Dr. Penny MacCourt

Dr. Penny MacCourt, pennymaccourt@shaw.ca, has worked for many years with older adults and their families in the community, long-term care and acute-care settings. She holds a Bachelor and Masters of Social Work from University of Manitoba and a PhD (Interdisciplinary Studies) from University of Victoria. Her doctoral and post-doctoral studies focused on aging, mental health and service delivery. Her current research interests are caregiving, mental health promotion, and social inclusion. She authored the “National Guidelines for of a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses” and “Taking the Guidelines off the Shelf: Mobilization Toolkit” for the Family Caregiver Advisory Committee of the Mental Health Commission of Canada. An important part of this project was consulting across Canada with adults living with mental health issues, families and service providers.