Bio

I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Child & Family Research Institute studying the role of information in parental decision making about routine early childhood vaccinations. At the Vaccine Evaluation Centre, I work with Julie Bettinger and the Canadian Immunization Research Network to better understand the ways that information affects health behaviour.

My primary areas of expertise is the health information practices of adolescents, parents, and families, as well as the ways health systems try to use information to improve the health of populations. With research interests clustering around the intersection between information practices and health behaviour, I am particularly keen to investigate decision-making about health issues that are influenced by social marginalization and inequity, and the ways information systems can exacerbate or alleviate disparities.

I completed my PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia in 2015. My PhD research, under the supervision of Youth Sexual Health Team leader Dr. Jean Shoveller, investigated how socially-constructed information practices influenced the health behaviour and experiences of early-age parents.

I received a BA (with honours) in Women’s Studies and Music from Oberlin College, and an MLIS from the University of British Columbia’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. I have taught about gender, health, information and public policy at Capilano University and the UBC School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and founded the Social Justice Librarian blog. Work experience in the non-profit sector (domestic violence and sexual assault), education (pre-school through adult), co-operatives, libraries, and health services and policy research informs my research and teaching.

Awards and Honours

  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Canadian Immunization Research Network Postdoctoral Award
  • BC Child & Family Research Institute Mining for Miracles Postdoctoral Award (declined)
  • Canadian Association for Information Science Student-to-CAIS Best Student Paper Award
  • Canadian Sociological Association Student Travel Grant
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Institute of Gender & Health; Institute Community Support Knowledge Translation Award 2014
  • Association for Information Science & Technology New Leaders Award 2014-2016
  • Thomson Reuters/Medical Library Association Doctoral Fellowship 2014
  • Jesse H. Shera Award for the Support of Dissertation Research 2013
  • American Society for Information Science & Technology; Special Interest Group on Information Needs, Seeking and Use; Student Conference Travel Award 2013
  • Association for Information Science & Technology Invitational Doctoral Symposium 2013
  • Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI) Maternal-Child Health Scholarship 2013
  • Population Health Intervention Research Network (PHIRNET) 2013 Summer Institute Nomination
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute for Population and Public Health (IPPH) Institute Community Support Travel Award 2012
  • Population Health Intervention Research Network (PHIRNET) 2012 Summer Institute Nomination
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) Institute Community Support Research Skills Award 2012
  • Applied Public Health Chair (APHC) in Improving Youth Sexual Health Trainee Scholarship 2011
  • Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship 2011-2014 (CIHR)
  • Four Year Doctoral Fellowship (4YF) 2011-2015
  • Canadian Health Libraries Association Conference Poster Prize 2011
  • Canadian Health Libraries Association Emerging Leader Award 2010
  • Emerald Highly Commended Paper Award 2008
  • C.K. Morison Memorial Prize 2007
  • North American Students of Co-Operation Hall of Fame 2005
  • Honours in Women’s Studies 1994

Continuing Education

Theatre for Living, Level 1 Training, Vancouver August 2014

Advancing a Population Health Ethics Framework Symposium, Vancouver, May 2012; Montreal May 2013

Teaching Information Behavior workshop. ISIC Conference, Tokyo, Sept 2012

Thinking Qualitatively Workshop Series (TQ). International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, Edmonton, AB, June 2012

Population Health Intervention Research Network (PHIRNET) Summer Institute, Montreal, May 2012

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) Summer Institute, Vancouver, June 2011.

Qualitative Methods in Applied Ethics Research (INDS502U), UBC, Summer 2010

Faculty Instructional Skills Workshop. Teaching and Academic Growth, UBC , August 2009

Health Services Research Methods (SPPH 548) informal course audit. School of Population and Public Health, UBC, Spring 2009

Perinatal Epidemiology (SPPH 537) informal course audit. School of Population and Public Health, UBC, Fall 2009