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. More recently I completed a Master of Social Work at Dalhousie University. I will be starting a PhD in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto in the fall.
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 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 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 Services division.
I’m also very active in volunteer and community-based work, especially with the Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health and as a caseworker with Rainbow Railroad.