Meredith Lilly, a postdoctoral fellow at McMaster University who is supervised by CHEPA faculty Arthur Sweetman, has been awarded a prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue her research on the role of family caregivers who look after people with long-term health conditions.
The fellowships valued at $70,000 over two years are administered by Canada’s three research granting agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. The program aims to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral candidates, and develop their leadership potential. Lilly was one of 70 candidates who were granted the award, from a field of more than 650 applicants.
Lilly is studying the long-term impact of caregiving on labour force participation; the trade-off between paid formal care and unpaid informal care provision; and the influence of care setting on family caregivers’ labour supply. This work builds directly on her doctoral research which demonstrated the importance of controlling for caregiving intensity in the study of these issues.
At McMaster, she has also been working on a variety of issues pertaining to health human resources in the province of Ontario. In addition, she collaborates with researchers in British Columbia and Alberta on several projects pertaining to the organization and delivery of health-oriented housing models for seniors and individuals with dementia.
Lilly earned a PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Toronto. She received the CIHR Institute for Health Services and Policy Research Article of the Year Award in 2009, and a CIHR Institute of Aging Age+ Prize in 2010, for publications produced from her dissertation.