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About Me

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Following the completion of my PhD, I moved to Toronto where I began a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Women's College Research Institute - Women's College Hospital.

An important shift occurred in my research where I was able to move from the laboratory to social sciences, epidemiology, and Indigenous research methodologies. I have an interest and appreciation for all types of research.


It is very important that my research contribute to improving the health outcomes of Indigenous peoples, change health services to be culturally safe and responsive to their needs as well as support self-determination. I also want to create spaces where students and trainees can grow as researchers.


In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, running, fitness, playing ultimate, swimming (badly), and photography       .



University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Master of Science concentration in Health Systems Research. Area of Study: Health Services Outcomes and Evaluations. Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation.

University of Ottawa, Ontario, ON

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology and Immunology. Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology.

Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS

Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology. Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB

Bachelor of Science (Hons) with a Major in Biology and Minor in Mathematics. Department of Biology.

Université de Moncton, Campus de Shippagan, Shippagan, NB

Diplôme en Sciences de la Santé.

Select Awards
and Grants

Nominated Principal Investigator

  • Connaught New Researcher Award

  • CIHR OHTN New Investigator Award

  • CIHR Project Grant - Supporting access and use of Indigenous healing approaches for Indigenous women to complete their circle of care

  • CIHR Project Grant - Indigenous women from the sixties scoop healing through the full moon ceremony and storytelling

  • CIHR Operating Grant - Reducing stress and improving mental health and wellness among Indigenous women with socio-economic insecurities, living with and without HIV

  • CIHR Project Grant - Walking for Harm Reduction through Street Engagement (WHiSE) 2.0: Assessing Indigenous-specific harm reduction needs and increasing access and knowledge of harm reduction

Co-Principal Investigator

  • OHTN HIV Endgame Funding Program - Nanda-gikendan “Seek to learn it, see to know it”

  • CIHR Centres for HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C and other STBBIs Population Health and Health Services Research Emerging Team Grant - Feast Centre for Indigenous STBBI Research

Contact Information

Department of Health and Society
HL230, Highland Hall


University of Toronto Scarborough

1265 Military Trail

Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, M1C 1A4

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