I moved to Toronto, Ontario from my home town of Vancouver, BC 5 years ago, where I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of British Columbia and later a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Victoria. More recently I completed a Master of Social Work at Dalhousie University. I plan to continue on with a PhD in Public Health.
My research interests currently lie in sexual health and HIV, community development and activism, gender identity, surgical outcomes, and suicidality within the autistic and trans communities, of which I’m a member. I have also explored more data driven topics, like the geographic location of bed bugs in Toronto. I’m very excited to be working on a book on the experiences of people who are transgender and autistic (publication date 2019 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers), as well as publishing additional research from my thesis on transgender suicidality.
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, in their Hostel (shelter) Services division.
I’m very active in volunteer and community-based work; for example with the Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health, as a caseworker with Rainbow Railroad, and the co-coordinator of the Gay/Bi/Queer Trans Men’s Working Group.