Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow within the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University. In this capacity, I hold clinical and research roles that are linked to the utilization of evidence in research design and implementation, as well as clinical practice. I am a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW).
My transdisciplinary training includes social work, women’s studies, population and public health and health research methodology; with specialized training and experience in advanced multivariate modeling, implementation science, and mixed methods research. With respect to clinical work, I am one of the thirteen professionals in Canada who is credentialed as a Family Check-Up (FCU) Clinician. In this role and on a part-time basis, I provide the FCU preventative intervention to young children (aged 2-4 years) and their families as part of the Making the Race Fair study – which is a partnership between the Offord Centre for Child Studies, the REACH Institute and McMaster Children’s Hospital Child and Youth Outpatient Mental Health Program. Complementing this clinical work is my program of research examining the antecedents, correlates, and outcomes of child maltreatment, intimate partner violence and mental health concerns among children and adolescents; with a special interest in childhood emotional abuse, child exposure to intimate partner violence and adolescent eating disorders. Although the majority of my time (80%) is focused on research, my clinical activities inform my research and also assist me in collaborating with students and colleagues conducting research in child and adolescent mental health.
My teaching philosophy is to provide a learning environment that fosters activity, engagement and critical thinking. I beleive it is important to support learners to achieve their goals – whatever they may be. I have an ‘applied’ approach to teaching. I believe in the principle of ‘learning by doing’ and I believe this principle holds within and across disciplines, as well as across various skill sets (e.g. clinical practice skills, statistics, writing, presenting, etc.). I have experience teaching undergraduate and graduate-level learners and I am keen to teach courses in mixed methods research, child maltreatment and child welfare, socio-cultural influences on child and adolescent mental health, evidence based interventions in mental health, implementation science, as well as introductory and advanced statistics.
I have been exceptionally lucky to work with wonderful mentors and collaborators who have supported the development of my research program, and my profile as a clinician-scientist. In 2015, prior to completing my PhD degree, I was awarded the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care’s Women’s Health Scholar Postdoctoral Fellowship Award. In 2016, I was awarded McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Outstanding Dissertation Award and in 2017, I was awarded one of the highly sought-after Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards (total funding awarded: $165,000).
In addition to having a deep interest in curriculum development and theory, I have a keen interest in learning about new and emerging techniques in teaching and learning. These interests are exemplified by my attendance at numerous workshops within the MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (formerly the McMaster Institute for Innovation in Teaching and Learning) at McMaster University. More recently, I have sought formalized training and certification in post-secondary teaching and I recently completed the Certificate in the Foundations of Teaching and Learning through the MacPherson Institute at McMaster. This certificate requires completion of courses in evidence-based pedagogical teaching and learning as well as courses incorporating peer-assessment of my teaching practices.