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About Marie Y Savundranayagam

Dr. Savundranayagam completed her bachelor’s degree from the Combined Honours Program in Arts & Science and Psychology at McMaster University in Canada. She earned her Masters and Ph.D. in Gerontology, with a concentration in Health Care Outcomes Management and Research, at the University of Kansas. She also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Western Ontario in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Dr. Savundranayagam’s research focuses on improving caregiving relationships through enhanced communication, identifying ways to enhance personhood for individuals with dementia, and uncovering the mechanisms by which caregiver interventions are effective. She received the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s ‘Age Plus’ Award for her work on communication problems and burden among family caregivers. As a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, Dr. Savundranayagam investigated the impact of a psychoeducational program on caregiver burden of spouses/partners. Dr. Savundranayagam’s current research, funded by a New Investigator Research Grant from the Alzheimer’s Association, aims to assess the effectiveness of communication strategies used by caregivers to resolve communication breakdowns and to investigate the differential impact of effective versus ineffective strategies in predicting caregiver burden. Dr. also Savundranayagam serves as associate editor for the Clinical Gerontologist.


Present Faculty Member, Western University

Contact Information

Faculty of Health Sciences
Arthur & Sonia Labatt Health Sciences Building, Room 219
Western University
London ON Canada N6A 5B9
(519) 661-2111 x82215

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