Angela Russolillo receives Dean's Convocation Medal

June 07, 2013

Angela Russolillo received her Bachelor's Degree in psychiatric nursing (with distinction) from Kwantlen University College, and forged ahead with plans to make the world a better place.

Dr. Julian Somers, her supervisor, describes her groundbreaking research at SFU: "Angela's research is one of the first experimental designs documenting the relationship between Emergency Department (ED) visits and homelessness among the mentally ill. Her results provide a count of the alarmingly high level of ED use and also demonstrates that housing causes significant reductions in ED use within this vulnerable population."

Her research is so significant that she has been invited to present at three upcoming conferences — two national and one international. Angela's work as a nurse richly informed her insights about health services forthe homeless, and her work, which truly fits into SFU's mission of "engaging the world," will be useful to researchers, clinical decision-makers, and advocates for housing.

Angela continues to work as a nurse at Royal Columbian Hospital, and we're pleased to report that she plans to pursue a PhD in the fall of 2014 in Dr. Somers' lab at SFU, in order to expand on her MSc research into homelessness and health service use.

On behalf of SFU, we congratulate Angela Russolillo on her outstanding achievements which are being recognized with the award of the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal as one of SFU's most outstanding graduate students from the Faculty of Health.

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