Bonnie Pearson Hirdes, PhD
Dr. Bonnie Pearson Hirdes has a doctorate from the University of Toronto with a specialization in instructional design and computer-based education. She also holds a Master’s degree in Human Services Planning from York University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Geography from University of Western Ontario.
Before completing her PhD, Dr. Pearson Hirdes’ career focused on the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems for children, youth and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Through her leadership, the first adult clinic for augmentative and alternative communication was established at Freeport Hospital under the Assistive Devices Program of Ontario.
John P. Hirdes, PhD FCAHS
Dr. Hirdes is a Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo. He is the Senior Canadian Fellow and a Board Member of interRAI, an international consortium of researchers from 35 countries. He chairs interRAI's Network for Mental Health and the interRAI Network of Canada. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr. Hirdes has over 220 publications in peer reviewed journals and academic book chapters. His primary areas of interest include assessment, mental health, aging, health care and service delivery, case mix systems, quality measurement, health information management, and quantitative research methods.
Dr. Hirdes has led the development of several interRAI instruments and their related applications including: a) lead author of interRAI’s Mental Health, Community Mental Health, Contact Assessment systems and the Mental Health CAPs; b) co-lead author of the interRAI Brief Mental Health Screener and Emergency Screener for Psychiatry; c) co-author of the interRAI Home Care, Community Health Assessment, Palliative Care and Acute Care – Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment instruments and their related CAPs manuals; and d) lead/senior author of numerous interRAI scales and algorithms (e.g., Method for Assigning Priority Levels, Assessment Urgency Algorithm, Home Care Quality Indicators).
In 2012, Dr. Hirdes received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work on long term care through the Canadian Home Care Association and the Canadian Association on Gerontology.
Veronique Boscart RNBSCN, MScN, MEd, PhD
Dr. Veronique Boscart is the clinical consultant for Health eTraining International. She has a Master’s of Nursing Science and a Master’s of Education from the University of Ghent. From the University of Toronto Dr. Boscart holds a doctoral degree in nursing and post-doctoral work focusing on knowledge translation. Veronique has extensive nursing experience including working as a clinician, educator, manager and researcher.
Daniel oversees the design and development of Health eTraining International’s product suite. He is an award-winning multidisciplinary product designer/manager with over fifteen years of experience. Daniel utilizes design thinking and user experience (UX) research as a foundation for product definition, design, and development. He leads cross-functional teams to solve problems holistically, using creative and technical perspectives to balance the needs of the end-user with a business’ objectives. Currently, Daniel is principal at Aleph1, a consultancy specializing in the intersection of technology and design.