I received my PhD from York University in 2010, my MA from Queen’s University in 2005, and my HBA from the University of Toronto in 2003. I was also a CIHR ACHIEVE postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Before joining the Laurier community in 2013, I was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mount Allison University.
My research engages and works with youth on community-based, arts-informed research around anti-racism, sexual health education and the social determinants of health. In 2013, I published a book with University of Toronto Press titled Healing Home. I have also published widely on health promotion with Indigenous youth, sex education, and the experiences of youth facing homelessness.
I was a co-investigator on the CIHR-funded Taking Action for Youth research project, which worked with Indigenous youth over the course of 6 years to develop Indigenous leadership capacity in HIV prevention. I also received a CIHR Planning Grant to complete the Sex Ed North project, which engaged Indigenous youth in re-envisioning sexual health services in Denendeh (North West Territories).
Since 2015, I have been focusing on the #TAG: Transformation. Action. Graffiti Project, a three-year project funded by SSHRC and CIHR, with the generous support of Six Nations of the Grand River. #TAG was an Indigenous-led research project that worked with youth to create beautiful graffiti murals in Six Nations and at the Laurier Brantford campus.
Most recently, I am a part of a SSHRC-funded research team that is working with teachers to study the importance, implementation and rollout of the 2015 sex education curriculum.
YC100 – Introduction to Youth and Children’s Studies
YC/CT430 – Youth Cultures
YC/CT 326 – Children, Toys and Media
YC440 – Youth and Sexuality
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