I am a Japanese and Swiss-German Mennonite (heritage and upbringing) researcher, educator, and mediator with experience in Indigenous health and wellness, critical public health, mental health and addictions, community-based and decolonizing research methods and methodologies, and knowledge mobilization. I currently hold a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Community-Driven Knowledge Mobilization and Pathways to Wellness.
Prior to starting at Laurier, I held a CIHR postdoctoral fellowship at Well Living House, St. Michael’s Hospital, and postdoctoral position at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Since 2018, I was a project scientist at CAMH on projects with First Nation communities in Ontario and Labrador. I received a PhD in Medicine (Community Health and Humanities) from Memorial University, MEd (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning) from Memorial University, BEd from Queen’s University, and BA from Wilfrid Laurier University.
My research projects and interests lie in the areas of Indigenous health and wellness, community and culturally-defined indicators of wellness, knowledge mobilization principles and practices in community-based research, mental health and addiction, critical public health, and decolonizing research methodologies.
Ongoing projects involve working directly with First Nation communities in the area of health and wellness; conducting systematic and literature reviews on knowledge mobilization in Indigenous health research and Indigenous community wellness strategies; explicating how ethical guidelines and principles for Indigenous wellness research are put into practice; and defining and implementing FASD prevention in local community contexts.
I may have research assistantships (volunteer and paid) for students interested in my areas of research. If you are an Indigenous student interested Indigenous health research, please contact me for more information.
To view more of publications, visit Google Scholar profile.
Office location: BA546, Bricker Academic Building
Office hours: By appointment only.
Languages spoken: English, some Japanese
Interdisciplinary & Indigenous Pathways to Wellness (Research Group)
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