Dr. Northwood joined the School of Nursing in 2004 as an Assistant Clinical Professor. She became an Assistant Professor in 2020.
Health System Impact Fellowship, Post-Doctoral Central Canada Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo and SE Research Centre. Enhancing collaborative care planning with older adults receiving home-care services. $155,000. 2019-2020.
The focus of Dr. Northwood’s program of research is health-care system integration for older adults with clinical complexity and their caregivers informed by her clinical practice as a certified gerontological nurse in acute care, complex continuing care, and most recently, home and community care. Dr. Northwood’s aim is to conduct highly embedded research with health- and social-care partners to change and benefit the quality of life and well-being of older adults, the culture of the practice environment, and the integration of the health-care system. The first theme of her program of research is to understand the factors, correlates, and outcomes of clinical complexity for different populations of older adults across different settings of the health-care system using routinely collected, point-of-care assessment data from standardized instruments. The second theme is to develop best practices for nurses and the interprofessional team to assess and care plan for older adults in a person- and family-centred manner that is focused on achievement of client goals. The third theme is to co-design, test and scale nursing and interprofessional interventions that support an integrated health care system.