the question used to be, what do you do?
… now, the question is what am I going to do with a PhD?
I’m feeling a little bit in limbo… so far I have handed in my PhD dissertation (June), but am still waiting to publicly present my findings and defend my document (September). So, I’m done one hurdle, but still have a big one ahead of me. Although I’m loving enjoying the summer and all Victoria has to offer, I’m anxious to finish my PhD and start the next phase of my research career.
so, what is next for me?
I have an amazing opportunity to do a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre on Aging, University of Victoria, with Dr. Neena Chappell. I guess it’s like a 2-year research internship where I’m in charge of facilitating my own research project under the supervision of an advisor. I hope to take on a bit more responsibility and a greater leadership role among the students at the Centre… and also learn different skills to help broaden my CV (and get me a job!). Dr. Chappell is a leader in gerontological research for over 30 years. She is a Canadian Research Chair and founding director of the Centre on Aging, both in Winnipeg and Victoria. I love the integration of community involvement and world-class research that goes on at the Centre on Aging. … pretty much, she has the career I strive to have and started a research facility with mandates and values I really admire.
I’ve been lucky to be awarded scholarships from both the Alzheimer Society Canada (accepted in name only) and Canadian Institutes of Health Research (accepted) to help support my research. I will be looking at the well-being of persons who care for those with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Specifically, I want to look at how different symptom presentation impacts caregiver health and well-being; for example persons who care for someone with dementia (AD), vs. persons who care for someone with movement control disorder (PD) vs. persons who care for some with both movement disorder and dementia (dementia associated with PD). I’m also interested in the different experience of men vs. women.
so THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me so far, and I can’t wait for the next phase of my research! much love.