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PhD Candidate, Health, Dalhousie University

Steph (they/them) is a SSHRC funded Killam Scholar completing their PhD in Health at Dalhousie, the Project Coordinator for the Moving Forward Together: Unsettling Racism, Silence and Violence in Health and Social Services project and the Director of Research and Fund Development at Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE) Nova Scotia. A mindful self-compassion teacher in training, Steph is motivated by insatiable curiosity and a commitment to ‘holding space’ as a pre-requisite to developing meaningful connections within, between, and all around us. Invested in understanding links between intergenerational trauma and ongoing oppression, Steph interprets gender-based violence, in the broadest sense, as a symptom of white supremacy.


  • 2018–present
    Assistant researcher, Dalhousie University


  • 2021 
    Dalhousie University, PhD in Health
  • 2018 
    McMaster University, MSc Rehabilitation Science
  • 2015 
    McMaster University, MSc Occupational Therapy
  • 2015 
    University of Manitoba, BSc Kinesiology (Distinction)


  • 2020
    Recovery-oriented practices within the Dartmouth Wellness Court: The Wall of Hope,
  • 2020
    Promoting therapeutic jurisprudence through art: The Wall of Hope,
  • 2019
    Professional identity and emerging occupational therapy practice: An autoethnography,