MPH, PhD (Public Health) Student
At the Department of Population Medicine I am focused on research supporting skin cancer prevention in elementary and secondary schools in Ontario and Canada, informed by international evidence. Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure from the sun or indoor tanning is the main risk factor for skin cancer, which (including non-melanoma types) is the most common cancer in Canada. Schools are key settings for direct prevention of excessive UVR exposure, as well as education, community and family partnerships, and other approaches for long-term UVR safety.
Overall my work focuses on child and family public health, especially school health promotion. Mental health and wellbeing is a particularly high priority, and to that end I have worked on provincial projects for school-based mental health promotion. For 10 years I have worked in different roles in a variety of settings for infants, children, youth, and families, including schools in the Toronto District School Board, non-profit school-based programs like Roots of Empathy, early years parent-child programs, an inpatient mental health unit, and various community programs. I am a member of Physical and Health Education Canada and its Research Council, and have been involved with other organizations working in related areas.