Dr. Matthias Hoben is an Associate Professor and Helen Carswell Chair in Dementia Care in the School of Health Policy and Management at York University. He is a registered nurse and health services researcher. He holds a doctoral degree (Dr rer medic, equivalent to a PhD) and an MSc degree in Health and Nursing Sciences, both from the Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. During his PhD work, he was a fellow with the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program on Dementia, Network Aging Research, Heidelberg University, Germany. He also holds an undergraduate degree (diploma) in Nursing Management from the University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen/Neckar, Germany. His research aims to understand and improve the health and wellbeing (quality of life) of individuals living with dementia, their family and friend care partners, and their paid caregivers. In his role as the Helen Carswell Chair in Dementia Care, he evaluates day care programs for older adults with dementia in the York region and beyond. To do this, he applies an integrated approach to knowledge translation – i.e., throughout the research process, he partners closely with individuals living with dementia, their family/friend care partners, paid care staff, continuing care settings, and decision makers. His research methods include advanced statistical analyses of large data sets; complex, pragmatic intervention studies; qualitative methods; mixed methods; and various types of literature syntheses. His research has led to numerous peer reviewed and invited publications and conference presentations, and it is funded by organizations such as CIHR, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, Alberta Innovates, or the Carswell Family Foundation.
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