About

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Hello, and thank you for visiting my academic website!

I am a Canadian of Institutes of Health-funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Health and Society at the University of Toronto Scarborough and the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My current research focuses on the preconception and perinatal health of women with physical, sensory, and intellectual/developmental disabilities in Ontario. 

Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Child Self-Regulation Lab in the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University, where I contributed to an Ontario-wide evaluation of integrated treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women with problematic substance use.

I completed my PhD in Public Health Sciences (Social and Behavioural Health Sciences) at the Dalla Lana School of Public at the University of Toronto in 2018. My doctoral research examined the experiences of women with physical disabilities in the perinatal period and early motherhood, with an emphasis on care experiences and embodiment.

I am a collaborating member of the Re:searching for LGBTQ2S+ Health team, an interdisciplinary team of LGBTQ2S+ and ally researchers who focus on understanding how LGBTQ2S+ people experience health and how they access health services, based at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. I also collaborate with the W.I.S.H. Research Lab at Mount Holyoke College, and the Birth Place Lab at University of British Columbia.

My program of research is concerned with understanding and addressing the health and health care (access and navigation) disparities and inequities experienced by populations that are often pathologized, stigmatized, and marginalized, namely women with disabilities and sexual minority women. Specifically, I study the sexual, reproductive, perinatal, and mental health of these groups. I have primarily engaged in qualitative research and am committed to interdisciplinary and community-based approaches. I am also increasingly interested in mixed-method, quantitative, and evaluation research, as well as knowledge translation, including arts-based interventions.