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Dr Keshini Madara Marasinghe

Visiting Student

Madara is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Health and Health Systems (Aging, Health and Well-Being) at the University of Waterloo, Canada. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and a Bachelor of Science in Health Studies and Gerontology from the University of Waterloo. She is also a former intern at the World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development (WHO Kobe Centre – WKC), Japan.

Madara’s research interest is in public health - specifically the health and well-being of older adults and advancing healthcare systems to better serve aging populations. Her current research explores the role of assistive technologies in improving the health and well-being of community-dwelling older adults and their informal caregivers in Canada. Her previous work has addressed several topics within the field such as the role of computerized clinical decision support systems in improving medication safety in long-term care homes; the availability of assistive technologies for older adults and policies around assistive technologies in low- and middle-income countries; the use of assistive technologies in reducing caregiver burden among informal caregivers of older adults; face mask use among individuals who are not medically diagnosed with COVID-19; and preventive measures to protect older adults from COVID-19.

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