Tiana Rust
  • Sessional Lecturer
  • Area: Developmental Science
  • Office: BS-P551
  • Phone: 780-492-5831
  • Email:
Research Interests
  • My program of research investigates the social creation of dependency in older adults. For older people
    moving from the community to an institution, loss of independence is a concern and a fear. Seminal work by Baltes and colleagues has shown that the behaviours of staff of long term care facilities and family caregivers create barriers to independence by creating dependency and excess disability. Baltes & Wahl suggest that it is negative age stereotyping (associating age with incompetence and dependency) that contributes to the disposition of staff toward behaviours that encourage dependent or discourage independent behaviours of the residents they care for. The social creation of dependency when residents have dementia has not received systematic focus. My current research extends this work to Alzheimer disease.
Selected Publications
  • Rust, T. B., Wagner, L. M., Hoffman, C., Rowe, M., & Neumann, I. (2008). Broadening the Patient Safety Agenda to Include Safety in Long Term Care. Healthcare Quarterly, 11, (Sp), 31-34.
  • Wagner, L. M., & Rust, T. B. (2007). Safety in Long Term Care Settings: Broadening the Patient Safety Agenda to Include Safety in Long Term Care. Canadian Patient Safety Institute.
  • Rust, T. B., & Kwong See, S. (2007). Knowledge about aging and Alzheimer disease. Educational Gerontology, 33, 349-364.
  • Dixon, R. A., Rust, T. B., Feltmate, S. E., & Kwong See, S. (2007). Memory and aging: Selected research directions and application issues. Canadian Psychology, 48, 67-76.
  • Rust, T. B., & Kwong See, S. (October, 2005). Beliefs about aging and Alzheimer disease. Poster presented at the Canadian Association on Gerontology’s Annual Scientific Meeting. Halifax, NS.
Awards and Recognition
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral (2005 - 2008)
  • Honorary Izaac Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship (2005 - 2007)
  • Alberta Association on Gerontology Student Award (2006, 2008 & 2009)
  • Dr. Peter N. McCracken Legacy Scholarship (2008) Capital Health Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital & Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
  • SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship Masters (2003 – 2004)