Supervisor: Dr. Richard Carpiano
Committee Members: Dr. David Tindall

 

Awards

Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, University of British Columbia (2010)
James Frideres Award in Quantitative Sociology, University of Calgary (2010)

 

Education

MA, Sociology, University of British Columbia (2012)
BA (Hons), Sociology, University of Calgary (2010)

Research Interests

Throughout my academic career I have developed a strong interest in the area of health, and particularly in how our social relationships/networks may come to affect our health. In my undergraduate thesis I explored the connection between university students’ friendship networks and academic stress. In my graduate career I investigated the relationship between social network form, particularly network homophily, and health outcomes (Masters thesis can be accessed here: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/43466).

 

Current Area of Work

Since completing my Masters in 2012 I have been working at ImpactBC, a Vancouver-based not-for-profit organization that provides coaching and collaboration with health care partners related to quality improvement and patient engagement to advance improvement and build a sustainable health care system in British Columbia. In my role, as Evaluation Specialist, I draw on my expertise in social science research methods to work with the ImpactBC team and our stakeholders to determine evaluation requirements, identify meaningful performance and outcome measures, and make evidence-informed recommendations. My day-to-day work includes everything from designing evaluation frameworks to data collection, analysis, and dissemination of evaluation findings.

 

Activities

Evaluation Advisory Group, Patients for Patient Safety Canada, Canadian Patient Safety Institute

Provincial Patients as Partners Committee, B.C. Ministry of Health

 

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