My Teaching Philosophy

My goal is to provide a learning environment that allows students to safely question their own and others assumptions about knowledge, knowledge generation and experience. A fundamental principle of my teaching is to provide an environment where learners can be enthusiastically engaged with complex constructs and feel supported to grow as academics, clinicians and most importantly, as individuals. In my various instruction roles, I have used online learning platforms (Blackboard, WebCT, Avenue2Learn, CourseLink, LearnLink) and tools (e.g. Elluminate Live, Skype, Adobe Connect) to share lecture content, virtually meet with students, foster and monitor online asynchronous and synchronous discussion, and implement student evaluations. I regularly challenge myself to learn new applications that can be incorporated into my teaching. One such example is using PowToon to develop an animation video that welcomed students to the online course co-taught by myself and Dr. Susan Jack.


My classroom teaching has taken place in the context of undergraduate, graduate and professional-development settings. I receive regular requests to teach in qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as mixed methods for health research and introductory and advanced-level statistics. I have instructed courses that range from six to 120 students. I am  interested in teaching courses focused on qualitative and mixed methods research, child maltreatment, socio-cultural influences on child and adolescent mental health, evidence-based interventions in mental health, social work practice with children, adolescents and families, as well as introductory and advanced (e.g. multilevel regression modeling, structural equation modeling) statistics.

Current Graduate-Level Courses: 

Health Research Methodology/Nursing 745: Qualitative Research Methods

Institution: McMaster University

Roles and Dates: Faculty Tutor (Winter 2020)

Health Research Methodology 721: Fundamentals of Health Research and Evaluation Methods

Institution: McMaster University

Roles and Dates: Faculty Tutor (Spring 2012; Fall 2018 – Current)

Previous Courses:

Health Policy 747: Qualitative and Conceptual Methods (PhD-level course)

Institution: McMaster University

Roles and Dates: Course Coordinator (Winter 2019)

Mixed Methods Research Designs for Health Services and Policy Research

Roles and Dates: Course Co-Coordinator (Spring 2016 & 2017)

Student Supervision

I currently have MSc and PhD supervisory committee privileges within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences (MiNDS program) and the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (formerly Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Health Research Methodolody Program) at McMaster University.

I welcome the opportunity to work with trainees who have an interest and/or background (undergraduate or graduate) in: child and youth mental health; eating disorders/disordered eating behaviour; family violence (child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, child exposure to intimate partner violence); the implications of sex and gender in the experience of health, well-being and health service access; Indigenous youth well-being; the health and well-being of immigrant children and adolescents; and the implementation & evaluation of clinical and health professional education interventions in health and mental health services.