Phone No.: 204.272.3138
Credentials: BSc, MSc, PhD
I completed the Master of Science (MSc) program in Family Social Sciences in 2003. My thesis research focused on the relationship between child physical abuse and adolescent motherhood. In 2009, I completed the PhD program in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. My dissertation research examined problem gambling among women in Canada and was supported by scholarships from the Manitoba Health Research Council (MHRC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC-CGS). I was also awarded the Manitoba Medical Service Foundation (MMSF) award for research excellence by a student completing a PhD and the University of Manitoba Distinguished Dissertation award. In 2009, I was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) post-doctoral fellowship to study behavioral-genetics analysis of posttraumatic stress disorder at the University of Regina and the University of British Columbia.
I have developed two primary research interests in the areas of family violence and problem gambling. I have used population-based data from Canada, the United States, and the Netherlands to investigate mental and physical health correlates of both family violence and problem gambling. With regard to family violence, I am interested in studying intervention strategies and resilience. In the area of problem gambling, I am interested in studying sex and gender differences related to problem gambling, gambling involvement, and the impact of parental gambling problems on children.
My Job: I became a full-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba in 2010.