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Shelley Peacock RN, BSc, BSN, MN, PhD Professor

E4340 Health Sciences, Saskatoon


Shelley's previous clinical practice and current research interests are focused on supporting persons with dementia and their family caregivers, particularly at the end of life and into bereavement. Her master of nursing degree (University of Saskatchewan, 2003) was a systematic review of interventions to support family caregivers to persons with dementia, and her PhD (University of Alberta, 2011) research was a phenomenology on the experience of providing end-of-life care to a relative with advanced dementia.

She actively participates in several research projects with colleagues from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario, and Scotland. She has received a Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant (2014 - 2018) to adapt a self-administered bereavement tool to the dementia-context. Recent interests have expanded to explore the delivery of dementia care in correctional settings. Shelley teaches fundamental assessment and clinical skills in undergraduate courses in the BSN and PDBSN programs of the college. Also, Shelley supervises and is a committee member for many graduate students in nursing and psychology.  

Research Interests

  • Dementia
  • Family caregiving
  • Older adults


  • Qualitative
  • Systematic reviews


Peacock, S., Bayly, M., Gibson, K., Holtslander, L., Thompson, G., & O'Connell, M. (2020). Development of a bereavement intervention for spousal carers of persons with dementia: The “Reclaiming Yourself” tool. Dementia:The International Journal of Social Research and Practice.

Campbell, D., Bayly, M., & Peacock, S. (2019). How Nurse Practitioners Provide Resident Centred Care in Long-Term Care Facilities: Qualitative Findings from a Mixed Methods Study. Research in Gerontological Nursing.

Ghosh, S., Choi, W., Williams, A., Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., & Peacock, S. (2020). Caregiver burden of adults with multiple chronic conditions: intersectionality of age, gender, education level, employment status and social intrusion. Canadian Journal of Aging, 18(15), 1-12.

Peacock, S., Burles, M., Hodson, A., Kumaran, M., MacRae, R., Peternelj-Taylor, C., & Holtslander, L. (2019). Older persons with dementia in prison: An integrative review. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 16(1), 1-16.

Hodson, A., Peacock, S., & Holtslander, L. (2019). Family caregiving for persons with advanced heart failure: An integrative review. Palliative and Supportive Care, 17, 720-734.

Ganann, R., Peacock, S., Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Valaitis, R., Hyde, A., ... Garnett, A. (2019). Capacity development amongst academic trainees in community-based primary health care research: The Aging, Community and Health Research Unit Experience. Primary Health Care Research and Development, 20(e139), 1-4.

Burns, M., & Peacock, S. (2019). Interpretive phenomenological methodologists in nursing: A critical analysis and comparison. Nursing Inquiry. doi:10.1111/nin.12280.

Bayly, M., Morgan, D., Kosteniuk, J., Elliot, V., Froehlich Chow, A., Peacock, S., ... O'Connell, M. (2019). Protocol for a systematic review on interventions for caregivers to persons with MCI and early dementia: Does early stage intervention improve caregiver wellbeing and ability to provide care? BMJ Open, 9(5), e028441.

Cottrell, L., Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Peacock, S., Ghosh, S., ... Swindle, J. (2018). Using focus groups to explore caregiver transitions and needs after placement of family members living with dementia in 24-hour care homes. Aging and Mental Health, 24(2), 227-232. doi/full/10.1080/13607863.2018.1531369.

Gibson K., Peacock S., & Bayly M. (2019). Qualitative exploration of emotional and social changes from diagnosis to bereavement for spousal caregivers of persons with dementia. BMJ Open 9(e031423), 1-9.

Duggleby, W., Ruiz, K., Ploeg, J., McAinley, C., Peacock, S., Nekolaichuk, C., ... Paragg, J. (2018). Mixed methods single arm repeated measures study evaluating the feasibility of a web-based intervention to support family carers of persons with dementia in long Term care facilities. Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4(165). doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0356-7.

Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Ghosh, S., Fisher, K., Peacock, S., ... Williams, A. (2018). Web-based intervention for family carers of persons with dementia and multiple chronic conditions (My Tools 4 Care): Pragmatic randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20(6), 1-30.

O'Connell, M., Branger, C., & Peacock, S. (2018). Protocol for a meta-integration: Investigating positive aspects of caregiving in dementia. BMJ Open, 8:e021215. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-021215.

Peacock, S., Hodson, A., MacRae, R., & Peternelj-Taylor, C. (2018). Living with dementia in correctional settings: A case report. Journal of Forensic Nursing, 14(3), 180-184.

Forbes, D., Blake, C., Bayly, M., Peacock, S., Hawranik, P., & Innes, A. (2018). Integrated Knowledge Translation Strategies that Enhance the Lives of Persons with Dementia and Their Family Caregivers. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 18(1), 209-238.

Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Duggleby, W., Chambers, T., Lam, A., Peacock, S., ... Williams, A. (2018). A Web-based Transitions Intervention to Help Informal Caregivers of Older Adults with Dementia and Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 1(1), e2.

Bayly, M., Forbes, D., Blake, C., Peacock, S., & Morgan, D. (2018). "The buzz word is best practice, but sometimes you cannot find the support evidence for it": The development and implementation of dementia-related iKT strategies in rural home care. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 18(2), 1-35.

Peacock, S., Bayly, M., Gibson, K., Holtslander, L., Thompson, G., & O'Connell, M. (2018). The bereavement experience of spousal caregivers to persons with dementia: Reclaiming self. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 0(0), 1-16.

Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., McAiney, C., Fisher, K., Swindle, J., Chambers, T., ... Pollard, L. (2017). Study protocol: Pragmatic randomized control trial of an internet-based intervention (My Tools 4 Care) for family caregivers. BMC Geriatrics, 17(181), 1-9. 

Holtslander, L., Baxter, S., Mills, K., Bocking, S., Dadgostari, T., Duggelby, W., ... Peacock, S. (2017). Honoring the Voices of Bereaved Palliative Caregivers: A Metasummary of Qualitative Research. BMC Palliative Care, 16(48). 

Peacock, S., Sethi, B., Williams, A., Duggleby, W., Bayly, M., Swindle, J., ... Markle-Reid, M. (2017). Caring for older adult spouses with multiple chronic conditions: Challenges, rewards and coping strategies. Canadian Journal on Aging, 36(2), 209-222.

Williams, A., Sethi, B., Duggleby, W., Ploeg, J., Markle-Reid, M., Peacock, S., & Ghosh, S. (2016). A Canadian Qualitative Study Exploring the Diversity of the Experience of Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions Using a Social Location Perspective. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15, 40.

Forbes, D., Harrison, W., Woytkiw, T., Blake, C., Hawranik, P., Strain, L., ... Thiessen, E. (2015). Context matters: Dimensions that facilitate the spread and uptake of evidence in Northern home care centres. Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health, 2(9), 1070.

Forbes, D., Strain, L., Blake, C., Peacock, S., Harrison, W., Woytkiw, T., ... Gibson, M. (2015). Dementia care evidence: Contextual dimensions that influence use in Northern home care centres. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 15(1), 117-149. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.14574/ojrnhc.v15i1.344.

Peacock, S. (2015). Being-with, being-there: An end-of-life care narrative. Palliative and Supportive Care, 13, 1133-1134.

Peacock, S., Hammond-Collins, K., & Forbes, D. (2014). The journey with dementia from the perspective of bereaved family caregivers: A qualitative descriptive study. BMC Nursing, 13(42).

Hammond-Collins, K., Peacock, S., & Forbes, D. (2014). In sickness and in health: Comparing the experiences of husbands and wives caring for someone with dementia. Perspectives: Journal of the Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association, 37(3), 6-13.

Peacock, S., Duggleby, W., & Koop, P. (2014). The lived experience of family caregivers who provided end-of-life care to persons with advanced dementia. Palliative and Supportive Care, 12, 117-126.

Duggleby, W., Swindle, J., & Peacock, S. (2013). Transition intervention for caregivers of persons with dementia. Clinical Nursing Research, 23(1), 20-35. DOI:10.1177/1054773812474299.

Peacock, S., Konrad, S., Watson, E., Nickel, D., & Muhajarine, N. (2013). Effectiveness of home visiting programs on child outcomes: A systematic review. BMC Public Health, 13(17), 1-14.

Peacock, S. (2013). The experience of providing end-of-life care to a relative with advanced dementia: An integrative literature review. Palliative & Supportive Care, 11, 155-168.

Bowen, A., Duncan, V., Peacock, S., Bowen, R., Gawley, L., Campbell, D., & Muhajarine, N. (2014). Mood and anxiety problems in perinatal Indigenous women in Australia, New Zealand, and North America (including Hawaii): A critical review. Transcultural Psychiatry, 51(1), 93-111.


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), Bally J (Co-investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Haase K (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), MacRae R (Co-investigator), McAiney C (Co-investigator), Morgan D (Co-investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator), Ploeg J (Co-investigator), Rohatinsky N (Co-investigator), Thompson G (Co-investigator), Vedel I (Co-investigator), Micheal J (Collaborator), Gawdun J (Collaborator), Hauck V (Collaborator). Championing Health Professional Dementia Care Education, CIHR, Planning and Dissemination Grant. Total: $20,000.00 for 2019-05 to 2020-04

Duggleby W (Co-principal Investigator), O'Rourke H (Co-principal Investigator), Ploeg J (Co-investigator), Kassalainen S (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Thompson G (Co-investigator), Holyrud-Leduc J (Co-investigator), McAiney C (Co-investigator), Ghosh S (Co-investigator), Nekoliachuk C (Co-investigator), Dube V (Co-investigator). Supporting Family Caregivers of Persons Living with Dementia: Effectiveness and Sustainability of My Tools 4 Care- In-Care, Public Health Agency of Canada Dementia Community Investment Grant. Total: $882,000.00 for 2019-04 to 2023-03
Comment: I lead and manage the Saskatchewan portion of the project.

O'Connell M (Principal Investigator), Morgan D (Co-principal Investigator), Kosteniuk J (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Kirk A (Co-investigator), Stewart N (Co-investigator), Cammer A (Co-investigator), Dal Bello Haas V (Co-investigator), Astell A (Co-investigator), Bier N (Co-investigator), Boeheme G (Co-investigator), Bracken J (Co-investigator), Herron R (Co-investigator), Hadjistavropoulos H (Co-investigator), Holroyd-Leduc J (Co-investigator), Hunter P (Co-investigator), McWilliams L (Co-investigator), Michel J (Co-investigator), Naglie G (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Rapoport M (Co-investigator), Seitz D (Co-investigator), Skinner M (Co-investigator), Walker Johnston J (Co-investigator). Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) Team 15 Rural Phase II, Funding for CCNA Phase II from CIHR and partners including SHRF. RRMCi – of the 6 projects we are currently focussing on the CBTi and the RuralCARES app projects because we recently leveraged some funding for these. We will initiate work on the others within the year. CIHR and SHRF. Total: $683,300.00 for 2019-04 to 2024-03

Nicol J (Principal Investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Lang J (Co-investigator), Loehr J (Co-investigator). Using the E-music box in dementia care: Supporting social bonding and advancing brain research, Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation & Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Collaborative Innovation Development Grant. Total: $49,000.00 for 2019-03 to 2020-02

Wormith S (Principal Investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Brown T (Co-investigator), Edwards A (Co-investigator), Haas R (Co-investigator), Hryniuk A (Co-investigator), Maltby M (Co-investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator). Older Offenders in Correctional Service Canada, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Collaborative Innovation Development. Total: $49,976.00 for 2019-03 to 2020-02

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator), Haase K (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), MacRae R (Co-investigator), Michaels J (Co-investigator), Kochar N (Collaborator). Adapting a caregiver co-designed mental wellness app for rural caregivers of persons with dementia: RuralCARES, Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation & Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Collaborative Innovation Development. Total: $45,380.00 for 2019-03 to 2020-02

Peacock S (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator), Haase K (Co-investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator), Kochar N (Collaborator). Supporting a New Caregiving Community towards Improved Wellness, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation, Collaborative Innovation Development. Total: $49,046.00 for 2018-03 to 2020-03

Peacock S (Co-principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-principal Investigator). Visiting Research Scholar, Dr. Rhoda MacRae (University of the West of Scotland) College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $3,360.00 for 2017-09 to 2017-12 

Duggleby W (Principal Investigator), Ploeg J (Co-investigator), McAiney C (Co-investigator), Parmar J (Co-investigator), Holyrod-Leduc J (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Brazil K (Co-investigator), Nekolaichuk C (Co-investigator), Ghosh S (Co-investigator), Forbes D (Co-investigator), Kaasalainen S (Co-investigator), Huhn A (Collaborator), Classen K (Collaborator), Woodhead-Lyons S (Collaborator), Baxter S (Collaborator). Feasibility Study of an On-Line Intervention for Family Caregivers of Residential-Living Frail Older Persons., TVN Catalyst Grant. Total: $74,254.00 for 2016-05 to 2017-04 

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), Peternelj-Taylor C (Co-investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Burles M (Co-investigator), MacRae R (Co-investigator), Kumaran M (Co-investigator). Exploring Dementia Care in Corrections: An Integrative Literature Review, Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science and Justice Studies, Faculty Research Grant. Total: $8,492.00 for 2016-05 to 2017-04 

Peacock S (Co-principal Investigator), O'Connell M (Co-principal Investigator), Delbaere M (Co-investigator). FaceUs: Feasibility of an Age Friendly Campus Environment at the U of S, President's SSHRC. Total: $7,000.00 for 2015-05 to 2017-04 

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), Holtslander L (Co-investigator), Thompson G (Co-investigator), O'Connell M (Co-investigator). A psychosocial intervention for bereaved spousal caregivers of persons with dementia: Adapting the "Finding Balance" tool, Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation. Total: $87,096.00 for 2014-06 to 2017-05

Forbes D (Co-principal Investigator), Strain L (Co-principal Investigator), Peacock S (Co-principal Investigator), Morgan D (Co-investigator), Hawranik P (Co-investigator), Gibson M (Co-investigator), Innes A (Co-investigator), LeClair K (Co-investigator), Harrison W (Collaborator), Wotkiw T (Collaborator). Northern home care knowledge to action strategies that support persons with dementia and their family caregivers, Network of Excellence in Seniors Health and Wellness, Covenant Health Grant. Total: $197,507.00 for 2014-04 to 2016-05

Holtslander L (Principal Investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Hudson P (Co-investigator), Duncan I (Co-investigator), Cooper D (Co-investigator), Baxter S (Collaborator). Honoring the voices of bereaved caregivers: A metasynthesis of qualitative research with bereaved caregivers, CiHR. Total: $100,000.00 for 2014-03 to 2015-02

Ploeg J (Co-principal Investigator), Markle-Reid M (Co-principal Investigator), Bournes D (Co-principal Investigator), Akhtar-Danesh N (Co-investigator), Baptiste S (Co-investigator), Bender D (Co-investigator), Duggleby W (Co-investigator), Emili A (Co-investigator), Feldman S (Co-investigator), Forbes D (Co-investigator), Fraser K (Co-investigator), Gafni A (Co-investigator), Ganann R (Co-investigator), Garnett A (Co-investigator), Ghosh S (Co-investigator), Gibson M (Co-investigator), Griffith L (Co-investigator), Gruneir A (Co-investigator), Hirst S (Co-investigator), Kaasalainen S (Co-investigator), Keefe J (Co-investigator), Matthew-Maich N (Co-investigator), Mcainey C (Co-investigator), Patterson C (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Rojas-Fernandez C (Co-investigator), Sadowski C (Co-investigator), Triscott J (Co-investigator), Upshur R (Co-investigator), Valaitis R (Co-investigator), Williams A (Co-investigator), Anderson C (Collaborator), Farrell M (Collaborator), Paetkau S (Collaborator). Innovative community-based approaches to promote optimal aging for older adults with multiple chronic conditions and their caregivers, Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Total: $2,500,000.00 for 2013-06 to 2018-05