I received my PhD from York University in 2010, my MA from Queen’s University in 2005, and my HBA from the University of Toronto in 2003. I was also a CIHR ACHIEVE postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Before joining the Laurier community in 2013, I was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Mount Allison University. Born and raised in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Laurier is an ideal home away from home.
My research engages and works with youth on community-based, arts-informed research around Indigenous sovereignty, sexual health education and the social determinants of health. In 2013, I published a book with University of Toronto Press entitled Healing Home. I have also published widely on health promotion with Indigenous youth, sex education, and the experiences of youth facing homelessness.
I was a co-investigator on the CIHR-funded Taking Action for Youth research project, which worked with Indigenous youth over the course of 6 years to develop Indigenous leadership capacity in HIV prevention. I also received a CIHR Planning Grant to complete the Sex Ed North project, which engaged Indigenous youth in re-envisioning sexual health services in Denendeh (North West Territories).
Since 2015, I have been focusing on the #TAG: Transformation. Action. Graffiti Project, a three-year project funded by SSHRC and CIHR, with the generous support of Six Nations of the Grand River. #TAG was an Indigenous-led research project that worked with youth to create beautiful graffiti murals in Six Nations and at the Laurier Brantford campus.
Most recently, I am a part of a SSHRC-funded research team that is working with teachers to study the importance, implementation and rollout of the 2015 sex education curriculum.
YC100 – Introduction to Youth and Children’s Studies
YC/CT430 – Youth Cultures
YC/CT 326 – Children, Toys and Media
YC440 – Youth Sex and Sexuality
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