Dr. Janette Taper, PhD
Research and Professional Interests:
Prior to joining the faculty at the Mount, my research interests focused on the nutritional requirements of, and nutritional interactions in, pregnant women, children and adolescent females. This area continues to be of interest to me. With changing demographics and the aging of the population, the nutritional health of our elderly population is another major focus of interest. Work with community and clinical populations have consistently raised questions of an ethical nature for me. I completed a Masters Degree in Theological Studies in 1993, the same year that I joined the Mount Faculty. Since that time, much of my work with students has centered on ethical issues encountered in professional practice.
Examples of research efforts that I have been involved in recently include: The use of Artificial Nutrition and Hydration in Palliative Care, Attitudes and Perceptions of the Elderly on Artificial Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life, Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering-Value Based and Ethical Concerns, Cultural and Socio-economic Factors Affecting Folic Acid Intake in Women, Experiences of Older Women with Cardiac Disease and Malnutrition Among Elderly women Living Independently in Rural Nova Scotia.
I am a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American and Canadian Societies for Nutritional Sciences, and the Canadian Bioethics Society