In 2012 I moved to Toronto, Ontario from my home town of Vancouver, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Victoria. I completed a Master of Social Work at Dalhousie University in 2015. I am now completing a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto.
My research interests lie in sexual health, HIV, autism, community development and activism, gender identity, surgical outcomes, and transgender suicidality. I have also explored more data driven topics, like the location and density of bed bugs in Toronto. I’ve published extensively on these subjects, most recently on transgender suicidality and in a recent book of interviews with transgender and autistic individuals by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. See the rest of my work and publications on the resources page.
I’ve worked in a variety of governmental and non-profit roles, particularly in the fields of mental health, addictions, housing and homelessness. Before moving to Toronto, I worked for seven years in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and am now employed with the City of Toronto Hostel Services division.
I’m also very active in volunteer and community-based work, especially with the Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health and with TransPULSE Canada.