I am pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. I have completed all course requirements, and hope to defend my thesis by the end of 2017.
I received my bachelor’s double degree (Hon.) in Psychology and Sociology in 2007, and my Master of Social Work in 2009 from Laurier.
I joined Waterloo Lutheran Seminary as an adjunct faculty member in 2015. Prior to that, I taught in an adjunct capacity at Georgian College, and in the Faculty of Social Work at Laurier. I continue to work with urban and rural agencies to conduct research and program evaluation projects covering a variety of mental health and social issues.
My research interests are diverse as I have had the opportunity to be involved in a number of federally-funded, provincially-funded, and locally-funded research and evaluation projects working with diverse populations across Canada. My research and evaluation projects have covered topics including inter-organizational collaboration; poverty; domestic violence; violence against women; and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
I have also conducted numerous program evaluations which have investigated the effectiveness of, and sought improvements for services related to, domestic violence; newcomers to Canada; healthy behaviour and relationships for teenaged girls; mobile crisis response; and students who are the first in their families to attend postsecondary education.
The main focus of my doctoral research is on improving the encounter between Christians (and the Christian religion) and profession social work. This research has broader applicability for improving encounters with diverse others in academia generally.
I am willing to supervise undergraduate and/or graduate students. Please contact me to discuss possibilities and areas of interest.
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