Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Pediatrics) - University of Alberta, 2010-2013
PhD (Rehabilitation Science) - University of Alberta, 2009
MClSc (Occupational Therapy) – University of Western Ontario, 2000
B.Sc (Kinesiology) – McMaster University, 1998
I am co-director (with Dr. Shanon Phelan) of the Supporting Kids Inclusion & Participation (S.K.I.P.) Lab in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. My research program engages a multi-method approach (e.g., reviews, qualitative inquiry, stakeholder surveys, trials, etc.) to better understand facilitators and barriers to inclusion and participation for people with autism and related developmental disabilities and their families, including how disclosure (or concealment) of a diagnosis may influence outcomes. Rather than the "traditional" deficit-focused and remediation-based approaches most often used with persons with ASD and other DD, I am interested in approaches that target the social environment (influencing factors outside the person with ASD), such as interventions at the peer, community, and societal level.
I am a research affiliate with the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University, and the Autism Research Centre, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and Alberta Health Services. I am UofA co-site lead for the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP).
I was awarded a new investigator award from PolicyWise (formerly Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research) from 2015-2017. Previously, I was an awarded trainee in the CIHR Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP; post-doctoral), the Autism Research Training Program (CIHR, doctoral-level), and the Sick Kids Foundation (doctoral-level).