My program of research examines the intersections between violence, social inequity, health and place.
I am a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, in the Centre for the Study of Gender, Social Inequities and Mental Health. My current MSFHR-funded research looks at the intersections between safety, belonging, wellbeing and place in the lives of transgender, two-spirit and gender nonconforming people. This qualitative study takes place uses Photovoice — a community-based participatory action research approach that combines photography, dialogue and social action. It focuses on two different areas of British Columbia – the large city of Vancouver on unceded Coast Salish territories, and the more geographically isolated area of the Okanagan Valley on unceded traditional Syilx territories.
I am also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health at the University of Northern British Columbia, and an Academic Trainee with the Collaborative RESearch Team to study psychosocial issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD) team at the University of British Columbia. I formerly held a Postdoctoral Fellowship with IMPART: Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.
I am an interdisciplinary scholar working in the fields of Sociology, Public Health, Adult Education, Social Work and Human Geography, who is committed to community-engaged learning, teaching and research. I have specific expertise in critical social theory and equity studies including Gender and Sexuality Studies, Indigenous Studies, and Critical Race Studies.
I completed my PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia, where my SSHRC-funded research focused on violence prevention and intervention strategies in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
I have an MA in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education with a Specialization in Feminist Critical Race Studies, from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. I also have a BA in Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo, with a Specialization in Personality and Religion.
My scholarship and approach to teaching is embedded in over twenty years community-based experience working in the areas of social justice education, social work, health promotion, policy analysis, participatory action research, and community development.
I have taught graduate and undergraduate students in: the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC, Canada; the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, the School of Social Work, and the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver BC, Canada.
Supervisors: Dr. Marina Morrow (Postdoc Supervisor SFU) and Dr. Margo Greenwood (Postdoc Supervisor UNBC)