I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. My research explores industry partnerships in health and healthcare and the implications for health information, healthcare delivery and scientific evidence. I am a member of the Bias and Research Integrity project node, led by Professor Lisa Bero, which is focused on multidisciplinary studies of corporate and other influences on scientific research and health policies. My current work is supported by a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Understanding industry partnerships in health and healthcare
Education and experience
I earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta, where I was awarded the McClure Medal in Nursing.
From 2005 through 2013, I worked as a research assistant to Dr. Olive Yonge in the area of preceptorship, also known as field placement teaching, and mentorship, using grounded theory and photovoice methodologies.
I pursued doctoral studies at the University of California, San Francisco in the innovative Nursing, Health Policy PhD program under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Malone, an internationally-known expert in the public relations activities of the tobacco industry and its role in the tobacco epidemic. I gained expertise in advanced qualitative methods, including interpretive phenomenology and ethnographic methods, tobacco control and policy theory.
I am a registered nurse and I practiced clinically at the San Francisco Department of Public Health Medical Respite and Sobering Centre. This 24/7 nurse-managed program provides support to individuals acutely intoxicated with alcohol. Serving as a pre-hospital diversion program and an alternative to jail, the Sobering Centre accepts clients directly from police and ambulance services, offering safe, short-term, supportive and responsive care to the multiple needs of clients with chronic alcohol dependence.