Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, Carleton University

I am an interdisciplinary scholar concerned with the social determinants of child health, the rights of the child, early childhood education, and the psychology of climate change.

I am a developmental epidemiologist and developmental psychologist with over 15 years of experience as a researcher and about 10 years as an educator. My research expertise is in the area of early childhood education; education and learning; methods and approaches for creating receptive fora where children and youth can express their views safely and freely (child rights advocacy); the social and psychological implications of climate change, including why people think and act the way they do about it; and the use and applications of epidemiological tools, such as population level monitoring of the social determinants of child development and evidence based policy making.

In addition, I am a seasoned methodologist who has conducted several quantitative and qualitative projects, nationally and internationally and I am versed in community based and participatory approaches involving professionals, children, and adults as co-researchers.

I am currently leading a new initiative that combines climate change education with career guidance and education in secondary schools. This initiative aims at preparing new generations for mass action to restore planetary health, something we need to act on urgently if we want to win the fight against climate change.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor, Carleton University

Education

  • 2005 
    University of British Columbia, PhD Health Care and Epidemiology
  • 1997 
    University of Toronto, MA Applied Developmental Psychology
  • 1994 
    University of Padua, BA Educational and Developmental Psychology