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.

The UBC Sauder Robert H. Lee Graduate School business instructors for the MHLP in Seniors Care are renowned experts who lead the way in Canada and internationally in business and management research and knowledge dissemination.

Stephanie Arbuckle

Sauder - Stephanie ArbuckleStephanie Arbuckle has over 20 years of experience in the IT consulting, strategic management and project management fields with expertise that encompasses team coaching, project management training, project management maturity assessments and project management office design. She launched Arbuckle Consulting Group in 1996, a team that helps clients turn strategy into action with a focus on improving project management practices and team effectiveness.

Perry Atawal

Perry Atwal is a lecturer at UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School who has also worked as an assistant dean and executive director of Executive Education and executive director for the Centre for Healthcare Management. Perry has led several successful projects with extremely diverse participants from around the world and spanning industries that include health care, transportation and education. He is one of the most highly rated and award-winning teachers at UBC.

Justin Bull

UBC APPP Instructor - Justin Bull


Justin is the academic director for the MEL and MHLP programs and a lecturer at the UBC Sauder’s Robert H. Lee Graduate School , and Chair of the Sustainability and Ethics Group. He teaches extensively on sustainability, innovation and strategy, with a focus on graduate and executive learners. He has worked with big companies – like IKEA, Lyft, and Rolling Stone – to implement climate innovations. Justin serves as an advisor and board member to several technology starts-ups and First Nations in Canada. He graduated with a BA in International Relations and a PhD in Wood Science from the University of British Columbia. 

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.


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