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Associate Professor, Community Health; Research Associate, International Migration Research Centre (IMRC); Faculty Member, Social Justice and Community Engagement master’s program; Co-founder and Co-director, Laurier Autism Research Consortium (LARC); Co-founder and co-coordinator, Migrant Worker Health Project
I am an interdisciplinary, community-engaged scholar trained in medical anthropology and human rights, with interests in the areas of health equity and social determinants of health; labour, social justice, and transnational migration; and autism policy and family well-being.
My migrant worker research has investigated various aspects of migrant workers’ health, rights and well-being, including access to health care and workers’ compensation; gender-based violence; occupational, mental, sexual and reproductive health; and the impacts of separation on migrant families. With Jenna Hennebry, I am co-founder of the Migrant Worker Health Project, and the Migrant Worker Health Expert Working Group, which promote improved health outcomes for migrant workers.
My autism-related research investigates barriers to accessing autism-related services, education experiences, and caregiver stress, employment and well-being. Current research is exploring compounded challenges facing underserved populations, particularly newcomer and Indigenous communities. With Margaret Schneider, I am co-founder and co-director of the Laurier Autism Research Consortium. I previously served on the Ontario Government's Autism Advisory Panel.
Award Recipient, Leading Women and Leading Girls Building Communities Program
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.
Migrant Worker Research Highlights
Autism Research Highlights
Gentles, S., McLaughlin, J., Schneider, M. (Primary co-authors), Stubbs, A., Lerner, P., Tristani, L., Spoelstra, M., Weiss, J., Lee, V., Georgiades, S., and LeClair, J. (2022). Families in flux: Findings from the 2021 Ontario Autism Caregiver Survey on education, service access and well-being in the context of COVID-19 [Report]. Ontario, Canada: Laurier Autism Research Consortium and Autism Ontario.
HS-208: Autism: Individual and Social Issues across the Spectrum
HS-200: Social Determinants of Health
HS-322: Health Policy
HS-201: Canadian Health Care Systems
HS-401: Current Developments in Health Studies
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
Laurier Autism Research Consortium
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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