Biography

Adjunct Professor


Department of Sociology & Anthropology, and Faculty of Nursing


BA, MA (Victoria); PhD (Calgary)


Prior to my current position, I was a permanent lecturer (assistant professor, tenure-track equivalent) at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). Prior to this, I was an assistant professor at the University of Calgary in Qatar. My areas of research and teaching include the sociological study of aging, health and caregiving work, medical sociology, information and communication technologies, public health and health inequalities, health care reform and restructuring, and qualitative research methods.


Since 2013, I have been a part of academic projects/teams that brought in over $1,000,000CDN. Projects included: exploring the experiences of familial caregivers caring for elderly persons in Qatar and their work practices ($20,844USD), a multidisciplinary funded project on Interprofessional Education in Healthcare in Qatar ($642,726.79USD), two inter-related projects that sought to explore dementia services in Northern Ireland (totalling £46,669), and a project that aimed to develop a quality of life measurement tool for people with disabilities and their families (£58,829).


I have published journal articles in The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Qualitative Health Research, and Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, as well as two book chapters. In addition, I have a forthcoming manuscript with the University of Toronto Press that will appear in the Fall 2017. This manuscript is entitled, Paramedics On and Off the Streets: Emergency Medical Services in the Age of Technological Governance.


I have taught over 40 sections (individual courses) of introduction to sociology, sociology of health and illness, sociology of aging, sociology of the family, the social determinants of health, research methods, and digital society. Students have described me as an “excellent” teacher, “the greatest,” “knowledgeable,” “dedicated,” “passionate,” and “very good at communicating course content, making classes fun and interactive.”

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