I’m an Associate Professor in the HIS and LIS Programs in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies at The University of Western Ontario. I am also founding Coordinator of Western's Joint Graduate Program in Health Information Science (HIS).
My research focuses on women’s health decision-making, including developing and evaluating interventions for women and children experiencing violence; and enhancing the science of knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) to ensure that new knowledge emerging from research is made available, in appropriate ways, to health decision-makers including policy-makers, health care providers, advocates, and members of the public.
As Co-Principal Investigator of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)-funded Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan (PreVAiL) Research Network (www.prevailresearch.ca), I lead the KTE Theme area, which brings together PreVAiL’s 40-plus researchers with a group of over 20 national and international-level knowledge-user partners to develop and evaluate KTE strategies in the area of violence, gender and mental health.
I am also Co-Principal Investigator of the CIHR-funded research program EQUIP Healthcare: Research to Equip Primary Health Care for Equity (http://equiphealthcare.ca), which is implementing and evaluating an intervention focused on trauma and violence-informed, culturally safe care to enhance health equity among marginalized populations.
My teaching interests involve educating future health information professionals and scholars. I teach courses mainly in the HIS program, including graduate courses on Interdisciplinary Issues in HIS, and Social Contexts of Health Information, as well as LIS electives on evidence-based health care methods and searching for health-releated evidence; the role of information and information professionals in the health care system; and research methods.
PreVAiL, which stands for Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan, is an international research collaboration of over 60 researchers and partners from Canada, the US, the UK, Asia, Europe and Australia, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research'sInstitute for Gender and Health (2009-2017). Our goal is to bring together researchersand decision-maker partners to produce and share knowledge that will help children, women and men exposed to child maltreatment and intimate partner violence (IPV).
PreVAiL has three main objectives:
- to increase knowledge about the links between mental health impairment, gender and exposure to child maltreatment and IPV, both in Canada and internationally;
- to develop interventions to prevent or reduce child maltreatment, IPV and related mental health problems; and
- to develop and use proven methods of knowledge translation and exchange to ensure that our research findings reach those who make decisions in these areas.
- Theme 1 - Gender, Mental Health and Violence Network
- Theme 2 - Understanding and Fostering Resilient Mental Health Outcomes in the Context of Violence across the Lifespan
- Theme 3 - Innovations in Knowledge Translation & Exchange Strategies and Research Methods Specific to Mental Health, Gender and Violence across the Lifespan
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