VHA Home HealthCare developed the Junior Researcher Development Awards to offer mentorship and funding opportunities for young researchers who have an interest in studying and advancing evidence in home care. This year we received a lot of strong applications, and are pleased to announce our three winners.
Alla Yakerson holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Toronto in Physical Therapy. She is currently a PhD candidate and teaching assistant at the School of Health Management at York University. Alla’s research interests include access to health care services and pain management, and she is particularly interested in fair access to home care services in Ontario. As a practicing physiotherapist, Alla focuses on scientifically proven methods and research that make treatment more effective.
Alla’s research at VHA will focus on improving experiences for unpaid caregivers by developing an educational tool to train on proper safety techniques while providing care.