I am an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Sociology at the university of Victoria. I completed my doctoral thesis on alternative approaches to assessing the effectiveness of complex health promotion interventions at the University of Victoria. I was also the project co-ordinator for the collaborative policy research initiative, the Effectiveness of Community Interventions Project (ECIP) with the Public Health Agency of Canada (2004-2008). My post-doctoral work focused on complexity science and systems thinking in public health research. More recently I have worked on Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded projects looking at: intersectoral action for health and Health in All Policies; the equity lens in public health (ELPH project); and, the implementation of public health interventions.
I have been a long-standing member of PHABC, and have been involved in helping the organization with the scientific program of its conferences for the last 10 years, including co-chairing one of them (Health in All Policies) and acting as chair of the abstract review committee for several others. I have been working in the area of health promotion research for 15 years, and have collaborated with many of PHABC’s members on projects focused on advancing health promotion in BC, Canada and internationally. I have also contributed to Canadian Public Health Association conferences for many years, and was a member of the Effectiveness Working Groups for the International Union of Health Promotion & Education (2004-2010), and for the Pan-American Health Organization (2005-2010).