School of Social Work
Bachelors of Social Work (King’s University College)
Masters of Social Work (McMaster University)
PhD (candidate - defending Sept 2012 - Wilfrid Laurier University)
King's courses taught
SW 1020 (Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare)
Faculty Consultant to 3rd / 4th year Social Work students in field placements
Area of research
My program of research is based on dissertation which was a phenomenological study examining the lived experience of mothers of children who had undergone kidney transplantation.
My research interests result from 21 years of experience as a pediatric social worker at the Children’s Hospital of London Health Sciences Centre. Interests include the study of the quality of life issues for children and families impacted by chronic illness most notably pediatric renal disease.
Current research stems from the pursuit to develop publications from my dissertation work namely the role of uncertainty within the experience of caregiving a child with chronic kidney disease, the opportunity for the development of strengths and personal growth amid the experience of caregiving a child with a chronic illness. I am presently involved in a multi-centre study funded by the Kidney Foundation of Canada examining the transitions issues associated with patients with kidney disease moving from pediatric to adult centres of care.
Interests outside of King’s
My free time away from the school is spent mostly as a soccer and ringette parent following my two daughters to various fields and arenas in southwestern Ontario. Relatedly, I coach the London Lynx under-12 girl’s provincial ringette team which fuels my competitive spirit and utilizes all my social work skills in managing both players and parents. When time allows I love to golf and play hockey.
Having been part of the King’s community as a social work field supervisor and a sessional faculty for so many years, I feel so blessed to now be given the opportunity to join the School of Social Work as a full-time faculty member where I will begin my academic career within such a vibrant culture of learning and teaching.