Dr. Freeman is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Northern British Columbia, current Vice President of the International Association on Geriatrics and Gerontology Coalition of Student Organizations, and an interRAI Canada researcher. She holds a PhD in Health Studies and Gerontology (Aging, Health, and Well-being Program) from the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Freeman also holds a MSc degree from Tohoku University School of Medicine (Internal Medicine and Rehabilitation) in Sendai Japan, and an HBA from McMaster University (Gerontology and Political Science).
Dr. Freeman’s research interests focus on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations with specialization in the areas of aging, hospice palliative care, informal caregiving, and centenarians. Dr. Freeman has published 24 peer reviewed articles and took an active role in the creation of the interRAI Palliative Care Clinical Assessment Protocols.
Dr. Freeman is leading work examining clinical need for long-term care in rural and northern communities and is working it develop a safe transition program for residents to return to community based setting of care. This mixed methods project employs an integrated knowledge translation approach within a knowledge to action’ framework and is conducted in partnership with the Northern Health Authority. Dr. Freeman is also a Co-PI on the Technology in Later Life (TILL) study, a multinational multi-centered study examining the use of technology by those aged 70 years and greater. Collaborators include the University of Regina, Swansea University (UK) and the Open University (UK). Dr. Freeman also takes an active role in research focused on hospice palliative and end-of-life care and is a Director of the Prince George Hospice Society.