I am an interdisciplinary scholar trained in medical anthropology, with interests in the areas of global and environmental health, food systems, labour, social justice, citizenship and transnational migration. My research projects have investigated various aspects of migrant workers’ health, rights and well-being, including: access to health care and workers’ compensation; women’s experiences of gender-based violence; occupational, mental, sexual and reproductive health; social determinants of health; and the impacts of separation on migrant families. Although I have conducted research with various migrant groups, I have primarily focused on temporary foreign workers from Mexico and Jamaica who labour in Ontario agriculture. I am co-founder of the Migrant Worker Health Project, www.migrantworkerhealth.ca, which promotes accessible health care for migrant workers. I am currently conducting research on the impacts of autism therapy and education services on family stress and well-being, using a social determinants of health framework.
Award Recipient (2018), Leading Women and Leading Girls Building Communities Program, Kitchener-Waterloo, Presented by Catherine Fife, MPP
Faculty Merit Award, Wilfrid Laurier University
I am willing to supervise students in areas related to migrant workers’ rights and health, and autism-related projects.
Autism Research Highlights
HS-200: Social Determinants of Health
HS-322: Health Policy: Social and Political Forces in Health Care Systems
HS-201 Canadian Health Care Systems
HS-208: Autism: Individual and Social Issues across the Spectrum
IDEV-4500: Advanced Seminar in International Development, University of Guelph
SOAN-3250: Social Change in Latin America, University of Guelph
Office location: RCE 242, Brantford campus
Brantford: Mondays (Fall Semester) by appointment.
Fridays (Winter Semester) by appointment.
Waterloo: By appointment Tuesday-Thursday
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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