College of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Shelley Peacock -
Associate Professor
E4340 Health Sciences, Saskatoon
(306) 966-7375(306) 966-7375
(306) 966-6621


  • Research Interests
    • Dementia
    • Family caregiving
    • Older adults
  • Methodology
    • Qualitative
    • Systematic reviews

Shelley's previous clinical practice and 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. Shelley taught first and second year nursing students for a number of years within the NEPS and in 2011 assumed a tenure-track position with the College of Nursing.

Since then, Shelley has taught in undergraduate courses in the new BSN program. Recently, she received a Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Establishment Grant (2014 - 2017) to adapt a self-administered bereavement tool to the dementia-context. Also, Shelley supervises and is a committee member for many graduate students in nursing and psychology.


Peacock, S., Bayly, M., Gibson, K., Holtslander, L., Thompson, G., & O'Connell, M. (2016). 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.

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. 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.

Duggleby, W., Swindle, J., Peacock, S., & Ghosh, S. (2011). A Mixed Methods Study of Hope, Transitions, and Quality of Life in Family Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease. BMC Geriatrics, 11, 88-100.

Peacock, S., Forbes, D., Markle-Reid, M., Hawranik, P., Morgan, D., Jansen, L., ... Leipert, B. (2010). The positive aspects of the caregiving journey with dementia: Using a strengths-based perspective to reveal opportunities. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 29, 640-659.


Grants, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

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

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), Forbes D (Co-investigator). The journey with dementia: From the perspective of bereaved family caregivers, Canadian Gerontological Nursing Association. Total: $2,500.00 for 2012-06 to 2013-05

Grants, Awarded (Non-Peer-Reviewed)

Peacock S (Principal Investigator), Forbes D (Co-investigator). The journey with dementia: From the perspective of bereaved family caregivers, University of Saskatchewan. Total: $8,000.00 for 2012-06 to 2015-05

Bowen A (Principal Investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator). Critical review of depression, anxiety, and mood disorders in First Nations, Inuit, and Indigenous Women, Public Health Agency of Canada. Total: $19,502.00 for 2009-12 to 2010-05

Contracts, Awarded (Peer-Reviewed)

Forbes D (Principal Investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Strain L (Co-investigator), Innes A (Co-investigator), LeClaire K (Co-investigator), Morgan D (Co-investigator), Hawranik P (Co-investigator), Gibson M (Co-investigator). Context Matters: Dimensions that Influence the Use of Best Available Dementia Care Knowledge in Two Northern Home Care Centres, Small Operating Grant in Ageing and Quality of Life Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Total: $10,000.00 for 2012-11 to 2013-10

Forbes D (Principal Investigator), Harrison W (Co-investigator), Blake C (Co-investigator), Peacock S (Co-investigator), Strain L (Co-investigator), Hawranik P (Co-investigator), Morgan D (Co-investigator), Woytkiw T (Co-investigator). Contextual Factors within Northern Home Care Centres that Influence the Spread and Uptake of Research Evidence, A Pilot Study Seniors Health Provincial, Specialized Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Alberta Health Services. Total: $10,000.00 for 2011