faculty. College Student Journal.

Fletcher, P.C. and Bryden, P.J. Preliminary Examination of Safety Issues on a University Campus: Personal Safety Practices, Beliefs & Attitudes of Female Faculty & Staff. College Student Journal.

Bryden, P.J. & Fletcher, P.C.  Personal Safety Practices, Beliefs and Attitudes of Academic Faculty on a Small University Campus: Comparison of Males and Females (Part 1). College Student Journal.

Bryden, P.J. & Fletcher, P.C.  Personal Safety Practices, Beliefs and Attitudes of Academic Staff on a Small University Campus: Examination of Males and Females (Part 2). College Student Journal.


Chapters in Edited Books

Clarke, J. & Fletcher, P.C.  (2005) Parents as advocates: Stories of surplus suffering when their child was diagnosed and treated for cancer.  In S. Metteri, T. Kroger, A. Pohjola & H. Rauhala. Social work visions from around the globe: Citizens, methods,  and approaches. (pp.107-127).  New York.  The Haworth Social Work Practice Press.   

Nancarrow Clarke, J., Fletcher, P.C., & Schneider, M.A. (2003). Women’s health care work with children with cancer. In P. Van Esterik (Ed.), Head, heart and hand: Vol. 2. Partnerships for women’s health in Canadian environments (pp. 164-171). Toronto, Ontario: National Network on Environments and Women’s Health.


Abstracts in Published Refereed Journals

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P. Risk factors for falling among community-based seniors using the MDS Home Care (MDS-HC). presented at the 17th World congress of the International Association of Gerontology Conference, Vancouver, 2001.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P.  Fear of falling among seniors receiving home care services. presented at the 17th World congress of the International Association of Gerontology Conference, Vancouver, 2001.

 

PRESENTATIONS

Presentations to Scholarly Audiences

Bryden, P. J. & Fletcher. P.C.  Handedness and accident-related injuries. Theoretical and Experimental Neuroscience in Montreal, Quebec, 2004.

Fletcher, P.C., Leon, Z., Hirdes, J.P., Bryden, P.J., Williams, E., Berg, K. & Dalby, D.  Determination of effective fall prevention strategies. Case Mix 2003: Ventures, Innovations & Quality in Health Care.  Victoria, British Columbia, 2003.

Fletcher, P.C., Schneider, M.A. &  Clarke, J. When your child has cancer: A discussion of factors that affect mothers’ abilities to cope.  Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.  Toronto, Ontario, 2003.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P.  Health behaviours of elderly women receiving home care services using the MDS-HC.  as part of a symposium  entitled Clinical, Service Delivery and Policy Applications of the interRAI Instruments, at the Thirty-First Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Toronto, Ontario, 2003.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P. Determination of effective fall prevention strategies.  as part of a symposium  entitled Clinical, Service Delivery and Policy Applications of the interRAI Instruments, at the Thirty-First Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Toronto, Ontario, 2003.

Fletcher, P.C., Schneider, M.A. &  Clarke, J. When your child has cancer: A discussion of factors that affect mothers’ abilities to cope.  Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario.  Toronto, Ontario, 2003.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P.  Health behaviours of elderly women receiving home care services using the MDS-HC.  as part of a symposium  entitled Clinical, Service Delivery and Policy Applications of the interRAI Instruments, at the Thirty-First Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Toronto, Ontario, 2003.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P. Determination of effective fall prevention strategies.  as part of a symposium  entitled Clinical, Service Delivery and Policy Applications of the interRAI Instruments, at the Thirty-First Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology, Toronto, Ontario, 2003.

Schneider, M.A., Clarke, J. & Fletcher, P.C.  House of cards: The emotion work of mothers who are managing their family’s responses to childhood cancer.  presented at the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology Conference: Cancer and the Family, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2002.

Fletcher, P.C. & Bryden P.J.  Preliminary examination of oral contraceptive use among university aged females.  presented at the Ontario Public Health Association Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, 2001.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P.Risk Factors for Falling Among Community-Based Seniors Using the MDS Home Care (MDS-HC). presented at the 17th World congress of the International Association of Gerontology Conference, Vancouver, 2001.

Fletcher, P.C. & Hirdes, J.P.  Fear of falling among seniors receiving home care services. presented at the 17th World congress of the International Association of Gerontology Conference, Vancouver, 2001.

Bryden P.J. & Fletcher, P.C. Knowledge of the risks and benefits associated with oral contraception in a university-aged sample of users and non-users.  presented at the Ontario Public Health Association Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, 2001.

Dawson, K, Fletcher, P.C. & Williamson, A.  The Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine in an Older Population.  presented at the Ontario Public Health Association Conference in Waterloo, Ontario, 2001.

Clarke, J., Fletcher, P. & Schneider, M. Women’s health care work with children with cancer. Pediatric Oncology Conference. Toronto. November 2001.

Clarke, J., Fletcher, P. & Schneider, M. Parents as Advocates: Stories of Surplus Suffering when Their Children have Cancer. Pediatric Oncology Conference. Toronto. November, 2001.

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Invited Non-refereed articles:



Papers in Professional Magazines:

Fletcher, P.C.  (2002).  Falls: An issue among older women.  Stride: Excellence in Long-term Care.  6-11.

Fletcher, P.C.  (2002).  Older women and breast cancer: Unmet needs.  Stride: Excellence in Long-term Care. 12-14.


Textbook

Hahn, D.B., Payne, W.A., Gallant, M. & Fletcher, P.C.  (2006).  Focus on Health.  (2nd edition).  Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.


Research Bulletins

Clarke, J., Fletcher, P.C. & Schneider, M.A.  (2002).  Mothers caring for children with cancer.  Centres of Excellence for Women’s Health Research Bulletin.  3(1):6-8.

 


Additional Information

Courses taught 2008/2009