I received my PhD in Public Health Sciences from the University of Toronto in 2006, an MA in Psychology from the University of Toronto in 1994, and a BA (hons.) from the University of Winnipeg in 1989. Prior to joining Laurier, I was a scientist and director of community-based research at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (2005-2008). I am an interdisciplinary public health researcher and I study how discrimination and other forms of marginalization affect health. I supervise graduate students in community psychology.
I research social exclusion as a social determinant of health and well-being for gender and sexual minorities in the Canadian context. I am the co-director of the Social Inclusion and Health Equity Research Group, at Laurier’s Centre for Community Research, Learning and Action. Current research foci include LGBTQ newcomers to Canada, LGBTQ youth, and transgender individuals. I work collaboratively with a number of talented researchers and community partners at the local, provincial, and national levels.
New Investigator Award (HIV/AIDS Population Health/Health Services), Canadian Institutes of Health Research, $300,000 (2011-2016)
2019 – 2020 Southwestern Ontario Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men (GBTMSM) Assessment of HIV/AIDS Issues (SWOGAHI) Initiative: Assessing the current situation for GBTMSM outside of large metropolitan centres; Co-Investigator (PI: Todd Coleman); Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Catalyst Grant)
2018 – 2019 Exploring the Experiences of Discrimination and Violence of Transgender People in the Region of Waterloo; Co-investigator (PI: Todd A. Coleman); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
2018 – 2022 Trans PULSE Canada: A National Study of Transgender Health; Co-investigator (PIs: Greta R. Bauer and Ayden Scheim); Canadian Institutes of Health Research (Project Grant)
2018 – 2019 Positive Wellbeing and Community Experiences Among LGBT Immigrants and Refugees in Waterloo Region, Ontario; Co-investigator (PI: Simon Coulombe); Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (Partnership Engagement Grant)
2018 – 2019 OutLook GBTMSM Situational Assessment: Comprehensive Analyses and Targeted KTE; Co-PI (Nominated PI: Todd A. Coleman); The Ontario HIV Treatment Network (Community-Based Research Project Application Fund)
2018 – 2019 Shifting our OutLook: A Waterloo Region Symposium to Enhance the Health and Well-being of Gender and Sexual Minorities; Principal Investigator (Co-Investigators: Ruth Cameron, Sue Weare, Todd A. Coleman, Simon Coulombe, Ciann Wilson, Michael R. Woodford); CIHR Planning and Dissemination Grant- Institute Community Support
I have directed study, honours thesis, and research internship opportunities for undergraduate students interested in my particular area of work. Contact me for more information.
I am taking community psychology graduate students at the MA and PhD levels.