Dr. Jelena Atanackovic

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  • Project Title:
    Healthy and Productive Knowledge Workers (May 2016- present)
  • Project Description:
    The goal of our study is to develop a set of tools to apply in a subsequent, coordinated research program to address the leave of absence and return to work processes of self-identified female and male knowledge workers who have experienced either personal or familial mental health issues.Our ultimate goal in the larger, subsequent research program is to develop, implement, evaluate and scale-up innovative, evidence-informed and gender-responsive policy, program and practice interventions to foster more equitable RTW of male and female knowledge workers after a personal or familial mental health issue.
  • Where you are now?:
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Ottawa, Telfer School of Management
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Research Projects

  • Evaluation of Caregiver-friendly Workplace Policy (CFWP) Interventions on the Health of Caregiver-Employees (CEs): Implementation and Cost-Benefit Analysis (2016-2017)
  • The Study-Migration Pathway: Understanding the Factors that Influence the Employment and Retention of International Students as Regulated Health Professionals in Canada (2014-2015)
    • The Migration, Working, Living adn Integration Experiences of Immigrant Live-in Caregivers in Canada (2014)
    • Enhancing Internationally Educated Nurses' Language Competencies: Fair and Effective Systems Change (2013-2014)
    • Economic and Social Integration of Immigrant Live-in Caregivers in Canada (2013)
    • Multiple Case Study Evaluation of Postsecondary Bridging Programs for Internationally Educated Health Professionals (2012)
    • Source Country Perspectives on the Migration of Highly Trained Health Personnel: Causes, Consequences and Responses (2010-2014)
    • Mobility of Health Care Professionals (2011)
    • Immigrant Health Care Workers in Aging Societies: A Canadian Contribution to an International Comparative Research Project (2007-2009)

Publications & Presentations

  • Peer – Reviewed Papers (principal author is listed first):
    • Atanackovic, J., & Bourgeault, I.L. (2014). The Economic and Social Integration of Immigrant Live-in Caregivers of Children and Older Adults. IRPP Study. Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.
    • Atanackovic, J., & Bourgeault, I.L. (2013) The Employment and Recruitment of Immigrant Care Workers in Canada. Canadian Public Policy 39(2), 335-350.
    • Bourgeault, I., Atanackovic, J., Rashid A. & Parpia, R.(2010). Relations between Immigrant Care Workers and Older Persons in Home and Long-Term Care. Canadian Journal of Aging 29(1), 109-118.
    • Bourgeault, I., Parpia, R. & Atanackovic, J. (2010). Canada's Live-in Caregiver Program: Is it the answer to the growing demand for elderly care? Journal of Population Aging. 3(1), p. 83-102.
  • Book chapters
    • Bourgeault, I, L. & Atanackovic, J. (2014, forthcoming). Canada's Live-in Caregiver Program. In S. Harper and K. Hamblin (Eds.), International Handbook on Ageing and Public Policy. Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, University of Oxford, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Technical/Research Reports (principal author is listed first):
    • Bourgeault, I., Roberts, J, H., Cash, C., Quartaro, A. & Atanackovic, J., (2011). Canada- Mobility of Health Professionals .Available at
    • http://www.mohprof.eu/LIVE/DATA/National_reports/national_report_Canada.pdf.
    • Atanackovic, J., Bourgeault, I.L., Ogembo, B. & Chan, J. (2011). Source Country Perspectives on Migration of Healthcare Professionals: Philippines. Ottawa: Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa.
    • Bourgeault, I.L., Atanackovic, J., Parpia, R., Denton, M., McHale, J., Winkup, J., Toombs, R. LeBrun, J. & Rashid, A. (2009) The Role of Immigrant Care Workers in an Aging Society: The Canadian Context and Experience. Available at www.healthworkermigration.com
    • Atanackovic, J. & Rashid, A. (2009). Migration and Integration Policy in Bourgeault, I.L., Atanackovic, J., Parpia, R., Denton, M., McHale, J., Winkup, J., Toombs, R. LeBrun, J., & Rashid, A. (2009) The Role of Immigrant Care Workers in an Aging Society: The Canadian Context and Experience. Available at www.healthworkermigration.com
    • Bourgeault, I.L., Winkup, J., LeBlanc, Y., Geraci, J., Parpia, R., Toombs, R., Neiterman, E., Atanackovic, J., &Rashid, A., On the Move: A Comparative Analysis of Policy regarding Health Care Professional Migration in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., and Australia. Interim Report.

Work in progress/under review

  • Atanackovic, J., Allison, W., Ireson, R., Yazdani, A & Tompa, E. (2017). Overcoming Recruitment Difficulties in Conducting Intervention Research with Caregiver-Employees:  Lessons Learned from a Research Study at a Canadian UniversityManuscript submitted for publication.
  • Yazdani, A., Williams, A., Ireson, R., Atanackovic J. & Tompa, E.(2017). Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Policies: Findings from an Organizational-wide Survey in the Education Sector. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • NeitermanE., AtanackovicJ.,  CovellC., OwusuY and Bourgeault, I., L.(2017). We Want to Be Seen as Partners, Not Vultures of the World:’ Canadian Stakeholders' Perspectives on Migration of International Students. Manuscript submitted for publication. 

Presentations

  • Atanackovic, J., Allison, W., Ireson, R., Yazdani, A & Tompa, E. (2016). Overcoming Recruitment  Difficulties in Conducting Intervention Research with Caregiver-Employees:  Lessons Learned from a Research Study at McMaster University. CARWH Conference, Toronto, October 16-18
  • Atanackovic, J., Allison, W., Ireson, R., Yazdani, A & Tompa, E. (2016). Overcoming Recruitment Difficulties in Conducting Intervention Research with Caregiver-Employees:  Lessons Learned from a Research Study at McMaster University. CARWH Conference, Toronto, October 16-18.Poster.
  • Atanackovic, J. & Bourgeault, I.L. (2014). The Role of Social Networks in the Migration Decision of Immigrant Live-in Caregivers in Ontario, Canada. Pathways to Prosperity National Conference, Montreal, November 24-25. Poster.
  • Atanackovic, J. & Bourgeault, I.L. (2013). The Economic and Social Integration of Immigrant Live-in Caregivers in Canada. Metropolis Conference, Ottawa, March 13th-16th.
  • Atanackovic, J. & Bourgeault, I.L. (2012). How Does the Type of Care Live-in Caregivers Provide Influence Their Working and Living Conditions? Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health Conference, Ottawa, October 25th-27th.
  • Atanackovic, J. & Bourgeault, I,L.(2012). The Role of Social Networks in Migration Experiences of Immigrant Live-in- Caregivers in Ontario, Canada. Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Waterloo, May 29 to June 2.
  • Atanackovic, J., & Bourgeault, I.L. (2011). Migration and Recruitment of Immigrant Health Workers to Canada. American Sociology Assn. Conference, Las Vegas, August 20-24th.
  • Atanackovic, J. & Bourgeault, I, L. (2010).Immigrant Care Workers in Home & Long Term Care in Canada: Working and Living Conditions and Relations with Employers and Canadian Colleagues. Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health Conference, Ottawa, October 30.
  • Bourgeault, I.L., Parpia, R., Atanackovic, J., Lowell, B., Martin, S., Godziak, E. Spencer, S., Cangiano, A., Shutes, I., O'Shea, E., Walsh, K. (2009). A Four Country Comparison of the Experiences of Immigrant Care Workers in the Care of Older Persons. European Sociological Association Conference, Lisbon, Sept. 2nd to 5th.
  • Bourgeault, I.L., Neiterman, E., & Atanackovic, J. (2009) The deskilling of refugee health professionals in the Canadian Context. Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies Conference, Ottawa, June 1st
  • Atanackovic, J., & Bourgeault, I. (2009). Immigrant Care Workers in Home & Long Term Care in Canada: Relations with Employers and Canadian Staff and Working and Living Conditions. Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, May 23-31.
  • Atanackovic, J., Parpia, R., LeBrun,J., Winkup, J & Rashid, A.(2009). The Role of Immigrant Care Workers in An Ageing Society: Canadian Context and Experience. Canadian Sociological Association Conference, Ottawa, Ontario, May 23-31.
  • Atanackovic, J., Paripia R., LeBrun, J., Winkup, J ., Rashid, A., & Bourgeault, I.L. (2009) . The Role of Immigrant Care Workers in Aging Societies. Migration of Health Professionals Conference. May 29th. Poster.
  • Bourgeault, I.L., Atanackovic, J., Parpia, R., Winkup, J. & LeBrun, J. (2009). The Role of Immigrant Care Workers in an Aging Society: The Canadian Context and Experience. CAHSPR Conference, Calgary, May. Poster
  • Atanackovic J., Bourgeault, I.L., Rashid, A. & Winkup, J. (2008). Comparing the Experiences of Immigrant Care Workers, their Employers and their Patients in Home & Long Term Care in Canada. The Canadian Association of Gerontology Conference, London, Ontario, October 23-25.
  • Atanackovic, J., Rashid, A. & Bourgeault, I. L. The Role of International Health Care Workers in the Long-term and Home Care Sectors. (2008). Biennial Hamilton and Region Qualitative and Health Research Conference hosted by St. Joseph's Healthcare and McMaster University on May 29.
  • Atanackovic, J., Rashid, A & Bourgeault, I. (2008). The Role of International Health Care Workers in the Long-term and Home Care Sectors. The Tenth National Metropolis Conference held in Halifax, Atlantic Canada, April 3-6.
  • Atanackovic, J., Rashid, A., & Bourgeault, I.L. (2008). Immigrant Health Workers in Home & Long Term Care in Canada: Comparing the Experiences of Workers and Employers. Joint ISA/CMSA Conference, Montreal, May 13-16. Poster.

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