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Dr. Lilian Thorpe BSc Double Honours, MSc, MD, PhD Professor Community Health and Epidemiology

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Research Area(s)

  • Epidemiology
  • Aging and developmental disabilities
  • Dementia and psychotic disorders in the elderly
  • Medical ethics


Full member of a research team (recently successfully awarded funding by Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation): Research and Community Alliance for Quality of Life in Long-Term Care (the Quality of Life Team).  I am a full member of this team, which is led by Thomas Hadjistavropoulos of the University of Regina.  This project has a variety of focuses, including oxidative stress, the effect of a walking program on balance, falls, and well-being, the use of restraints in long-term care, pain assessment and management, person centric care and the impact of life history.

Principal investigator of a longitudinal study of intellectual disabilities and aging: ongoing 12 year follow-up of 360 community dwelling adults with intellectual disabilities started in 2001, with focus on mortality, cognitive change, mental health, quality of life and use of psychotropic medications.

Vitamin E in Down Syndrome International Study, one of two Canadian sites, patient enrollment began May 2002. (Funding from National Institute on Aging, USA).

Selected Publications

Books, Chapters In Books Expository And Review Articles

  • Thorpe L, Jokinen N. Aging in people with developmental disabilities. Invited chapter written for the book. Ontario Association in Intellectual Disabilities; 2011. p. 925-939.

  • Thorpe L, Gauthier S. Depressive syndrome in Alzheimer's disease. In: Gauthier S, editor. Clinical diagnosis and management of Alzheimer’s disease. 3. 2007.

  • Dementia: Cognition and Beyond,  Editors RJ Ancill, SG Holliday, K Rabheru, and L Thorpe, 2000 Canadian Academic Press.

  • Thorpe L, Groulx B.  Treatment of depressive syndromes in dementia.  Chapter in Treating Dementia: Cognition and Beyond,  Edited by RJ Ancill, SG Holliday, K Rabheru, and L Thorpe, 2000 Canadian Academic Press.

  • DeCoteau W, Thorpe L.  Prevention. Chapter in Treating Dementia: Cognition and Beyond,  Edited by RJ Ancill, SG Holliday, K Rabheru, and L Thorpe, 2000 Canadian Academic Press.

  • Thorpe L.  Psychiatric disorders of old age: clinical applications to persons with mental retardation. Chapter for Dementia, Aging, And Intellectual Disabilities: A Handbook, eds. Janicki & Dalton,  published by Taylor and Francis, Washington, DC January 1999.

Papers In Refereed Journals

  • Billinsky J, Glew R, Cornish S, Whiting S, Thorpe L, Alcorn J, Paus-Jenssen L, Hadjistavropoulos T, Chilibeck PD. No evidence of hypoglycemia or hypotension in older adults during 6 months of flax lignan supplementation in a randomized controlled trial: A safety evaluation. Pharm Biol. 2013 Jun;51(6):778-82.

  • Viveki N, Billinsky J, Thorpe L, Alcorn J, Whiting S, Hadjistavropoulos T. Challenges in planning long-term care menus that meet dietary recommendations. Can J Diet Pract Res. 2013 Jun;74(2):84-7.

  • Ghandehari O, Hadjistavropoulos T, Williams J, Thorpe L, Alfano D, Dal Bello Haas V, Malloy D, Martin R, Rahaman O, Zwakhalen S, Carleton N, Hunter P, Lix L. A controlled investigation of continuing pain education for long-term care staff. Pain Research and Management. 2013 Jan;18(1):11-18.

  • Dal Bello-Haas V, Thorpe L, Lix L, Scudds R, Hadjistavropoulos T. The effects of a long-term care walking program on balance, falls and well-being. BMC Geriatr. 2012 Dec;12(1):76.

  • Pahwa P, Karunanayake C, McCrosky J, Thorpe L. Longitudinal trends in mental health among ethnic groups in Canada (In press). Chronic Diseases and Injuries in Canada. 2012;32(3).

  • Thorpe L, Pahwa P, Bennett V, Kirk A, Nanson J. Clinical predictors of mortality in adults with intellectual disabilities with and without Down Syndrome. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research. 2012.

  • Lints-Martindale A, Hadjistavropoulos T, Lix L, Thorpe L. A Comparative Investigation of Observational Pain Assessment Tools for Older Adults With Dementia. Clinical Journal of Pain. 2012;28(3):226-237.

  • Kaasalainen S, Williams J, Hadjistavropoulos T, Thorpe L, Whiting S, Neville S, Tremeer J. Creating bridges between researchers and long-term care homes to promote quality of life for residents. Qual Health Res. 2010 Dec;20(12):1689-74.

  • Williams J, Kaasalainen S, Hadjistavropoulos T, Scudds R, Thorpe L, Neville S, Tremeer J, Anderson D. A qualitative investigation of injurious falls in long-term care: perspectives of staff members. Disabil Rehabil. 2010 Jul.

  • Adolphe J, Whiting S, Juurlink B, Thorpe L, Alcorn J. Health Effects with Consumption of the Flax Lignan Secoisolariciresinol Diglucoside. British Journal of Nutrition. 2010;103(7):929 - 938.

  • Thorpe L. Depression versus dementia: how do we assess. Canadian Review of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias. 2009 Sep;12(3):17-212.

  • Hogan D, Bailey P, Black S, Carswell A, Chertkow H, Clarke B, Cohen C, Fisk JD, Forbes D, Man-Son-Hing M, Lanctôt K, Morgan D, Thorpe L. Diagnosis and treatment of dementia: 5. Nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapy for mild to moderate dementia. CMAJ. 2008 Nov;179(10):1019-26.

  • Hogan D, Bailey P, Black S, Carswell A, Chertkow H, Clarke B, Cohen C, Fisk JD, Forbes D, Man-Son-Hing M, Lanctôt K, Morgan D, Thorpe L. Diagnosis and treatment of dementia: 4. Approach to management of mild to moderate dementia. CMAJ. 2008 Sep;179(8):787-93.

  • Hogan D, Bailey P, Carswell A, Clarke B, Cohen C, Forbes D, Man-Son-Hing M, Lanctot K, Morgan D,  Thorpe L..  Management of Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia. Alzheimer's & Dementia.  2007; 3: 355-384

  • Conn D, Thorpe L. Assessment of behavioural and psychological symptoms associated with dementia.  Can J Neurol Sciences 2007;34:Suppl. 1:S67-71

  • Thorpe L.  Mental health and the intellectually disabled elderly.  Psychiatric Times 2005; 22(13): 88-90.

  • Gagiano C, Read S, Thorpe L, Eerdekens M, Van Hove I.  Short- and Long-Term Efficacy and Safety of Risperidone in Adults with Disruptive Behavior Disorders. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2005 Jan 25.

  • Shultz J, Aman M, Kelbley T, LeClear Wallace C, Burt DB, Primeaux-Hart S, Loveland K, Thorpe L, Bogos ES, Timon J, Patti P, Tsiouris J. Evaluation of screening tools for dementia in older adults with mental retardation. Am J Ment Retard. 2004 Mar;109(2):98-110.

  • Thorpe L, Mental Health Issues Of Older People With Intellectual Disabilities.  CPA Bulletin 2003; June: 9-11

  • Thorpe L, Davidson P, Janicki M.  Healthy ageing-adults with intellectual disabilities: biobehavioural issues.  J Applied Res Intellectual Disabilities 2001;14(3-fall):218-228

  • Thorpe L, Whitney D, Kutcher S, Kennedy S, and the CANMAT Depression Working Group. Clinical Guidelines for the treatment of depression. VI.  Special populations. Can J Psychiatry 2001; 26 June(Supp): 63S-76s

  • Thorpe L, Groulx B.  Depressive syndromes in dementia.  Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences 2001;28: Supp 1:S83-S95

  • Thorpe L,  Dementia in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities:  Assessment and Management.   Canadian Alzheimer Review November 2000: 18-21

  • Thorpe L, Middleton J, Russell G, Stewart N.  Bright light therapy for demented nursing home patients with behavioral disturbance.  American Journal of Alzheimer Disease 2000;15(1):18-26