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. With respect to clinical work, 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 (75%) 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 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.
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.
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 TheConversation.com. 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, TheConversation.com 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!