I have recently completed two Master's degrees at Queen's University. The first in Sociology doing research in Emergency Medicine, where I sought to quantify the impact of ED visits (type and frequency, patient characteristics and resource use) related to alcohol at Kingston Health Sciences Centre. My work was the first of its kind to solely focus on the downstream harms of alcohol with an additional lens to examine the specific impact of postsecondary institutions have on emergency medical resources. I am also a board member for the postsecondary partnership on alcohol harms (PEP-AH) the nations largest collective of postsecondary institutions working to make campuses safer.
My second Master's was in public administration where I worked on policy challenges related to healthcare innovation, natural resources management and social policy reforms related to affordable housing and drinking water. Currently, I am a research assistant at the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University working on analyzing the economic impacts of COVID-19 and how it will affect the future of work under the supervision of Patrick Deutscher and Don Drummond. I am also a member of the school's COVID-19 research group looking at the future of education and what changes that the pandemic brought forward will remain, focusing improving equitable access to educational resources in Ontario.
Outside of the research setting at Queen's, I worked as the Vice-President Graduate at the school's student union where I worked with the administration on a variety of issues related to student academic and social life. Most notably in the creation of a new student service aimed at increasing peer-to-peer mental health supports for Graduate and Professional students after survey results indicated that there was declining graduate mental health on campus. This work was in partnership with the school's administration on working to deliver other programs and partnerships to expand mental health service delivery on campus.
My academic and non-academic work make me uniquely qualified to speak about student issues to day given my experience as a student leader and a researcher focusing on student-centered issues related to harms they may face on campuses nationwide.