Seniors Care

Instruction and Leadership Team

Instruction Team

The instructors for the Master of Health Leadership and Policy (MHLP) in Seniors Care are highly experienced practitioners and educators who have built strong connections and research partnerships with health-sector partners.

Dr. Alison Phinney

Alison Phinney

Dr. Alison Phinney is a professor and associate director of graduate programs at the UBC School of Nursing. She is a registered nurse and holds an MSc in Nursing from McGill University and a PhD from the University of California at San Francisco. She conducts applied qualitative research focusing on three intersecting topic areas: dementia, meaningful activity and aging. Dr. Phinney uses participatory approaches to foreground the perspectives and lived experiences of older people themselves. The overall aim of her work is to support personhood and social citizenship through improved practices in the health care system and the community at large.


Dr. Lillian Hung

Lillian Hung

Dr. Lillian Hung’s is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing whose research mainly focuses on examining how technology and the environment impact the care experiences of persons with dementia. Her research is practice-based and patient-oriented. She is committed to facilitating connectivity between academia and practice and working collaboratively with interprofessional practitioners to find practical solutions to address pressing problems in care settings. Lillian uses participatory approaches to co-research with patients, families, staff, and leaders to answer questions that matter to older people and aims to improve healthcare in micro and macro systems.

Dr. Elisabeth Bailey

Elisabeth Bailey Dr. Elisabeth Bailey is an instructor teaching in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs at UBC. She has been a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner for over 10 years with a particular interest in the treatment of anxiety, depression and the sequelae of complex trauma. In addition to her psychiatric NP work, Dr. Bailey has practiced pediatric nursing in acute, primary care and long-term rehabilitative settings. She is also interested in using contemplative practices such as meditation to support compassionate nursing practice.

Leadership Team

Get to know the Seniors Care Directors who are leading the program.

Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch

MHLP in Seniors Care instructor Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch

Dr. Jennifer Baumbusch directs a research program on health-care delivery and nursing practice with older adults. Her focus is particularly in long-term residential care, the integration of families in care delivery, well-being among individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, and knowledge translation. She has methodological expertise in critical ethnography and practice-close research. Dr. Baumbusch is committed to community-based research principles through the active engagement of individuals, clinicians, service providers and organizations throughout the research process. Since January 2018, Dr. Baumbusch is the Director of the MHLP program.


Dr. Judith Lynam

Dr. Judith Lynam has an overriding interest in understanding the conditions that contribute to inequities in health and in exploring ways these can be addressed through practice and education. Over the past two decades she has worked in partnership with community-based organizations and health professionals in an effort to make health care more responsive to the needs of different groups within communities. She has worked in partnership with community groups and colleagues in medicine, nursing and health care administration to research the RICHER practice initiative. Dr. Lynam has held a number of leadership positions in national and provincial organizations concerned with professional education and practice.


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