I am an Assistant Professor with the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and an Honorary Senior Lecturer with the School of Pharmacy and Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney. I am a fellow with the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability, and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Sector. My research explores industry influence in health and healthcare and the implications for health information, healthcare delivery and scientific evidence.
Understanding commercial influence in health and healthcare
Education and experience
I served as a Postdoctoral Fellow under the mentorship of Professor Lisa Bero at the Charles Perkins Centre at The University of Sydney where I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). I am a member of the Evidence Policy and Influence Collaborative, which is focused on multidisciplinary studies of corporate and other influences on scientific research and health policies.
I was awarded my PhD in Nursing from the University of California, San Francisco in the innovative Nursing, Health Policy program under the supervision of Dr. Ruth Malone, an internationally-recognized expert in the activities of the tobacco industry. My dissertation was the first in-depth exploration of the relationships between nurses and medically-related industry and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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.