- Doctor of Education | Athabasca University | in progress
- Master of Library & Information Studies | University of Alberta | on leave to pursue doctorate
- Master of Arts (Educational Studies) | Athabasca University | Completed 2015
- Bachelor of Arts (4-year, honours equivalent) | University of Toronto | Double Major: Bioethics + Anthropology | Completed 1999
I recently transitioned my career into the world of academic technology, putting into motion the expertise I gained through my graduate studies in technology in learning. In December 2016 I began my new position of Academic Technology Specialist in the Department of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta and its teaching hospital. I am advising and collaborating with faculty to develop curriculum that integrates learning technology. I design learning objects and tasks utilizing simulators and gaming to create immersive learning environments. I am also working collaboratively to develop a new Master’s degree program and a new distance learning Bachelor’s degree program.
Before this, I worked in academic research at the University of Alberta since 2004. I have extensive experience in project management, communications, research methodology and ethics, stakeholder engagement and knowledge translation…
Between 2004-2015 I worked with BRAID Research in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, first as a Research Coordinator, and then as Research Manager from 2009 onwards. Our group collaborated with First Nations and Metis Communities on initiatives relating to diabetes and chronic disease prevention and management, including maternal and infant health. I led a $14 million clinical and research programs funded through Alberta Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP), The Lawson Foundation, PolicyWise (formerly ACCFCR), the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute (WCHRI),the Stollery Foundation, the Conconi Foundation, and Alberta ACADRE (Aboriginal Capacity and Development Research Environment).
Through most of 2016 I work as Research Program Manager with ECHO (Evidence in Child Health Outcomes) Research in the Faculty of Nursing. I led a $2 million research program funded through the Networks of Centres for Excellence (NCE) Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), and WCHRI. My work focused on research knowledge translation, and I led the development of evidence-based digital tools (i.e. animated videos, infographics) for parents on pediatric conditions that commonly present in hospital emergency departments. These tools incorporated arts-based storytelling. My responsibilities also included overseeing PhD and Master’s students and postdoctoral fellows.
With both BRAID Research and ECHO Research I engaged in qualitative, quantitative, mixed-methods and multi-modal research.
Between 2013-2015 I served as an Assistant Editor with the Journal of Integrated Studies.
I began my career in the 1990’s as Communications Director & Policy/Legal Analyst with an immigration law firm in Toronto. There, I developed integrated multimedia information and training resources for clients and for the firm’s 80+ foreign representative offices. In developing these resources, I translated complex legislation into lay concepts and language for a diverse audience that included English language learners. I also led the development of an interactive corporate web site, as well as a suite of branded print marketing materials. Wearing my other hat in this position, I researched and analysed case law, federal court decisions, legislation and regulations in developing preliminary appeals for clients, and in preparation for a landmark case my firm brought against Citizenship and Immigration Canada in federal court (see: Dragan v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) (T.D.), 2003 FCT 211,  4 F.C. 189).