Research

I study what people do with information and when/why this matters to health and social equity.

As an interdisciplinary researcher, my work spans sociology, population and public health, information science, and gender studies.

My central area of research interest is the intersection between information practices and health behaviour, as relates to health and social equity.

This includes (but is not limited to):

  • the impacts of public health information interventions on population behaviours and decisions
  • everyday-life information behaviour around health topics — particularly those health topics related to social marginalization and inequity
  • the ways our information systems may exacerbate or alleviate social and health disparities and existing power relations in society
  • “knowledge translation” efforts to health professionals and policy makers

I have special interests in the areas of gender and health, reproductive health, LGBTQ populations, information ethics and population health ethics.

My doctoral research investigated the ways socially-constructed information practices influenced the health and well-being of pregnant and parenting youth (15-24 years).

My postdoctoral research focuses on the role of information in parents’ decision making about routine childhood vaccinations.