I am a professor in the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University. I have held a number of research roles in the school, including the inaugural research chair in urban health; associate director, Scholarly, Research and Creative Activities, as well as being the first at Ryerson to receive a Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator Award. I am also co-director, with Heather Beanlands, of the Centre for Health in at Risk Populations (CHIRP) in the Faculty of Community Services. CHIRP’s aim is to identify and address clinical research questions related to promoting health in vulnerable individuals, families and communities. Over the course of my career at Ryerson, I have developed a multi-faceted program of research built upon strategic and collaborative partnerships across many organizations at the local, provincial and national levels.
Overall, my program of research focuses on health in vulnerable individuals, families and communities. My research focuses on vulnerable youth with mental health challenges, as well as on implementing and evaluating evidence-based mental health interventions to promote resilience and adaptive capacity in vulnerable populations. The impact of this research is to support vulnerable individuals to:
To support this focus, I have held and currently hold a number of research grants as a principal investigator from national funding agencies, such as CIHR and SSHRC, with a specific focus on implementing and evaluating evidence-based mental health interventions to promote resilience and adaptive capacity in young vulnerable populations. My teaching interests align with my program of research and include conceptualizations of health and illness across a broad range of vulnerable populations and settings. In addition, I have provided research mentorship for a significant number of undergraduate and graduate students within the context of my program of research.