I received my PhD in sociology from the University of Waterloo in 1979 and my MA in sociology from York University in 1972.
The main focus of my research is the medicalization and biomedicalization of everyday life. I am especially interested in media portrayal of mental and physical health issues over time, across place, and as directed towards audience groups differing by social category. My current research is focused on children’s mental health and developmental issues.
I have research assistantship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the social construction of children’s mental health issues. I am engaged in ongoing studies of media representations of mental health issues, refugee and immigrant children’s mental health and the criminalization of children’s mental health. Contact me for more information.
I am willing to supervise graduate students in the areas of health and medical sociology.