Alison Phinney, PhD, RN

Professor, PhD Program Coordinator

UBC School of Nursing
T201 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 2B5


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Selected Publications not Indexed in PubMed

Purves, B., Phinney, A., Hulko, W., Puurveen, G., Astell, A. (accepted 2014). CIRCA-BC and the Role of the Computer as a Third Party in Social Interaction. American Journal or Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias.

Hung, L., Loewen, E., Bindley, B., McLaren, D., Feist, T., & Phinney, A. (accepted 2014). The impact of an acute psychiatry environment on patients and families. Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

Phinney, A., Moody, E. & Small, J. (accepted 2014). Arts Health and Seniors: The effect of a community-engaged arts program on the well-being of older adults. Canadian Journal on Aging.

Phinney, A. (accepted 2013). As the body speaks: creative expression in dementia. In Beyond Loss, Dementia, Identity, Personhood (Eds. Hyden, L-C., Lindemann, H. & Brockmeier, J.). Oxford University Press. (accepted September 6, 2013).

Baumbusch, J., Phinney, A. & Baumbusch, S. (accepted 2013). Family physician practice with adults with intellectual disabilities: The patient perspective. Canadian Family Physician.

Baumbusch, J. & Phinney, A. (2014). Invisible hands: The role of families in care work in long term residential care. Journal of Family Nursing, 20(1), 73-97.

Oliffe, J.L., Rasmussen, B., Bottorff, J.L., Kelly, M.T., Galdas, P., Phinney, A., & Ogrodniczuk, J. (2013). Masculinities, work, and retirement among older men who experience depression. Qualitative Health Research, 23 (12), 1626-1637.

Purves, B. & Phinney, A. (2013). Family voices: a family systems approach to understanding communication in dementia. Canadian Journal of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, 36, 284-300.

Donnelly, L., Hurd Clarke, L., Phinney, A. & MacEntee, M. (2011). Body image and social interactions among frail elders. In M. MacAntee, F. Mueller & C. Wyatt, (Eds.) Oral health care and the frail elder: a clinical perspective. pp. 161-172. Ames, Iowa: Wiley-Blackwell.

Tang, S., Boschma, G. & Phinney, A. (2011). Residential elder care in British Columbia: Policy development and culture change (1950-2005).Perspectives, 34(4), 5-16.

Phinney, A. & Moody. E. (2011). Leisure Connections: Benefits and challenges of participating in a social recreation group for people with early dementia. Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 35, 111-130.

Phinney, A. (2011). Horizons of meaning in dementia: Retained and shifting narratives. Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging, 23, 254-268.

Purves, B., Savundranayagam, M., Kelson, E., Astell, A. & Phinney, A. (2011). Fostering resilience in dementia through narratives: Contributions of multimedia technology. In: B. Resnick, L. Gwyther, & K. Roberto (Eds.). Resilience in aging: Concepts, research, and outcomes. pp. 231-243. New York: Springer.

O’Connor, D., Phinney, A. & Hulko, W. (2010). Contextualizing the dementia experience: a unique case study exploring social location.Journal of Aging Studies, 24, 30-39.

O’Connor, D., Phinney, A. & Hulko, W. (2010). Contextualizing the dementia experience: a unique case study exploring social location. Journal of Aging Studies, 24, 30-39.

Phinney, A. (2008). Understanding Experiences of Dementia. In M. Downes & B. Bowers (Eds.) Excellence in Dementia Care. London: McGraw Hill.

Baldwin, C., Chaudhury, H. O’Connor, D., Phinney, A. & Purves, B. (2007). Personhood. In C. Baldwin & A. Capstick (Eds.), Tom Kitwood on dementia: A reader and critical commentary. London: Open University Press.

O’Connor, D. & Phinney, A. et al. (2007). Personhood in dementia care: developing a research agenda for broadening the vision. Dementia, 6, 121-142.

Phinney. (2006). Response to “Telling the Time of Memory Loss: Narrative and Dementia”. In Parker, JA, Crawford, M & Harris, P (Eds.), The Study of Time. (pp. 98-99). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill.

Phinney, A. & Chesla, C. A. (2003). The lived body in dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 17, 283-299.

Phinney, A. (2002). Living with the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. In P.B. Harris (Ed.), The person with Alzheimer’s disease: pathways to understanding the experience. (pp. 49-74). Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.

Phinney, A. (2002). Fluctuating awareness and the breakdown of the illness narrative in dementia. Dementia: an International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 1, 329-344.

Phinney, A., Wallhagen, M. & Sands, L. P. (2002). Exploring the meaning of symptom awareness and unawareness in dementia. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 34, 79-90.

Sands, L., Phinney, A. & Katz, I. (2000). Monitoring Alzheimer’s patients for acute changes in cognitive functioning. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 8, 47-56.

Phinney, A. & Sands, L. (1999). Alzheimer’s patients: clinic versus home-based assessments. Clinical Gerontologist, 20, 67-72.


Supervisor eligibiity: 

  • MHLP
  • MN
  • MSN – thesis
  • MSN – non-thesis
  • PhD