Through my practice as a social worker, researcher, community organizer and educator, I have followed my passion for social justice. I strive to use the perspectives of critical social work and health equity in my teaching and in my research on policy and social change.
My primary research aim is to critique political and social structures that impact social policy and communities. My research seeks out knowledge and tools to improve health equity through community action and policy development that addresses the social determinants of health. My current research, Policy in Motion: LGBTQ+ Health from the Fringes to the Mainstream?, explores Ontario policies as they relate to queer health equity and the work of queer organizations.
My previous research examined educational supports and services for postsecondary students with learning disabilities, explored Indigenous and northern experiences with health and social services, analyzed controversies within Ontario’s sex education curriculum, and developed historical perspectives on the gay/queer liberation movement.
I would be happy to supervise both undergraduate and graduate students working on research on social policies affecting health equity in marginalized communities, particularly people with disabilities and queer communities. Research assistantship opportunities may be offered. Please email me to inquire.
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