My program of research focuses on vaccine hesitancy, uptake, and safety, with an emphasis on supporting immunization best practice and policies. I have a particular interest in addressing system-level barriers and supports to achieving high immunization coverage, especially in vulnerable populations. My research training is in epidemiology, public health, and nursing, including a post-doctoral fellowship in the Alberta Ministry of Health.
My clinical background is in pediatric intensive care, having worked in pediatric ICUs in Newfoundland and North Carolina, before I changed my focus more toward public health and preventive care. I subsequently taught in schools of nursing in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and participated in various international maternal-child health projects. My primary interest continues to be child health/pediatrics, although I also study adult immunization.
My areas of interest and expertise include:
- Infectious disease
- Child health, particularly vulnerable populations such as children in the child welfare system and Indigenous child health
- Public health
Academic and clinical training
- Post-Doctoral Fellow (2013-2016) University of Calgary Department of Pediatrics & Alberta Ministry of Health
- PhD (Nursing) (2013) University of Alberta
- Master of Nursing (2002) Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Bachelor of Nursing (1997) Memorial University of Newfoundland
- Bachelor of Science (Zoology) (1993) University of Alberta