My primary appointment is as an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. I am also a Core Member for the  Offord Centre for Child Studies and an Associate Member with the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (formerly Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics). 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.

Notable Achievements

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. Most recently, I have received funds for my research from the Public Health Agency of Canada.

In the News

A review paper by our team and which includes trainees and members of the Offord Centre was linked to an article appearing in In the aftermath of many high-profile male leaders being accused of intimate partner violence, the article, which was written by Dr. Richard Tolman at the University of Michigan, speaks to the importance of involving men in efforts to prevent intimate partner violence. The title of our paper referened in the article is,  "the association between child exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) and perpetration of IPV in adulthood-A systematic review" .  As of May 2017, has 5.2 million onsite users a month, with a reach of 35 million monthly through creative commons re-publication!
That is fantastic exposure for our family violence prevention team at the Offord Centre!

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